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    AIAA Mourns the Death of Past President Daniel J. Fink

    June 28, 2012 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) mourns the death of Daniel J. Fink, president of the Institute from 1974 to 1975, and founder and past president of D. J. Fink Associates, an aerospace consulting firm. Fink passed away on June 1, 2012, in Carlsbad, Calif.

    AIAA President Michael Griffin stated: “Dan Fink was one of the giants in our industry, a man who over the course of his career was a key contributor to just about every aspect of our nation's space program, both civil and military. A clear thinker, an incisive speaker, an extraordinarily capable manager – he will be missed.”

    Fink began his career as an aeronautical engineer in Boston, Mass., before moving to Washington, D.C. in 1963 to take a position within the office of the secretary of defense, subsequently being promoted to deputy director of defense research and engineering. He left the Department of Defense in 1967 to join General Electric Corp. During his tenure at General Electric, he held the positions of senior vice president, corporate planning and development, and was the vice president and group executive of the aerospace group. In 1982 Fink established D. J. Fink and Associates, an aerospace consulting firm which he operated until his retirement in 2005.

    Fink was a former chairman of the NASA Advisory Council, and also sat on the board of Orbital Sciences Corp., the Defense Intelligence Agency Scientific Advisory Board, the Army Scientific Advisory Panel, and the Defense Science Board.

    Fink is a past recipient of the Robert J. Collier Trophy, the AIAA Von Karman lectureship in Astronautics award, the Defense Science Board’s Eugene G. Fubini award, the Defense Department’s Distinguished Public Service Medal, and the NASA Medal for Outstanding Leadership.


    AIAA is the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. With more than 35,000 individual members worldwide, and nearly 100 corporate members, AIAA brings together industry, academia, and government to advance engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense. For more information, visit



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