Academy of Aerospace Quality
The AAQ (Academy of Aerospace Quality) serves as an internet based forum for providing quality assurance training to academics (or academic institutions) and commercial space service providers involved in aerospace research, technology development, and payload design and development. The AAQ curriculum includes modules for all aspects of quality assurance necessary to ensure project success and provides a virtual community for networking and sharing of lessons-learned among like-minded scholars. Dr. Alice E. Smith and Dr. Jeffrey S. Smith are the principal investigators from Auburn, and Brian Hughitt (NASA Headquarters), Craig McArthur (Marshall Space Flight Center), and Ken Crane (Glenn Research Center) direct the project from NASA.
How to use this Site
The Academy of Aerospace Quality is built around a curriculum. You can see a diagram of this curriculum below. The available curriculum items can be accessed from the "Curriculum" section of the main menu. When you click on one of these items, you will be taken to the module page for that topic. The module page lists all the materials that are related to that specific topic. For each topic, there is a training tutorial, quizzes and other related materials. Training tutorials seek to introduce the visitor to the selected topic. They are structured in the form of a lesson that the visitor can read through in order to become familiar with the topic. They contain information, examples, figures and exercises that will guide the visitor through the learning process. Quizzes are intended to test the visitor's knowledge of the topic. They can be accessed through the topic module page or throughout the tutorial. They are composed of multiple choice and true or false questions. Some training modules contain additional exercises that the user is asked to solve and, once finished, will display the correct results.
The main menu also contains links to other content such as discussion forums, lessons learned and case studies. The references section of this site provides a list of useful references that are used throughout the AAQ website. These include relevant standards, a glossary and an acronym list. To learn more about the AAQ project and those involved, check out the AAQ Team section!
For more detailed instructions on how to use this website, visit our video tutorial section.