Honeywell Aerospace Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Robert H. Smith has been named an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Fellow in recognition of his extraordinary leadership, research and contributions to the aerospace industry and government.
"Bob epitomizes the values of an AIAA Fellow and embodies the very essence of an innovator," said Tim Mahoney, president and CEO, Honeywell Aerospace. "From his time working with NASA to his technology leadership at Honeywell, Bob's exceptional curiosity, passion and constant striving for excellence have fueled numerous innovations that have greatly impacted the safety, comfort, fuel efficiency and connectivity of flight."
During Smith's time at Honeywell he has led engineering development and test programs that contributed to the Department of Defense's successful first flight of the Joint Strike Fighter and NASA's launch of its Orion deep-space exploration craft. He has overseen numerous key aviation technology programs, including the first trans-Atlantic flight using biofuel, creation of Honeywell's SmartView Synthetic Vision System for business aviation aircraft and the development of a comprehensive, integrated suite of mechanical and avionics products for the Airbus A350 XWB.
"As aerospace engineers, we continue to test the boundaries of technology, and AIAA has consistently been there to aid in that pursuit of excellence," said Smith. "I am privileged to join the ranks of outstanding AIAA Fellows who have established a legacy of creativity, innovation and exploration for others to follow."