November 9 2015
WASHINGTON, DC – The Virginia Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine recently hosted its 3rd Annual Summit which brought together Virginia’s members of the National Academies to increase collaboration between the Commonwealth’s scientific leaders and advance Virginia’s national standing in the fields of science engineering and medicine. Appointment to one of the National Academies is a lifetime designation and one of the highest honors for scientists in the U.S.
The two day summit brought over 110 leading researchers, their proteges, industry executives and government officials from Virginia and across the nation to discuss the latest efforts addressing Transportation and Unmanned Aerial Systems.
Summit attendees also had the chance to attend a VASEM reception and dinner at the U.S. Senate’s Hart office building. Dr. Robert Langford, CEO of Aurora Flight Sciences called VASEM “the braintrust of Virginia” as he opened the dinner keynote. President of Virginia Tech, Dr. Timothy Sands also encouraged universities and colleges in Virginia to participate more with VASEM regardless of how many members of the national academies employed.
Information, including speakers presentations, are available on the Transportation and UAS pages at www.vasem.org. We would like to thank the Co-Chairs of the 2015 Committee, Joe Campbell and Jim Aylor, for their hard work and guidance in making this event a success. We also extend our sincere gratitude to the 2015 Summit Co-host, Senator Mark Warner, and his staffer, Ken Johnson, for their assistance.