Arlington, Va. - Marion C. Blakey, President and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association, and Susan Lavrakas, AIA’s Director of Workforce, were honored last evening at Aviation Week & Space Technology’s 56th annual Laureate Awards banquet in the workforce category for the association’s outstanding STEM education activities, including AIA’s decade-old Team America Rocketry Challenge.
“AIA sincerely appreciates this honor, which represents tremendous initiative by our workforce team, our member companies and Aviation Week, to take to a new level efforts to develop the next generation of outstanding engineers and scientists,” said Blakey.
Aviation Week’s award citation notes the following: “Marion Blakey, president and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association, and Susan Lavrakas, AIA’s director of workforce, have led the association’s work as the voice for the industry’s top issues – people and the workforce. AIA worked with Aviation Week to coalesce five different workforce studies under a single effort, bringing credibility and authenticity to the data surrounding the aerospace workforce, and launched a young professionals and university student study to determine how and why young people make career decisions.”
In her remarks accepting the award, Blakey noted that one of AIA’s keystone workforce development activities, the Team America Rocketry Challenge, is now entering its second decade of inspiring young boys and girls to design and launch rockets, and dream of careers in aerospace and defense fields. This year, the Team America Rocketry Challenge will take place on Saturday, May 11th, at Great Meadow in the Plains, Va.