About Us

The AIAA National Organization

AIAA's purpose is to ignite and celebrate aerospace ingenuity and collaboration, and its importance to our way of life.

Since 1963, members from a single professional society have achieved virtually every milestone in modern American flight. That society is the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. With more than 30,000 individual members from 88 countries, and 95 corporate members, AIAA is the world's largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. Created in 1963 by the merger of the two great aerospace societies of the day, the American Rocket Society (founded in 1930 as the American Interplanetary Society), and the Institute of the Aerospace Sciences (established in 1933 as the Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences), AIAA carries forth a proud tradition of more than 80 years of aerospace leadership.

AIAA is the Wellspring for Information Exchange

AIAA organizes and hosts the aerospace industry's most important conferences and events, where aerospace professionals exchange information, present findings, network, and collaborate. Every year, AIAA organizes and hosts some two dozen conferences on key aerospace topics. Whether it's science and engineering, exploration, navigation, communication, or environmental applications, AIAA brings the aerospace community together to bring the world together.

AIAA serves a diverse community by addressing the needs of scientists, engineers and allied professionals who conceive, design, develop, test, construct, and operate air and space vehicles, plus their associated systems and subsystems. Equally important, we reach out to the educators who train the professionals, to the researchers who continuously renew the technology, to the managers who lead their efforts, and to the innovators who generate and nurture new concepts. For all of these professionals, AIAA offers a wealth of benefits. These include resources for practitioners, such as access to market and management information, links to related societies and businesses, career information, and provocative articles with relevant industry insights.

AIAA is the Public Policy Voice of Aerospace

AIAA is the voice of the aerospace profession, giving its members an effective say in policy decisions affecting aerospace. Since 1972, AIAA has contributed technical expertise to Congress and the executive branch, providing accurate information to decision makers and highlighting the crucial role aerospace plays in economic and national security, and in our technological future.

Clarkson AIAA

The Clarkson University AIAA Student Chapter aims to bring these services and prestige to our University. We believe that students at Clarkson deserve the national connections and recognition that are available through AIAA. We work to showcase the admirable work ethic of Clarkson's student body by organizing events ranging from community outreach initiatives to on-campus activities to national events. Our student chapter will work to enrich the aerospace community on campus and improve Clarkson's reputation by supporting the impressive work of our students at national events.

We work with and support Clarkson's many other aeronautical design teams and clubs. We act as an effective network for communication between different aero groups on campus. With our help, Clarkson aeros' ideas and involvement can be better coordinated towards increasingly larger projects.

Now we invite you to be a part of the vision and excitement of this inspiring industry. Check out our Knightlife page to see our membership roster. Join Clarkson AIAA today!

© Joshua Wheeler