NORDAM CEO Meredith Siegfried appointed to Smithsonian NASM Board

TULSA, OKLA. (NOV. 7, 2014) – NORDAM Chief Executive Officer Meredith Siegfried has been appointed to serve on the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum Board. The board is comprised of accomplished supporters of the aerospace community who provide advice and support to the museum's director and promote its goals.

NORDAM is a global aviation manufacturing and repair company with a continuous need for engineers and aircraft mechanics with advanced and applied STEM capabilities. NORDAM is a major sponsor of the Siegfried family’s annual fundraising event, Flight Night, which promotes STEM education efforts in Oklahoma.

“Growing up in an aviation family, I was always familiar with the concept of flight and its ever-growing innovations. I am deeply honored to serve on the Board of the National Air and Space Museum, an institution dedicated to the history and advancement of aerospace,” Siegfried said.

Siegfried joined NORDAM in 1999 and held positions of increasing responsibility before her appointment as CEO in 2011. Previously, she was a consultant in Arthur Andersen’s Global Corporate Finance Group. She received her undergraduate education at Notre Dame and received her MBA from the University of Chicago.

For reasons never revealed, James Smithson (1765-1829), a British scientist who had never set foot on American soil, left his estate to the United States to found “at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge.”

The Smithsonian has since grown to be the world's largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities.

NASM is one of its major attractions. From a group of kites acquired from the Chinese Imperial Commission in 1876, the museum’s aeronautical collection has grown into the largest assemblage of historic aircraft and spacecraft in the world and hosts 8 million visitors per year. It is a vital center for groundbreaking research into the history, science and technology of aviation and space flight, and is home to the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies.  NASM also develops educational materials and hosts many programs and events.

“NASM is an important and inspiring institution,” Siegfried said. “And now is the time to be involved. The first capital campaign is preparing for launch, and we are defining and developing the future state of the Museum, with the goal of taking it to new heights for the 21st century.”

ABOUT NORDAM
Headquartered in Tulsa and employing 2,500 people across nine facilities on three continents, NORDAM is one of the world’s largest independently owned aerospace companies. The firm designs, certifies and manufactures integrated propulsion systems, nacelles and thrust reversers for business jets;  builds composite aircraft structures, interior shells, custom cabinetry and radomes; and manufactures aircraft transparencies, such as cabin windows, wing-tip lens assemblies and flight deck windows. NORDAM also is a major third-party provider of maintenance, repair and overhaul services to the military, commercial airline and air freight markets.  Learn more about NORDAM at NORDAM.com.