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Aviation and Space Education Awards
and Nomination Information
Awards nominations are your opportunity to tell the world about someone you know who
has done exceptional work in aviation and space education!
Earlier this year many individuals in the aerospace and educational
community read through the nomination materials, downloaded the forms, sent in
the information, and now enjoy knowing that they have honored worthy candidates!
Here are this year's award winners, to be acknowledged during NCASE:
Dr. Mervin K. Strickler, Jr. Aviation Education Leadership
AwardPresented by the National Coalition for Aviation Education
Saturday, October 21 Brewer Luncheon, Salon 1 & 2
Dr. John H. Campbell has been selected for the 2006 Dr.
Mervin K. Strickler, Jr. Aerospace Education Leadership Award in recognition
of his outstanding achievement in the field of aviation education.
Dr. Campbell has a distinguished career as a physicist and
an educator, with a genuine dedication to aviation education, especially
focused on soaring. For over two decades he combined his career and love of
aviation into the classroom and airports as a college professor and flight
He is active in many organizations which promote aviation
and make these resources accessible to youth.
Since 1993, he has chaired the Youth Committee of the
Soaring Society of America, Inc (SSA) and led the organization to become one
of the premier organizations in the world facilitating and promoting soaring
aviation to youth.
Dr. Campbell sees the importance of collaborating with other
organization that share common aerospace education goals. He initiated the
SSA-Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) partnership on the Young Eagles
programs. He was a participant in creating the SSA-Civil Air Patrol (CAP)
joint glider program Memo of Agreement. Dr. Campbell works extensively to
promote aviation and make resources available to youth.
The Dr. Mervin K. Strickler, Jr. Aerospace Education
Leadership Award, established in 1995, honors Dr. Strickler, the ‘Father of
Aviation Education’, whose significant contributions to education span more
than fifty years. The award is given to recognize individuals who share his
personal commitment and have made lifetime personal commitments to aviation
The National Coalition for Aviation and Space Education
represents government, industry, and aviation special interest groups united
to promote aviation education activities and resources; to increase public
understanding of the importance of aviation; and to support education l
initiatives at the local, state, and national levels.
Frank G. Brewer Trophy for Aerospace EducationPresented by the National Aeronautic Association
Air and Space Museum Docents Take Brewer Trophy
NAA is announcing that the Docent Corps of the Smithsonian
Institution’s National Air and Space Museum have been awarded the 2005 Frank
G. Brewer Trophy.
The Trophy is awarded annually to an individual, a group of
individuals, or an organization for significant contributions of enduring
value to aerospace education in the United States.
A particular mission of the all-volunteer group is to
conduct tours and hands-on educational programs for visitors of all ages.
They now provide similar services to visitors at the museum’s new Udvar-Hazy
Center near Washington, D.C.’s Dulles Airport.
The National Air and Space Museum is the most visited museum
in the world with more than 250 million visitors entering its doors since
opening in July, 1976. In the museum’s mission to “commemorate, educate and
inspire,” the Docent Corps is an invaluable asset in reaching, educating and
inspiring the millions of Americans who visit the museum annually—teaching
them about America’s heritage and encouraging them to learn more about the
science, technology, engineering, and mathematics topics key to our nation’s
legacy of successes in aviation and space exploration.
According to Museum Director General Jack Dailey, the Docent
Corps “has helped inspire generations of scientists, engineers, astronauts,
Dailey credits the group as “a major component of the
museum’s educational programming and outreach, and continued success.”
The National Aeronautic Association is proud to present the
Brewer Trophy to the Docent Corps of the National Air and Space Museum.
Crown Circle and Crossfield Awards
Crown Circle – Crossfield Awards Banquet Friday,
October 20th Salon A, B, C
Crown Circle for Aerospace Education Leadership
Established in 1979, this award recognizes performance of
outstanding leadership in aerospace education. Crown Circle recipients can
be proud of having received one of the highest awards in aerospace
Those seeking this honor must demonstrate involvement in and
commitment to aerospace education as a local, national, or international
leader in aerospace education with performance over an extended term and of
great quality. Induction may also be the result of exceptionally unique or
extraordinarily outstanding achievement or contributions in aerospace
Ms. Jeri Martin
Jeri A. Martin was born in 1956 in
Milton, Florida. In 1976 she received her associates degree from Florida
College in vocational education; in 1978 a bachelors degree in
vocational/technical education from the University of West Florida; and in
1986 her masters degree in science education & administration and
supervision from NOVA University. She has been a Florida Educator for
twenty-eight years and is currently teaching physical science at Thomas L.
Sims Middle School in Pace, FL.
In order to enhance the curriculum for her students and to
mentor teachers in Northwest Florida, she has participated in numerous
aerospace workshops, programs, and projects, which include some of the
NASA's Educational Workshop for Math & Science Teachers;
Curriculum Designer for the SEDSAT 1 satellite - secondary payload to the
Deep Space 1 satellite/Delta II launch at Cape Canaveral Air Force Base; and
wrote Aerodynamics curriculum for the National Flight Academy/National
Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, FL. In addition Ms. Martin has
written for and received over $100,000 in grant money for laboratory
equipment, rockets, and student project materials.
As Vice President - Aerospace Education for the Hurlburt Air
Force Association. She engages and collaborates with local academic leaders
to ensure aerospace sciences are a prominent part of each curriculum and
available to all school children. She successfully plans, executes, and
supervises numerous Aerospace Education programs, some of which are an
educator Newsletter, design of an aviation/aerospace curriculum notebook and
numerous aviation/aerospace teacher workshops in the Northwest Florida area.
Jeri excels in using small segments of video to capture her
students' and fellow teachers' interest while enhancing classroom math,
science, and technology skills through WSRE/PBS National Teacher Training
Institute as a Master Teacher. She has been employing this highly recognized
and educationally based program with her students as well as training other
educators for the past eight years.
She has been recognized by many organizations for her work
in Aerospace Education among which include the AFA Medal of Merit in 2004
and the George D. Hardy Award for Excellence in Aerospace Education in 2003.
William Rollins Murrow ("Rol") has
a wide-ranging background in high technology, management, media, and
aviation. From initial work assisting in aerospace acoustics he has
proceeded through his education and a career in film and video production,
theatre operations, and management. Along the way his enthusiasm for
aviation led from avocation to advocacy of local airports to vocation.
Rol graduated from the UCLA film school as well as the MBA
program and worked on many productions, built a production studio, and
operated the celebrated Fox Venice Theatre in Los Angeles. In 1975 he
learned to fly in a club at Santa Monica Airport and several years later
directed the completion of the Museum of Flying at that airport. He
co-founded the Air Care Alliance, an umbrella group for the several dozen
volunteer pilot organizations whose members fly to help others. He is a
member of EAA and flies Young Eagle missions; belongs to the University
Aviation Association; the National Aeronautic Association; Women in
Aviation; and the Aero Club of New England, for which he serves as an
Advisor. He has earned Commercial, Flight Instructor, and Glider
certificates, has logged more than 3,000 flight hours, and owns a vintage
1958 Cessna 172.
From 1991 to 2001 Rol served the Aircraft Owners and Pilots
Association (AOPA) as the Northeastern Regional Representative. Always
enthusiastic about aviation's positive influence on young people he worked
with the FAA's Aviation Education Director to form several state aviation
education councils, as well as the National Aviation and Space Education
Alliance. Through that work he became involved with the National Coalition
for Aviation Education (NCAE) and now serves as an officer for it. He is a
Civil Air Patrol Aerospace Education Member.
In 2001 Rol became full time Executive Director of the Wolf
Aviation Fund, which provides grants and information promoting and
supporting General Aviation. Working with his Trustees the Fund has focused
on aviation education as one of its most important core program areas, and
it became a sponsor for last year's Leadership Conference for Aviation and
Space Education (LCASE) and this year's National Conference on Aviation and
Space Education (NCASE).
Rol believes it is through mutually supportive partnerships
that we can all help inspire many more children and students through their
experiencing the wonders of aviation and space science. He lives and works
in the ranching community of Gavilan in Northern New Mexico.
A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year
This prestigious award was first presented in 1986 and has
been one of the highlights of every National Conference on Aviation and
Space Education. Inspired by the legendary A. Scott Crossfield, this award
recognizes and rewards aerospace education K-12 classroom teachers for
outstanding accomplishments in aerospace education and for their dedication
to the students they teach.
Ricardo V. Soria is a native of
San Antonio Texas. He resides in Fort Walton Beach Florida with his wife
JoAnn and son, Reid. Rick has an undergraduate degree in Resource Management
from Troy University and a graduate degree in Educational Leadership from
the University of West Florida. He has seven years of military teaching
experience and 12 years of teaching experience in the public school systems.
His teaching experience has consisted predominately of aviation / aerospace
science and related topics.
Rick has been interested in aviation and aerospace since he
was in grade school. He began by building plastic model airplanes and went
on to build more and more complex models of varying materials. The research
on the “X” planes was in high gear when he was a boy and followed their
progress with a voracious appetite. Soon, Rick was following the manned
space program. He has had a great fascination and interest in all things
dealing with aviation and aerospace my whole life. Teachers who were
innovative and creative in his life left a lasting impression. He was
presented an opportunity to apply for a position as an AFJROTC Aerospace
Science Instructor at a local high school and accepted. The curriculum
materials AFJROTC and the Civil Air Patrol produced were outstanding. Rick’s
mission in life is to generate excitement in his students in learning and
share his passion in aviation and aerospace. As he says:
"In 2004, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) had
partnered with our high school (Choctawhatchee HS) to establish a unique
educational program. ERAU College professors taught aviation courses in our
high school and students earned weighted high school credit and college
"In 2004 I decided to start an outreach program to inform
community schools about the aviation courses we were teaching at our high
school. My School principal financially sponsored the first two aviation
summer camps for elementary and middle school students.
"By the summer of 2005, the Air Force Association Chapter
#398 (Hurlburt Field, FL) and Schaller Engineering stepped forward and
agreed to sponsor more student aviation camps and two teacher aviation
workshops. By summer of 2006, our sponsors included the Air Force
Association Chapter #398 (Hurlburt Field, FL) and Schaller Engineering, the
Boeing Company and Jacobs Sverdrup and the local CAP Squadron.
"It has been humbling yet uplifting to work with dedicated
sponsors who have the same goals that I have: to educate the citizens of
America of the emphasis of science and math in our educational system to
assure our continued technological supremacy and national freedom."
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