AIAA Education Program Manager, Lisa Bacon, Receives Strickler Award

AIAA Education Program Manager, Lisa Bacon, Receives Strickler Award

VSSEC would like to congratulate Lisa Bacon, AIAA program manager for STEM and K–12 outreach, on being awarded the 2010 Dr. Mervin K. Strickler Jr. Aerospace Education Award. The award is presented by the National Coalition for Aviation and Space Education (NCASE) and will be presented  to Lisa during the National Aeronautics Association’s fall awards banquet.

Lisa is being recognized for her significant contributions to aerospace education, which have positively impacted thousands of students and teachers in the United States and around the world. As AIAA’s program manager for STEM and K–12 outreach, she has inspired many thousands of students to pursue further education in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Her guidance has also allowed thousands of teachers to benefit from AIAA’s innovative classroom educator programs, furthering their ability to inspire the next generation of aerospace engineers and scientists.With more than 35,000 individual members worldwide, and 90 corporate members, AIAA brings together industry, academia, and government to advance engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense.

Lisa was instrumental in establishing the AIAA Student Conference in Australia in 2005 and has been a constant supporter of the event.  The competition is open to undergraduate students from all aerospace and related courses. The 2010 AIAA Australia-Asia  Regional Student Conference will be held at Monash University 30th September - 1st October.

First place: $500 (USD) and a trip to the 48th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit January 2011, Orlando, FL USA (for one author)
Second Place: $300 (USD)
Third Place: $250 (USD)

The abstract deadline is 20th August. For full details visit

Lisa also manages the AIAA Educator Associate membership program. This program is FREE and connects educators who want to excite their students about maths and science. As an AIAA Educator Associate you can:

- Attend AIAA conferences FREE (if you register in advance). AIAA holds more than 20 technical conferences each year, covering everything from aerospace and life sciences to propulsion and structures. Keep your knowledge state of the art.

- Qualify for up to a $200 grant to push your science, math, or related academic agenda forward. Classroom grants are available through the AIAA Foundation, awarding thousands of dollars in grants and scholarships to students and teachers each year.

- Tap into the AIAA clearinghouse of aerospace information. Let AIAA be your one-stop resource for aerospace information. The Institute offers a collection of video and print educational materials to assist you in your efforts TO MAKE MATH & SCIENCE FUN.

- Gain recognition for efforts in education. Add excitement to your classroom and qualify to win an all-expense paid trip for you and a guest to Washington, DC. AIAA members are looking for outstanding educators to nominate for special recognition at our gala annual event, the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Gala.

For more details and to apply to become an Educator Associate visit