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AIAA Governance

In spring 2016 members were asked to make their voices heard regarding changes to the AIAA Constitution and Bylaws. An overwhelming majority of members who voted (91.8%) supported the proposed changes put forth by the Governance Working Group (GWG) and other AIAA leadership, including the Board of Directors (BOD) and Blue Ribbon Panel. 

As then-President Jim Albaugh noted in the letter announcing the results of the vote, “this marks a new beginning for AIAA,” and transition planning began immediately. What has happened since? The BOD and GWG have met twice since then to discuss the transition timeline and a Governance Transition Group (GTG) was established by the Board.

Transition to the AIAA new governance model began in May 2017. Details of the Governance Transition Plan from the existing Board of Directors to the new Council of Directors and Board of Trustees are available here. Please visit this page often for updates. Thank you for your ongoing support and involvement!

If after reviewing the information here you have any unanswered questions, please submit them on the form below.

2018 AIAA Council of Directors Election

19 February 2018 
The 2018 election marks AIAA’s first full year following implementation of the new governance model. Members will be electing nominees for openings on the AIAA Council of Directors. The Council Nominating Committee has done an excellent job in developing a slate of outstanding candidates. Your job now is to carefully review the candidate statements and select whom you believe is best suited to lead AIAA.

Every member is strongly encouraged to use the electronic voting system. AIAA will monitor the system to ensure a smooth voting process, and our independent third party vendor, Survey & Ballot Systems, will confirm that the web-based voting system is operating properly. All ballots must be submitted online through, by 23:59 hrs EDT, 30 March 2018. 

Governance Status & Strategic Planning Process

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AIAA Governance Resources


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