About AIAA


The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is the professional society for the field of aerospace engineering. The AIAA was founded in 1963 from the merger of two earlier societies: the American Rocket Society (ARS), founded in 1930 as the American Interplanetary Society (AIS), and the Institute of Aerospace Sciences (IAS), founded in 1932 as the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences. For over 65 years, the AIAA has served as the principal society of the aerospace engineer and scientist.

As of 2004, the AIAA has more than 35,000 members. Despite its name, the society has members among aerospace professionals worldwide.


  • Approximately 30,000 Professional Members in 65 Sections
  • Over 5,500 Student Members in 145 Student Branches
  • Domestic and International Corporate Members totaling 56
  • Over 3,000 Professional Members Residing in Foreign Countries



  • Serve the Profession and Benefit the Individual Members and Member Institutions of aviation and space professionals
  • Strengthen membership and aerospace community participation
  • Better serve nontraditional but rapidly growing technologies
  • Additional emphasis on public policy programs that support and promote aerospace contributions to the nation
  • Improve the quality and availability of resident aerospace educational programs
  • Provide forums for information flow and creative exchange
  • Lead a strong and proactive international focus
  • Continue a world-class technical information and publications service
  • Bestow honors and awards that recognize exemplary accomplishments
  • Offer career development and continuing education
  • Support the educational process that brings into being future generations
  • Provide a voice for the professional community and inform the public
  • Maintain dynamic programs in the local sections
  • Expand the horizons of the Institute


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