|AIAA And The ABCM Sign Cooperative Agreement
Agreement to Foster Dialogue and Exchanges Critical to Fostering Aerospace Development
January 16 2014 – National Harbor, Md. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the Brazilian Society of Mechanical Sciences and Engineering (Associação Brasileira de Engenharia e Ciências Mecânicas)(ABCM) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) yesterday as part of the 2014 AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition (SciTech Forum), January 13–17 at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center.
Jim Albaugh, executive vice president, The Boeing Company, president and chief executive officer, Boeing Commercial Airplanes (ret.) and AIAA president-elect and Professor Leonardo Alves, finance director and secretary of the ABCM’s Aerospace Technical Committee, signed the MOU.
“I am excited to reach this understanding with our Brazilian colleagues,” said Sandra H. Magnus, AIAA executive director. “As Brazil continues to emerge as an economic power, there will be several opportunities to collaborate on the pressing issues that face our community, and this MOU will make that process even more effective and seamless.” Magnus concluded, “It is important that we could bring this agreement to fruition during our SciTech 2014 Forum, as the cooperation it will engender embodies one of the dominant themes of this event: the urgent need for nations and for organizations like AIAA and the ABCM to find ways to foster the critical international ties needed to continue driving innovation and progress in our industry.”
The MOU calls for cooperation between AIAA and ABCM on a wide range of activities, including cosponsoring and promoting the activities of the other organization to one’s own members; copublishing information of mutual interest; collaborating on student activities, professional development, technical lectures, training, and related activities; organizing official visits between the organizations; and cooperating on issues of importance to the international aerospace community and its member organizations.
The MOU with ABCM is part of AIAA’s focus on global outreach and international cooperation. AIAA also has MOUs with aerospace societies in Argentina, Britain, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, and South Korea, as well as with the Council of European Aerospace Societies.