Patti Grace Smith Award

The AAS Patti Grace Smith Award was established in 2016 in recognition of Patti’s commitment to the development of young professionals and will recognize both a young professional and a mentor.  

Each year, it will be given to:

  • An individual 35 years old or younger who has already made significant contributions to the endeavors of the space community.
  • An individual who is committed to the future of the space community by mentoring young professionals and/or creating opportunities for their advancement in the work force.

Award Criteria


  • 2020 – Marcello Romano, for his exceptional talent and dedication in mentoring young astronautical-engineering professionals to quickly become independent and prominent figures in Academia, US Government and Space Industry. The Patti Grace Smith Award will be presented at the 2021 AAS Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium taking place May 4-6, online.)
  • 2019 – No Award Given
  • 2018 – Casey Waggy
  • 2017 – Brooke Owens Fellowship