“Aerospace Public Policy: Why it Matters and How You Can Get Involved”
Abstract: Have you ever wondered how your work ties into the larger picture for government stakeholders? Did you know that AIAA is actively engaged in public policy efforts at the local, regional, and national levels? This talk addresses why public policy matters for aerospace, how AIAA is involved in public policy across all levels of government, AIAA key issues, and how you can get involved. There are opportunities for you as an AIAA member to get involved in public policy to expand your network, advise stakeholders and government officials making decisions impacting the aerospace industry, and gain a deeper understanding of the legislative process.
Bio: Dr. Kerri Phillips is the Hypersonic Weapons Program Manager in the Force Projection Sector working closely with the U.S. Air Force and the DARPA Tactical Technology Office (TTO). Kerri is passionate about the intersection of public policy and the aerospace and defense (A&D) industry, and as such, she serves as the AIAA Region I Deputy Director for Public Policy. In this role, she is a member of the AIAA Public Policy Committee (PPC) and works with the team to draft AIAA key issue papers in the areas of hypersonics, the STEM pipeline, and the impacts of COVID-19 on the A&D industry. Kerri also proudly serves on the Advisory Committee for the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at West Virginia University, her alma mater. Kerri has a technical background in guidance and control, aircraft system identification, operations analysis, aerodynamics, flight mechanics, and flight test. She earned Bachelor’s degrees in both Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (’07) and a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering (’11), all from West Virginia University. She also holds a Master’s degree in Systems Engineering (’15) from Johns Hopkins University.