Azad Madni and Srinath Ekkad named AIAA fellows

Madni is a professor at the University of Southern California while Ekkad is a professor at North Carolina State University.

Srinath Ekkad and Azad M. Madni named AIAA fellows / North Carolina State UniversitySouthern California University

Azad M. Madni and Srinath Ekkad have been named honorary fellow and fellow by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) respectively.

“The Class of 2024 AIAA Honorary Fellows and Fellows are among the most respected names in the aerospace profession,” said Laura McGill, AIAA president.

 “These distinguished individuals have earned the respect and admiration of our broad science and engineering community. We are in awe of their creativity and exceptional contributions to advance the performance and capability of aerospace systems,” she added.

According to a statement by AIAA, an honorary fellow is its highest distinction, recognizing preeminent individuals who have made significant contributions to the aerospace industry and embody the highest possible standards in aeronautics and astronautics. 

Madni, who has been recognized as an honorary fellow, is a professor of astronautics, aerospace and mechanical engineering in the University of Southern California. He is the holder of the Northrop Grumman Fred O’Green chair in engineering and the executive director of USC’s systems architecting and engineering program. 

Madni also holds a joint appointment in the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and courtesy appointments in the Rossier School of Education and Keck School of Medicine. In addition, he is the founding director of the Distributed Autonomy and Intelligent Systems Laboratory and is a faculty affiliate of USC’s Ginsberg Institute for Biomedical Therapeutics in the Keck School of Medicine.

Srinath Ekkad has been serving as the head of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at North Carolina State University since 2017. He has been named a fellow by AIAA, which is conferred upon individuals in recognition of their notable and valuable contributions to the arts, sciences, or technology of aeronautics and astronautics.

Prior to this, Ekkad served as Rolls-Royce professor for Aerospace Systems at Virginia, where he was also the associate VP for research programs and director for the Rolls-Royce University Technology Center for Advanced System Diagnostics.

Ekkad was elected fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (FRAeS) last year in May and has been a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) since  2009.

“AIAA takes great pride in honoring the Class of 2024 Honorary Fellows and Fellows. These professionals have made significant and lasting contributions to the aerospace community. Their passion and dedication are inspiring the generations that follow to reach even greater heights,” expressed Dan Dumbacher, AIAA CEO.

The induction ceremony will take place on May 14 in Washington, DC. Furthermore, the AIAA Awards Gala is scheduled for May 15 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, AIAA informed in its statement.