Reston, Virginia –The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is pleased to announce that William H. Gerstenmaier is the recipient of the 2006 AIAA International Cooperation Award. Gerstenmaier will receive the award during the 2006 Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala at the Renaissance Washington Hotel in Washington D.C. on 25 April 2006.

The AIAA International Cooperation Award is presented to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the initiation, organization, implementation and/or management of activities with significant United States involvement that includes extensive international cooperative activities in space, aeronautics, or both.

Gerstenmaier currently is the associate administrator for Space Operations at NASA Headquarters located in Washington, D.C., and directs NASA’s human exploration of space. Formerly, he was the program manager of the International Space Station Office at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston and was responsible for overall management, development, integration and operations of the International Space Station. Previous to this, Gerstenmaier was deputy manager of the International Space Station Program and manager of Space Shuttle Program Integration. He also headed up the Orbital Maneuvering Vehicle Operations Office, Systems Division at Johnson Space Center.

The AIAA 2006 International Cooperation Award presented to Gerstenmaier will be inscribed, “In recognition of unparalleled accomplishments as Manager of the International Space Station Program, providing leadership to the 16-nation, 5-agency partnership pursuing this unprecedented and highly complex technical endeavor.”

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