Free, virtual event taking place May 15, 2021 at 9am

ROCHESTER, MICHIGAN, May 10, 2021 – The Aerospace Industry Association of Michigan (AIAM) is proud to have teamed up with FIRST in Michigan to offer a free and virtual event for students, parents and companies from Michigan’s aerospace industry. The event will feature keynote speakers from NASA and six unique and engaging panels moderated by women from NASA.

Panelists participating include professional women across the aerospace industry in Michigan. Women from companies like Calumet Electronics in the Upper Peninsula, to Array of Engineers in Grand Rapids will be discussing opportunities that exist in the aerospace industry, hoping to inspire the next generation of talent. Panelists from Michigan-based companies Woodward, Airspace Link Inc., Barron Industries, and Kalitta Charters will also be participating.

“We are pleased to have teamed up with FIRST in Michigan to offer this free event for students and families across Michigan to help get them excited about the aerospace industry.” said Tony Vernaci, AIAM Founder and President. “Michigan’s aerospace industry is full of opportunity and I’m hopeful this event will showcase what Michigan has to offer for young people wishing to enter the field.”

Michigan has one of the most vibrant aerospace clusters in the nation with nearly 1,000 companies supporting the global industry from Michigan. This event will encourage young ladies to pursue a career in STEM and help all students understand the variety of extremely rewarding careers in the aerospace industry, available to them without ever leaving the state.

“We are excited to offer this opportunity along with AIAM,” said Gail Alpert, Chairman and President of FIRST in Michigan. “I look forward to highlighting the inspirational work the women of aerospace are doing and helping students see that the skills they acquire while participating on a FIRST Robotics team will prepare them well for an exceptional career in aerospace or any other STEM field.”

The Women of Aerospace virtual event will take place on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. EST. The event is free to the public and all are invited and welcome to participate. Those wishing to learn more or to register for the event can do so at