About Us

The AERO Institute® is a 501(c)(3) partnership of individuals; Federal, State and Regional governments; commercial companies; academic institutions; and non-profits engaged in broad reaching research and operations programs as well as addressing the need for technically skilled workforce for the United States in the 21st century. To develop the necessary pipeline of students, we also support STEM education at all levels.

The Strategic Partners in the AERO are NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center, NASA Ames Research Center, and the City of Palmdale, California. AERO works in close association with the NASA National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program to further leverage the public's investment in Higher Education. Numerous Colleges and Universities have formed new partnerships with the AERO to make educational opportunities more accessible in the Antelope Valley.

AERO Institute® Long Term Goals:

The AERO Institute® will act as innovator, facilitator and integrator for joint NASA, University and Industry projects.

It will focus on:

  • Human Capital Development
  • Educational Outreach
  • Applied Research
  • Operations Improvement

To that end AERO will:

  • Provide comprehensive technical, undergraduate and graduate education
  • Conduct leading edge aerospace research
  • Incubate, stimulate, and commercialize new intellectual property
  • Promote aerospace science and engineering

The AERO Institute® is a consortium to produce the next generation of aerospace technical workforce. Federal, state and local governments, industry, and academia partner to ensure that research, education, and operations enable and maintain a viable aerospace workforce for the 21st Century. It was created on a philosophical foundation of collaboration vs. competition and inclusion vs. exclusion.

The design of the logo symbolizes the philosophy and guiding values of the AERO Institute®. The trefoil is made of titanium, a metal used in many aerospace fabrications because of the strength of its alloys. It represents the three connected domains of Academia, Government and Industry as equal partners. The trefoil shape is reminiscent also of the outline of a lifting body aerospace vehicle. The outer ring documents the three domains that participate in the Institute. The star field, reminding that the focus of the AERO Institute® is space-related depicts the constellation Aquila, the eagle. The eagle represents the United States. The logo itself can be rotated 360 degrees and maintain legibility reflecting the network model vs. a hierarchical model of its organization.

The text displays the proper name of the Institute and spells-out the meaning of the acronym, AERO. It is the Garamond font.

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