JPL's Steltzner Awarded Inaugural Brill Lectureship

JPL's Steltzner Awarded Inaugural Brill Lectureship

Adam Steltzner of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Yvonne C. Brill Lectureship in Aerospace Engineering by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and National Academy of Engineering (NAE).  The lecture will be presented on September 30, 2014 in Washington, D.C.

Steltzner headed the Entry, Descent and Landing (EDL) team for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity rover.  While perhaps not as well known publicly as Bobak Ferdowsi (the “Mohawk Guy”), Steltzner is credited with his effectiveness as the team leader for development of the Sky Crane system that successfully lowered Curiosity to the Martian surface and his communications skills since then in exciting the public about space exploration.

Adam Steltzner (photo posted on his Facebook page captioned “At the MSL launch, Cape Canaveral, FL
November 2011)

The Brill Lectureship was created by AIAA and NAE to honor Yvonne Brill, an esteemed aerospace engineer, AIAA Honorary Fellow and NAE member who passed away last year.   The biannual award recognizes achievements in research or engineering issues for space travel and exploration, aerospace education of students and the public, and other aerospace issues such as ensuring a diverse and robust engineering community.  Brill was the recipient of many awards during her lifetime, including the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, which was presented to her by President Barack Obama in 2011.

Yvonne Brill receives 2010 National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Barack Obama at the
White House,
October 21, 2011.  White House photo.

Steltzner will present his public lecture on September 30, 2014 at a symposium at the National Academy of Sciences building at 2101 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the annual NAE meeting.

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