AAAM Awards

The following awards are presented each year at the Annual Scientific Conference, honoring the many achievements and service in the automotive medicine field.

Award of Merit

Given to an outstanding individual who has made significant scientific contributions to an aspect of automotive medicine over many years or for a single outstanding contribution. The Nominations and Awards Committee evaluates and recommends candidates to the Board.

2023 Winner: Kristy Arbogast, PhD, MSE

A.J. Mirkin Service Award

Given to an AAAM member who had made continuous service contributions through committee, faculty, and project involvement. The Nominations and Awards Committee evaluates and recommends candidates to the Board.

2023 Winner: Sjaan Koppel, PhD

Donald F. Huelke Lifetime Membership Award

The Huelke Award is to recognize, honor and acknowledge an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the AAAM organization, provided repeated volunteer services to the AAAM organization, and maintained membership for a total of 15 years. Additionally, the awardee must have met at least three of the following criteria: served on at least one AAAM committee, served as a member of the AAAM Board of Directors, organized AAAM seminars or symposia (or served as faculty), contributed to the AAAM endowment fund, or received another AAAM award.

2023 Winner: Brian Fildes, PhD

Elaine Wodzin Young Achiever Award

Named for Elaine Wodzin, a long-serving executive director of AAAM, who had the innate ability to recognize the future of the organization through the efforts of young professionals. The award is given to a younger (<45 years) member of AAAM for a singular specific achievement in automotive medicine or other contributions to the field of traffic injury control. The achievement could be (but not limited to) the publication of a seminal research work, practical implementation of an injury control concept, or promotion of an element of public injury control policy.

2023 Winner: Jason Hallman, PhD

Jan Price Excellence in AIS Teaching Award

Established in 2022, The Jan Price Excellence in AIS Teaching Award is named for Janet Price, who has been involved in AAAM for more than twenty years and has helped advance the AIS course and certification program worldwide. Past and present AIS faculty are eligible for this award. Recipients will be awarded $250.

2023 Award Winner: Donna Nayduch, MSN, RN, ACNP, TCRN, CAISS

Nominations for the 2024 AAAM Awards program have been closed. Thank you to all those who have nominated their road safety peers. The nominations for the 2025 AAAM Awards program will open early next year.