On the afternoon of Nov.18, the 14th Aerospace Laureate Awards Awarding Ceremony was held at Beihang Sunrise Concert Hall. Tan Ruisong, Chairman and Party Group Secretary of Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), Cao Jianguo, Chairman and Executive Director of Aero Engine Corporation of China, Wang Jingsong, President of Northwestern Polytechnical University, Luo Ronghuai, Deputy Party Secretary at Aviation Industry Corporation, Cao Shumin, Secretary of the Party Committee of Beihang University, and zhao Gang, Vice Secretary of the Party Committee of Beihang University, were present at the ceremony.
Other attendees included representatives from Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council, State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense, Civil Aviation Administration of China, China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, China Aerospace Science & Industry Corporation (CASIC), China North Industries Group Corporation Limited and so on.
In tandem with the awarding ceremony, the book “Laureate Series”, which tells the story of the award winners, was published. The first batch of the book series that were brought out at the event included “The Laureate Zhang Enhe”, “The Laureate Luan Enjie” and “The Laureate Gu songfen”.
At the beginning, Beihang Deputy Party Secretary Zhao Gang delivered a speech in which he expressed his gratitude and paid his respects to people who have devoted themselves to China's aerospace development and emphasized Beihang's role in cultivating leading talents in this field.
In his speech, Li Benzheng, Deputy Secretary of the Party Leadership Group of AVIC, spoke highly of the Aerospace Laureate awards’ role in motivating aerospace researchers and scholars. He said that choosing Beihang as the venue for the awarding ceremony shows their recognition of the university's contribution in the national aerospace development.
12 individual or group laureates won seven awards at the event. Among whom, four Beihangers were rewarded, i.e., Li Dong, an undergraduate alumni (class of 1989) majoring in Aircraft Design and the chief designer of the Long March-5 rocket, won the“Tech Pioneer Award”; Chi Jun, chief commander for the BDS-3 satellites who got his bachelor degree in 1990 and received his doctoral degree in 2016 at Beihang, was honored with the “Excellent Leader Award”; Yin Zeyong, head of Science and Technology Commission of Aero Engine Corporation of China who got his doctoral degree at the School of Energy and Power Engineering in 1990, and Chen Yijian, the general designer of the Flying Leopard, former chief designer at AVIC the First Aircraft Institute and an adjunct Professor at Beihang in 1989, won the “Lifelong Dedication Award”, respectively.
Qin Shijun from AVIC Harbin Aircraft Industry Group won the “National Craftsman Award”
Cao Yansheng from the No. 283 Factory of CASIC won the “National Craftsman Award”
Shanghai Flight Department of China Eastern Airlines won the “Outstanding Flight Award”
The airborne landing and dropping group led by Li Jun from AVIC won the “Dauntless Hero Award”
Li Dong, chief designer of the Long March-5 rocket, won the “Tech Pioneer Award”
Deng Jinghui from China Helicopter Research and Development Institute at AVIC won the “Tech Pioneer Award”
Wang Jingsong, President of Northwestern Polytechnical University, won the “Excellent Leader Award”
Chi Jun, head of the BDS-3 satellite, won the “Excellent Leader Award”
Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China and AVIC won the “Best Cooperators Award”
Chen Yijian, Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering and former chief designer at AVIC the First Aircraft Institute, won the “Lifelong Dedication Award”
Yin Zeyong, head of Science and Technology Commission of Aero Engine Corporation of China, won the “Lifelong Dedication Award”
The ceremony ended with the song “I Love the Blue Sky of My Motherland”.
The Aerospace Laureate awards was founded in 2005 to commend aerospace talents who have made great contributions in the national science and technology development and displayed noble spirits in this course. Up to now, 98 individuals and 29 groups have won the awards. After 14 years of development, the Aerospace Laureate awards have been widely recognized and gained significant influence in the field of aerospace.
Reported by Wang Qing and Huang Min
Photographed by Di Bailu, Tian Wenhao and Zhang Keli
Edited by Jia Aiping
Reviewed by Li Jianwei
Translated by Xiong Ting