Clarence L. (Kelly) Johnson Aerospace Vehicle Design and Development Award
This award recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves by making significant contributions during their career in the innovative design and development of advanced aircraft and/or spacecraft.
The SAE Board of Directors established the Clarence L. (Kelly) Johnson Aerospace Vehicle Design and Development Award to honor the memory of Clarence L. (Kelly) Johnson and the enormous impact he had on the aerospace industry. The SAE Aerospace Council administers this annual award to perpetuate recognition of Mr. Johnson's accomplishments and inspiration as the aeronautical genius who created Lockheed's famed Skunk Works and who played a leading role in the design and development of more than 40 of the world's most advanced aircraft.
This award is made possible through a fund established by the Lockheed Advanced Development Company.
This award, established in 1992, is administered by the Johnson Award Board under the auspices of the Aerospace Council. The award consists of a plaque and is presented at an SAE aerospace meeting.
The criteria for the selection of the award shall include the following:
- A distinguished career involving significant contributions in the innovative design and development of advanced aircraft and/or spacecraft.
- The recipient shall be judged primarily for the technical value and originality of the contributions which have expanded the knowledge of aerospace engineering. Providing supervisory or managerial engineering direction, although important, would not solely fulfill the requirements for this award.
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