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Laureates Awards

March 7, 2012
Andrew Mellon Auditorium
1301 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC

Black Tie
Cocktail reception- 6:00 p.m.
Dinner- 7:00 p.m.

Congratulations to the Aviation Week Laureate Award Winners!

Honoring Extraordinary Accomplishments in Exploration, Innovation, and Heroism

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  • Philip J. Klass Award for Lifetime Achievement: Pete Rustan, Former Director for Mission Support, U.S. National Reconnaissance Office, for pioneering numerous technical advances in space and aviation
  • Aviation Week Heroism Award: C-17 Globemaster III Aircrew Members of “Ice 68” from the 62nd and 446th Airlift Wings of the Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., who performed a life-saving rescue of a government contractor from McMurdo Station, Antarctica
  • Aeronautics/Propulsion: The Boeing 787 Dreamliner Team, for combining advanced aerodynamics, new composite materials, and more-electric systems to bring the first new commercial jet of the century to market
  • Business/General Aviation: Preston Henne, SVP, Programs, Engineering and Test, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., for his role in designing, developing, and testing the Gulfstream 650 on-schedule, despite setbacks
  • Commercial Air Transport: John Borghetti, CEO, Virgin Australia, for leading one of the airline industry’s most dramatic transformations and cementing Virgin Australia as a major international player
  • Defense: The Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) Satellite Recovery Team, for rescuing the U.S. Air Force’s $2-billion AEHF satellite after its main propulsion subsystem failed
  • IT/Electronics: Swedish Air Force Team Members and the Danish Military, for successfully and quickly integrating Link 16 on the Saab JAS-39 Gripen in support of NATO operations over Libya
  • Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO): Patrick Doyle, Senior Manager, Hangar Maintenance (Avionics and Powerplants), FedEx Express, for his efforts to identify common causes of avionics failures
  • Space: Kepler Mission Team, for searching the Milky Way for Earth-like planets in the habitable zones of Sun-like stars, leading to the discovery of 1,235 exoplanet candidates—68 of which are similar to Earth
  • Workforce: Paul Graziani, Founder and CEO, Analytical Graphics Inc., for donating software licenses to educational institutions and encouraging students to pursue science, technology, engineering and math

And congratulations to Tomorrow's Leaders:

U.S. Naval Academy Cadet Cameron Thornberry


U.S. Coast Guard Academy Cadet Tyler Dewechter

U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Dustin Hayhurst

U.S. Military Academy at West Point Cadet Jack Scudder

About the Laureate Awards

The Aviation Week Laureate Awards recognize individuals and teams for their extraordinary accomplishments.  Their achievements embody the spirit of exploration, innovation, vision or any combination of these attributes that  inspire others to strive for significant, broad-reaching progress in aviation and aerospace.

2012 Awards will be presented in each of the following categories:

  • Aeronautics/Propulsion
  • Business/General Aviation
  • Commercial Air Transport
  • Defense
  • IT/Electronics
  • MRO (Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul)
  • Space
  • Workforce
  • The Philip J. Klass Award for Lifetime Achievement
  • Aviation Week Heroism Award

In addition, Aviation Week will present the Tomorrow’s Leaders Award.  This award honors the young men and women who have chosen career paths in the armed forces: graduates from the US Naval Academy, US Coast Guard Academy, US Air Force Academy and the US Military Academy.

Awards will be presented at a black-tie dinner in Washington, on March 7, 2012. With the exception of the Lifetime Achievement category, all Laureate awards will be based on accomplishments in 2011. You are invited to submit your nominations according to the guidelines of nomination rules and regulations, with a firm deadline of Oct.5, 2011.

Cocktail reception- 6:00 p.m.
Dinner- 7:00 p.m.

Save the date and reserve your table and prepare to join us at the 2012 Laureate Awards. Join the companies and individuals who consistently set a high standard of excellence within the aviation and aerospace industry as they are honored by Aviation Week at the Andrew Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC. See the 2011 Winners.