TOP 100 Aerospace & Aviation Professionals to Follow on LinkedIn 2022: 28. Suzanne Kearns

28. Suzanne Kearns

Founding Director at Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Aeronautics, Associate Professor and Author, Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Aeronautics (WISA)

28. Suzanne Kearns

Average Post Engagement: 91.4



How LinkedIn has helped you in your careers or businesses:

– Connect with former students, and new potential students around the world;
– Stay abreast of industry news and achievements;
– Ensure academic research, which too often stays only within academic circles, is shared with industry professionals and practitioners,
– Identify guest speakers for my courses, authors interested in writing a book within my textbook series, and contributors for my books,
– Network with other aviation academics and teachers from around the world, fostering a global community supporting the next generation of aviation professionals,
– Invited speaking opportunities,
– Expert witness opportunities,
– Always prioritizing the industry-relevance of my academic research and teaching.

Tips on how to Thrive on LinkedIn:

Mixture between personal and professional posts. Posting approximately once every 1.5 weeks. I strive to put out original articles 2-4 times per year, which are the most impactful posts. Other posts highlight research achievements & student success stories. Occasionally I will share personal messages and requests, which I believe help humanize the content so it’s personal and not too robotic. My content focuses on aviation education and research – with an emphasis on supporting the next generation of aviation professionals.


What I use Linkedin for:

Networking with other aviation professionals, staying up to date with key developments, communicating with former students and colleagues

Number of Followers:





Who am I:

Beginning flight training at 15, and pursuing education to become an Aviation Professor at age 24, my greatest calling is educating the next generation of aviation professionals.

What I do:

I have written or co-authored 6 aviation books and mentor other authors to write books in the Aviation Fundamentals textbook series. I develop e-learning courses that have been completed by thousands of learners from around the world. Last year I founded a research institute with a mission to be the world’s leading hub for sustainable aeronautics (the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Aeronautics)

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

To support research, technology, and education towards our industry’s sustainable future

Who I follow on Linkedin

Colleagues I have met through ICAO who live around the world (Paul Bates & Simon Witts), aviation authors, and sustainable aviation thought leaders.


Paul Bate

Executive Director - Modelling & Appraisal at Connected Places Catapult, Connected Places Catapult

Simon Witts

Founder & CEO IASTI® and Chairman ENGAP UK CIC, IASTI - International Air & Space Training Institute

Suzanne’s Favorite Post

Reactions: 604

Comments: 116

Check out Suzanne’s post here

❝In this post I asked followers to nominate young aviation professionals who they were inspired by, and I mailed 15 copies of my book along with a handwritten note & small gift to each. It was so inspiring to learn their stories and see them post pictures when they received their package. The post had more than 46k+ views❞

Suzanne’s Successful Post

Reactions: 101

Comments: 18

Check out Suzanne’s post here

❝I’ve truly enjoyed the connection to industry facilitated by LinkedIn and it’s hard to choose a most successful post, but I decided on this one where I put out a call to the international community for contributors to an edited book. The response was tremendous and diverse and led to the book Engaging the next generation of aviation professionals.❞

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