Dr. Wanda Austin Awarded the 2016 AIAA Goddard Astronautics Award

El Segundo, Calif. (June 16, 2016) – Dr. Wanda Austin, president and CEO of The Aerospace Corporation and an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Honorary Fellow, was awarded the 2016 AIAA Goddard Astronautics Award last night in Washington, D.C. This award honors Austin’s leadership, vision, inspiration, and contributions to the nation’s space programs.

“Thank you to everyone at the AIAA for this tremendous honor. To be recognized by one’s peers is the greatest professional honor a person can receive,” said Austin. Once again, I am humbled and incredibly grateful to be recognized by a group of professionals whom I admire so greatly.”

The Goddard Astronautics Award is the highest honor AIAA bestows for notable achievements in the field of astronautics. It was endowed by Mrs. Goddard to commemorate her husband, Robert H. Goddard, whose early liquid rocket engine launches set the stage for the development of astronautics.

Austin regularly works with the U.S. Air Force, NASA, the intelligence community and other government agencies to ensure the viability of almost every national security space program. Austin’s other contributions to the U.S. national security space program include: working on the National Security Space Master Plan Task Force for the deputy undersecretary of defense for space; contributing to the U.S. Human Spaceflight Review Committee; leading the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board’s study on the use of small satellites; and supporting numerous Defense Science Board studies. Austin currently serves on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, was appointed to the Defense Science Board in 2010, and was appointed to the NASA Advisory Council in 2014.

Austin is internationally recognized for her work in satellite and payload system acquisition, systems engineering, and system simulation. Austin has also championed Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics education throughout her career. Under her leadership, Aerospace has been an active participant in the MathCounts, US First Robotics, and Change the Equation programs.

Austin’s numerous other honors include the 2016 AIAA Yvonne C. Brill Lectureship in Aerospace Engineering; the 2012 Horatio Alger Award; the 2012 NDIA Peter B. Teets Industry Award; the 2010 AIAA von Braun Award for Excellence in Space Program Management; a National Reconnaissance Office Gold Medal; and the National Intelligence Medallion for Meritorious Service.

The Aerospace Corporation is a California nonprofit corporation that operates a federally funded research and development center and has approximately 3,600 employees. It provides guidance and advice to military, civil and commercial customers to ensure the success of complex, technology-based programs. The Aerospace Corporation is headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., with multiple locations across the United States.


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