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Faculty Honors

Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)

Young Investigator Research Award

Justin Little (2019)

Justin Little will use the YIP award to fund a Ph.D. student in A&A for three years to explore the intersection of data science and plasma physics. Specifically, the group will develop a method to rapidly optimize electric thrusters by taking data from high-speed plasma diagnostics and applying machine learning and data discovery algorithms.

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)


Eli Livne
Kristi Morgansen

Associate Fellows

Behcet Acikmese
Robert Breidenthal
Dana Dabiri
Antonino Ferrante
Jim Hermanson 
Carl Knowlen 
Mitsuru Kurosaka
Mehran Mesbashi
Uri Shumlak
Jinkyu Yang 

Holt Ashley Award for Aeroelasticity

Eli LIvne (2021)

Eli Llvne award is for carrying out foundational works for aeroservoelastic optimization; leadership in maturing active flutter suppression to practice, and for major contributions to the dissemination of aeroelastic knowledge.

American Physical Society


Uri Shumlak

American Society for Composites 

DEStech Young Composites Researcher Award

Marco Salviato (2020)

Marco Salviato is receiving the 2020 DEStech Young Composites Researcher Award from the American Society of Composites for his significant impact on the science and technology of composite materials through a sustained research effort.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers


Jim Hermanson
Mitsuru Kurosaka 

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers


Mehran Mesbahi

Controls Systems Society's Award for Technical Excellence

Behcet Acikmese (2019)

Behçet Açıkmeşe won the IEEE Control Systems Society's Award for Technical Excellence in Aerospace Control for outstanding contributions to convex optimization-based control and its transitions and applications to aerospace applications.

Washington State Academy of Sciences

Elected Member

Kristi Morgansen (2021)

Kristi Morgansen was elected for leadership and significant advances in nonlinear methods for integrated sensing and control in engineered, bioinspired, and biological flight systems, and for leadership in cross-disciplinary aerospace workforce development.