Special to the Voice

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center employee Tony Farina was elevated to the status of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Associate Fellow earlier this year.

The AIAA is the professional society for the field of aerospace engineering. Its mission is to advance the arts, sciences and technology of aeronautics and astronautics, and to promote the professionalism of those engaged in these pursuits.

According to the AIAA, associate fellows are people who have accomplished or been in charge of important engineering or scientific work, have done original work of outstanding merit or have otherwise made outstanding contributions to the arts, sciences or technology of aeronautics or astronautics.

One AIAA Associate Fellow for every 150 members may be elevated annually, and nominees must have extensive professional experience and be recommended by three AIAA Associate Fellows or Fellows.

Specifically, Farina, who works in the Aeroballistics Division of the Munitions Systems and Technology Directorate of the ARDEC Armaments Engineering and Technology Center, was recognized for his contributions to the field of tank-fired projectile aeroballistics.