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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Young Professional Membership

Instant Advantages for Young Professionals

AIAA Young Professionals are AIAA members 35 years old or younger. As a young professional, you have access to all the benefits offered to the over-35 crowd – and more! If you are a student, please click here.


Young Professional Liaison to the Board 

The 2017–2018 Young Professional Liaison to the Board is Sofia Russi. The AIAA Board of Trustees, Young Professional Liaison position was instituted in January 2004. By naming a liaison position to the Board of Trustees, AIAA hopes to have a more direct link to the YP members, thus providing more direct feedback to help AIAA create comprehensive programs to attract and retain young professionals and members in general. THe Liaison is a non-voting Board of Trustees position lasting two years. If you are a YP and have thoughts, suggestions, or questions for this group, please email Sofia.


Young Professional Newsletter

The Young Professional Newsletter is sent to YP's via email every one or two months. The newsletter addresses topics that are of specific interest to younger professionals. There is information on career development, social media, upcoming conferences and events, young member profiles, and more. If you are a YP and are not receiving the YP Newsletter in your email, please email


Young Professional Guide for Gaining Management Support

Justify support and financial backing from your company to participate in AIAA's Technical Committees, conferences, and professional development activities.
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Associate Technical Committee Membership

Qualified young professionals may participate as Associate Members on one of AIAA's many Technical Committees. As an Associate Member, you'll work with the very best in the industry. Technical Committee membership is one of the best ways to meet new faces, network with colleagues, forge professional relationships, and access the very latest technical knowledge.
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Standing Committee Membership

Qualified young professionals may participate as a member on one the Institute's Standing Committees. AIAA's Standing Committees help the Institute achieve its multi-faceted mission and guide its course into the future. Serving a variety of objectives, the Standing Committees support our members' needs … recognize their achievements … organize career-enhancing activities … give them a voice in public policy … foster productive interactions with their peers … and help them advance technically and professionally.
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Young Professional Networking Events

The Young Professional Committee hosts several “Rising Leaders in Aerospace” events at AIAA Forums throughout the year. These receptions are often attended by key AIAA leadership and industry professionals, providing young professionals with valuable networking opportunities. Receptions are also a great time to network with your peers and find out what other young professionals are up to!  Click here to view upcoming events.


Young Professional Award

Each year, AIAA presents the prestigious Lawrence Sperry Award to a young professional member for notable achievement in the advancement of aeronautics and astronautics. Many of the biggest names in the industry started out as AIAA young professionals.  As a Lawrence Sperry Award winner, you could add your name to one of the most elite groups in aerospace.

Previous Winners

To obtain a nomination form, please click HERE. Nomination packages are due 1 October.


Aerospace Career Handbook

This timely handbook offers great advice for young professionals. And it's written by people who've been where you are now. You'll read about the different industry sectors in aerospace and the types of jobs available to you. Plus, you'll discover what young professionals can expect as they embark on their careers. Published by the AIAA Young Professional Committee, you can download the Aerospace Career Handbook (PDF) here.


AIAA YP's in Social Media

Join the AIAA YP Facebook Group.
Contact your local section to connect with YP's in your section.


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