Hsiao-hua Burke named 2013 Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Photo of Hsiao-hua BurkeDr. Hsiao-hua K. Burke, Head of the Air and Missile Defense Technology Division at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, was named a 2013 Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) for "outstanding leadership in the development of missile defense systems, hyperspectral imaging technology and algorithms, and satellite systems for military and civilian applications." The distinction of Fellow recognizes AIAA members whose careers have been marked by longstanding, exceptional, and valuable contributions to the fields of aeronautics and astronautics.

AIAA is the world's largest professional society dedicated to aviation and aerospace science and engineering. AIAA has 35,000 members worldwide and is the leading publisher of books and journals on aerospace technology. Its mission is "to address the professional needs and interests of the past, current, and future aerospace workforce and to advance the state of aerospace science, engineering, technology, operations, and policy to benefit our global society."

Dr. Burke joined Lincoln Laboratory in 1981 and has served in leadership positions across the Laboratory, including leader of the Sensor Technology and System Applications Group, assistant head of the Tactical Systems Technology Division, associate head of the Aerospace Division, and, since 2009, head of the Air and Missile Defense Technology Division. In her current role, she provides leadership supporting the development of integrated ballistic missile defense systems for the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), air defense systems for the Navy, and prototype sensor development and data exploitation for intelligence programs.

Dr. Burke is the recipient of the 2001 NASA Award for outstanding support and dedication on the Hyperspectral Strategy Study. In 2006, she was elected to the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) and served as a member until 2010. She has chaired, co-chaired, or participated in a total of seven national study reports. In 2010, she received the Department of the Air Force Award for Meritorious Civilian Service for her outstanding service to the SAB. Dr. Burke holds a BS degree in physics from Tunghai University, Taiwan, and a PhD degree in space physics and astronomy from Rice University.

In addition, Dr. Burke has served the Lincoln Laboratory community by chairing the New Technology Initiatives Board, which proactively engages the Laboratory community to identify latest user needs, capability drivers, and enabling technologies to support the Laboratory’s mission areas; by co-chairing a Decision Support Study to identify the Laboratory's future leadership role in this domain; and by initiating the formation of a Technical Women's Network to serve more than 200 technical women at the Laboratory and to promote diversity and inclusion in the workforce.

Presentation of the 27 new AIAA Fellows and 4 Honorary Fellows will take place at the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala, Wednesday, 8 May 2013, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.

Posted March 2013


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