AIAA Foundation Receives 2013 Best of Reston Award Written 4 June 2013

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Named Best Scientific Membership Association by Reston Award Program

June 4, 2013 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Foundation has received a 2013 “Best of Reston Award” in the Scientific Member Association category by the Reston Award Program.

Founded in 1996, the AIAA Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt educational organization committed to providing financial support to educational programs. By devoting resources to the education of both practicing and future aerospace professionals, and by recognizing professional achievement, the Foundation influences the future development of the aerospace profession and its workforce.

Mark Lewis, chairman of the AIAA Foundation, stated: “The AIAA Foundation is proud to accept this ‘Best of Reston’ award, and we appreciate that our peers regard our service to the scientific community so highly. We will continue to work hard to open up the world of the aerospace sciences and engineering to our current members, as well as to those students in secondary and post-secondary education who will comprise the future generation of aerospace engineers and scientists.”

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The AIAA Foundation seeks to “make it exciting, make it empowering, and make it fun.” That simple, compelling philosophy drives the Foundation’s commitment to math, science, and technology education. The AIAA Foundation offers a wealth of resources to support educators from K–12 through the university level: scholarships, classroom grants, design competitions, and student conferences, improving scientific literacy and advancing the arts and sciences of aerospace. For more information on the AIAA Foundation and its programs for students, teachers, and professionals, please visit

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