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Truman receives 2019 AIAA Sustained Service Award

September 11, 2018 - By Kim Delker

Randy Truman, a professor of mechanical engineering, is one of four recipients of the 2019 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Sustained Service Award. 

TrumanThe Sustained Service Award recognizes sustained, significant service and contributions to AIAA by members of the Institute. Truman was named an AIAA Associate Fellow in 1993 and received the National Faculty Award in 2000.

Truman has been active in AIAA since joining as a student member in 1972. Upon joining the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Truman recruited student members to charter a student branch in 1982. He served as faculty advisor until July 2018, taking numerous students to the Region IV Student Conference.

Truman has also been active in the AIAA Albuquerque Section. As membership chair, he established the Corporate Liaison Committee with representatives from as many as 20 local companies. Since 1990, Randy has remained an active member of the Albuquerque Section Officers’ Board in an ex-officio role as UNM faculty advisor.

He was appointed to the AIAA Student Activities Committee in 1990 and served until January 2018. From 2002-2011, he chaired its scholarships and awards subcommittee that made annual selections of 30 undergraduate scholarships, a dozen graduate fellowships, and the National Faculty Advisor Award. Truman recruited more than 50 judges to ensure that each application was reviewed by multiple judges. He closely advised AIAA staff in developing the online system now used for judging.