Honors and Awards
The William F. Ballhaus Prize is awarded for an outstanding doctoral dissertation in Aeronautics. Dr. William Ballhaus, received his PhD in Aeronautics in 1947 and he has had a distinguished career in industry which included designing (while still a student!) the A3D at Douglas Aircraft, a stint at Convair, Chief Designer and Vice President of Northrop, and president of Beckman Instruments. We thank Dr. Ballhaus for endowing this prize and enabling the recognition of what is for our PhD students, the culmination of their graduate career and the subject of many late nights and weekends spent, today, hunched over the keyboard of a computer.
The Charles Babcock Memorial Award is given to the graduate student whose achievements in teaching (or other assistance to students) have made a significant contribution to the Aeronautics program. The award is named in memory of Chuck Babcock, Prof of Aeronautics who passed away in 1987.
The Rolf D. Buhler Memorial Award in Aeronautics – Rolf Buhler was 1952 graduate of GALCIT and formerly Professor of Spaceflight at Stuttgart. Awarded to a student in the Aeronautics Master's Program whose academic performance was exemplary and who shows high potential for future achievements at Caltech.
The award is given to an EAS graduate student in hydrodynamics who has distinguished himself or herself in research.
The Donald Coles Prize is awarded to the graduating Ph.D. student in Aeronautics whose thesis displays the best design of an experiment or the best design for a piece of experimental equipment.
The Hans G. Hornung Prize is given for the best oral PhD defense presentation by a student advised by Aeronautics faculty. The committee to determine the prize winner was made up of current Aeronautics students who attended all the talks in order to make their recommendation.
The Kalam Prize for Aerospace Engineering is awarded to a student in the Aerospace engineering Master's Program whose academic performance was exemplary and who shows high potential for future achievements at Caltech. This prize was made possible through the generosity of Dr. Abdul Kalam, the 11th President of India, himself an Aerospace Engineer.
The Ernest E. Sechler Memorial Award in Aeronautics is given to the graduate student who has made the most significant contribution to the GALCIT teaching and research effort this year. The award was established in 1980 to honor Ernie Sechler who was the first graduate of GALCIT and a faculty member for 46 years. Throughout his career, he was a faculty advisor to the graduate students and made many contributions to Aeronautical engineering, particularly in structural mechanics and the utilization of energy resources.