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    March 2012
    AIAA News
    AIAA Congressional Visits Day – Let Congress Know How Important Aerospace Is!

    The AIAA Congressional Visits Day Program will be held 20–21 March in Washington, DC. We are expecting 230 aerospace engineers and scientists to come together in the nation’s capital, to help educate congressional decision makers on the importance of aerospace to our nation’s economy and national security. Watch the Institute's video introduction to CVD at www.aiaa.org/CVD2012Video.

    For more information on AIAA Congressional Visits Day, please visit the AIAA website, or contact Duane Hyland at duaneh@aiaa.org or 703.264.7558.


    Vote for 2012 Board of Directors by 9 April!

    VOTE ONLINE! Visit www.aiaa.org/BODVote, log on, and follow the on-screen voting instructions. Candidate statements also can be viewed. Voting deadline is 9 April 2012. Your participation in determining AIAA's future is appreciated!

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    Videos from the 15th Annual FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference Now Available on the AIAA Website

    The FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference took place 15–16 February, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in Washington, DC. Keynote speakers included The Honorable Robert McDonnell, Governor of Virginia, Dr. William Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations for NASA, and Dr. George Nield, Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation at the FAA. In his remarks, Governor McDonnell said the state of Virginia is committed to the development of the commercial space industry, and that he is working on legislation with the Virginia State Assembly to ensure that support. In addition, he said the state of Virginia has put measures in place to ensure a highly trained workforce, in support of commercial space initiatives.

    Dr. Gerstenmaier's remarks centered on "Spaceflight in Transition," in which he maintained that "commercial spaceflight is our future for accessing Low Earth Orbit and the International Space Station." Dr. Gerstenmaier went on to say, "Optimism, cooperation, curiosity, ingenuity, integrity, and courage are critical to the success of future exploration. Watch these sessions and others at www.aiaa.org/AIAAVideos.

    (Pictured: Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell addresses attendees of the 15th Annual FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference)


    AIAA Congratulates Immediate Past President and Fellow Dr. Mark J. Lewis

    AIAA congratulates Dr. Mark. J. Lewis, AIAA past president and fellow, on his selection as the new director of the Institute of Defense Analyses Science and Technology Policy Institute.

    Lewis, the Willis Young Professor and chair of the Aerospace Sciences Department at the University of Maryland, College Park, will leave the university and start the new position in the spring of 2012.

    (Pictured: Dr. Mark. J. Lewis, AIAA past president and fellow)
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    Dr. Merlin Dorfman Honors Dr. Joseph Reagan with a Memorial Gift to the AIAA Foundation

    Dr. Merlin Dorfman, an AIAA member since 1958, reminisces back to the day he first met Dr. Joseph Reagan. “I knew who Joe was, but didn’t really get to know him until we were made AIAA Fellows the same year, and were seated at the same table for the Fellows dinner. We had a wonderful evening, and have been friends ever since that evening.” Reagan often supported AIAA Foundation student events, including judging Region VI student paper conferences. “A gift to the AIAA Foundation, supporting the next generation of engineers in Joe’s name as he had done throughout his life, seemed apropos,” says Dorfman.

    (Pictured: Dr. Joseph Reagan)
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    AIAA Salutes 50th Anniversary of John H. Glenn Jr. Becoming the First American to Orbit the Earth
    “Friendship 7” Mission Entered Orbit on 20 February 1962

    AIAA salutes the 50th anniversary of John H. Glenn Jr.’s “Friendship 7” mission, known officially as the Mercury-Atlas 6 mission, and his becoming the first American to orbit the Earth. With fellow Mercury astronaut M. Scott Carpenter uttering “God speed, John Glenn,” over the NASA Capsule Communication equipment, Glenn’s mission began at 9:47 a.m. on the morning of 20 February 1962. Glenn orbited the Earth three times during the mission, spending four hours, fifty-five minutes and twenty-three seconds in orbit around the earth, covering a distance of 75,679 miles.

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    AIAA Salutes National Engineers Week
    Took Place Week of 19–25 February

    AIAA saluted “National Engineers Week,” and called on all Americans to reflect on the ways engineers have bettered our society and the world at large.

    Robert S. Dickman, AIAA’s executive director, stated: “From the airplanes that have connected the world, to the rockets that have explored beyond it, to our modern, energy efficient offices and homes and the roads we drive on, and the cars we drive on them, there is little doubt that engineering has played a vital role in the progress of our nation. During this week, it is only fitting that we salute the men and women whose talents, dedication, and ingenuity have given us so much of what makes our modern life possible.”

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    AIAA Local Sections Celebrate National Engineers Week

    Local sections across the country participated in many diverse celebrations of National Engineers Week. From distinguished lecturers at lunch and dinner meetings, to joint meetings with other engineering societies, AIAA members were proudly celebrating the contributions that engineering makes to the aerospace community. Several local sections used National Engineers Week as a way to excite K–12 students about the math and science that supports engineering. Some highlights included:

    • The Albuquerque section participated in School to World for 8th and 9th graders in their community.
    • The Hampton Roads section was part of the NASA Education Days.
    • The National Capital section was part of Engineering Family Day at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.
    • The Delaware section hosted Introduce a Girl to Engineering at the ATK facility in Elkton, MD.
    • The Dayton Cincinnati section participated in the Miami Valley TechFest and the AFIT Open House.
    • The Tucson section was part of the Science and Technology Fair.

    The National Engineers Week website, www.eweek.org, details many of the great activities that engineers have created to celebrate engineering. We encourage you to check it out for ongoing activities in your area.

    (Pictured: Students from the Northland Preparatory Academy participate in National Engineers Week)


    New AIAA Ground Test Committee on Standards Seeks Participation

    The Ground Test Committee on Standards (GT CoS) is now soliciting membership for the development and oversight of several documents within the Ground Test Technical Committee. If you are interested in participating, please contact the new GT CoS Chairperson, Richard White, at rwhite@vigyan.com.


    AIAA Membership Openings for the Standards Executive Council

    The Standards Executive Council, which represents a diverse group in the aeronautics and astronautics field and oversees the development of standards at AIAA, is seeking to increase its membership. Members are responsible for providing policy, direction, and guidance to approved consensus bodies, AIAA staff, and the AIAA Board of Directors on all issues related to the standards program, from formation of Committees on Standards to approval of standards for publication. Candidates are recommended by the chairperson (VP, Standards) and appointed by the AIAA president for a three-year term, with re-appointments on the recommendation of the chair.

    For more information, or to request an application, please contact Ms. Laura McGill, VP-Elect, Standards, at ljmcgill@raytheon.com, or the AIAA Program Manager, Standards at amyb@aiaa.org.


    USA Science and Engineering Festival Returns to Washington, DC 27–29 April

    AIAA is a proud partner and exhibitor again at this year’s USA Science and Engineering Festival, a celebration of STEM related government, industry, academia and non-profit programs fostered to energize students, teachers, parents, and the general public about STEM related careers. Over 50,000 people attended last year's Festival held on the National Mall in Washington, DC. AIAA, the National Capital Section, and the University of Maryland will be demonstrating wind tunnels and talking about aerospace career opportunities during the three-day event. For more information, and to locate related events in your local area, visit www.usasciencefestival.org.


    Conferences and Events
    The 10th Annual U.S. Missile Defense Conference and Exhibit
    (SECRET/U.S. ONLY)

    Prospective delegates are invited to participate in the 10th Annual U.S. Missile Defense Conference, set for 26–28 March 2012 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, in Washington, DC. This conference aims to provide a world-class, secure environment for the U.S. missile defense community to meet and discuss the future of homeland and regional missile defense. The national missile defense community includes senior executive leaders, program managers, scientists, and staff in government, defense, and industry, as well as members of active duty, Reserve, and National Guard forces. Register today by visiting www.aiaa.org/missiledefense.


    Have You Registered for the 53rd Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference (SDM) Yet?

    Sponsored by AIAA, ASME, ASCE, AHS, and ASC, this established annual conference is a widely acknowledged event that provides a unique forum dedicated to the latest developments in the collective disciplines of structures, structural dynamics, materials, design engineering, and survivability. The SDM conference, set for 23–26 April 2012 in Honolulu, HI, will co-locate with:

    • 20th AIAA/ASME/AHS Adaptive Structures Conference
    • 14th AIAA Non-Deterministic Approaches
    • 13th AIAA Gossamer Systems Forum
    • 8th AIAA Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Specialist Conference (MDO)

    For more information visit www.aiaa.org/sdm.


    Registration for 2012 Aeroacoustics Conference Now Open

    Registration is now open for the 18th AIAA/CEAS Aeroacoustics Conference (33rd AIAA Aeroacoustics Conference) to be held 4–6 June 2012 in Colorado Springs, CO. This event is the premier international forum for the field of aeroacoustics. It provides an exceptional opportunity for engineers and scientists from industry, government, and academia to exchange knowledge and results of current studies, and discuss directions for future research. Attending this event provides an excellent opportunity to: learn about the latest advancements and research in the field from experts; network, discuss challenges, and share ideas during sessions, receptions, coffee breaks, and an awards dinner; hear high-quality technical papers and presentations; and expand your knowledge by participating in the continuing education course held in conjunction with the event. Be sure to register early to receive the best possible registration rate for the event. Registering by 7 May 2012 will save you up to $200 off the on-site registration fee. Register Now at www.aiaa.org/aeroacoustics2012.


    Register Today for AIAA’s Summer Conferences in New Orleans

    Registration is now open for the 43rd AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference and Exhibit and co-located events, taking place 25–28 June in New Orleans, LA. The AIAA summer Fluids Conferences are held annually to provide a forum for technical exchange and interaction among scientists, engineers, and other professionals from industrial, governmental, and academic technical communities who participate in scientific research and development in the aerospace engineering and fluid dynamics disciplines. Selected fluids-oriented AIAA conferences co-locate with the AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference on a rotating basis each summer to provide an opportunity to interact with unique groups of professionals from diverse yet interrelated technical disciplines. This year you have the opportunity to participate in eight AIAA conferences in one! Joint sessions between many of these events are planned to encourage synergism and collaboration. By attending you will receive the benefits of enhancing your skills, as expert engineers, researchers, and scientists share their latest results; participating in the newly co-located Aerospace T&E Days Forum, featuring two moderated panels of acquisition, technical, and test and evaluation leadership from the aerospace domain; networking to discuss challenges and sharing your ideas during interactive panel sessions, award luncheons, networking breaks, and receptions; and staying at the top of your game with AIAA’s continuing education programs. Register today at www.aiaa.org/neworleans2012.


    Attending a Conference? Attend a Course!
    Continuing Education Short Courses

    Registration is open for the following courses co-located with the 53rd Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials and Co-located Conferences in Honolulu, HI.

    21–22 April 2012
    Held in conjunction with the 53rd Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials and Co-located Conferences in Honolulu, Hawaii

    • Aeroelasticity: State-of-the-Art Practices
    • Introduction to Bio-Inspired Engineering
    • Introduction to Non-Deterministic Approaches
    • The Fundamentals of Composite Structure Design

    2–3 June 2012
    Held in conjunction with the 18th AIAA/CEAS Aeroacoustics Conference (33rd AIAA Aeroacoustics Conference) in Colorado Springs, CO

    • Phased Array Beamforming for Aeroacoustics

    23–24 June 2012
    Held in conjunction with: AIAA Fluid Dynamics and Co-located Conferences and Exhibit in New Orleans, LA

    • Computational Heat Transfer (CHT)
    • Space Environment and its Effects on Space Systems
    • Perturbation Methods in Science and Engineering
    • Stability and Transition: Theory, Experiment, and Modeling
    • Turbine Engine Ground Test and Evaluation

    To register for any of these courses, visit the course listing page on the AIAA website.


    AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala to Confer Top Honors
    Event Will Also Recognize Newly Elected AIAA Fellows and Associate Fellows

    AIAA is pleased to announce the 2012 recipients of its most prestigious awards. Presentation of these awards, and the recognition of the newly elected Fellows and Honorary Fellows of AIAA, will take place at the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala, 9 May 2012 at the Ronald Regan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC. This annual black-tie event recognizes the most influential and inspiring individuals in aerospace, whose outstanding contributions merit the highest accolades.

    (Pictured: 2011 Fellows and Honorary Fellows.)
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    Aerospace Today ... and Tomorrow
    An Executive Symposium

    Join top executives 7 June in Williamsburg, VA, at AIAA Aerospace Today … and Tomorrow, the industry’s leading forum on the discussions of today’s aerospace needs, and progress for the future. Keynote speakers will include Damon Wells, Lesa Roe, Mark Anderson, Robert Lightfoot, Dr. Steve Walker, Ron Hinderberger, William (Bill) Harrison, Randy Walden, and Pierre Chao. This is an AIAA Corporate Member event, one you will not want to miss! For more information visit www.aiaa.org/att or contact Grant Belden at GrantB@aiaa.org. Register today.


    Annual AIAA Foundation Golf Outing
    At Kingsmill Resort’s River Course in Williamsburg, VA

    The AIAA Foundation is hosting a golf outing in conjunction with the executive symposium, Aerospace Today…and Tomorrow. Join us Wednesday, 6 June, for a fun afternoon of golf and networking on Kingsmill Resort’s River Course in Williamsburg, VA. The cost for golf is $175 per player, with proceeds to benefit the AIAA Foundation’s education programs. Contact Grant Belden at GrantB@aiaa.org or 703.264.7511 for more information and to register.

    (Pictured: Kingsmill Golf Resort. Credit: Kingsmill Resort)


    Complex Aerospace Systems Exchange (CASE) - NEW AIAA Event
    Addressing System-Level Execution Issues Head-On

    This dynamic and engaging event tackles some of the most important systems development issues facing aerospace chief engineers, program managers, and systems engineers today, such as minimizing cost overruns and delays, and mitigating late test failures. Participants will have the opportunity to hear insights, best practices, and lessons learned from recognized practitioners in each of these areas.

    How you can participate: With a greater emphasis on information and idea exchange and practical applications for complex systems, paper publications are not required for CASE. Presentations are solicited that provide attendees with new concepts and insights to improve their execution of:

    • Track 1: Complex Systems Development
    • Track 2: Integration, Test, and Verification of Complex Systems
    • Track 3: Program Management to Achieve Robust and Resilient Systems

    CASE is a new AIAA event in 2012 that will co-located the AIAA SPACE Conference, 11–13 September 2012, Pasadena, CA. For more information visit www.aiaa.org/case.


    Final Reminder for Weapons System Effectiveness Abstract Submittal

    The abstract deadline for the 7th AIAA Biennial National Forum on Weapon Systems Effectiveness is just one week away. Abstracts should be submitted no later than 15 March. For this “classified forum” event, set for 24–28 September in Fort Walton Beach, FL, submission of the author(s), title, organization and phone number (email contact) are sufficient if an abstract is not approved for public release or if only a presentation is being given. Authors must upload a blank PDF within the system to complete the submission. Session chairs will work with author/title submissions by contacting authors directly to ensure sufficient information is collected for placing presentations. Submit your abstract today at www.aiaa.org/wse2012.


    Abstract Deadline for the 2012 Hypersonics Conference is One Month Away

    The abstract deadline for the 18th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference is quickly approaching. The meeting, set for 24–28 September in Tours, France, will provide a forum for international discussion and exchange of information about leading-edge research and development activities associated with space planes and hypersonic atmospheric flight vehicles and the technologies underpinning these capabilities. In keeping with the objectives of this conference, the organizers are soliciting papers from space plane and hypersonic programs and technologists from the international community. A complete list of the submittal topic areas is available by downloading the Call for Papers. Abstracts are due no later than 12 April. Submit your paper today at www.aiaa.org/hypersonics2012.


    AIAA is Pleased to Support the Following Events as a Part of its Ongoing Collaboration with the Chinese Society of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    China Avionics Industry Chain Summit
    Accelerating the Adoption and Development of Advanced Avionics Technology
    30–31 March 2012
    Shanghai, China

    China Aerospace Propulsion Technology Summit
    New Aerospace Power for the Future
    29–30 May 2012
    Shanghai, China

    Both events are business fora that provide excellent networking opportunities with leaders in Chinese organizations as they plan for the future of the aviation industry. For more information about these events, please visit www.galleonevents.com.


    From the AIAA Space Operations & Support Technical Committee

    The AIAA Space Operations & Support Technical Committee will be conducting its annual Improving Space Operations Workshop at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, 24–25 April. This year's theme will be Commercial Space. Mark Sirangelo, VP of Space Systems for Sierra Nevada Corp., John Couluris, Senior Director of Launch and Mission Operations for SpaceX, and Karla Clark, Manager for JPL's Mission Assurance Office will deliver plenary talks. Separate tracks in Commercial Space, End-of-Mission Disposal Requirements/Activities and in Mission Operations Assurance will run in parallel. To register, contact Larry Bryant at larry.w.bryant@jpl.nasa.gov by 15 March. Seats are limited and set at $75 covering both days.


    From the AIAA Digital Avionics Technical Committee

    31st DIGITAL AVIONICS SYSTEMS CONFERENCE
    Projecting 100 Years of Aerospace History into the Future of Avionics

    Crowne Plaza Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA
    14–18 October 2012

    Authors are invited to submit abstracts of 750 words or less online before 30 March 2012, via the 31st DASC Online Abstract Submittal Form at www.dasconline.org. For more information regarding the 31st DASC Technical Program, contact our Technical Program Chair, Steve Young at technical.chair@dasconline.org.


    Honors & Awards
    AIAA to Present Awards at Honolulu Conference
    Awards Honor Achievements in the Fields of Structures and Material

    AIAA will present awards honoring achievement in the fields of structures and materials at a noon awards luncheon on 25 April as part of the AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, 23–26 April 2012, at the Sheraton Waikiki in Honolulu, HI.

    Awards and Honorees >


    New Award Nomination Process
    Effective 1 January 2013

    Effective January 1, 2013 all award nominations must be submitted to AIAA through the online nomination system or by using the streamlined nomination form. All award nomination packages will be limited to seven pages, which includes a one-page nomination form, a one-page basis of award, a one-page resume, a one-page public contributions summary, and the three signed one-page letters of endorsement from AIAA members in good standing. AIAA will accept the old format (i.e., nomination packages of more than seven pages) through COB on 31 December 2012; however, nominators are highly encouraged to begin NOW to transition to the shorter nomination package.

    After 1 January 2013, nomination packages which exceed the page limit will be returned to the nominator and not submitted to the selection committee. Contact AIAA Honors and Awards at carols@aiaa.org for further information.


    Sustained Service Award Deadline Changed

    The nomination deadline for the Sustained Service Award has been changed to 1 July. This award is designed to recognize significant service and contributions to AIAA. The nominee must be a member in good standing who has shown continuing dedication to the interests of the Institute over a period of years. A maximum of 20 awards are presented each year. Nominations may be submitted online.


    Call for Nominations for the Excellence in Aerospace Standardization Award Due 1 July

    Recognize the achievements of your standards colleagues by nominating them for the Excellence in Aerospace Standardization Award! This biennial award honors contributions by individuals who advance the health of the aerospace community by enabling cooperation, competition, and growth through the standardization process. Such individuals may have been committee chairs, project leaders, or industry executives; the award is intended to recognize substantive accomplishment.

    Any AIAA member in good standing may be a nominator; please review the award guidelines for nominee eligibility, letters of endorsement, page limits, etc. at www.aiaa.org/Recognition. AIAA members may submit nominations online after logging in with their username and password, where they will be guided step-by-step through the process. Paper entries are also acceptable. For more information, please contact Carol Stewart, Manager, AIAA Honors and Awards, at carols@aiaa.org.


    Featured Products
    New Release

    Morphing Aerospace Vehicles and Structures

    John Valasek
    Progress in Astronautics and Aeronautics
    2012, 320 pages, Hardback
    ISBN: 978-1-60086-903-7

    Morphing Aerospace Vehicles and Structures is a synthesis of the relevant disciplines and applications involved in the morphing of fixed-wing flight vehicles. The book is organized into three major sections: Bio-Inspiration; Control and Dynamics; and Smart Materials and Structures. Most chapters are both tutorial and research oriented in nature, covering elementary concepts through advanced – and in many cases novel – methodologies.

    AIAA Member Price: $94.95
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    AIAA's All-New Electronic Database Coming This Summer!
    Featuring Over Four Decades of Aerospace Research

    This summer, AIAA invites you to discover an All-New Electronic Database featuring over four decades of aerospace research. With AIAA’s Aerospace Research Central you can:

    • Save and schedule searches
    • Highlight books, conference proceedings, and journal articles
    • Download citations and bundle content based on topic disciplines
    • Sign up for alerts on subjects of interest
    • Access e-first publications ahead of print
    • Post links to research articles and selected book titles on social networking websites
    Stay tuned to www.aiaa.org for updates. For more information contact ARC@aiaa.org.

    Quick Takes
    Presentations from the 15th Annual FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference Now Available

    Presentations given at the 15th Annual FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference, which took place 15–16 February in Washington, DC, are now available on the AIAA website. Topics covered include "Crew and Cargo to the ISS" and "Spaceport States Leadership." Visit www.aiaa.org/KeySpeeches2012.


    AIAA Congratulates Jerry Florey
    Recently Inducted into the Oregon State University Hall of Fame

    AIAA congratulates Jerry Florey, AIAA Associate Fellow, past member of the AIAA Board of Directors, and former director of the AIAA Space and Missile Group from 1989 to 1996, for his recent induction into the Oregon State University Hall of Fame. Florey’s induction ceremony took place 24 February, at the annual Oregon Stater Awards Dinner.

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    From the AIAA Systems Engineering TC
    AIAA Systems Engineering Papers for the Journal of Aircraft

    Systems engineering (SE) papers relating to aircraft, aircraft system design & development, and operations are now being requested. Papers that summarize SE case studies, developmental work and technical analysis are especially desired, but others will be considered.

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    March Issue of Aerospace America Now Available Online

    The March 2012 issue of Aerospace America is now available online for AIAA members. Don’t miss this month's feature article, “Real Estate in Frequency Space,” in which author Mark Williamson discusses how as satellite services have grown more popular, the frequency spectrum available at currently used bands has been steadily filling up. This has created a need to develop new “real estate” at higher-frequency bands, and to advance the technologies required for operating there. As the author states, “Technical challenges remain, but more and more satellite companies are beginning to invest in Ka-band systems.”



    To access the March issue of Aerospace America please visit www.aiaa.org/myaiaa, log in, and navigate to "Access Publications & Materials" to select "Aerospace America."


    Members May Now Enjoy Savings on Auto and Home Insurance

    AIAA has teamed up with Liberty Mutual to offer our members Group Savings Plus®. This unique program allows members to purchase high-quality auto, home and renters insurance at low group rates through the convenience of automatic checking account deductions and direct home billing. You can contact Liberty Mutual directly at 1.800.524.9400 and provide client #8357, for a free, no-obligation quote, or you can visit them online.


    AIAA Young Professionals and Social Networking!

    You can now follow the YP Committee on Twitter at twitter.com/#AIAAYoungProf. If you have any suggestions for us feel free to tweet them to us!


    AIAA Career Center

    AIAA is pleased to provide members with a Career Center, with extensive lists of resumes and available positions. A powerful and user-friendly search tool allows you to find the ideal job or candidate.

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    Link up Through LinkedIn!

    A great way to make connections with other members of the aerospace community is through AIAA's LinkedIn group. The group, available only to active AIAA members, is your “one-stop” forum for networking with other AIAA members, gaining insight into the day's aerospace headlines, discovering employment opportunities within the community, and learning new information about AIAA events. Link up with AIAA LinkedIn today!

    You may also follow AIAA News on www.twitter.com/aiaa_news, get connected with other AIAA members via AIAA's Facebook page, or view AIAA videos on AIAA's YouTube channel.


    Member Spotlight
    AIAA Congratulates Dr. Jeffery Puschell

    AIAA has selected AIAA Associate Fellow Dr. Jeffery Puschell for its Member Spotlight for March, 2012. Puschell is a Principal Engineering Fellow at Raytheon Space & Airborne Systems, El Segundo, CA.

    Puschell joined AIAA in 2005, and since that time has been very active in the Institute, at both the section and national level. He is the Chair-Elect of the Los Angeles Section, and will take over as Chair of the section in May 2012. In addition to his Section, Puschell has also been very active in the Institute’s Technical Activities Committee (TAC), as a member of the Space Systems Technical Committee (TC), where he served as Chair from 2009 to 2010 and Vice Chair from 2008 to 2009. Puschell is also an active member of the Space Sensors TC. He also chaired the Space Systems Technical Committee’s Awards Subcommittee from 2007 through 2011. Under Puschell’s guidance, the Space Systems TC earned the Space and Missile Group TC of the Year Award. He has also chaired the SPACE conference. Recently, he became a Deputy Director of the Space and Missile Group.

    Outside of AIAA, Puschell chairs the Industrial Advisory Board for the NSF Center for Metamaterials. He is also a member of NASA’s PACE Science Definition Team, as well as serving as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Remote Sensing. Puschell also chairs the SPIE Remote Sensing System Engineering Conference. In academia, Puschell is a member of the Visiting Committee for the Physical Sciences at the University of Chicago, and he is currently the Raytheon Professor of Practice at the California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo, CA.

    When asked what inspired him to enter the aerospace profession, Puschell reminisced about a cold, dark Wisconsin night in the 1960s, and told this story: “I emerged from my parent’s car and noticed the stars – perhaps for the first time – and was simply awestruck. It was an instant fascination that I still carry today.” He went on to explain that like many of his generation he became fascinated by the 1960s space program, and that he watched “every manned U.S. launch on television.”

    (Pictured: Dr. Jeffery Puschell, Puschell is a Principal Engineering Fellow at Raytheon Space & Airborne Systems, El Segundo, CA, and Chair-Elect of the Los Angeles Section.)
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