Young Professional Profile May 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: Christopher Gee

Hometown: Honolulu, HI & Darmstadt, Germany

Currently lives: Centreville, VA


  • Bachelor of Science, Aerospace Engineering at West Virginia University
  • Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering at West Virginia University

Employer: Aurora Flight Sciences, A Boeing Company

Job Description: Aerostructures Design Engineer and Group Manager

Provide solutions for airframe problems using aerospace materials including carbon fiber, titanium, aluminum, and fiberglass. As a manager I focus on career development, leadership and CAD system expertise for 15+ employees. 

As a kid, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
My mother has told me in the past that I have always asked engineer-type questions. I wanted to either build large trucks or large airplanes, I got to build both in college and at Aurora!

How far can YOU see? Where do you see the aerospace industry 10–20 years from now?
I hope in 20 years we will be able to treat automated flight systems in the same manner as our current elevators. .

One insightful fact you want everyone to know: Engineers have a great ability to verify the solution can work, we need to make sure we are validating the solution should be used in this case. Don't be afraid to ask WHY.

Professional Interests: I focus on advanced prototype and structures design, STEM outreach, career development and aerospace history.

Hobbies: RC aircraft, Jeeps, BBQ, NHL hockey