Capt. Mordechai Levin Awarded Prestigious AIAA 2008 Barry M. Goldwater
Educator of the Year Award

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics AIAA National Capital Section’s highest award is the Barry Goldwater Educator Award, presented annually to an individual of national stature supporting the advancement of technology education. For years the award was presented locally to aerospace education advocates in many categories--industry, academia, government agencies, and Congress (Senator Goldwater himself, Senator McCain, NASA Administrator Mike Griffin, former Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta, Orbital Sciences CEO David Thompson, etc.)

In 2008, NCS expanded its search for qualified Goldwater candidates nationwide for the first time. With this year's recipient, we found a well qualified nationally recognized candidate--Mordechai Levin, Executive Director of the Masterflight Foundation in Richmond IL. Mordechai is dedicated to education of young women and minorities for aerospace career opportunities.

Capt. Levin has won the Air Force Auxiliary – Civil Air Patrol’s Brewer National Aerospace Education Award and was heartily endorsed by Air Force Association leader Lt. Gen. Michael Dunn.

Lt. Gen. George Muellner(Ret.), left,
Capt. Mordechai Levin, Edward Yarbrough

Levin noted that from 1995 to 2004, only 1 percent of all master’s degrees in aerospace engineering were awarded to African-Americans and 2 percent to Hispanics. He added that over the past decade, “less than 4 percent of Air Transport Pilot Certificates were awarded to women. And none of these shocking statistics have improved by even one percent in ten years. ”

Levin's passion for proportional representation of women and minorities in the aerospace field is evident from his impressive record of achievement. His bravery in speaking truth to power is inspiring. He passionately acts on his commitment to diversity in the aerospace field, and he enthusiastically challenges others.

“As an active member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, I was fortunate enough to hear his astounding speech to accept the Barry M. Goldwater Educator of the Year Award in 2008. To an audience of the most prestigious, established powers in the aerospace engineering community, he described how, like the air we breathe, the answer to the challenge of a declining aerospace workforce surrounds us. Further engaging women and minorities in aerospace and demanding proportional representation could be the answer, and he challenged the audience to take urgent action.”

Executive Director Bob Dickman read Capt. Levin’s award citation while President Lt. Gen. George Muellner (Ret.), and National Capital Section Chair Edward Yarbrough made the presentation.

The inscription on Capt. Mordechai Levin’s award reads:

“Your lifelong commitment to and most outstanding contribution of enduring vale is increasing access to aerospace education and careers for women and diverse populations.”

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