Industrial Leadership Award

The Industrial Leadership Award was established in to recognize an individual in the space industry who had made an outstanding contribution through leadership in the development and acquisition of space systems.

Award Criteria

Recipients:

  • 2023 – Michael Nayak is recognized for exceptional leadership in ideating, creating, and executing the Department of Defense’s first dedicated lunar research program, focused on technical paths to a thriving lunar economy by 2035.
  • 2022 – Julianna Scheiman
  • 2021 – Jennifer H. Wright
  • 2020 – Benji Reed
  • 2019 – No Award Given
  • 2018 – No Award Given
  • 2017 – Jesse Leitner
  • 2016 – No Award Given
  • 2015 – No Award Given
  • 2014 – Michael Gass
  • 2013 – T. Cleon Lacefield
  • 2012 – George T. Whitesides
  • 2011 – Brewster Shaw
  • 2010 – Clayton Mowry
  • 2009 – James H. Crocker
  • 2008 – No Award Given
  • 2007 – No Award Given
  • 2006 – Elon Musk
  • 2005 – Theofanis G. “Ted” Gavrilis
  • 2004 – Martin Sweeting
  • 2003 – No Award Given
  • 2002 – Vance D. Coffman
  • 2001 – Russell D. Turner
  • 2000 – David A. Rossi
  • 1999 – Norman R. Augustine
  • 1998 – Alan R. Mulally
  • 1997 – John A. McLuckey
  • 1996 – No Award Given
  • 1995 – Kent M. Black
  • 1994 – No Award Given
  • 1993 – George W. Jeffs
  • 1992 – Daniel M. Tellep