The John Leland Atwood Award of the ASEE Aerospace Division and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) was established in 1985. Lee Atwood entered aviation when it was little more than experimentation in a daring sport, though he believed that this new field would be the cornerstone of our security and serve as a principal medium of world commerce. As an outstanding engineer and leader of a great industrial corporation, Atwood played a major role in the development of aviation and aerospace technologies for more than 50 years.
The Atwood Award is bestowed annually upon an outstanding aerospace engineering educator in recognition of the educator's contributions to the profession.
The Award: The award is endowed by Rockwell International and consists of a $2,000 honorarium and a certificate. In addition, the AIAA presents a suitably engraved medal and certificate at the annual Aerospace Sciences Meeting.
Qualifications: This award recognizes the accomplishments of a superior aerospace engineering educator and his or her contributions to the profession and, therefore, requires demonstration of improvements of lasting influence to aerospace engineering education through:
- research, technical textbooks or the introduction of experimental courses or experimental instructional methods;
- technical articles on education or the introduction of new laboratory or teaching equipment;
- demonstration of success as a teacher and/or significant progress in aerospace engineering education and its administration;
- contributions and participation in pertinent educational and professional societies or other organizations important to aerospace engineering education.
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