AIAA To Present Awards at Infotech@Aerospace Conference

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will honor achievements in aerospace software engineering and in intelligent systems design at a noon awards luncheon on March 30 in conjunction with the AIAA Infotech@Aerospace Conference, being held March 29–31 at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch, St. Louis, Mo.

The recipients are:

-Dr. Paul D. Nielsen, director and CEO of the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa., who will receive the 2011 AIAA Aerospace Software Engineering Award. Nielsen is being honored for leadership in the global software engineering community and for addressing the near and far term challenges of complex aerospace software. The AIAA Software Engineering Award is presented for outstanding technical and/or management contributions to aeronautical or astronautical software engineering.

-Dr. Steve Chien, senior research scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., who will receive the 2011 AIAA Intelligent Systems Award. Chien is being honored for pioneering achievements in deploying Artificial Intelligence-based planners on spacecraft systems, which enable event detection and response, and sensor web capabilities for earth-observing and planetary missions. The AIAA Intelligent Systems Award is presented for important fundamental contributions to intelligent systems technologies and applications that advance the capabilities of aerospace systems.

For more information about either award, or on the AIAA Honors and Awards program, please contact Carol Stewart at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 703.264.7623.

AIAA is the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. With more than 35,000 individual members worldwide, and 90 corporate members, AIAA brings together industry, academia, and government to advance engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense. For more information, visit

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