2022 AIAA Durand Lectureship for Public Service awarded to William H. Gerstenmaier of SpaceX
Press Release From: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Posted: Thursday December 30 2021
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is pleased to announce the AIAA 2022 Durand lecturer for the public service is awarded to William H. Gerstenmaier, Vice President, Flight Construction and Reliability, SpaceX. Gerstenmaier will give his conference “Human Spaceflight – The Ultimate Team Sport” Monday, January 3, 1250 p.m. PT, during the AIAA 2022 Scientific Forum, San Diego and online, January 3-7. Registrations are still open attend San Diego in person or online. Journalists can request a Press Pass here.
The Durand Public Service Lecture, named in honor of William F. Durand, Ph.D., is presented for the notable accomplishments of a scientific or technical leader whose contributions have directly led to understanding and understanding application of science and technology of aeronautics and space travel for the benefit of mankind. Durand was a United States naval officer and a pioneer in mechanical engineering. During his remarkable 99-year life, Durand made a significant contribution to the development of aircraft propellers. He was the first civilian chairman of the National Aeronautical Advisory Committee (NACA), the precursor to NASA.
The Institute’s Public Policy Committee is proud to select accomplished leaders in aeronautics and astronautics for this honor who can share their knowledge through ta Durand Conference for the Public Service.
Gerstenmaier leads SpaceX’s quality engineering and process development teams, oversees the launch readiness process and serves as chief engineer on select missions. Prior to joining SpaceX, Gerstenmaier was Associate Administrator of the Directorate of Exploration and Human Operations Mission at NASA Headquarters. He began his career at NASA in 1977, then at the Lewis Research Center in Cleveland. For the next 40 years, he oversaw programs at NASA (such as Orbital Maneuver Vehicle (OMV) operations); led the assembly operations of the Space Shuttle / Space Station Freedom; served as director of operations for the Shuttle / Mir program; managed the integration of the space shuttle program; and served as the ISS Program Manager. Appointed Associate Administrator of the Directorate of Space Operations in 2005, Gerstenmaier led the safe completion of the last 21 Space Shuttle missions which saw the completion of the assembly of the International Space Station.
Gerstenmaier is an honorary member of the AAIA, a member of the AAIA since the 1990s. He holds a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from Purdue University, as well as a master’s degree in mechanical engineering and an honorary doctorate. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the University of Toledo. He was elected into the Class of 2018 of the National Academy of Engineering.
For more information on the AIAA Honors and Awards program, contact Patricia A. Carr at [email protected].
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