IAWA Member, Jill Meyers, elected as a Fellow of the RAeSJill Meyers has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, the world’s only professional body dedicated to the entire aerospace community. The Royal Aeronautical Society, also known as the RAeS, is a multi-disciplinary professional institution based in London. Established in 1866 to further the ‘art, science and engineering for aeronautics’, the Society has been at the forefront of developments in aerospace ever since. Fellowship in the RAeS is the highest grade attainable and is only bestowed upon those who have made outstanding contributions, attained a position of high responsibility, and/or have long experience of high quality in the profession of aeronautics.
Jill has an impressive career in aviation and aerospace that began when she obtained her private pilot’s license at the age of 17. She served for eight years in the U.S. Air Force, maintaining and operating communications and ground radar systems worldwide. Jill earned a degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and has been certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) since 2007. Jill has helped develop many aircraft and avionics systems, both military and commercial, for companies ranging from Eclipse Aviation to Boeing. Platforms she has supported include the Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) surveillance aircraft for the U.S., U.K. and NATO fleets; the Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial System; the Eclipse 500 very light jet; and the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter program. Jill currently supports aviation organizations worldwide as an executive management consultant.
For Jill’s lifelong support to STEM and helping the next generation through her mentoring, volunteering and outreach, she has received several awards including the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce 2016 Women in Leadership Award, National Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) 2017 Outstanding Community Service Award, and AIAA 2018 Outstanding Enhancement of the Image of the Aerospace Profession Award. Jill was also a Finalist for the San Diego Magazine “2018 Woman of the Year” Award.