Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship

Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship

Given to an individual who has a highly distinguished career in vertical flight aircraft research and development, and is skilled at communicating their technical knowledge and experience, for whom a summary of their original work represents a valuable reference publication.

2018
  • Dr. Inderjit Chopra
  • Alfred Gessow Professor in Aerospace Engineering, Distinguished University Professor, and Director of the Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center
  • University of Maryland

For his contributions over a 40+ year career in the field of aeromechanics, as well as educating future generations of rotorcraft engineers, professors and industry leaders. For his lecture entitled, “Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and Delivery Drones: Challenges & Opportunities”
 
 
2017
  • Dr. Karen Jackson
  • Senior Aerospace Engineer, Structural Dynamics Branch, Langley Research Center
  • NASA Langley Research Center

For advances in Rotorcraft Crashworthiness, and trends Leading to improved survivability.
 
 
2016
  • Tom L. Wood
  • Chief Technologist
  • Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.

50 Years of Industry Perspective
 
 
2015
  • Robert A. Ormiston
  • Scientist Emeritus
  • US Army

For dedicating over 40 years to analyzing and understanding critically important rotary wing aeromechanics phenomena
 
 
2014
  • Dewey H. Hodges
  • Professor, School of Aerospace Engineering
  • Georgia Institute of Technology

For seminal contributions to analysis methodology of aeroelasticity and structural dynamics of rotors, and his development of textbooks and courses in these areas
 
 
2013
  • Peretz P. Friedmann
  • Professor, François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of Aerospace Engineering
  • The University of Michigan
 
 
2012
  • Gareth Padfield
  • Professor of Aerospace Engineering
  • University of Liverpool

For a long and distinguished career as a research scientist and professor that has been instrumental in establishing and expanding the analytic boundaries in rotorcraft handling qualities and many other areas
 
 
2011
  • William Bousman
  • Aerospace Engineer, US Army Aeroflightdynamics Directorate
  • NASA Ames Research Center (Ret.)

The Lectureship is awarded to "an individual who has a highly distinguished career in vertical flight aircraft research and development and is skilled at communicating their technical knowledge and experience." Bousman is being awared for his lecture "Full-Scale Airloads Measurements – Extraordinary Costs, Extraordinary Benefits."
 
 
2010
  • Dr. Wayne Johnson
  • Aerospace Engineer
  • NASA Ames Research Center

For his long and distinguished career and numerous outstanding contributions to rotorcraft fundamental research. He developed the Comprehensive Analytical Model for Rotorcraft Aerodynamics and Dynamics (“CAMRAD”) computer program that for close to 30 years has been pivotal to government, industry and academia in their rotorcraft design and analysis activities.
 
Dr. Johnson has been a leading contributor in rotorcraft aeromechanics theory, analysis, and testing and he has been instrumental in the design and development of advanced configurations such as the tiltrotor. He is also the author of the seminal 1,128 page textbook on helicopter engineering, titled “Helicopter Theory.”
 
2009
  • Dr. Fredric H. Schmitz
 
 
2008
  • Dr. David A. Peters
  • Associate Director
  • Georgia Tech Rotorcraft Center of Excellence

"How Dynamic Inflow Survives in the Competitive World of Rotorcraft Aerodynamics"
 
 
2007
  • Dr. Kenneth M. Rosen
  • President
  • General Aero-Science Consultants, LLC
 
Title: "A Prospective: The Importance of Propulsion Technology to the Development of Helicopter Systems with a Vision for the Future"
 
2006
  • Franklin D. Harris
  • Former Vice President Engineering (Ret.)
  • Bell Helicopter Textron
 
 
2005
  • Walter G. Sonneborn
  • Senior Vice President and General Manager (Ret.)
  • Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.
 
 
"Quo Vadis Helicopter Community? A Highly Opinionated Outlook in Three Parts – Technology, Management and Operations"
 
2004
  • Dr. Barnes W. McCormick
  • Professor Emeritus
  • Pennsylvania State University

For his lecture titled "Hurricanes, Tornadoes Wake Turbulence and BVI vortices Come in all Sizes," presented in Forum 60.
 
 
2003
  • Santino Pancotti
  • President, Advance Design
  • AgustaWestland

For his lecture entitled,"After 50 years of Helicopter Design Are Rotorcraft Mature Enough For the Commuter Roll?"
 
 
 
2002
  • Troy M. Gaffy
  • Senior Vice President, Research and Engineering
  • Bell Helicopters Textron

For his significant contributions to the vertical flight industry.
 
His lecture entitled,"The Devil is in the Aeromechanics and Other Product Development Lessons Learned."
 
2001
  • Dr. Richard M. Carlson

For his significant contribution to the aerospace field in the technology triad of industry, government and academia.
 
 
His lecture is entitled "Helicopter Performance - Transportation's Latest Chromosome."
 
2000
  • Prof. Howard C. Curtiss, Jr.
  • Princeton University

The Nikolsky Lecture was titled,"Rotorcraft Stability and Control, Past, Present and Future
 
 
 
1999
  • Dr. Daniel P. Schrage
 
 
 
1998
  • Robert J. Huston

For individual who reflects the highest ideals, goals, and achievements in the field of helicopter and V/STOL aircraft engineering and development.
 
 
The Nikolsky Lecture is entitled, "The Future of Vertical Lift."
 
1997
  • Bruce Blake
  • Boeing Helicopters (Formerly)
 
 
 
1996
  • Dr. David S. Jenney
 
 
 
1995
  • Bruno Lovera
 
 
 
1994
  • Evan Fradenburgh
 
 
 
1993
  • Kenneth I. Grina
  • Formerly with Helicopters Div.
  • Boeing Defense & Space Group
 
 
 
1992
  • Robert R. Lynn
 
 
 
1991
  • Dr. Robin B. Gray
  • PhD.
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
 
 
 
1990
  • Rene Mouille

In recognition of his selection as the 1990 Nikolsky Lecturer.
 
An Aerospatiale helicopter pioneer.
 
1989
  • Charles C. Crawford, Jr.
 
 
1988
  • Kenneth B. Amer
 
 
1987
  • Jan M. Drees
 
 
 
1986
  • John Ward
 
 
 
1985
  • Alfred Gessow
  • Professor
  • University of Maryland
 
 
1984
  • Robert G. Loewy
  • Professor
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

For the award because of his goals and achievements in the field of helicopter and V/STOL aircraft engineering and development.
 
 
Loewy's presentation was entitled "Helicopter Vibrations: A Technological Perspective".
 
1983
  • Rene H. Miller
  • Professor
  • Princeton Univresity

His outstanding carrer as a rotorcraft engineer and teacher at Princeton University. Te title of his lecture was "Potential Impact of Technology on VTOL Utilization".
 
 
1982
  • Bartram A. Kelley
 
 
 
1981
  • Wieslaw Z. Stepniewski
  • Head
  • International Technical Associates Ltd.Pennsylvania

In recognition of his distinguished career and the significance of his lecture, "Factors Shaping the Conceptual Design of Rotary Wing Aircraft", which was published in Journal of the American Helicopter Society.