Carole Rickard Hedden

Carole
Rickard Hedden
Aviation Week Executive Intelligence

Carole is responsible for the Aviation Week Workforce Study, Aviation Week Young Professionals and University Student Study, and the Program Excellence Awards. She has provided financial analysis for Aviation Week, developed methodologies behind the Program Excellence Awards, annual workforce study, and developed the Twenty20s program to identify future engineering leaders for aerospace and defense.

Articles
Highlighting Twenty Outstanding Students Pursuing A&D Professions 
The future of A&D is looking good judging by the accomplishments and drive of the young innovators—the lifeblood of the next generation—in this Aviation Week-Raytheon feature.
Twenty20s to Watch: Aniceto-Niederwieser 

B.S. candidate in Aerospace Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Class of 2016

Twenty20s to Watch: Picon-Stern 
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2009; M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2015, both from Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Meet The Leader Of Skunk Works’ Compact Fusion Reactor Team  6
Just seven years into his career, Thomas McGuire is leading a Skunk Works project to find the “Holy Grail” of low-cost and low-impact energy in the form of nuclear fusion.
Study: 2014 Is Year For Mass A&D Retirements 
Long-feared A&D workforce transition has begun—with a twist
A&D Stats Still Lower For Women, Minorities 
If minority outreach were a business project, it would have been shut down by now
A&D Workers: Challenge Us 
Cutting-edge work lures A&D talent
A&D Industry Task: Build Cybersecurity Workforce 

One hundred years ago, the University of Michigan hired Felix Pawlowski to teach the first U.S. students the subject of aeronautical engineering. Preparing a generation of engineers to build and assure the safety of a country's fledgling airline and aircraft industry was a daunting task. Today, the industry faces a similar challenge in laying the path to develop the nation's next generation of cybersecurity professionals.

Workforce Shrinking But A&D Companies Still Hiring 

Aerospace and defense companies large and small plan to hire in 2013. While much of the hiring will replace workers leaving for retirement or a new opportunity, the numbers also include some all-new jobs and new skills.

Overseas Companies Increasingly Eye U.S. Outposts
Resurgence of U.S. manufacturing is bolstered by foreign companies setting up shop
Worried A&D Workforce Braces For Defense Cuts
As defense budgets decline, angst about pink slips
Younger Workforce Is Restless
More than one-third of A&D employees under 30 are looking for another position within their current organization
Top Companies For A&D Professionals In 2012
Aerospace Corp., Rockwell Collins invest in innovation
Loan Structures Burden Graduates
More than half of A&D professionals under 30 mention student loans as a key factor in career planning.
Participants In The 2012 Workforce Studies 

Aviation Week's 2012 Workforce Study data come from respondents that collectively employ 80% of the A&D industry's workforce of 624,000. Newcomers to this year's study include Alenia Aermacchi North America and Acutec Precision Machining.

 
Blogs
Apr 15, 2015
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Briny Water May Challenge Future Mars Spacecraft Design

"These finding have implications for planetary protection policies for future landed spacecraft," according to the Nature Geoscience report. "Cl-bearing brines are very corrosive and this may have implications on spacecraft design and surface operations."...More
Apr 14, 2015
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Apollo 13 Story Is Still Gripping After 45 Years (1970) 2

The flight of Apollo 13 in April 1970 was one of the most dramatic events in the history of human spaceflight –- and ultimately one of NASA’s finest hours. For three days, the lives of three astronauts who had been bound for the third lunar landing mission hung in the balance....More
Apr 13, 2015
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NavWeek: Ballistic Bombast 13

China may be able to take out an American aircraft carrier with its feared DF-21 antiship ballistic missile (ASBM) without even taking a shot....More
Apr 10, 2015
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Lessons From Space Shuttle Columbia (1981) 10

The space shuttle was a magnificent machine, the most capable spaceship ever built. It was also a fragile monster that required an expensive standing army to fly, and punished the slightest inattention to detail in its preparation and operation with fatal results....More
Apr 8, 2015
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Photo: Water Cannon Salute For Inaugural Memphis-Dallas Love Field Service

Southwest Airlines inaugurated Memphis-Dallas Love Field service on Wednesday morning, opening up direct commercial service between the two airports for the first time....More

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