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Aerospace | Education | Research | Operations AERO Institute
October 18, 2012

747 with Endeavour flying over AERO Institute The AERO Institute is a consortium of Federal, state and local governments, industry, and academia partners with the common goal to enhance the current Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) research, educational, and operations programs needed to enable and maintain the viability of our aerospace workforce for the 21st Century.


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 and
    • 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


Inclusive partnership that consists of the City of Palmdale, CA and the NASA Armstrong Offices of Education and Advanced Partnerships and Planning.

Management Team

  • Dr. Susan Miller, Executive Director of the AERO Institute
  • Amber Abel, AERO Institute Business Manager
  • Jodi Valdez, AERO Program Assistant
  • José Hernandez, AERO Institute Facilities Manager
  • Mike McKie, AERO Institute Facilities Assistant


38256 Sierra Highway
Suite A
Palmdale, CA 93550

Interests & Program

Cross Agency Technical Goals: The AERO Team seeks to:

  • Enable innovative mission capabilities
  • Accelerate technology maturation
  • Maintain U.S. leadership in Engineering and Technology
  • Achieving safe, secure, & efficient routine operations in the National Airspace System
  • Increasing UAV and other Fundamental Aeronautics science return
  • Increasing operational reliability and cost effectiveness


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