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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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    Public Policy

    AIAA leads the way on issue advocacy that impacts the Aerospace sector. Since 1972, AIAA has contributed extensive technical expertise and policy guidance to Congress and the Executive Branch. We testify on Capitol Hill and serve as a reliable resource to members of Congress on the full spectrum of aerospace issues. Now we're bringing the specialized knowledge of AIAA's members to bear on current national issues―by enlisting the expanded participation of our 66 sections and 65 technical committees in AIAA's public policy activities.


    Tackling Important Policies

    AIAA continues to be engaged in important matters that have a great impact on our community and affect the Institute as a business. Public access to federally funded research, particularly research that results in peer-reviewed journal articles, has been an issue we have been following for several years now. We continue to seek a sustainable compromise between providing wider access to government funded research while preserving flexible, evidence-based business models. There is still work to be done and we will continue to play an active role in advocating for approaches that does not harm the peer-review process and undermine a fundamental role of AIAA and its fellow technical societies in publishing, preserving, and disseminating cutting edge technical content.

    We are also part of a large coalition composed of other scientific and engineering societies actively advocating for the easing of travel restrictions for federal employees attending science and technology conferences. Coalition members have held several meetings with congressional offices in an attempt to incorporate language into germane legislation that will define an exemption for the sciences. Meanwhile, AIAA has also been engaged in formal conversations with federal agencies to find ways to ease the restrictions at the department level. To assist with our advocacy efforts, we encourage AIAA members to  submit stories highlighting the importance of conference participation to a healthy scientific and technical community. Tell us about a collaboration that started at a conference and led to an exciting new discovery, or how you were exposed to a new way of thinking that was crucial to your success in your field.


    Keeping Our Members Informed

    A newsletter highlighting policy items of interest to our community is circulated to all AIAA members on a quarterly basis. The bulletin also provides important updates from the PPC and mentions opportunities for members’ to get involved.


    Join the Institute's Public Policy Activities

    From key issue development to our annual Congressional Visits Day program to fostering forum topics, advocating at the state level, and selecting deserving recipients of our honors and awards, the Public Policy Committee (PPC) has a place for you. Our committee structure provides every AIAA member with an opportunity to participate in our public policy activities at a variety of levels and as their ability to participate allows. AIAA members interested in supporting our public policy objectives by serving on one or more of our six working groups should contact Steve Sidorek at steves@aiaa.org.

    National Aerospace and Defense Workforce Summit

    National A&D Workforce Summit: Proceedings Report

    5 January 2017: AIAA teamed with the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) to organize and host the 2016 National Aerospace and Defense Workforce Summit: Collaborating to Inspire and Build the Aerospace Workforce of Tomorrow. The forum, which took place 7-8 September 2016, in Washington, DC, convened nearly 150 leaders from academia, government, industry, and non-government organizations. The event was sponsored by 180 Skills LLC, The Boeing Company, Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Lockheed Martin Corporation, and Rolls-Royce.

    In January 2017, AIAA and AIA published a proceedings report of the summit, intended to shape our own strategies on STEM education and workforce development. The report includes information presented during the summit, data regarding the latest trends and challenges in STEM workforce development, recommendations for the new administration and 115th Congress, and suggestions for stakeholder collaboration to address the aerospace and defense industry’s most urgent workforce-related issues.