Introducing the New Board of Trustees Members
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In May, the Board of Trustees (BoT) welcomed new members whose terms of office began at the end of the spring business meetings.
- Dan Hastings began his term as AIAA President-Elect (2023–2024). He will hold this position until May 2024, when he becomes
- Steve Justice (BoT Member–At Large) has been elected to the position of Treasurer-Elect. He will hold this position until May 2024, when he becomes Treasurer (2024–2027).
- Three new Board of Trustees Members–At-Large also began their three-year terms in May.
- Johnathon Caldwell
- Keoki Jackson
- Karen Willcox
Get to Know Our New Board Members
Daniel E. Hastings
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Hastings has been on the faculty at MIT in Aeronautics and Astronautics since 1985. His research specializations include synergetic interactions between space systems and the space environment, space propulsion, space policy, and space systems architecting. Among his external appointments, he served as chief scientist in the late 1990s for the U.S. Air Force, where he led studies of Air Force investments in space. He was also the chair of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board afterward and has served on the NASA Advisory Council and on numerous NASEM committees. He has been on The Aerospace Corporation Board of Trustees for over 18 years.
The Ginn Group
Justice has over 40 years of experience across innovation, entrepreneurship, economic development, engineering, and information technology in both the public and private sectors. He is currently the Chief Innovation Officer at The Ginn Group. In the public sector working for the State of Georgia, Justice served as the Executive Director of the Georgia Centers of Innovation leading a wide-ranging program to support the state’s strategic industries - Aerospace, Agribusiness, Energy Technology, Information Technology, Logistics, and Manufacturing. In the private sector, Justice provided technical and managerial leadership while serving at Lockheed Martin, Gulfstream Aerospace, Northrop, Delta Air Lines, Generation Orbit Launch Services, in addition to founding two Georgia-based aerospace companies. Justice is also the former Secretary of the Aerospace States Association, and long-time member of the Commemorative Air Force and the Experimental Aircraft Association.
Lockheed Martin Space
Caldwell is Vice President and General Manager, Military Space, Lockheed Martin Space, and is responsible for Lockheed Martin’s Military Space business, comprising critical national security space missions for both United States and allied nations. With more than 27 years in the industry, he has held a series of progressive technical and leadership roles within Lockheed Martin, including modernizing the nation’s strategic communications and missile warning, developing commercial space systems, producing and fielding next generation Global Positioning System, and leading the digital modernization of Lockheed Martin Space. Caldwell is a graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder and Lockheed Martin leadership development programs. In 2023, he was appointed to the president’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee and named an AIAA Board of Trustees member. He is a two-time recipient of the Lockheed Martin Corporate NOVA Award, which recognizes individuals and teams for their exceptional contributions.
- Keoki Jackson
The MITRE Corporation
Jackson is Senior Vice President and General Manager, MITRE National Security Sector, responsible for the strategic growth and execution of programs supporting Department of Defense, the Department of Justice, and the Intelligence Community. He also leads the National Security Engineering Center. Jackson joined MITRE after more than two decades at Lockheed Martin, where he influenced the design, development, deployment, and flight operation of major national security spacecraft and programs. Before joining Lockheed Martin, Jackson was a NASA research fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the field of human adaptation to the space environment. Jackson is a Fellow of the United Kingdom Royal Aeronautical Society and AIAA. He received his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in aeronautics and astronautics from MIT and completed the Stanford Executive Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
- Karen Willcox
University of Texas at Austin
Willcox is Director of the Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences, Associate Vice President for Research, and Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at the University of Texas at Austin. She is also External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. Before joining the Oden Institute in 2018, she spent 17 years as a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she served as the founding Co-Director of the MIT Center for Computational Engineering and the Associate Head of the MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Prior to joining the MIT faculty, she worked at Boeing Phantom Works with the Blended-Wing-Body aircraft design group. She is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), Fellow of AIAA, Fellow of the U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics (USACM), and member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).