Science   Technology   Aerospace   Robotics                   

 Science Technology Aerospace  Robotics

Board of Advisors 

David A. Bearden, Ph.D.

General Manager of  NASA & Civil Space Division of the Aerospace Corporation. 

Joel W. Burdick Ph.D.,

Richard L. and Dorothy M. Hayman Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering; Jet Propulsion Laboratory Research Scientist

Marie  Csete M.D., Ph. D. 

President & Chief Scientist, Huntington Medical Research Institutes.

The Honorable Lance A. Ito
(Ret) Judge Superior Court of the State of California, in and for the County of Los Angeles

William Patzert, Ph.D.

"Prophet of California climate," Scientist at the California Institute of Technology’s NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

John F.  Raffensperger
, Ph.D.

Senior Operations Researcher: Professor at Pardee RAND Graduate School

Philip R. Troyk, Ph.D.

Associate Dean & Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Armour College of Engineering, 

Director, Laboratory of Neural Prosthetic Research 

Sylvia Whitlock Ph.D.

District Governor, (2012-2013)
Rotary International 
District 5300


The Rotary Humanitarian STAR (Science, Technology, Aerospace, Robotics) Awards recognize and celebrate scientific achievements that significantly improve lives. Our goal is to raise public awareness of scientific advances and their positive impacts on humanity.

Our Purpose

To honor and bring to light achievements to support, advance and inspire humanitarian accomplishments, the Rotary Club of Sierra Madre, embodying the pursuit to serve humanity, offers the Rotary Humanitarian STAR Awards.

Within today's  science and technologically advanced society, public focus can become dominated by searches for information and entertainment, while previously inconceivable innovations addressing our most crucial humanitarian needs remain unknown.

Beyond screens and devices are creative minds discovering ways to explore oceans and skies, methods of information sharing, disaster relief, and healing for overcoming obstacles to personal and planetary well being.  From outer to inner space; from satellites to robotics and microchips, the impossible becomes our promise for the future.