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- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Young Professional Profiles
Name: Ben Salmore
Hometown: Moorpark, CA
Currently lives: in Camarillo, CA
- M.S. Aerospace Engineering (Dynamics and Controls), University of California, San Diego
- B.S. Aerospace Engineering, University of California, San Dieg
Employer: Aerovironment Inc.
Job Description: Guidance, Navigation, and Control Engineer for sUAS commercial products. Check out Aerovironment Quantix!
As a kid, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
How far can YOU see? Where do you see the aerospace industry 10–20 years from now?
I think that the UAV space will explode as far as transportation, parcel delivery, and data solutions. The biggest hurdles right now are figuring out safety regulations with the FAA and demonstrating the value to the public.
One insightful fact you want everyone to know:Finding a place where you can be yourself and enjoy your work is the most important career move you can make. I've experienced both sides and the environment made all the difference in my professional happiness.
Professional Interests: GNC, sensors, UAVs, modeling and simulation.
Hobbies:I love cooking, hiking, and making video games on side!
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.
Check it out!
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.