The International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) has elected Danielle Wood as a Corresponding Member for Engineering Sciences. She was inducted on October 20, 2019, during a ceremony in Washington, DC.
The International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) was founded in Stockholm on August 16, 1960. Since that time, 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 purposes of the IAA, as stated in the Academy's statutes are:
- to foster the development of astronautics for peaceful purposes,
- to recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves in a branch of science or technology related to astronautics,
- to provide a program through which the membership can contribute to international endeavors and cooperation in the advancement of aerospace science, in cooperation with national science or engineering academies.
The International Academy of Astronautics recognizes the global significance of astronautics and space exploration. The members are all over the world, i.e., approximately 65 countries. Recent developments, e.g., the easing of East-West tensions, the progressive integration of European economies, and emergence of the Asian economic revolution, have enhanced the political prospects for international cooperation in space. Cost, scope, complexity, and other pragmatic considerations associated with space exploration dictate cooperation among nations; and it is probable that such 21st century initiatives as a manned lunar base and the first manned mission to Mars will be international ventures. The IAA coordinates closely with national academies to foster a spirit of cooperation and progress that transcends national boundaries, cultures, and institutions.