From Sandy's Desk
There is a lot going on all around the Institute, but here are a few major items that I wanted to highlight:
As I am sure everyone is aware there is a proposed, amended Constitution up for a vote in the 2016 election cycle...
Looking for Feedback on ITAR Sessions at the Forums
The International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR) guidelines restrict some of the material our members work on....
Interested in Helping the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS) as a Technical Expert?
AIAA has been approached by the U.S. Department of State for help in assembling a community of technical experts to provide assistance on topics...
Diversity Working Group Update
The Diversity Working Group, chartered last year, has spent some time examining AIAA and the aerospace industry and has established a plan...
Retiree Rate at Forums
AIAA has revisited the registration fee it charges its retired members to attend AIAA forums. We are pleased to announce...
It has been a busy summer for all of us! Our members were busy at our three summer forums:
Propulsion and Energy, and
SPACE. If you did not make it, be sure to visit the forum websites to explore what happened as well as to keep up with current events in those topic areas. Our Board met twice, and in September made some significant decisions that will have positive long-term impact on the Institute. Our TCs, PCs, and Standing Committees continued their important work; and our regions and sections hosted scores of exciting programs and events. The AIAA community is involved in many different areas of the industry. There are a few areas that I wanted to highlight for those of you looking to get involved in some of the many things going on around the Institute…
With summer already in full swing, and the year half over, I wanted to update you on a couple of the important projects underway here at the Institute. I trust that you will make your voice heard in response to our call to action to ease travel restrictions.
Your Voice, Your Stories: Help Us Ease Conference Travel Restrictions
Communication and collaboration are central to science and technology research. And scientific and technical meetings and conferences, whether big or small, bring researchers, educators, and federal program officers together to advance fields forward and drive innovation.
As the New Year begins, I wanted to take a moment to update you on some of the many noteworthy things happening here at the Institute. This email is a bit longer than the ones I’ve sent in the past, but I have a lot of news to share with you. Thanks for reading and I hope you’ll agree that this is an exciting time to be a part of AIAA and the aerospace community as we continue Shaping the Future of Aerospace!
It seems that the year is off to a brisk start, so I thought I would take a moment to update you on some specific happenings around the Institute and the country.
First and foremost, in January we had our inaugural AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition (SciTech), at National Harbor, near Washington, DC. I want to thank all of those who were involved in the planning and execution of this very successful event. The program was outstanding, from the plenary sessions to the myriad of technical papers that were presented.
As we start 2013, there is little doubt that the full impact of 2012 events has yet to play out. In 2012 we witnessed a “perfect storm” of the fallout from a scandal within a federal agency – the General Services Administration (GSA) – and the failure of Congress and the White House to achieve meaningful budgetary progress. This combination has left our Institute facing an atmosphere of tightening government travel rules and shrinking agency budgets – both of which threaten the long-term viability of AIAA.