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 5
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.

 
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