Dr. Alexander Klemin Award

Dr. Alexander Klemin Award

Created in 1951 by industry pioneer Frank Piasecki, the Klemin Award is the highest honor the AHS bestows on an individual for notable achievement in advancing the field of vertical flight aeronautics. The award honors the memory of an eminent aeronautical engineer, educator, author, and outstanding pioneer in rotary wing aeronautics.

  • Prof. Peretz P. Friedmann
  • François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of Aerospace Engineering
  • University of Michigan

For his outstanding and lasting original contributions to rotary‑wing aeroelasticity,on blade control of vibration and noise, optimum design of low vibration helicopter rotors, rotorcraft aeromechanics and unsteady aerodynamics during his 45 year career.
  • Dr. William G. Warmbrodt

For his ongoing dedication to improving understanding of aeromechanics of rotorcraft both from an analytical and experimental perspective and his legacy mentoring more than 500 college and high school interns into the NASA Aeromechanics branch
  • Franklin D. Harris

Honored as an eminent aeronautical engineer, educator and author, with a half-century of contributions to vertical flight
  • Dr. Wayne Johnson
  • NASA

He is honored for his role as an eminent aeronautical engineer, educator, and author in his 40-plus year career in rotorcraft. Dr. Johnson's seminal contributions to aeromechanics analyses, comprehensive modeling, design tools and wind tunnel testing of fullscale helicopters have had a major influence on the understanding of aeromechanical behavior and the design of modern rotorcraft systems
  • No Award Presented
  • Steven D. Weiner
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation

Recognized for his 33 year career of designing, building and flight testing aircraft, and his exemplary leadership on numerous platforms such as the RAH-66 Comanche program, the S-76 and the X2
  • Tom Wood
  • Senior Technical Fellow, Flight Technology & Advanced Design
  • Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.

For his more than 40-year career dedicated to the design, development, and flight test of new vertical lift solutions.
  • Dr. Michael P. Scully
  • US Army AFDD
  • Professor Inderjit Chopra
  • Director
  • Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center
He is recognized for his exceptional career-long leadership and technical contributions to understanding and advancing rotorcraft aeromechanics
  • Abraham Karem
  • Owner and Chief Engineer
  • Karem Aircraft Corp.
Mr. Karem is the designer of the "Optimum Speed Rotor" concept, demonstrated by the A160 Hummingbird UAV and the Karem JHL Optimum Speed Tiltrotor conceptual design that greatly improves the efficiency of rotary wing aircraft.
  • Andrew W. Kerr
  • Director of the Aeroflightdynamics Directorate
  • US Army Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (Ret.)
Mr. Kerr began his career at Lockheed-California where he was a key individual in the development of the AH-56 Cheyenne compound helicopter. Subsequently, as the Director of AFDD, Mr. Kerr was responsible for an extensive research program in the areas of aerodynamics, rotorcraft dynamics, handling qualities and flight controls, simulation and human-machine integration in programs performed independently by the Army and jointly with NASA at the Ames Research Center. In 1998, Mr. Kerr was appointed to the additional position of Director, National Rotorcraft Technology Center (NRTC) at Ames Research Center. His tireless and successful efforts to preserve the highly productive Army/NASA rotorcraft partnership, to resurrect the National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex, to support and promote the NRTC and the Rotorcraft Centers of Excellence, and to launch the High Performance Computing Institute for Advanced Rotorcraft Modeling and Simulation (HI-ARMS) are just a few of his accomplishments that will have long-lasting value, not just for the US Army but for the entire rotorcraft community.
  • Jean Jacques Philippe

Until his retirement in 2005, Mr. Phillippe led all helicopter research activities at ONERA and supervisedresearch cooperation initiatives between the US Army, NASA and ONERA.
  • C. Harry Parkinson
  • Founder and President
  • Advanced Technologies Inc. (Ret.)
  • John P. Magee
  • Technical Director BA-609 Titlrotor
  • Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc. (Ret.)
John Magee is a well-known figure in the rotary-wing industry having contributed to significant advances in rotary-wing technology in his long term involvement of the development of tiltrotor technology in all phases of the maturing process.
  • Dean C. Borgman
  • President
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
Dean Borgman is a well-known figure in the rotary-wing industry having contributed to significant advances in rotary-wing technology in his more than 35 years of service to the industry.
  • Walter G. Sonneborn
  • Vice President Research & Product Definition
  • Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.
  • Dr. Peter G. Hamel
  • Raymond W. Prouty
  • Troy Gaffey
  • Francois Legrand
  • William W. Walls
  • Prof. Alfred Gessow
  • Dr. Marat N. Tischenko
  • Dr. Kenneth M. Rosen
  • Frank Robinson
  • Leonard M. 'Jack' Horner
  • Stanley Hiller, Jr.
  • Dr. Kurt Pfleiderer
  • Joseph Mallen
  • Charles W. Ellis
  • Robert Zincone
  • Jack G. Real
  • Richard M. Carlson
  • Kenneth Grina
  • Robert R. Lynn
  • Wayne Wiesner
  • Charles Kaman
  • Frank N. Piasecki
  • Rene Mouille
  • William F. Paul
  • Ralph P. Alex
  • Kenneth B. Amer
  • Edward Woll
  • Bernard Lindenbaum
  • Paul F. Yaggy
  • Director, Dept. of the Army
  • US Army Air Mobility Research and Development Laboratory

In recognition of his outstanding contribution to helicopter technology and his leadership of the US Army Air Mobility Research and Development Laboratory. His foresight and dedication set the standards for the future of our industry.
  • Edward J. Ducayet
  • Chairman
  • Bell Helicopter Company

For notable achievement in the advancement of rotary wing aeronautics and for his leadership in the American Helicopter Society.
  • Robert A. Wagner
  • Director of Aeronautical Engineering Division
  • Hughes Tool Co.,

For notable achievement in the advancement of rotary wing aeronautics and for his leadership in the American Helicopter Society.
  • Charles Marchetti
  • Societe Charles Marchetti

For notable achievement in the advancement of rotary wing aeronautics as Chief Helicopter Designer and later as Director for Helicopters of Sud Aviation.
  • LTG William B. Bunker, USA
  • Deputy Commanding General
  • US Army

For foresight in establishing standards of performance and utility for Army helicopters and ceaseless insistence upon excellence in all phases of helicopter development.
  • Rene H. Miller
  • Slater Professor of Flight Transportation
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology

For his technical and scientific contributions to Rotary Wing Aerodynamics and Aeroelastic Theory, and his contributions to the application of VTOL aircraft to short haul air transportation.
  • Dr. Anselm Franz
  • Vice President and Assistant General Manager
  • of Avco Corporation

For leading the development of a noteworthy series of gas turbine engines for helicopters and other VTOL aircraft, which have demonstrated their performance and durability in worldwide service.
  • Irven H. Culver
  • Advanced Technology Adviser
  • Lockheed-California Company

For the conception and successful development of a rigid rotor system for helicopters embodying unique control and stabilization elements.
  • Elliot Daland
  • Director and Engineering Advisor
  • Piasecki Aircraft Corporation

For his continuous contributions to the helicopter industry for more than two decades, particularly in the successful development of the tandem rotor-type helicopter.
  • Dr. Kurt H. Hohenemser
  • Senior Scientist
  • McDonnell Aircraft Corporation
For notable technical contributions to the advancement of rotary wing theory as evidenced by his numerous publications and work in industry. As technical advisor and recently technical director of the American Helicopter Society, he has contributed unselfishly of his time and high technical competence to the basic objectives and progress of the Society.
  • Frederick B. Gustafson
  • Head, VTOL Branch, Aerospace Mechanics Division
  • NASA Langley Research Center

For his achievements, dedication, and effort in rotary wing science, research and development and his pioneering in the area of helicopter stability and control. By writing more than twenty-five technical papers, and by contributing to over one hundred NASA publications on rotary wing research, he has established sound technical standards for rotary wing development.
  • BG Robert R. Williams, USA
  • Commanding Officer, US Army Aviation Center
  • US Army

For his leading role in Army helicopter tactical development. His extensive helicopter background coupled with foresight, ability and initiative, was instrumental in formulating long range Army programs for technical helicopter requirements, which established realistic development goals for new helicopters.
  • Leon L. Douglas
  • Vice President Engineering, Vertol Division
  • Boeing Airplane Company

For numerous and important contributions to the development of the Tandem Rotor Helicopter and other VTOL Aircraft.
  • V. Keith Putnam
  • US Army Transportation Corps, Deputy Commander, Aviation Test Activity
  • Edwards Air Force Base

For achievements in advancing flight test procedures and techniques used in helicopters and other VTOL aircraft.
  • Robert L. Lichten
  • Chief Experimental Project Engineer
  • Bell Helicopter Corporation

For the development of the tilt-rotor type convertiplane successfully demonstrated by the full conversion flight of the Bell XV-3 on December 18, 1958.
  • Friedrich L. Von Doblhoff
  • Helicopter Chief Engineer
  • McDonnell Aircraft Corp.

For notable achievement in the advancement of rotary-wing aeronautics.
  • CPT Wayne W. Eggert, USAF
  • Experimental Test Pilot
  • United States Air Force

Presented Posthumously
  • Charles H. Zimmerman
  • Asst. Chief, Stability Research Division
  • Langley Aeronautical Laboratory, NACA

For notable achievement in the advancement of rotary-wing aeronautics.
  • Bartram Kelley
  • Chief Engineer, Helicopter Division
  • Bell Aircraft Corporation

For notable achievement in the advancement of rotary-wing aeronautics.
  • Michael Gluhareff
  • Chief Engineer
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.

For notable achievement in the advancement of rotary-wing aeronautics.
  • Raoul Hafner
  • Chief Designer, Helicopter Department
  • Bristol Aeroplane Co., Ltd.

For notable achievement in the advancement of rotary-wing aeronautics.
  • Louis Breguet
  • President
  • S. Ades Ateliers D'Aviations Louis Breguet

For notable achievement in the advancement of rotary-wing aeronautics.
  • Igor I. Sikorsky
  • Engineering Manager, Sikorsky Aircraft Division
  • United Aircraft Corporation

For notable achievement in the advancement of rotary-wing aeronautics.