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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    Advance Your Membership

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    The distinction you gain with each membership advancement earns the respect of your peers and employer – and bolsters your reputation throughout the industry. In 1933, Orville Wright became AIAA’s first Honorary Fellow, our highest membership honor. Today, our Honorary Fellows and Fellows are the most respected names in aerospace.

    Student to Professional Transition

    Any student who is a member of AIAA in good standing at the time of graduation may transition to professional membership at a substantial discount for the first three years, paying 25% of current professional member dues the first year after graduation; 50% of current professional member dues the second year after graduation; 75% of current professional member dues the third year after graduation; and full member dues beginning the fourth year after graduation. To transition to professional member, please click here.

    Senior Member


    Individuals who have demonstrated a successful professional practice in the arts, sciences, or technology of aeronautics or astronautics for the equivalent of at least eight years, or who have at least eight years of continuous professional membership in AIAA. To complete a nomination for Senior Member, log in to MyAIAA and click on the nomination link located under Membership Advancements.

    Associate Fellow


    Individuals who have accomplished or been in charge of important engineering or scientific work, or have done original work of outstanding merit, or have otherwise made outstanding contributions to the arts, sciences, or technology of aeronautics or astronautics. A nominee must be an AIAA Senior Member in good standing, have a minimum of 12 years of professional experience, and furnish three references from members at the Associate Fellow grade or higher. Self-nominations are not permitted. Three AIAA member references with the standing of Associate Fellow, Fellow, or Honorary Fellow are required. Self-nominations are not permitted. Three AIAA member references with the standing of Associate Fellow, Fellow, or Honorary Fellow are required. Self-nominations are not permitted. To complete a nomination for Associate Fellow, log in to MyAIAA and click on the nomination link located under Membership Advancements.

    Fellow


    Individuals of distinction in aeronautics or astronautics who have made notable valuable contributions to the arts, sciences, or technology of aeronautics or astronautics. Nominees must be an Associate Fellow at the time of the current deadline for Fellow nomination. Four AIAA members in good standing are required to act as references. One reference must be a Fellow or Honorary Fellow, member of the AIAA Council of Directors or Institute Board of Trustees, Section Chairperson, Technical Committee or Program Commitee Chairperson. Self nominations are not permitted. To complete a nomination for Fellow, log in to  MyAIAA  and click on the nomination link located under Membership Advancements. 

    Honorary Fellow


    Individuals of eminence in aeronautics or astronautics distinguished by long and highly contributive careers in the arts, sciences, or technology of aeronautics or astronautics. Nominees must be a Fellow. Five AIAA member references are required. To complete a nomination for Honorary Fellow, log in to MyAIAA and click on the nomination link located under Membership Advancement.

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