AIAA Celebrates Outstanding STEM Educators


Corporate members of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) recently joined together to celebrate the recipients of the 2009 AIAA Foundation Educator Achievement Awards, and to show that the aerospace community is appreciative of their outstanding efforts in the classroom to inspire the next generation of the aerospace community.

The award recipients, selected for their exemplary efforts in exciting K-12 students about the study of the “STEM” subjects of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, received “behind the scenes” tours of Lockheed Martin Space Exploration, the control tower at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration’s Command Center, Orbital Sciences Corporation, and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum and National Air and Space Museum,Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Additional tours included the Air Force memorial, and a nighttime tour of Washington’s major national monuments.

Among the other AIAA corporate members and partners recognizing the winning educators were: The Aerospace Corporation, The Air Force Association, Analytical Graphics, Inc. ,Ball Aerospace & Technologies, Corp., The Boeing Company, Booz Allen Hamilton, Computer Science Corporation, the Federal Aviation Administration; GE Aviation; Hamilton Sundstrand ,the John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory; NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, and the NASA Johnson Space Center and the National Institute of Aerospace.

The AIAA Foundation Educator Achievement Awards were officially presented at the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala on May 13 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, in Washington, D.C. The Educator Achievement Award has been presented to 49 educators since 1997, and has become a sought-after honor in the education community.

The 2009 AIAA Foundation Education Achievement Award recipients are:

  • Richard Crawford, Middleton High School, Tampa, Fla.
  • Kenneth Huff, Mill Middle School, Williamsville, N.Y.
  • Susan Jukosky, Indian River School, Canaan, N.H.
  • Lynn Marie Kollar, North Ridge Elementary School, Moreno Valley, Calif.
  • Rachael Lee Manzer, Suffield Public Schools, Suffield, Conn.
  • Jeri Ann Martin, Thomas L. Sims Middle School, Pace, Fla.
  • Jessica van Son, Cascade Middle School, Longview, Wash.

Julie Albertson, chair of AIAA’s Pre-College Outreach Committee, stated: “In the over ten years of Educator Achievement Award presentation, AIAA has benefited from the significant participation of awardees on committees at the local, national, and international level. This lasting contribution is critical to the health of the industry, and the future of aerospace, and it is fitting that the community has gone above and beyond to recognize their hard work and efforts.”

For more information on the AIAA Foundation Educator Achievement Award, contact Lisa Bacon at 703.264.7527 or

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