The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has released its selection of Class of 2016 AIAA Fellows and Honorary Fellows. Standex Engineering Technologies Group is proud to announce that Technical Representative Dr. T. Kent Pugmire, has been recognized as a Class of 2016 Fellow.
AIAA Fellows are “persons of distinction in aeronautics or astronautics, who have made notable and valuable contributions to the arts, sciences, or technology thereof.” The AIAA board of directors elects only 1 Fellow per 1,000 members.
A member of the Institute for 55 years with over 70 publications, Pugmire, a 30 yr. active member of the Liquid Propulsion Technical Committee, has organized and chaired over 50 Joint Propulsion Conference sessions. He developed arc heated reentry test facilities for primes and NASA followed by invention and development of electro-thermal heated engines and propulsion systems for 40 spacecraft, commencing operational use of electric propulsion for spacecraft. One of Pugmire’s electro-thermal concepts is the ongoing basis of over 250, long life, station keeping engines.
Pugmire has worked with Spincraft / Standex Engineering Technologies Group (ETG) 20+ years as a Technical Representative and Consultant to the Space Systems market. The entire ETG Group offers very sincere congratulations to Kent for achieving this recognition, along with heartfelt appreciation for his many contributions to our success.
The induction ceremony for the new Fellows and Honorary Fellows will take place at the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala on June 15 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.
For additional information on the 2016 Fellow appoinments, please visit www.aiaa.org