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Aerospace & Defense Service Providers: Vital Contributors to the Industrial Base

[caption id="attachment_6890" align="aligncenter" width="2119"] Above: Boeing provides government and commercial customers around the globe with tailored services solutions and is focused on capturing value throughout the product’s lifecycle, regardless of platform manufacturer.[/caption] The following is an excerpt from the Spring 2018 Edition of AIA's Executive Report. To view more articles and commentary, click here. By Edward Goldstein Today, services companies and services units with...

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Writing the Next Chapter of Our Industry’s History

Writing the Next Chapter of Our Industry’s History A Message from Eric K. Fanning   This statement is an excerpt from the Spring 2018 Edition of AIA's Executive Report. To view more articles and commentary, click here. In January 1919, at New York City’s Waldorf Astoria hotel, our founding members and aviation dignitaries gathered to celebrate flight’s ‘initial’ stage, believing they were the architects of something profoundly important for society. They were right. The or...

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House Aerospace Caucus focuses on Vital Role of Government Investment

Progress in opening the national airspace to more unmanned aerial systems and supersonic aircraft, sending astronauts back into deep space and helping our armed forces defeat complex threats:  all are dependent on adequate national investment, effective interagency cooperation, and the development of a technologically capable workforce. These points were emphasized by three co-chairs of the House Aerospace Caucus and by FAA, NASA and Defense Department experts during the Caucus’s first 2018 m...

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From Balloons to Astronauts: Indiana Delivers Value to Aerospace Companies

By Sheryl S. Jackson From the first attempt to deliver mail by air in the U.S. to educating more than 30 astronauts, Indiana has a long history in the aerospace industry. Even though the 1859 balloon flight scheduled to deliver mail from Lafayette, Indiana to New York City faced winds that resulted in a landing just 30 miles from the starting point, the adventure marked the beginning of a passion for aerospace that is found at all levels – state government, private industry and academi...

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New Tariffs Could Harm Industry Critical to American Economic Security

America’s aerospace and defense industry is deeply concerned that the anticipated tariffs on aluminum and steel will raise costs and disrupt the supply chain, putting U.S. global competitiveness at risk. There is also a significant threat for retaliation from other countries towards American-made products.   In the weeks leading up to President Trump’s Thursday announcement that he intends to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, the Aerospace Industries Association has been out f...

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Space in the Spotlight

There’s a lot of excitement on Florida’s space coast as NASA gears up to launch the next great era of human space exploration, and private sector firms like Boeing, Sierra Nevada and SpaceX bring new energy to the burgeoning commercial space economy. The growing importance of space was highlighted on Wednesday at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center during the second meeting of the newly reconstituted National Space Council; a welcome sign of the high-level attention this administration is giving t...

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Celebrating our Nation’s Engineers: Meet the Young Professionals Making a Difference

In honor of National Engineers Week (February 18-24), the Aerospace Industries Association is proud to highlight 15 engineers who are making a difference in the aerospace and defense industry. Trained in colleges and universities across the United States, these engineers are working on critical products that are taking us to new heights, ensuring our safety in the sky, and keeping our troops safe around the world. Founded by National Society of Professional Engineers in 1951, National Enginee...

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Young A&D Professional: Christy Roof

Systems Engineer Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company B.S., University of Texas at Arlington, Aerospace Engineering M.S., Southern Methodist University, Systems Engineering When did you first decide to take STEM courses and/or pursue a career in engineering? I began my college studies with plans to be a math teacher, but when I was taking Calculus, my professor identified my desire to apply the concepts and suggested I should consider engineering. From there, I took an Introduction t...

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Young A&D Professional: Tonia Dinh

Process Engineer The Boeing Company, 3 Years B. S. Weber State University M.S. Purdue University When did you first decide to take STEM courses and/or pursue a career in engineering? Science, Math and Technology have been my interest since I was young. I was always curious to know how things work, how they were put together and/or how technologies have become an essential part of our lives. Moreover, I have always done well in math and science in school which made enjoying the subje...

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Young A&D Professional: Troy Lambert

Systems Engineer Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company B.S., Tennessee State University, Computer Science M.S., George Washington University, Systems Engineer When did you first decide to take STEM courses and/or pursue a career in engineering? I decided to take STEM courses in high school. After doing many STEM-related after school activities in middle school, I decided to find a high school curriculum that supported this new interest. I applied and tested to get into a school that ...

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Young A&D Professional: Mark Goolsbay

Aeronautical Engineer Lockheed Martin Company B.S., University of North Texas, Mechanical and Energy Engineering When did you first decide to take STEM courses and/or pursue a career in engineering? Growing up in a family of engineers, I was born with a curious mind. When I was old enough to start learning about how the world worked, I immediately asked the question “but why does the world work this way?”' It was this strong desire to learn and fascination with aerospace that le...

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Young A&D Professional: Yasmine Straka

Mechanical Engineer Raytheon B.S., University of Arizona, Mechanical Engineering When did you first decide to take STEM courses and/or pursue a career in engineering? Who was most influential in your decision making? When I was a high school junior, I wanted to pursue in college a degree in the arts – specifically, music and creative writing.  Just before completing my junior year, one of my math teachers proposed an opportunity……a mechanical engineering internship at a local ...

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