Young Professional Profile April 2019

We want to get to know you! The member profile section in our YP newsletter helps us get to know more about our AIAA young professional members. Please take a moment to fill out this short form YP Spotlight Application about you and return it to us at: We will publish one member's profile each month. Please note that the profile should be no longer than one page and must be professional in nature. The YPC will reserve the right to refuse any profiles that do not meet these guidelines. We look forward to learning more about you!

Ben Salmore, AIAA Young ProfessionalName: 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”?
Rocket Scientist.

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!