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MIT affiliates named AIAA Fellows

MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics Professor David Miller ScD ’88 and Lincoln Laboratory Director Eric D. Evans have been appointed Fellows of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). The AIAA, as stated on its website, is “the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession.”

Nominees for the honor of Fellow must be “individuals of distinction in aeronautics or astronautics,” who have made “notable valuable contributions” to the field. Each nominee must receive five references from other AIAA members, one of whom must be a board member, section chairperson, committee chairperson, or Fellow.

Miller, a professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, holds a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and PhD from MIT. He has been an AeroAstro professor since 2006, occasionally leading the department’s capstone course. Miller holds the NASA Group Achievement Award, a NASA Office of Aeronautics and Space Technology Commendation, and the NASA Manned Flight Awareness Team Award. He works with MIT’s Space Systems Laboratory, where he conducts research on distributed satellite systems, modular and multifunctional spacecraft, next-generation space telescopes, space-based interferometry, and active control of dynamic structures. He was Director of MIT’s Space Systems Laboratory until March 2014, when he was appointed as NASA’s Chief Technology Officer.

Evans, Lincoln Laboratory Director since 2006, received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from Ohio State University. He led the Laboratory’s Air Defense Techniques Group and the Air and Missile Defense Technology Division before becoming director. Evans is responsible for the Laboratory’s “strategic direction and overall technical and administrative operations.” Under Evans, Lincoln Laboratory develops advanced technology and prototypes systems for national security needs. Evans is also the Vice Chair of the Defense Science Board, an advisor to the U.S. Strategic Command Senior Advisory Group, a member of the Massport Security Advisory Council, and President of the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science. He is an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow and a recipient of the M. Barry Carlton Award from the IEEE Aerospace and Electronics Systems Society.

—Karia Dibert