Penton's Aviation Week Network To Honor Tomorrow's Engineering Leaders At 20 Twenties Awards March 3 in Washington, DC

Feb 10, 2016, 09:00 ET from Penton

NEW YORK, Feb. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Penton's Aviation Week Network (, in partnership with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), announced today the winners of its awards program, "Tomorrow's Engineering Leaders: The 20 Twenties." The awards recognize top engineering, math, science and technology students. The program connects the next generation of aerospace and defense talent with established leaders who have created many of the "firsts" driving innovation in the 21st century.

"We have found that today's university students are undertaking research and innovation that solves some of the toughest questions engineers face today – from energy-related to mapping the brain," Greg Hamilton, Aviation Week Network president, said. "The individuals chosen for the 20 Twenties program are engaged in this type of exploration, are proving themselves in the classroom, and are reaching out to the world beyond the campus to make a difference."

"The nominees for this year's 20 Twenties program reflect the diversity, ingenuity and remarkable talent found within the aerospace community," said Sandy Magnus, AIAA executive director. "Each of these outstanding students, from across the United States, Europe and Asia, is making significant contributions to their fields of study – ranging from cryptology to autonomous systems to propulsion – as well as working to make the world a better place. Their research is shaping not only the future of aerospace, but the future of humanity, and each nominee is uniquely worthy of our praise and this award."

The winners will also be honored during Aviation Week's 59th Annual Laureates Awards March 3 at the National Building Museum, Washington, DC. The 2016 20 Twenties winners are:

  • Deepak M. Atyam: Purdue University
  • Trevor J. Bennett: University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Kathrine N. Bretl: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Imon Chakraborty: Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Wout De Backer: University of South Carolina
  • Sylvie DeLaHunt: University of Maryland
  • Markus Geiss: University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Thomas B. Green: University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Jillian M. James: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Kursten K. O'Neill: Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Viha Parekh: The University of Queensland (Australia)
  • Elaine M. Petro: University of Maryland
  • Ariel Sandberg: University of Michigan
  • James P. Stewart: Virginia Tech
  • Pablo Trefftz Posada: University of Washington
  • Lauren N. Trollinger: University of Maryland
  • Samuel Udotong: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Christopher Weston: University of Michigan
  • Sophia Yakoubov: Boston University
  • Tyrell Tysheen Yorke: Tuskegee University

For more information about 20 Twenties Awards, please contact Carole Hedden at

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Elizabeth Sisk
Director, Marketing Communications  
Aviation Week Network