Robert L. Lichten Award

Robert L. Lichten Award

Established to provide an incentive to VFS members, who have not previously presented the results of their work at a technical forum, to begin presenting their work at local and regional VFS meetings.

2018
  • Alberto Rigo
  • Politecnico di Milano

For his winning paper, “Numerical Evaluation of Gust Loads on Tiltrotor”
 
 
2017
  • Carolyn Walther
  • Graduate Student in the Department of Aerospace Engineering
  • Texas A&M University

For her paper, "Experimental and Computational Studies to Understand Unsteady Aerodynamics of Cycloidal Rotors in Hover at Ultralow Reynolds Numbers."
 
 
2016
  • Carl Runco
  • Texas A&M University
 
 
2015
  • Isaac R. Bandy
  • MTS Systems Corporation
 
 
2014
  • Raymond Beale
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
 
 
2013
  • Brent Pafford
  • University of Texas, Austin
 
 
2012
  • Erez Eller
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
 
 
2011
  • Gregory M. Neiswander
  • San Jose State University Research Associate
  • US Army Aeroflightdynamics Directorate

For his paper, "Improving Deceleration Guidance for Rotorcraft Brownour Landing."
 
 
2010
  • Mohammad Ali Rafiee
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

For his paper “Next Generation Graphene Nanocomposites for Rotorcraft Structural Applications.”
 
 
2009
  • Laura Buck
 
 
2008
  • Yvonne T. Fuchs

"Vertical Drop Testing and Analysis of the WASP Helicopter Skid Gear"
 
 
2007
  • Jonathan Mitchell
 
 
"Suppressing Vibrations in the BA609 Tiltrotor: Flight Testing and Innovative Solution."
 
2006
  • J. S. Wilson
 
 
 
2005
  • Jonathan Garhart
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation

For his paper “Implementation of Carbon Fiber Composites in Rotorcraft Transmission Housing Applications.”
 
 
2004
  • Jongmin Kim
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

For his paper "Flow Control Strategies for Improved Aerodynamic Efficiency of Micro-Rotorcraft."
 
 
2003
  • Cheng-Ho Tho
  • Bell Helicopters Textron Inc.

His paper was entitled "Efficient Helicopter Skid Landing Gear Dynamic Drop Simulation Using LS-DYNA."
 
 
2002
  • Geoffrey Jeram
  • Georgia Institute of Technology

His paper was entitled, "Open Design for Helicopter Active Control Systems."
 
 
2001
  • Marc Gervais
  • University of Maryland

For his paper entitled, "Tiltrotor Blade-Vortex Interaction Noise Control Through Non-Unique Longitudinal Forum Trim."
 
 
 
2000
  • Craig P. Fuehne
  • Graduate Student
  • Washington University of St. Louis

The paper is judged on the author's organization and clarity, originality and relevance of the work, and its technical content.
 
 
Fuehne's paper is entitled "Application of Generalized Floquet Theory to Ground Resonance Data."
 
1999
  • LCDR, Robert L. King
  • US Navy
 
 
 
1998
  • Joseph F. Horn
  • Graduate Student
  • Georgia Institute of Technology

His paper was judged on the author's organization and clarity, originality and relevance of the work, and its technical content.
 
 
Horn's paper is entitled "Flight Envelope Cueing on a Tltrotor Aircraft Using Neural Network Limit Prediction."
 
1997
  • Bryan S. Cotton
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.

For his paper entitled,"Autonomous Flight of the Cypher UAV."
 
 
1996
  • Andreas P.F. Bernhard
  • University of Maryland

For his paper entitled "Development and Hover Testing of a Smart Trailing Edge Flap with a Piezo-Induced Bending Torsion Coupled Actuator."
 
 
1995
  • Jeffrey Keller
 
 
 
1994
  • Jeff Evernham
 
 
 
1993
  • Carl Bauer
 
 
 
1992
  • Hieu T. Ngo
 
 
 
1991
  • D. Dale Davis
  • US Army Aerostructures Directorate

For his paper "Detailed Analysis and Test Correlations of a Stiffened Composite Wing Panel."
 
 
 
1990
  • Joshua Gordis
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

For his paper, "A Frequency Domain Theory for Structural Identification", at the opening session of the European Rotorcraft Forum.
 
 
1989
  • Earl P. Duque
 
 
1988
  • Brian Hamilton
 
 
1987
  • Dwayne Kimball
  • Bell Helicopter Textron
 
 
1986
  • Barbara Townsend
 
 
1985
  • Michael Lewis
  • AVSCOM Aeromechanics Laboratory
 
 
1984
  • Mark Davis
  • United Technologies Research Center

For his technical paper, "Development and Evaluation of a Generic Active Helicopter Vibration Controller".
 
 
 
1983
  • Todd R. Quackenbush

For his paper entitled "Testing and Evaluation of a Stall Flutter Suppression System Based On Individual Blade Control".
 
 
1982
  • Raymond S. Hansen and Jon P. Rogers

Hansen's paper is entitled, "Toward A Better Understanding of Helicopter Stability Derivatives", and Rogers' paper is on the "Application of an Analytical Stall Model to Rotor Dynamics Analysis".
 
 
Raymond S. Hansen of NASA Ames Research Center, and Jon P. Rogers of Washington University.
 
1981
  • Shyi-Yaung Chen
  • Graduate student
  • Washington University

Chen's paper is entitled, "Stability and Vibration of Two-Bladed Aeroelastic Rotors on Flexible Supports." Chen presented his paper at the Dynamics Session of the Forum, and it was published in the Journal of AHS.
 
 
1980
  • Kenneth P. Leighton
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Leighton received the Lichten award for his paper entitled, "Research on Model Helicopter Rotor Blade Slap at Moderate Tip Speeds", presented at a Northeast Regional meeting of the American Helicopter Society.
 
 
1979
  • Ivo Zvolanek
 
 
1978
  • David P. Chappell
  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Aeromechanics Laboratory, U. S. Army AVRADCOM

For his paper entitled "Monitoring of Fatigue Loading on Prop-Rotor Systems and Related Components During Tests of the XV-15 Research Aircraft".
 
The Lichten Award is given to the author of the best technical paper presented at an AHS regional meeting during the preceding calendar year. It is based on the author's personal contribution, originality of the work, and technical content.
 
1977
  • Debashis Banerjee
  • Research Assistant
  • Washington University in St. Louis

For the best technical paper presented in AHS regional meeting.
 
 
1976
  • Thomas W. Sheehy
  • Aerodynamicist
  • Sikorsky Aircraft, Aeromechanics Branch

For the author of the best technical paper given at a regional meeting during the preceding calendar year. His paper was "A General Review of Helicopter Hub Drag."
 
 

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