AIAA in Brief
One Remarkable Fact Says It All: Since 1963, members from a single professional society have achieved virtually every milestone in modern American flight. That society is the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. With more than 35,000 individual members and 90 corporate members, AIAA is the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. Created in 1963 by the merger of the two great aerospace societies of the day, the American Rocket Society (founded in 1930 as the American Interplanetary Society), and the Institute of the Aerospace Sciences (established in 1933 as the Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences), AIAA carries forth a proud tradition of more than 75 years of aerospace leadership.
This is the place for everything, from exploring our history and purpose … to catching up on the latest news … Make sure you check out our prestigious Honors & Awards programs. Recognizing excellence is one the most important contributions we make. Welcome to the heart of aerospace. With 35,000 members, AIAA is the world’s largest professional society devoted to the progress of engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense. Serving this elite audience and its historic mission is our commitment and our privilege. Now we invite you to learn more about AIAA – and share in the vision and excitement of this inspiring industry.
AIAA’s mission is to address the professional needs and interests of the past, current, and future aerospace workforce and to advance the state of aerospace science, engineering, technology, operations, and policy to benefit our global society.
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AIAA is the leading Aerospace Publisher
AIAA has earned an international reputation as the preeminent publisher of cutting-edge aerospace books and journals, and the leading source of aerospace industry archives, dating back to the early 1900s. Over the past eight decades, AIAA and its predecessor organizations have published over 300 books and almost 200,000 technical articles. AIAA’s current publications include seven technical journals, a magazine, three book series, national and international standards documents, a growing number of e-books and other electronic products, and a full-service, interactive Web site. For the most authoritative technical publications, look to AIAA.
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AIAA is the Wellspring for Information Exchange
AIAA organizes and hosts the aerospace industry’s most important conferences and events, where aerospace professionals exchange information, present findings, network, and collaborate. Every year, AIAA organizes and hosts some two dozen conferences on key aerospace topics. Whether it’s science and engineering, exploration, navigation, communication, or environmental applications, AIAA brings the aerospace community together to bring the world together.|
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AIAA serves a diverse community
By addressing the needs of scientists, engineers and allied professionals who conceive, design, develop, test, construct, and operate air and space vehicles, plus their associated systems and subsystems. Equally important, we reach out to the educators who train the professionals, to the researchers who continuously renew the technology, to the managers who lead their efforts, and to the innovators who generate and nurture new concepts. For all of these professionals, AIAA offers a wealth of benefits. These include resources for practitioners, such as access to market and management information, links to related societies and businesses, career information, and provocative articles with relevant industry insights.
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AIAA is the Public Policy Voice of Aerospace
AIAA is the voice of the aerospace profession, giving its members an effective say in policy decisions affecting aerospace. Since 1972 AIAA has contributed technical expertise to Congress and the executive branch, providing accurate information to decision makers and highlighting the crucial role aerospace plays in economic and national security, and in our technological future.
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Our History: Two Pioneering Traditions United
For more than 70 years, AIAA has been the principal society of the aerospace engineer and scientist. But we haven’t always been AIAA, or even one organization.
In 1963, the two great aerospace societies of the day merged. The American Rocket Society and the Institute of Aerospace Science* joined to become AIAA. Both brought long and eventful histories to the relationship – histories that stretched back to 1930 and 1932 respectively, a time when rocketry was the stuff of science fiction and the aviation business was still in its infancy.
Each society left its distinct mark on AIAA. The merger combined the imaginative, risk-taking, shoot-for-the-moon outlook of Project Mercury-era rocket, missile, and space professionals with the more established, well-recognized, industry-building achievers of the aviation community. The resulting synergy has benefited aerospace ever since.
Today, with more than 35,000 members, AIAA is the world's largest professional society devoted to the progress of engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense. The Institute continues to be the principal voice, information resource, and publisher for aerospace engineers, scientists, managers, policymakers, students, and educators. AIAA is also the go-to resource for stimulating professional accomplishment and standards-driven excellence in all areas of aerospace for prominent corporations and government organizations worldwide.
* The two societies were originally the American Interplanetary Society and the Institute of Aeronautical Science.