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The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

is the world's largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession.

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    AIAA Membership Upgrades and Honors

    Advance Your Membership

    The distinction you gain with each membership advancement earns the respect of your peers and employer – and bolsters your reputation throughout the industry. In 1933, Orville Wright became AIAA’s first Honorary Fellow, our highest membership honor. Today, our Honorary Fellows and Fellows are the most respected names in aerospace.

    Student to Professional Transition

    Any student who is a member of AIAA in good standing at the time of graduation may transition to professional membership at a substantial discount for the first three years, paying 25% of current professional member dues the first year after graduation; 50% of current professional member dues the second year after graduation; 75% of current professional member dues the third year after graduation; and full member dues beginning the fourth year after graduation. To transition to professional member, please contact AIAA Customer Service at custserv@aiaa.org, 703.264.7500, or (toll-free, U.S. only) 800.639.2422.

    Senior Member

    Individuals who have demonstrated a successful professional practice in the arts, sciences, or technology of aeronautics or astronautics for the equivalent of at least eight years, or who have at least eight years of continuous professional membership in AIAA. To complete a nomination for Senior Member, log in to MyAIAA and click on the nomination link located under Membership Advancements.

    Associate Fellow

    Individuals who have accomplished or been in charge of important engineering or scientific work, or have done original work of outstanding merit, or have otherwise made outstanding contributions to the arts, sciences, or technology of aeronautics or astronautics. A candidate for this honor must have at least 12 years of professional experience, and must be a Senior Member of the Institute for at least one year from the current Associate Fellow Deadline. Self-nominations are not permitted. Three AIAA member references with the standing of Associate Fellow, Fellow, or Honorary Fellow are required. Self-nominations are not permitted. To complete a nomination for Associate Fellow, log in to MyAIAA and click on the nomination link located under Membership Advancements.

    Fellow

    Individuals of distinction in aeronautics or astronautics who have made notable valuable contributions to the arts, sciences, or technology of aeronautics or astronautics. Nominees must be an Associate Fellow for at least 12 months from the current deadline for Fellow Nomination. Five AIAA members in good standing are required to act as references. One reference must be a Fellow, member of the Board, Section Chairperson, or Technical Committee Chairperson. Self nominations are not permitted. To complete a nomination for Fellow, log in to MyAIAA and click on the nomination link located under Membership Advancements. 

    Click here for tips and suggestions on how to write a fellow nomination package.

    Honorary Fellow

    Individuals of eminence in aeronautics or astronautics distinguished by long and highly contributive careers in the arts, sciences, or technology of aeronautics or astronautics. Nominees must be a Fellow. Five AIAA member references are required. To complete a nomination for Honorary Fellow, log in to MyAIAA and click on the nomination link located under Membership Advancement.