President Jim Shields has been elected as a Fellow by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). AIAA Fellows are recognized as "persons of distinction in aeronautics or astronautics, and shall have made notable valuable contributions to the arts, sciences, or technology thereof." Shields will be presented with a certificate and pin at the AIAA Fellows Dinner on May 11, 2010, in Virginia and also will be recognized at the black-tie Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala on May 12 in Washington, D.C.
Shields is one of 30 Fellows elected for 2010. No more than one Fellow for each 1,000 voting AIAA members is elected each year. Shields joined AIAA in 1976 and is a member of the New England Section. He become an Associate Fellow in 2003.