Nominations now open for Aviation Week and AIAA 2019 20 Twenties Awards

Informa Exhibitions’ Aviation Week Network, in association with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), today announced that nominations are open for the 2019 ‘Tomorrow's Technology Leaders: The 20 Twenties’ awards programme.

Established in 2013, the 20 Twenties programme recognises future innovators and leaders of the aerospace and defense (A&D) industry. Nominees are students in their 20s who are currently enrolled in baccalaureate or master's degree Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) programs. Award criteria is based on academic performance, public/community involvement and the value of research and design projects to the individual's learning.

"Identifying, actively engaging and developing the next-generation of A&D technology talent is vital to the future of this industry," Greg Hamilton, Aviation Week Network president, said. "The 20 Twenties programme recognises the rising stars on course to change the face of A&D. Nominations are now open to professors, deans and faculty of students, women and men in their 20s from around the globe who represent the best of the best in terms of talent, creativity and ability."

The 20 Twenties award winners will be recognized in March 2019 at the 20 Twenties Awards Luncheon and at Aviation Week's Laureates Gala in Washington, D.C.

Nominations are open through September 30, 2018 and should be made here.

For more information about the 20 Twenties Awards, please contact Carole Hedden at

The 20 Twenties programme is a part of Aviation Week Network's larger workforce initiative, in partnership with industry and government leaders, to inform and inspire young professionals and students with industry intelligence, career connections and an online community. These additional workforce efforts include:

  • Tomorrow's Leaders – A website at that provides A&D news and guidance to the younger generation. Visit:
  • Aerospace on Campus – A programme conducted in partnership with America's oldest aviation organization, the Wings Club, that brings executives and young professionals on campus to share information and stories about building a career in the A&D industry.
  • Aviation Week's University Student and Youth Professionals Surveys – Conducted in cooperation with the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), to identify critical factors that go into how these generations are making decisions about their education and careers.
  • Aviation Week & Space Technology Free Student Digital Subscription – Every week, over 14,000 students and faculty members in over 1,000 universities receive a free digital issue of Aviation Week & Space Technology to remain current on industry news, trends and insights.


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