ME Professor Randy Truman receives 2019 AIAA Sustained Service Award

August 30, 2018 - Department of Mechanical Engineering


Professor Randy Truman is one of 4 recipients of the 2019 AIAA Sustained Service Award. The Sustained Service Award recognizes sustained, significant service and contributions to the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics by members of the Institute. Prof. Truman was named an AIAA Associate Fellow in 1993, and received the National Faculty Award in 2000.

Dr. Truman has been active in AIAA since joining as a Student Member in 1972. Upon joining UNM Mechanical Engineering, Prof. Truman recruited student members to charter a Student Branch in 1982. He served as Faculty Advisor until July 2018, taking numerous students to the Region IV Student Conference.

Professor Truman has also been active in the AIAA Albuquerque Section. As Membership Chair, he established the Corporate Liaison Committee with representatives from as many as 20 local companies. Since 1990, Randy has remained an active member of the Albuquerque Section Officers’ Board in an ex-officio role as UNM Faculty Advisor.

Truman was appointed to the AIAA Student Activities Committee in 1990, and served until January 2018. From 2002-2011 he chaired its Scholarships & Awards Subcommittee that made annual selections of 30 undergraduate scholarships, a dozen graduate fellowships, and the National Faculty Advisor Award. Prof. Truman recruited more than 50 judges to ensure that each application was reviewed by multiple judges. He closely advised AIAA Staff in developing the online system now used for judging.

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