Aerospace disciplines are found in non-aerospace industries. This allows the Academy to apply its capabilities non-aerospace technical arena.
Aerospace is extremely dependent on the efficient use of energy. It is no accident that some of the most innovative approaches to supplying and providing energy were brought to maturity through aerospace.
Here are some examples. Solar cells were used to provide on satellites and interplanetary probes long before solar panels became available for commercial and residential use. Fuel cells harness electricity from natural gas and atmospehric oxygen; invented in the 1800s, they saw their first practical use in NASA spacecraft. Wind turbines apply the aerodynamics of airfoils (wings and propellers) to the design of windmills; more efficient airfoils lead to more efficient power generation.
The Academy works with photovoltaics (solar cells), and is able to provide calibration and measurements of efficiency for solar cells and arrays. It also has expertise in the aerodynamics of airfoils.
There is no need to describe the impact today of computing on business and consumers. The impact has been equally great on science and engineering. Along with theory and experiment, computing is now often thought of as a third pillar of scientific enquiry. Computing is now at the core of devices like "smart" phones and tablets.
Staff at American Academy of Aeronautics have been involved in computing since the birth of the Internet, and before personal computers. In many cases, this mean being on the leading edge of the early adoption of certain new technologies such as local area networks, embedded systems, and current smart devices. It also sometimes includes supporting roles in the development of new hardware technologies.