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Heritage Month Spotlight: Genevieve Bennally, Raytheon

Genevieve BennallySenior Systems EngineerRaytheon A Nation Rising We know that Raytheon has some of the best engineers in our industry, but what makes them the best isn’t just their technical expertise. It’s their ability to embolden the next generation to rise to the challenges ahead. Senior Systems Engineer Genevieve Bennally has been helping young people rise throughout her career and even throughout her life, thanks to her culture. Growing up in Page, Arizona, Genevieve was born...

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Heritage Month Spotlight: Joshua John, Raytheon

Joshua JohnSenior Systems Engineer,Raytheon Two Worlds, One Purpose When we think about our careers, it’s natural to focus on our accomplishments, especially when we’re asked about it. We might say we were a manager at this company or a top contributor to this function or perhaps even a thought leader in this area. But for Senior Systems Engineer Joshua John, success is about being part of a team. Ask him about his career at Raytheon, and he’ll tell you how many programs he...

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An Exciting Time for International Space

This week, hundreds of space experts are in Houston for the annual SpaceCom conference, including myself. I had the honor to join a panel on international commercial space opportunities and talked about how some of the most promising new space markets have deep international ties and how governments are playing a big part in this area as both funders and supporters of international commercial space activity. It is an incredible time in the space economy. Right now, two entirely new space ma...

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Dubai Air Show Report: The Importance of Global Relationships

This past week, the U.S. aerospace and defense (A&D) industry made up a major part of the 2019 Dubai Airshow. The show welcomed a large U.S. government delegation that brought a message of continued partnership with allies around the globe. We are proud to support those government-to-government partnerships that help our foreign partners meet their national security needs with the very best U.S. equipment. It is the partnerships formed and strengthened during the show that will help define ...

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U.S. at DAS 19: What’s Next for American Civil Aviation

For many years, American civil aviation has cruised at a steady altitude. The last massive shift in aviation was the jet age which fundamentally changed the way we travel, connecting the world in ways we previously could only imagine. It isn’t that our industry has not innovated. From the first 747 to the 787, airplane products have evolved. But outside of a short flirtation with supersonic flight, we travel in much the same way as our parents did, flying from point A to point B, and then...

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Dubai Air Show: Laying the Groundwork for Our Future

Air shows are an opportunity to showcase the industry and our innovative technologies that move, connect, and inspire the world. As aerospace and defense leaders convene in Dubai next week, the Aerospace Industries Association is proud to represent American aerospace and defense and show the world the very best of our industry. The air show comes at a very important time in our association’s history – 2019 marks our 100th anniversary. This milestone is a chance to celebrate both the hist...

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National Aerospace Standards: Securing the Way Home

No matter how or where you’re going, the vehicle you ride in will almost certainly be made up of standardized parts that get you to your destination. As we celebrate World Standards Day, we reflect on the importance of standards and the immense impact they have on our lives. When performance and reliability are essential – which is practically always when it comes to aerospace and defense – standards are used to meet the requirements of high-strength applications. At AIA, the National ...

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Aerospace Blasts Off at SXSW 2020

Over the past few years, aerospace has taken off at South by Southwest (SXSW), the nation’s largest technology and innovation festival, held annually every March in Austin, Texas. Recently, the two-week event announced over 600 official sessions, including—for the first time ever—a space-focused programming track featuring dozens of panels exploring topics ranging from space junk to colonizing Mars. By highlighting space, the conference looks to “celebrate the possibilities of the n...

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Heritage Month Spotlight: Lourdes C. Palacio, Rolls-Royce

Lourdes C. Palacio, Technical Program Manager, Capability Acquisition & Design Services, External Research, Materials Engineering - DefenseRolls-Royce How did you get your start in the aerospace industry? After I graduated from college in Texas with a degree in Materials and Metallurgy Engineering, I moved to Indiana as a technical staff member for a consumer electronics company. I worked for this company for 10 years before joining Rolls-Royce as a Materials and Processing En...

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Heritage Month Spotlight: Ulises Vargas, Rolls-Royce

Ulises VargasManufacturing Engineering ManagerRolls-Royce How did you get your start in the aerospace industry? I was lucky enough to be recruited by Rolls-Royce when I graduated from college at the University of Texas Pan-American back in 2003. When I joined the company I started as a manufacturing engineer in in Indianapolis, Indiana. I remember that I was impressed by the fact that the site not only had manufacturing operations but also assembly and test areas for the AE and 250 ...

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NASA Appropriations – Focus on the Future

The innovations of the next 30 years will drive the way we move, connect, explore, and defend our nation. From a return to the moon and leap to Mars, to quiet and efficient supersonic flight, our future will be defined by our advances in space and aeronautics. Just as it’s done for more than 60 years, NASA, in partnership with the aerospace industry, is poised to make these game-changing developments possible. But they will need a unified commitment from the Administration and Congress to Ame...

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At the Heart of Aerospace: San Antonio, TX

By Christopher Combs, Dee Howard Endowed Assistant Professor, University of Texas at San Antonio The city of San Antonio, unbeknownst to some, has a rich history in aviation with multiple military bases within the city limits, a strong local presence of aviation industry, and a legacy of aviation innovators and entrepreneurs. Take for example Dee Howard, who established the Dee Howard Co. (DHC) in 1964 and quickly became a leader in the engineering and production of improvements for business...

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