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Livne wins AIAA Ashley Award 2021

AIAA Release
September 16, 2020

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is pleased to announce recipient of the 2021 Ashley Award for Aeroelasticity.

The AIAA Ashley Award for Aeroelasticity recognizes outstanding contributions to the understanding and application of aeroelastic phenomena. It commemorates the accomplishments of Prof. Holt Ashley, who dedicated his professional life to the advancement of aerospace sciences and engineering and had a profound impact on the fields of aeroelasticity, unsteady aerodynamics, aeroservoelasticity, and multidisciplinary optimization.

AIAA is proud to present this award during the AIAA SciTech Forum in January 2021 to

Eli Livne
Boeing Endowed Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
University of Washington

“For carrying out foundational works for aeroservoelastic optimization; leadership in maturing active flutter suppression to practice, and for major contributions to dissemination of aeroelastic knowledge.”

Eli Livne

Professor Livne holds B.Sc. (1974) and M.Sc. (1982) degrees in aeronautical engineering from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. (1990) in aerospace engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. He also holds a high-school teaching credential in technology education from the Technion's Department of Education in Technology and Science (1974). After obtaining his undergraduate degrees he served in the Israeli Air Force in research and development roles, eventually founding its aeroelasticity / structural dynamic section. After graduating UCLA Prof. Livne joined the faculty of the William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the University of Washington in 1990.

Over the course of his academic career, Prof. Livne has continued extensive collaboration with industry and government organizations. Highlights of these collaborations include structural and aeroelastic optimization and lightweight airframe design with Boeing Commercial Aircraft, membership on the NASA-Boeing High Speed Civil Transport (HSCT) Aeroelastic Concept Evaluation Team and the Boeing HSCT Aeroservoelastic working group, Active Flutter Suppression work for the FAA, and contributions to industry / government aeroelastic wind tunnel tests of highly nonlinear flight vehicle configurations as well as of active aeroservoelastic control.

Prof. Livne headed the airplane design education and research program at the University of Washington for many years. His accomplishments were recognized by an ASME/Boeing Structures & Materials Award (1998), NSF National Young Investigator Award, and, earlier, the Josephine de Karman Fellowship. With expertise in aeroelasticty, aeroservoelasticity, multidisciplinary flight vehicle optimization, aircraft design, aerospace structures, structural optimization, and structural dynamics, Professor Livne's research has been funded by NASA, the FAA, AFOSR, ONR, NSF, and by Boeing. He was an associate editor for the AIAA Journal and a guest editor for a Journal of Aircraft 1999 special section on MDO. He was one of the launch section editors for the Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering and has published about 130 journal and conference papers as well as book chapters. Currently, Prof. Livne is the Editor-in-Chief of the AIAA's Journal of Aircraft. He is a Fellow of the AIAA.

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