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Aero/Astro Celebration of Graduates & Commencement Awards 2019-2020

Aero Astro students at commencement

Aero/Astro Celebration of Graduates

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Stanford Engineering Class of 2020

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Aero/Astro Commencement Awards 2019-2020

Ballhaus Prize for best PhD Thesis

Sumeet Singh

Dr. William Ballhaus was educated at Stanford University and the California Institute of Technology. His distinguished career in industry included the position of Chief Designer and Vice President of Northrop Grumman, and President of Beckman Instruments. The prize named after him is presented annually to recognize the graduate student who created what is judged by a Faculty committee to be the best PhD dissertation for that year. 

 

Nicholas J. Hoff Award for Outstanding Master's Degree Student

Allan Shtofenmakher

Professor Nicholas J. Hoff received his PhD degree from Stanford in 1942. In 1957, he was asked by Stanford Provost Frederick Terman to return to Stanford and start an independent department of Aeronautics & Astronautics. The Award named after him is presented annually to the AA student identified as the top student based on the excellence and rigor of the student's Master's program.

 

Robert H. Cannon, Jr. Summer Doctoral Fellowship

Rachael Elizabeth Tompa

Although he joined the Department in 1959, Professor Robert Cannon served from 1966 until 1968 as Chief Scientist of the US Air Force at the Pentagon, from 1970 until 1974 as Assistant Secretary of Transportation for Research and Development, and from 1975 until 1979 as the Dean of the School of Engineering at the California Institute of Technology. In 1979, he returned to Stanford and taught in the Department until he retired in 1995. The award named after him was created by the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics in recognition of his service as Chairman from 1979 to 1990. Its sustainability was made possible thanks to the Chiang Family Endowment. The award was created to assist students in their pursuit of the highest standards of academic leadership, cooperation, and research.

 

Sharon Kay Stanaway Award Summer Doctoral Fellowship

Christine Mary Hamilton

Dr. Sharon Kay Stanaway was a PhD student in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics from 1982 to 1988 and the beloved wife of Professor Ilan Kroo. Established in her memory, this award consists of a scholarship given to support the summer research activities of a woman engineering student in Aeronautics and Astronautics, reflecting Sharon's belief in the importance of graduate education and women's role in engineering. It is presented annually to an exceptional graduate student who shares Dr. Stanaway's interest and enthusiasm for aerospace.

 

Stanford AIAA Award Excellence in Teaching

Professor Juan Alonso

This award is presented annually by Stanford's chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics to recognize a faculty member for their outstanding contributions in teaching. 

 

Stanford AIAA Award Outstanding Course Assistant

Matt Subrahmanyam

This award is presented annually by Stanford's chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics to recognize a student for their outstanding contributions in teaching. 

 

2020 Centennial TA Award

Matt Subrahmanyam

This award is presented annually by the School of Engineering to recognize and reward a Teaching Assistant for outstanding contributions in teaching. The candidates are nominated by all Departments in the School of Engineering.

 

Outstanding Staff Award

Jenna Chay and Patrick Ferguson

This award is presented annually by the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics to recognize a staff member for exceptional contributions to the Department.