“The most Prestigious and long-standing awards in global aerospace honouring achievement, innovation and excellence.”
The Society has been honouring outstanding achievers in the global aerospace industry since 1909, when Wilbur and Orville Wright came to London to receive the Society’s first gold medal. Over the years, honouring aerospace achievers in this was has become an annual tradition. The Society’s Award Programme recognises and celebrates individuals and teams who have made an exceptional contribution to aerospace, whether it is for an outstanding contribution or achievement, a major technical innovation, exceptional leadership, long and valued service, or for work that will further advance aerospace.
The nominations received for the 2015 Awards were highly competitive and the Medals and Awards Committee are very pleased to announce the winners as:
Professor Sir Martin Sweeting is admitted to Honorary Fellowship in recognition of his leadership and exceptional contribution in pioneering the use of Commercial off-The- Shelf (COTS) technology in space (in particular the use of small, low-cost satellites for practical applications), as well as new forms of international collaboration in space that recognise the inherently global nature of satellites.
M Jean-Jacques Dordain is admitted to Honorary Fellowship in recognition in recognition of his exemplary leadership of Europe’s space activities as Director General of the European Space Agency and, throughout his tenure, for demonstrating a unique mix of exceptional technical, managerial, political, diplomatic and commercial skills that elevates him above his contemporaries.
Professor Ramesh K Agarwal is admitted to Honorary Fellowship in recognition of his outstanding leadership in aerospace education and research and for advancing the improvement and development of a wide range of flying aerospace vehicles through ingenious application of computational fluid dynamics.
Air Commodore Charles Clarke is admitted to Honorary Companionship in recognition of his leadership and achievement throughout a long and distinguished career and life featuring passion, energy and application which has proved to be an inspiration to so many. He continues to remain active and hasbecome an ambassador through the media for the Royal Air Force and young people as well as making a significant contribution to memorial activities across Europe.
Sir Roger Bone is admitted to Honorary Companionship in recognition of his leadership and exceptional contribution to the UK aerospace and defence community. Of particular note is his commitment to championing, and his personal involvement in, the Schools Build-a-Plane Challenge, which has inspired and educated children across the country.
Mr David Bent is admitted to Honorary Companionship in recognition of his exceptional contribution in transforming aviation art with iconic paintings, bringing aviation, technology and art together to a completely new audience while, at the same time, promoting aerospace far and wide. He has tirelessly used his art to promote the benefits of aerospace to wider society including encouraging young people into the aerospace community. His support for aviation charities also merits recognition.
Professor Richard J Parker received the Society Gold Medal in recognition of his outstanding achievement and contribution as an acknowledged and widely recognised world-class aerospace scientist and engineer whose leadership and inspiration has shaped aerospace innovation, research and technology advances and programmes within and across company, national and international boundaries.
Rosetta Mission Team received the Society Team Gold Medal in recognition of the Team’s ground-breaking success performing the world’s first ever delivery of a space probe into orbit around a comet and, greater still, successfully delivering an unmanned lander onto the surface of the comet itself with the first attempt. The Rosetta Mission has brought about a wealth of new science, greatly extending our knowledge of the building blocks of the solar system.
Dr G Satheesh Reddy received the Society Silver Medal in recognition of his contributions as one of the leading navigation and avionics experts in India, under whose leadership India has developed state-of-the-art avionics sensors and systems for key national strategic programmes and other defence applications. His pioneering contributions in promoting aerospace and aeronautics in India are also acknowledged.
The Beagle 2 Mars Mission Engineering Team received the Society Team Silver Medal in recognition of the Team’s triumph of engineering and ingenuity which underpinned a successful descent and landing of the Beagle 2 probe on Mars. Beagle 2’s landing on Mars represents a significant success for the UK at the very first attempt. With no demonstrable heritage in planetary landers in the UK or Europe, the Mission Engineering team comprised many individuals with years of spacecraft experience from across the UK’s space industry, supported by selected specialists from Europe and the USA.
Mr Eric Fitzpatrick received the Society Bronze Medal accompanied by the R P Alston Memorial Medal in recognition of Mr Fitzpatrick’s outstanding work towards the Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS) instructional effort over 23 years on the school staff and his inspirational technical ability in all aspects of flight testing. His mastery of the ETPS syllabus and publications has led to significant improvements in both national and international flight test training and his advice is regularly sought by flight test schools and establishments worldwide. Mr Fitzpatrick and his worldwide reputation for excellence represent a pinnacle in flight testing instructional achievement.
Major Michael ‘Gus’ Dennis received the Society Bronze Medal accompanied by the Turnbuckle Award in recognition of his contribution to UK Defence Aviation as an engineering leader, innovator and champion of professional standards in a career spanning over 35 years.
Dr Khalid Ahmed Gharib received the Society Bronze Medal in recognition of his work at the heart of aviation medicine governance in both Sudan and Saudi Arabia and, in particular, for his contribution in setting up and subsequently leading two civil aviation medicine departments, thus advancing the management and safety of civil aviation in both nations.
e-Go Aeroplanes Development Team received the Society Team Bronze Medal in recognition of the Team’s achievement and innovation in creating a unique single-seat aircraft that is fun to fly, easy to handle, stylish, ergonomic and very efficient. The achievement is amplified by the fact that the aircraft was brought to market on a very modest budget.
Dr Robert Lee received the Specialist Gold Award accompanied by the Roger Green Medal in recognition of Dr Lee’s world-class contribution to aviation safety management, especially his promotion of human factors and a systems approach in the investigation and prevention of aircraft accidents.
AW609 Tilt Rotor Autorotation Flight Test Team received the Team Specialist Gold Award in demonstrating a comprehensive autorotation envelope in relation to the first tilt rotor to seek Civil Certification. The AgustaWestland flight test team carried out a flight test programme to investigate the AW609 Tilt-Rotor autorotation entry and recovery in All Engine Inoperative (AEI) conditions. This flight trial that had never before been attempted on a tilt rotor platform as part of Civil Certification. Its successful completion set new certification standards and represented a crucial step towards Type Certification.
Mr Peter Hackney received the Specialist Silver Award in recognition of his work, sustained over more than the last decade, which has been fundamental in developing and refining UK air platform countermeasures against the guided infra-red threat. This includes the implementation of highly complex sequences of advanced flares, and directed laser countermeasures to safeguard UK and allied aircraft across numerous theatres of operation and has unquestionably prevented the subsequent loss of aircraft and lives.
G650 Aerodynamic Wing Design Team received the Team Specialist Silver Award in recognition of their aerodynamic design of the Gulfstream G650 wing. Using state-of-the-art Navier-Stokes design methods based on the adjoint formulation developed by Jameson since 1988, together with innovative aerodynamic design strategies, their work on wing and wing integration aerodynamics produced a notably efficient, low transonic drag aerodynamic design which not only involved CFD calculations correlating exceptionally well with wind-tunnel data and aircraft performance, but also delivered the fastest civil aircraft of its class.
Mr Tim Edwards received the Specialist Bronze Award in recognition of his contributions and achievements in the application of fibre reinforced technology in the aerospace industry since 2002 and in pioneering the use of the methods he has developed in civil engineering. This is while continuing to help advance the adoption, implementation, analysis and certification of composite component materials. The way in which he has taken his expertise to other industries, including infrastructure and renewable energy, helping to meet new challenges and serving as an ambassador of the aerospace sector’s focus on engineering excellence, is also recognised.
Mr John Dovey received the Specialist Bronze Award in recognition of his technical leadership and contributions as the BAC/BAE Systems Head of the Tornado Loads Team from the start of the design through to service clearance. As Deputy Aerodynamics Team Leader on the Experimental Aircraft Programme (EAP), he influenced the final configuration of the aircraft. Mr Dovey is also recognised for the way in which he has shared and passed on his knowledge and experience to junior engineers and others across the aerospace community throughout his career.
Squadron Leader Jason Davenhill received the Specialist Bronze Award in recognition of his role as an advocate and pioneer of the Aircrew Performance Coaching Scheme. His personal drive and commitment first established this remarkable scheme which he then successfully promoted throughout the Army, Royal Navy and RAF. His achievement in collaboration with the Centre for Human Factors Training and Loughborough University will continue to ensure a whole generation of military aircrew is able to fulfil its potential.
Gulfstream/BAE Systems Civil Active Control Sidestick Team received the Team Specialist Bronze Award in recognition of the Team’s achievement in successfully leveraging the Active Control Sidestick design from military programmes and implementing significant product improvements to meet FAA/EASA regulatory requirements for integrity, availability and design assurance. This has provided flight crews with improved situational awareness, visibility and comfort in the flight deck.
Rosetta Flight Control & Flight Dynamics Team received the Space Specialist Group Award accompanied by the Geoffrey Pardoe Space Award in recognition of the Team’s groundbreaking contribution to the success of the Rosetta Mission, specifically the development of the necessary complex mathematical models to simulate the gravitational and dynamic characteristics of the comet and their effect on the spacecraft. This required planning and execution of the challenging on-board operations to guide the Rosetta spacecraft into a close orbit around the comet and to set the lander Philae on a trajectory to land successfully on the comet surface.
Mr Philip Tarry received the Unmanned Air Systems Specialist Group Award in recognition of his instrumental role in the development of the small Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) sector in the UK at a most critical time. Taking up chairmanship of a fledgling organisation, he has given it a clear position and direction in the aerospace sector as a result of his vision, leadership and tireless dedication.
Flight Lieutenant Michael Stafford received the Rotorcraft Specialist Group Award in recognition of Flight Lieutenant Stafford’s selfless dedication to the continued development of new Defensive Aid Suites that have protected UK service personnel flying on operations for the past decade.
Mr Jeffrey Naro received the Young Persons’ Achievement Award in recognition of his contributions to both the combustion and materials engineering organisations of the company as well as both the computational and experimental realms of turbine performance, demonstrating a practical and thorough engineering approach.
Mr Richard Haines received a Young Persons’ Commendation in recognition of his ability to resolve complex blade dynamic behaviour demonstrated through work analysing rotor behaviour on the AW159 Wildcat. The Commendation also recognises the fact that he is currently the structural design lead for the RGF3 tilt rotor blade which will fly in 2016 and will represent a milestone event for European aviation.
Mr John Easum received a Young Persons’ Commendation in recognition of his record of excellence in scholarly, research and professional pursuits, including holding national and international titles from aerospace competitions. As a winner of the Barry M Goldwater award in 2013 and a 2015 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program applicant, he has continued to show an ability to develop new and impressive ideas in the fields of computational science and engineering, particularly relating to aerospace culture.
Mr Matthew Kear received the Alan Marsh Award in recognition of his ability to grasp technical tasks quickly, work largely unsupervised and deliver results to schedule while being regarded by his peers as an exceptionally able individual. His work in aerodynamic tool development and rotor tuning has received particular praise.
Mr Mark Dunkerley received the Herbert Le Sueur Award in recognition of his talent in operating across all aspects of the engineering challenge to apply his experience of structural design and test, technical liaison with operators and technical support to new programmes at the bidding stage. He has shown strong networking abilities across national boundaries.
Mr Charles Muir received the NE Rowe Medal – Under 25 Age Group for the presentation of his paper titled ‘The Challenges of Hypersonic Flight’ at the Reggie Brie Award Competition at the Yeovil Branch.
Mr Simon Chiverton received the NE Rowe Medal – 25-30 Age Group for the presentation of his paper titled ‘The Aerodynamics of Badminton: Redesigning the Shuttlecock’ at the Stevenage Branch annual Young Persons Lecture competition.
NE Rowe Certificates of Merit
Mr Alex Cook (Under 25 Age Group) presented his paper titled ‘Creativity in Aerospace’ at the Boscombe Down Branch’s Joe Morrall Young Person’s Lecture.
Sr Raúl González Muñoz (Under 25 Age Group) presented his paper titled ‘Software in Aerospace Industry: A Rising Criticality’ at the Cranfield Branch Annual Lecture Competition.
Mr Jaidev Sanketi (Under 25 Age Group) presented his paper titled ‘Mars Orbiter Mission — Mangalyaan’ at the UAE Dubai Branch Lecture Competition.
Mr Richard Stephens (Under 25 Age Group) presented his paper titled ‘A Method for Lorry Underbody Aerodynamic Investigation’ at the Cambridge Branch Sir Michael Marshall Lecture Competition.
Miss Manisha Kushwaha (25-30 Age Group) presented her paper titled ‘Project Dragonfly: Sail to the Stars’ at the Cranfield Branch Annual Lecture Competition.
You can also view the 2015 Winners Brochure here.
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