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Dr. Randy Beard receives AIAA fellowship

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Dr. Randy Beard has been elected a Fellow, Class of 2021 by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the world’s largest aerospace professional society.

The AIAA describes Fellows as “persons of distinction in aeronautics or astronautics, who have made notable and valuable contributions to the arts, sciences, or technology thereof.”

They choose Fellows from their pool of Associate Fellows, and twenty-eight members including Dr. Beard received the honor this year.

He has been elevated alongside professionals from the likes of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, NASA, Lockheed Martin, and the United States Air Force.

“AIAA takes great pride in honoring this Class of Honorary Fellows and Fellows,” said AIAA Executive Director in a press release. “These professionals have distinguished themselves by their significant and lasting contributions to the aerospace community. Their passion, accomplishment and dedication to the industry are worthy of this recognition. They are the inspiration to aspire to even greater heights for the generations that follow.”

Dr. Beard primarily focuses on researching autonomous systems, unmanned air vehicles, and multiple vehicle coordination and control. He is also a fellow in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).