The 2019 meeting of the Aerospace Medical Association was held in Las Vegas, Nevada (May 2019), which was highlighted by a celebration of the 50 year anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.  During the proceedings, Dr. Michael A. Schmidt was presented with the 2019 Research and Development Innovation Award by the Life Sciences and Biomedical Engineering Branch of the Aerospace Medical Association.

The Research and Development Innovation Award is given to an individual who has demonstrated innovative life sciences and/or bio-medical engineering research, as related to the design or development of aerospace medical equipment or systems.