The Top 10 Ways You Can Engage with AIAA
- Connect with Peers in Your Local Section
By attending events in your region or section, you can meet aerospace professionals, students, and educators near you. You can also volunteer by contacting your local leaders and helping them coordinate networking activities, technical programs, and public policy events.
- Help K-12 Students Become Tomorrow’s Aerospace Engineers and Scientists
Help inspire the next generation of aerospace scientists and engineers through AIAA’s STEM K-12 Outreach. See how you can help provide resources and programming to teachers, students, and parents to influence increased participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
- Help Foster an Inclusive Aerospace Community
AIAA, as a representative body in our industry is making an effort to raise awareness, and maintain a diverse workforce in aerospace engineering and sciences. The Diversity Working Group (DWG), chartered last year, has spent some time examining AIAA and the aerospace industry and has established a plan and some goals for the Institute to work toward. If you would like to contribute to their efforts, send the DWG an email.
- Serve as a Judge for University Student Programs
AIAA occasionally recruits for judges for our Student Paper Conferences, and our scholarship program. Head judges for the scholarship program will reach out to AIAA members directly. The head judge for each of the regional Student Paper Conferences also recruits for volunteers to judge from their region. Look out for an email from the head judge in your region, or contact your regional officers if you’d like to participate.
- Engage with Others that Share Your Interest in an Aerospace Related Technology
One of the best ways to participate in AIAA is through participating and presenting in one, or all of our five forums. AIAA forums are the catalyst for inspired idea exchange, connecting professionals, students, and educators from business, academia, and industry.
- Help AIAA Achieve its Mission.
AIAA thrives because of the enthusiastic volunteers that help lead, and contribute their time and knowledge towards Shaping the Future of Aerospace. Technical, program, standing, and standards committees exist to help AIAA accomplish our purpose—to ignite and celebrate aerospace ingenuity and collaboration, and its importance to our way of life. Volunteer for an AIAA committee today!
- Help Oversee the Development of New Standards.
Industry standards are essential in aerospace engineering. AIAA looks to volunteer industry experts to make recommendations for new standards, and other technical publications, as well as drafting and revising technical documents. Find out how you can volunteer for the Committee on Standards (CoS). You can also impact national consensus on International Standards and Technical reports out for vote by volunteering for the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG).
- Advocate for the Industry.
Be a part of developing and recommending policies and procedures concerning government relations and public information programs conducted by AIAA by participating in one of the six Public Policy Committee Working Groups (Key Issue Development, Congressional Visits Day Program, Forum Integration, States Advocacy, Engagement Activities, and Honors and Awards). If you are interested in volunteering on the public policy working groups, contact us.
- Mentor our Rising Leaders and Young Professionals.
Professionals in aerospace that are under the age of 35 can engage with the entire aerospace industry through AIAA. Check out the instant advantages AIAA offers young professionals. In addition, AIAA offers a Rising Leaders program at the SciTech Forum, AVIATION Forum, Propulsion and Energy Forum, and ASCEND with programming, mentoring, and networking opportunities.
- Advance your Membership.
There are five ways to reach the next level of membership and boost your career! The first is offered to current AIAA student members, and offers a transition into becoming a professional member at reduced membership rates. The other membership upgrades are for professionals who have dedicated their career to aerospace arts, sciences, or technology of aeronautics, or astronautics. Learn how to become a Senior Member, Associate Fellow, Fellow, and Honorary Fellow.
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