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NIAC Senior Science Advisor Elected to Full Membership in the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA)
"It is a pleasure to announce that Dr. Ronald Turner, the NIAC Senior Science Advisor, and an ANSER Fellow in Science & Technology, has been elected to Full Membership in the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA).

The IAA was established in 1962 and "consists of individuals who have distinguished themselves in some branch of the following sciences, especially in aspects connected with astronautics: basic sciences, engineering sciences, and life sciences."

As an IAA Corresponding Member for six years, Dr. Turner published on diverse topics, including space weather risk management; advanced aerospace concepts; and responses to high-consequence natural disasters, such as extreme space weather events and asteroid impacts. He was also recognized for significant contributions to NIAC, various components of the Department of Defense, and several National Research Council studies.

Election to Full Membership is a prestigious career accomplishment. This year only 45 new members were elected worldwide, with only 6 from the United States.

I'd like to add to this that Ron's importance to NIAC could not be overstated. He has been a cornerstone of re-establishing NIAC with excellence, fairness, rigor, and excitement. We are honored to work with him, and delighted that the IAA has chosen to recognize his scientific expertise and contributions with Full Membership. Congratulations!"

NIAC Program Executive, Jay Falker, PhD