The AAS Molly K. Macauley Award

The 2022 AAS Molly K. Macauley Award is now open for abstracts.

DEADLINE: 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, February 3rd, 2022

About the Award

The American Astronautical Society Molly K. Macauley Award seeks to recognize future space industry leaders, by contributing to the professional development of a set of outstanding college and university students. Five finalists with one winner will be selected for each of two tracks: Business and Space Policy; and Science and Engineering. The two winners will receive a $2,000 award. All ten finalists are provided with a $500 travel award and free registration to attend the annual AAS John Glenn Memorial Symposium(The AAS Glenn Symposium will take place July 1820, 2022, in Cleveland, Ohio). The two winners are required to make a 10-15 minute oral presentation at the Glenn Symposium. 

The AAS Molly K. Macauley Award, created in 2019, is named for Molly Macauley, a national leader in environmental economics who helped for many years to establish, lead, and guide research projects combining economics with space research. Her fields of interest and goals were broad, including space related renewable energy, new technologies and natural resources, and helping decision makers understand the economics of space. Molly was tragically murdered in 2016 while out walking her dogs. Her murder is still unsolved today.

2022 CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Call for abstracts (PDF)
Abstract Submission

Past Winners

2020:

Hang Woon Lee, Macauley Award winner for the Business and Space Policy track, presents his paper: Regional constellations as alternative business strategy: Overcoming startups’ challenges in the space-based communications industry, at the 2020 Glenn Symposium.

Video of Hang Woon Lee’s presentation

Dennis Nikitaev, Macauley Award winner for the Science and Engineering track, presents his paper: A Laboratory Test To Evaluate Seeded Hydrogen In A Nuclear Thermal Rocket Engine, at the 2020 Glenn Symposium.

Video of Dennis Nikitaev’s presentation

2019:

Josh Wolny, Macauley Award winner for the Business and Space Policy track, presents his paper: Policy Challenges to Addressing the Space Debris Threat, at the inaugural Glenn Symposium.

Video of Josh Wolny’s presentation

Miguel Ramirez, Macauley Award winner for the Science and Engineering track, presents his paper: A virtual laboratory framework to model and predict mechanical performance of advanced composite forms and short fiber composites, at the inaugural Glenn Symposium.

Video of Miguel Ramirez’s presentation