National Coalition for Aviation and Space Education

Air Force Association and Lisa W. Bacon Recognized for Achievement in Aerospace Education

June 24, 2010

Air Force Association and Lisa W. Bacon Recognized for Achievement in Aerospace Education

The National Coalition for Aviation and Space Education (NCASE) announced today that it has selected both the Air Force Association (AFA) and Lisa W. Bacon of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) as recipients of the Dr. Mervin K. Strickler Aerospace Education Award, in recognition of their outstanding achievements in the field of aerospace education.

The awards will be presented at the National Aeronautic Association’s annual Fall Awards Banquet at 7 PM on November 8, 2010, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia.

In 1995, NCAE established the Dr. Mervin K. Strickler Jr. Award to honor Dr. Strickler and recognize individuals or organizations that share his personal commitment and lifelong contributions to aerospace education. Dr. Strickler has promoted aerospace education for more than 50 years and is considered the “father” of aerospace education.

The Air Force Association has supported and been a leader in aerospace education since its inception in 1946, beginning with AFA’s founding father, Gen. Hap Arnold, and its first president, Gen. Jimmy Doolittle. 

The AFA is an independent, non-profit civilian education organization promoting aerospace education and public understanding of aerospace power and the pivotal role it plays in the security of the nation. The AFA has continued this long tradition by more recently initiating three exciting new aerospace education activities: the Billy Mitchell Institute for Airpower Studies; the Elementary Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Orientation Program; and CyberPatriot, the National High School Cyber Defense competition. AFA has shown consistent and enduring support for aerospace education for over 60 years and is aggressively pursuing new and innovative programs – today and for the future.

Lisa W. Bacon has made significant contributions through her work at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, which has positively impacted thousands of students and teachers around the world, particularly in the United States.

Bacon is the program manager for pre-college and college student conferences at AIAA. This program was established to help educate students and teachers about STEM-related events, content and careers. Bacon has inspired thousands of students to study math and science by designing and delivering programs such as the World Space Congress, a once-every-decade event where Bacon conducted student programs that impacted over 10,000 students. She is responsible for managing several programs for educators and has reached thousands of classroom teachers over a five year period. 

Bacon has been a support to government, industry and labor in promoting aerospace education activities at the local, state, national and international levels.


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