AIAA and AIA To Host National A&D Workforce Summit Written 6 September 2016

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AIAA And AIA To Host National A&D Workforce Summit

September 6, 2016 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has joined the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) to organize and host the National Aerospace & Defense (A&D) Workforce Summit, September 7–8, in Washington, DC. Leaders from industry, government, and academia will gather to discuss challenges and plans for the future of STEM education and workforce development.

“The adequacy and size of the U.S. STEM workforce continues to be an ongoing concern for the aerospace and defense community,” said Sandy Magnus, AIAA executive director. “Scientists and engineers are essential to U.S innovation and economic growth, and much more needs to be done to inspire generations of Americans to study science, technology, engineering, and math so that the United States remains the most technically advanced nation in the world.”

“For the U.S. aerospace and defense industry to remain competitive, we need students entering the workforce to be proficient in ‘soft skills or executive functioning skills’ such as critical thinking, problem solving, communications and collaboration skills as well as mastering STEM skills,” said AIA President and CEO David F. Melcher. “Our member companies are investing heavily in strengthening this skill set through a number of different STEM-related programs, both individually and through our association. Together, our efforts are helping to build our future workforce, which is the backbone of innovation for our nation.”

AIA and AIAA last partnered to hold a national workforce forum in 2008. Both organizations have been active in programmatic support and advocacy for STEM education and workforce development in the intervening years. With the presidential campaign in its final months and a change in administration occurring this January the summit takes place at an ideal time to assess the current state of A&D workforce and what needs to be done going forward to sustain and advance this critical national asset and long-term priority.

The event is sponsored by 180 Skills LLC, The Boeing Company, Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Lockheed Martin Corporation, and Rolls-Royce.


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