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The Academy of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering Excellence

Academy Award

The Kevin T. Crofton Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering and the members of its advisory board established an Academy of AOE Excellence in 2016.


Membership in this academy is reserved for individuals who have made sustained and meritorious engineering and/or leadership contributions during their careers. While many of the inductees will be alumni of the AOE department, being an alumnus is not a requirement. It is expected that members have reached the pinnacle of their professional achievements and the department can recognize their accomplishments by membership in this academy. There is also an expectation from the department that academy members serve as our most esteemed ambassadors in advancing our mission and goals.


The Academy of AOE Excellence Honors:






After the large inaugural class of 2016, the AOE Department and the advisory board anticipates inducting no more than five individuals annually. Initiates are selected from about 4,800 living alumni of the AOE Department and the many friends and faculty who have demonstrated a dedication to the Virginia Tech core values throughout their careers. These core values are etched on the pylons above the War Memorial: Brotherhood, Honor, Leadership, Sacrifice, Service, Loyalty, Duty, and Ut Prosim.    

Nominations will be sought annually at the Spring meeting of the AOE Advisory Board.  An announcement to initiate the annual process will be sent by the Department Head each January, with the deadline for receipt of nominations in late March.  Nominations may be submitted by AOE Alumni, members of the AOE Advisory Board, the AOE Department Head, the Dean of the College of Engineering, and the AOE faculty.   Other constituencies may develop a nomination and submit in collaboration with the aforementioned nominators.

All nominations will be reviewed by the Advisory Board Committee on Leadership and Recognition. The committee will then submit its recommendations for Academy membership to the Department Head and AOE faculty for a final decision on newly-elected candidates.  After the large inaugural class of 2016, no more than 5 members may be inducted in any single year.  Newly-elected members will be notified and asked to accept membership before any public announcement is made.

The nomination form can be found on the AOE Website at:    Send completed Nomination Forms to the AOE Department Head by email to or via US Postal Service to Virginia Tech, Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, 215 Randolph Hall (0203), Blacksburg VA 24061.