On Feb. 1, 2017, the Virginia Aviation Business Association, Virginia Aerospace Business Association, and VASEM hosted the Aerospace Legislative Reception at the Library of Virginia.
VASEM staff and board members participated in Aerospace Day to meet with legislators about our recent study – A Blue Print for the Growth of the Virginia Aviation and Aerospace Industry – and brainstorm ideas for other projects that explore technical issues where VASEM can help the Commonwealth.
Special guests included Governor Terry McAuliffe and Margot Shetterly, the author of “Hidden Figures”. Her book tells the story of African-American mathematicians at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia whose work propelled the first American, John Glenn, into orbit. This film was recently released in movie theaters nationwide. Senator John Cosgrove, a member of the VASEM Aerospace Study Committee, also served a co-host to the reception.