The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) announced its partnership with MQ2A5142.jpgBASIS Independent Silicon Valley—the first such partnership with a high-school in the United States. This partnership comes after a year-long effort by Dr. Amin Ghafooripoor, Engineering faculty at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley.

“We’re extremely proud of this first ever partnership with AIAA,” said Toby Walker, head of school, “This will give our students exclusive access to learning opportunities that no other high school in the world has and help them get a head-start in their future careers.”

BASIS Independent students will now benefit from access to the AIAA professional network in the aerospace field, as well as opportunities to participate in AIAA sponsored competitions, grants, and teaching opportunities at local elementary schools. AIAA is the world's largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession with more than 30,000 individual members from 88 countries, and 95 corporate members.

“We are very grateful to Dr. Ghafooripour for presenting this idea to us,” said Nicholas Rotunda, AIAA representative at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. “BASIS Independent Silicon Valley is the first high school in the world to be officially associated with AIAA."

Mr. Rotunda said that the partnership will evolve over time and that other schools in the global BASIS.ed network could benefit as well.

About AIAA:
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.