Honeywell Aerospace Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Bob Smith has been named an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Fellow. Smith will be honored at the AIAA 2015 Fellows Dinner in Arlington, Va., on May 5 and at the AIAA Spotlight Awards Gala on May 6 in Washington, D.C.
The AIAA Fellow designation recognizes individuals who have made notable and valuable contributions to the arts, sciences or technology of aeronautics and astronautics. According to the AIAA, Smith is a “visionary, dynamic researcher and leader accomplishing change in our world for the better. He is deeply committed to advancing the aerospace industry.”
"Bob epitomizes the values of an AIAA Fellow and embodies the very essence of an innovator," said Tim Mahoney, president and CEO, Honeywell Aerospace. "From his time working with NASA to his technology leadership at Honeywell, Bob's exceptional curiosity, passion and constant striving for excellence have fueled numerous innovations that have greatly impacted the safety, comfort, fuel efficiency and connectivity of flight."
During Smith's time at Honeywell he has led engineering development and test programs that contributed to the Department of Defense's successful first flight of the Joint Strike Fighter and NASA's launch of its Orion deep-space exploration craft. He has overseen numerous key aviation technology programs, including the first trans-Atlantic flight using biofuel, creation of Honeywell's SmartView Synthetic Vision System for business aircraft and the development of a comprehensive, integrated suite of mechanical and avionics products for the Airbus A350 XWB.
“I am honored to be recognized as an AIAA Fellow,” said Smith. “For my entire career, it has been a privilege to be part of such an exemplary organization. As aerospace engineers, we continue to test the boundaries of technology and AIAA has consistently been there to aid in that pursuit of excellence. I am privileged to join the ranks of outstanding AIAA Fellows from the past, who have established a legacy of creativity, innovation and exploration for others to follow.”
AIAA is the largest aerospace professional society in the world, serving a diverse range of more than 30,000 individual members from 88 countries and 95 corporate members.