John S Langford, Chairman has been elected the next President for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA),.
He will serve as President-Elect alongside current AIAA President James G. Maser beginning this May, and assumes the office of President to lead the AIAA Board of Directors in 2018.
Langford is strong proponent of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, and one of the cornerstones of his campaign was to expand upon AIAA´s current educational outreach, which is primarily collegiate-focused, and incorporate middle and high school-level programs. Another focus of his upcoming term will be regaining the membership numbers the organization has lost over the past decade, aiming to double professional membership within five years. This goal also encompasses increasing diversity so that AIAA´s membership is more reflective of 21st Century America´s workforce.
While Langford primarily serves in the corporate and government world today, he has a strong background in academics and research as well.
Langford is now the Chairman and CEO of Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation, which he founded in 1989 and has grown to a developer and manufacturer of unmanned aerial systems and aerospace vehicles. He received his Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where his education focused on aeronautics, astronautics, and defense policy.
Aurora Flight Sciences develops versatile and intuitive autonomous systems for aircraft. Operating at the intersection of technology and robotic aviation, the company leverages the power of autonomy to make manned and unmanned flight safer and more efficient. Headquartered in Manassas, Virginia, it operates production plants in Bridgeport, West Virginia and Columbus, Mississippi, has Research and Development Centers in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Dayton, Ohio and Mountain View, California, and a European office, Aurora Swiss Aerospace, located in Luzern, Switzerland.