Instant Advantages for Young Professionals
As a young professional, you have access to all the benefits offered to the over-35 crowd – and more!
Young Professional Liaison to the Board
The 2015-2017 Young Professional Liaison to the Board is
Applications for the 2017-2019 Liaison to the Board have been received. A committee is reviewing the applications and will have interviews with top applicants in late January 2017. Final decisions will be announced in February 2017.
Young Professional Newsletter
The Young Professional Newsletter addresses topics that are of specific interest to younger professionals. There is information on career development, social media, upcoming conferences and events,
young member profiles, and more.
Young Professional Guide for Gaining Management Support
Justify support and financial backing from your company to participate in AIAA's Technical Committees, conferences, and professional development activities.
Associate Technical Committee Membership
Qualified young professionals (sponsored by their companies) may participate as Associate Members on one of AIAA's many Technical Committees. As an Associate Member, you'll work with the very best in the industry. Technical Committee membership is one of the best ways to meet new faces, network with colleagues, forge professional relationships, and access the very latest technical knowledge.
Standing Committee Membership
Qualified young professionals (sponsored by their companies) may participate as a member on one the Institute's Standing Committees. AIAA's Standing Committees help the Institute achieve its multi-faceted mission and guide its course into the future. Serving a variety of objectives, the Standing Committees support our members' needs … recognize their achievements … organize career-enhancing activities … give them a voice in public policy … foster productive interactions with their peers … and help them advance technically and professionally.
Young Professional Networking Events
The Young Professional Committee hosts several networking events at AIAA Forums throughout the year. These receptions are often attended by key AIAA leadership and industry professionals, providing young professionals with valuable networking opportunities. Receptions are also a great time to network with your peers and find out what other young professionals are up to!
Click here to view upcoming events.
Young Professional of the Year Award
Each year, AIAA presents the prestigious Lawrence Sperry Award to a young professional member for notable achievement in the advancement of aeronautics and astronautics. Many of the biggest names in the industry started out as AIAA young professionals. As a Lawrence Sperry Award winner, you could add your name to one of the most elite groups in aerospace.
To obtain a nomination form, or submit an online nomination, visit
Aerospace Career Handbook
This timely handbook offers great advice for young professionals. And it's written by people who've been where you are now. You'll read about the different industry sectors in aerospace and the types of jobs available to you. Plus, you'll discover what young professionals can expect as they embark on their careers. Published by the AIAA Young Professional Committee, you can download
Aerospace Career Handbook (PDF) here.