The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is pleased to announce the winner of the Zarem Graduate Student Award for Distinguished Achievement in Aeronautics, Karl Roush, for his paper, “Designing for Security: A Cybersecurity Introduction for Aerospace Education.” Roush will present his paper at the 33rd Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS 2022), 4–9 September 2022, in Stockholm, Sweden.


AIAA Honorary Fellow Dr. Abe Zarem, founder and managing director of Frontier Associates, established the Abe M. Zarem Graduate Awards for Distinguished Achievement to annually recognize graduate students in aeronautics and astronautics who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship in their field.

Roush, who completed his undergraduate degree in Aerospace Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2020, remained to pursue a M.S. Aerospace Engineering. As a Department of Energy Gas Turbine Fellow, he has worked on small gas turbine developments for the Air Force Research Laboratory. Not just limited to fixed wing, Roush also worked as a Project Component Engineering intern at Aerojet Rocketdyne on the RL10 rocket engine. Roush’s graduate work with Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory (ASDL) focuses on smart technologies for the FAA, modeling of space-based ISR architectures, and hypersonic reconnaissance vehicle design exploration. His technical interest in data analytics has led him to develop ML/AI solutions for companies including Wells Fargo and NVIDIA. An active AIAA member, Roush serves as the Georgia Tech Student Branch graduate liaison. 


“It is my honor to accept the Abe M. Zarem Graduate Award and I cannot wait to meet my fellow AIAA members at both the 2022 AIAA SciTech Forum and ICAS,” Roush said. “Many thanks to my mentor, Dr. Dimitri Mavris, as well as my ASDL colleagues for their continued support. It is my hope that this inspires others to learn more about cybersecurity in aerospace engineering!”


Roush’s faculty advisor, Dimitri Mavris, is Director of the Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is the Boeing Chaired Professor of Advanced Aerospace Systems Analysis in Georgia Tech’s School of Aerospace Engineering, Regents Professor, and an S.P. Langley NIA Distinguished Professor. He also serves as the Executive Director of Georgia Tech’s Professional Master’s Applied Systems Engineering program. He is an AIAA Fellow and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.


For more information on the Abe M. Zarem Graduate Awards for Distinguished Achievement, please contact Michael Lagana at or 703.264.7503.


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