Dr. Tarek Abdel-Salam receives honor during SciTech Forum

Dr. Tarek Abdel-Salam, engineering professor and associate dean for research in the East Carolina University College of Engineering and Technology, has been elected as an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Associate Fellow.

Abdel-Salam received recognition by the AIAA Board of Trustees and membership during the 2023 AIAA SciTech Forum in National Harbor, Maryland.

AIAA associate fellows are members “who have accomplished or been in charge of important engineering or scientific work, or who have done original work of outstanding merit, or who have otherwise made outstanding contributions to the arts, sciences, or technology of aeronautics or astronautics,” according to the organization. Associate fellows are AIAA senior members in good standing with at least 12 years of professional experience and are recommended by three current associate fellows. Just 17% of AIAA members become associate fellows.

Of the 2023 associate fellows, AIAA president Laura McGill said, “They exemplify expertise, passion and dedication to advancing their specific disciplines, and they are truly shaping the future of aerospace.”

During the AIAA SciTech Forum, Abdel-Salam also became chair of AIAA’s Terrestrial Energy Systems Technical Committee. The four-day forum is the world’s largest event for aerospace research, development and technology.

Abdel-Salam also serves as the director of ECU’s Center for Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering and Technology. A mechanical and environmental engineer by training, Abdel-Salam focuses his research on thermo-fluids and engineering education.

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics is the world’s largest aerospace technical society with nearly 30,000 members from 91 countries and 100 corporate members, according to its website. AIAA is designed to bring industry, academia and government together to advance engineering and science in aviation, space and defense.