As part of this year's International Astronautical Congress in Paris, Danielle Wood was inducted as a full member into the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA). Membership in the IAA recognizes the achievements of a space professional. Professor Wood is recognized in the Engineering Science section of the IAA for work in developing societal applications of remote sensing, systems approaches to supporting space programs of emerging nations and innovation in small satellite technology.
From their summary, the Academy defines itself as follows:
The IAA is an independent non-governmental organization recognized by the United Nations in 1996. IAA members are from all over the world, i.e., approximately from 83 countries.
Since 1960, the IAA has brought together the world’s foremost experts in the disciplines of astronautics on a regular basis:
- to recognize the accomplishments of their peers,
- to explore and discuss cutting-edge issues in space research and technology, and
- to provide direction and guidance in the non-military uses of space and the ongoing exploration of the solar system.
The fundamental purposes of the IAA, as stated in the Academy’s statutes, are to:
- Foster the development of astronautics for peaceful purposes,
- Recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves in a branch of science or technology related to astronautics,
- Provide a program through which the membership can contribute to international endeavors,
- Promote international cooperation in the advancement of aerospace science.