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    AIAA Young Professional Liaison

    AIAA Board of Directors, Young Professional Liaison

    Application Deadline: 15 October 2014
    Position Duration: May 2015 – May 2017

    The Young Professional Liaison position on the AIAA Board of Directors helps give AIAA a more direct link to the Institute’s young professional members, and provides insights and feedback to help AIAA create comprehensive programs to attract and retain young professionals and members in general.

    The Young Professional Liaison is a non-voting Board of Directors position lasting two years.  The liaison will be required to attend AIAA Board of Directors meetings in January, May, and July or August each year.  In addition, the Young Professional Liaison will be asked to participate in various other meetings and activities that are co-located with the Board of Directors meeting (receptions, special events, etc.).  The Young Professional Liaison will work with the AIAA Young Professional Committee (YPC) and perform various responsibilities including attending the committee’s meetings and supporting the committee’s various activities. AIAA will reimburse the liaison for necessary expenses incurred to attend the Board of Directors meetings.


    Applicants for the position of Young Professional Liaison to the AIAA Board of Directors shall meet the following eligibility requirements:

    1. Applicant must be an AIAA professional member in good standing for at least one year prior to selection.

    2. Applicants must be a young professional member (35 years of age or under) for the entire duration of the appointment.

    3. Applicant must reside in the United States, for reimbursement purposes.


    The Young Professional Liaison to the AIAA Board of Directors will be selected on the basis of the following criteria, which are listed in order of importance:

    1. Candidate Statement
    The candidate should state his/her goals and desires for the position and the benefits for the young professional membership if chosen. 

    2. Resume/Biography
    The candidate should submit a short resume or biography listing AIAA participation and current position.

    3. Letter of Management Endorsement
    The candidate and his/her managers should discuss the shared commitment associated with selection as the Young Professional Liaison to the AIAA Board of Directors.  The applicant must include a letter of recommendation from his/her immediate supervisor in support of candidacy.

    4. Phone Interview
    A phone interview may be requested by the Young Professional Committee after the applications have been submitted and before the final selection. 

    All application materials must be received at AIAA Headquarters by
    15 October 2014.  All documents should be typewritten, in English.


    1. General
    A selection committee made up of the voting members of the institute’s AIAA Young Professional Committee will select the liaison.  Final approval of the appointment is made by the AIAA president. AIAA headquarters shall serve as the custodian and disbursing agency for the travel funds and will be responsible for handling the administrative details of the program.  

    2. Publicity
    The Young Professional Liaison to the AIAA Board of Directors will be publicized in Aerospace America and in various AIAA newsletters or the Bulletin.  The program will also be publicized in other appropriate AIAA publications.

    4. Young Professional Committee
    It is expected that upon selection as the Young Professional Liaison to the AIAA Board of Directors, the candidate will become an active voting member of the AIAA Young Professional Committee.  The candidate will report directly to the Chair of the YPC.  Information about the Young Professional Committee can be found at

    4. Submittal of Application Package
    The completed application package must be received by 15 October 2014, for consideration for the May 2015 – May 2017 position.   The application package includes: Candidate Statement, Resume/Biography, and Letter of Endorsement by manager. All related materials may be emailed to or should be mailed to:

    AIAA Young Professional Liaison Application
    c/o Stephen Brock
    1801 Alexander Bell Drive
    Suite 500
    Reston, VA 20191-4344

    It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure receipt of all required materials by the submission date.

    5. Selection of the Young Professional Liaison to the AIAA Board of Directors
    The decision of the selection committee is considered to be final and all candidates will be advised of the outcome by 15 March 2015.

    6. Disbursement of the Travel Reimbursement
    AIAA will incur the cost of travel for the Young Professional Liaison to the AIAA Board of Directors to travel to the three AIAA Board of Directors meetings each year.  The AIAA Board of Directors Meetings are usually held each January, May, and July or August.  Travel support will include the cost of airfare, hotel, and meals during the program dates.

    7. Questions
    All questions can be directed to Stephen Brock, phone 703.264.7536, or email