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    AIAA Announces Candidates for its 2016 Board of Directors Election

    September 18, 2015 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is pleased to announce that its Nominating Committee has selected candidates for next year’s openings on the AIAA Board of Directors. The Committee’s Chairman, Michael Griffin confirmed the names of the officer and director candidates who will appear on the 2016 ballot.

    The nominees are:

    Vice President, Elect, Member Services

    • Ashwani Gupta, University of Maryland

    • Laura Richard, United Launch Alliance LLC

    Vice President, Elect, Technical Activities

    • James Keenan, U.S. Army, Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center

    • Thomas Duerr, The Aerospace Corporation

    Director – Technical – Information Systems Group

    • James Rankin, The University of Arkansas

    Director – Technical – Propulsion & Energy Group

    • Jeffrey Hamstra, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

    • Je-Chin Han, Texas A&M University

    Director – Region 4

    • Jayant Ramakrishnan, Bastion Technologies

    • Terry Burress, Lockheed Martin Corporation

    Director – Region 5

    • Darin Haudrich, Boeing Defense, Space & Security

    • John Eiler, Stellar Solutions LTD

    Director – Region 7

    • Abid Kahn, Institute of Space Technology

    • Luisella Giulicchi, European Space Agency


    • Mary Snitch, Lockheed Martin Corporation

    • Woodrow Whitlow, Cleveland State University

    • James Horkovich, Schafer Corporation Military Aerospace

    Director – International

    • Konstantinos Kontis, University of Glasgow

    Elections will open in March 2016.



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