Young Professionals


 Young Professional Newsletter

The Young Professional Newsletter is sent to professional members 35 and under via email every month. The newsletter addresses topics that are of specific interest to young professionals. There is information on career development, social media, upcoming events, young member profiles, and more. If you are an AIAA YP member and are not receiving the YP Newsletter in your email, please email

 Young Professional Networking Events

The Young Professional Group hosts several “Rising Leaders in Aerospace” events at AIAA Forums throughout the year. AIAA’s Rising Leaders in Aerospace program features speed mentoring, networking reception, panel session, and Q&A with top industry leaders, providing young professionals with valuable content relevant to your career stage.

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 Young Professional Profiles

Jawanza-BassueName: Jawanza Bassue

Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis (Caribbean)

Currently Lives in:
Norman, OK


  • B.S. Aerospace Engineering, University of Oklahoma
  • M.S. Candidate 2017 Aerospace Engineering, University of Oklahoma

Bergey Aerospace Student/Intern – University of Oklahoma

Job Description:
Design engineer for Bergey WindPower & Bergey Aerospace engineering solutions to green-energy challenges and spearheading the design of a High Altitude Record/Research Aircraft with Piper Cherokee designer Karl Bergey.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
One word: Pilot! I’ve always been fascinated with airplanes, as many of my AIAA colleagues were. Somewhere along the line I fell in love with science and art and used that to drive me toward aerospace engineering.

How far can YOU see? Where do you see the aerospace industry 10–20 years from now?
I hope to see a powerful resurgence in the general aviation industry as I continue to learn about the past and plan for the future. Having a mentor like Karl Bergey allows me to fully understand where aviation has come (proverbial ups and downs) over the past 50+ years. Ten years from now it would be amazing to see improvements in the range and feasibility of electric aircraft, improved integration of unmanned systems in airspace and the excitement of flight and space travel put back in the American people (begins with improvements in education and community involvement).

One insightful fact you want everyone to know:
Everyone’s reality is different – what’s normal for you might be completely unusual to someone else.

Professional Interests:
Aerodynamics, engineering design & analysis, systems engineering and customer relations. Currently preparing my resume for gainful employment at my top choice companies (including Gulfstream, Boeing, Cirrus, Piper, Icon…).

Playing music, photography, automotive & aviation clubs.

 Young Professional Award

Each year, AIAA presents the prestigious Lawrence Sperry Award to a young professional member at the Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala. The Young Professionals Awards Committee selects this recipient 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.


 Young Professional Guide for Gaining Management Support

Justify support and financial backing from your company to participate in AIAA's Technical Committees, forums, 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. More Info


 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 achievements, organize career-enhancing activities, provide a voice in public policy, foster productive interactions with peers, and help members advance technically and professionally. More Info


 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 Young Professionals Handbook 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.