Presentations for 2020
Information about the Ray Lien Award
Ray Lien was reputed as an excellent aviation educator. He envisioned an Aerospace Educators Workshop in 1988. Ray was introduced to aviation in 1925 by his Platte, South Dakota, neighbors. Ray enlisted in the US Army Air Corps in January 1942. Throughout WWII, Ray served as a Maintenance Officer in various locations, but predominantly in North Africa with B-26 and B-25 aircraft. After the war, Ray joined the Air Force Reserve, where he continued to serve in the maintenance field until his retirement as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1970.
Ray Lien earned a BS in Agricultural Engineering from South Dakota State College in 1941 and an MS in Agricultural Engineering in 1958. He actually began teaching at Purdue University in 1953, which he continued until 1987. He was one of the few Purdue University faculty to ever rise from an Instructor to Full Professor without earning a PhD. In 1988, he became Coordinator (and later Chairman) of Educational Project for SUN ‘n FUN and started the first Aerospace Educator Workshop.
In Ray’s honor, we proudly present the Ray Lien Award annually during the SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo during the Aerospace Educators Workshop. This award is given to recognize an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to aviation education.
Nominate the winner of the Ray Lien Award for 2020
- The award will be presented at SUN ‘n FUN in Lakeland, Florida during the Aerospace Educators Workshop. We request the recipient be present at the Workshop to receive the award.
- Anyone can nominate a person and it can be self-nominated. The nominator must submit a letter of support for the candidate by describing his/her contributions to aviation education.
- The recipient must agree to present a session for teachers at the following year’s workshop.
- The nomination letter of support should be emailed to Bill Yucuis at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than March 13th, 2020.
RAY LIEN Award Winners
Spirit of an Educator – “Knowledge is the key to aviation’s future.”
|1998 Paul Poberezny||1999 A.Scott Crossfield||2000 Lyle R. Flagg|
|2001 Billy Henderson||2002 Gene Olson||2003 Dr. Charley Rodriguez|
|2004 Dr. Carol Denicole||2005 Barbara Walters-Phillips||2006 Greg Harbaugh|
|2007 Marie Grein||2008 Richard Ortega||2009 Chad Smith|
|2010 Barry Scharf||2011 Lori Bradner||2012 Bill Yucuis|
|2013 Joseph Oliver||2014 John Iskra||2015 Not Awarded|
|2016 George “Gabe” Gabrielle||2017 Thomas J. Sarko||2018 Mary Catherine Vaughn|
|2019 Marie Hill||2020 TBD||2021 TBD|