The Distinguished Service Award was established by the Board of Directors in 1968 to give unique recognition to an individual member of AIAA who has distinguished himself or herself over a period of years. "Period of years" is interpreted as a minimum of five years of identifiable participation, not necessarily consecutive. The recipient must be a member in good standing who has shown particular dedication to the interests of the Institute by making significant and continuing contributions. Technical contributions or contributions to the profession as a whole or to the aeronautical/astronautical/hydronautical disciplines are not a consideration for this award. Current national officers or directors are not eligible for this award.
This annual award is generally presented at the Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala.
2007 : Vaughan, William