National Aeronautics and Space Administration
AOGS had a particular debt of gratitude to Mike Freilich. Since 2012 the NASA Hyperwall has been a central feature of the conference with numerous eye-catching talks entertaining and informing conference delegates. The contribution of NASA scientists to the paper sessions has steadily increased making a significant impact on the quality of the AOGS conferences which in turn has helped the society to grow in size and reputation. The particular efforts of NASA’s Jack Kaye and James Green have been recognised in previous awards but a key figure championing the link between NASA and AOGS has been Mike Freilich. His support, ambition and charisma has been vital to the development of AOGS and it is fitting that, shortly after his retirement, AOGS should recognize this contribution through the Wing Ip Medal.