AE Professor and former NASA Aviation Safety Manager Helps Put Students on New Trajectory

Dr. Amy Pritchett

Dr. Amy Pritchett, former director of the Aviation Safety Program in NASA's Aeronautics Research Directorate in Washington and now the David S. Lewis Associate Professor in the School of Aerospace Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, has been recognized for her outstanding commitment to aeronautics education by having an AIAA scholarship named after her.

AIAA Scholarship

The Dr. Amy R. Pritchett Digital Avionics Scholarship is one of four $2,000 undergraduate scholarships endowed each year by AIAA's Digital Avionics Technical Committee and maintained in perpetuity by the AIAA Foundation.  "I am a bit overwhelmed by this honor and can't thank the AIAA enough," said Pritchett, who worked for NASA under a two-year intergovernmental personal agreement during 2008 and 2009. 

Dr. Pritchett

Here at Georgia Tech, Pritchett is the founder and director of the Georgia Tech Cognitive Engineering Center, where she manages an interdisciplinary research and education program spanning several domains.  She was also selected by Tech undergraduate students to receive the Faculty Excellence Award, which recognizes a faculty member who has the most significant impact on their education.  Pritchett has authored more than 170 technical publication and presentations.  She received the AIAA's Lawrence Sperry Award for top young aerospace engineers and the RTCA federal advisory committee's William E. Jackson Award for contribution to aviation through graduate research.  While at NASA, Pritchett served on the Executive Committee of the public-private collaborative Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST), and was part of their receipt of the Collier Trophy for the nation's highest contribution to aeronautics.

For more information or to view the original article, go to http://www.aeronautics.nasa.gov/features/pritchett_scholarship.htm.

To learn more about Dr. Pritchett, go to her web page at http://www2.isye.gatech.edu/people/faculty/Amy_Pritchett/.