Nominations Sought for 2020 Nikolsky Lecturer

Nominations requested for the distinguished
Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship

Dr. Karen JacksonThe Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship is bestowed upon an individual who has a highly distinguished career in vertical flight aircraft research and development, and is skilled at communicating his or her technical knowledge and experience. The selected honoree gives a one-hour plenary presentation to the 76th Annual Forum & Technology Display in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday, May 20, 2020, and composes an archival article for the Journal of the AHS.

Go to the Vertical Flight Society's awards nomination page to submit your nomination or endorsement! Nominations and all endorsements for the Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship are due by Friday, Sept. 20, by 11:59 p.m. (GMT-5).

The basis for the selection includes:

  • the significance of the proposed subject matter for the lecture
  • the appropriateness of the proposed subject matter to the proposed lecturer
  • the ability and commitment of the lecturer to compose a distinguished archival document to appear in the Journal of the AHS
  • the outstanding career of the lecturer
  • the willingness and ability of the lecturer to present his or her lecture to as many of the Society's chapters and student chapters as possible

Only active Society members may submit nominations. Not a member? Join us today!

The nomination should include a brief, but complete, list of the nominees’ qualifications and may include suggestions as to the subject matter. However, final determination of the subject matter will be made by the Awards Committee and the recipient. Nominations must be received by AHS Headquarters by the deadline in order to allow the recipient ample time to prepare the lecture. The recipient will be notified following ratification by the Board of Directors at the October board meeting.

See the official guidelines for full details.

One of Vertical Flight Society's most prestigious awards, the Lectureship is named for Prof. Alexander A. Nikolsky, part of Igor Sikorsky's team that developed the VS-300 and later a researcher at Princeton University, where he provided information crucially important to early rotary-wing aircraft designers.

Past winners of this award have included Alfred Gessow, René Mouille, Bruno Lovera, Karen Jackson (shown) and many other luminaries of vertical flight. Nominate someone today!