The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) officially recognized Jim Shields, Draper Laboratory president and chief executive officer, as a 2010 fellow on May 11.
AIAA, a professional society for aerospace engineering, chooses fellows from the aeronautics and astronautics fields who have “made notable valuable contributions to the arts, sciences, or technology," according to the association’s website.
Shields, who joined AIAA in 1976 and is a member of the New England Section, is one of 30 fellows elected for 2010. He is also a member of the Defense Science Board, the Massachusetts High Technology Council, the Massachusetts Defense Technology Initiative, and the Natick and Hanscom Science and Technology Boards.
Shields holds bachelors and masters degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.