Junkins granted highest distinction by AIAA

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Dr. John L. Junkins, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been named Honorary Fellow by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

Junkins is one of three 2011 Honorary Fellows, the highest distinction conferred by AIAA. Honorary Fellow is "granted to preeminent individuals who have had long and highly contributory careers in aerospace, and who embody the highest possible standards in aeronautics and astronautics." Orville Wright was named AIAA's first Honorary Fellow in 1933, and today, these Honorary Fellows are the most respected names in the aerospace industry.

AIAA President Mark Lewis said, "Being named a Fellow of AIAA is among the highest honors that can be bestowed upon an aerospace professional, and represents recognition from colleagues and peers for great contributions to our field and technical community. I congratulate each member of this year's class of Fellows and Honorary Fellows."

Junkins has been a member of AIAA for four decades, became an AIAA Fellow in 1987, and has received several awards from the organization during this time. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, Junkins is Distinguished Professor, Regents Professor and holder of the Wisenbaker Chair, and has been a member of Texas A&M's aerospace engineering department since September 1985.