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    May 2012
    AIAA News
    AIAA Announces 2012 Board of Directors Election Results

    AIAA is pleased to announce the results of its 2012 Board of Directors election. The newly elected board members will begin their terms of office on 10 May. Also on that date, Michael D. Griffin of the University of Alabama in Huntsville who was chosen as President-elect last year, will begin a two-year term as AIAA President.

    Newly Elected Officers and Directors >


    AIAA Congratulates Senator John Glenn on His Selection to Receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom
    Honored for Achievements in Space Exploration and Work in Nuclear Non-Proliferation Efforts

    AIAA congratulates Sen. John H. Glenn Jr., an AIAA Honorary Member, on being named a recipient of the 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama.

    AIAA President-Elect Michael D. Griffin, former administrator of NASA, stated: “John Glenn has spent his entire adult life in the service of his country. As a combat pilot in two wars, a test pilot, an astronaut, a United States Senator, and as a vigorous spokesman on behalf of public education, scientific research, and space exploration, his life and work have been marked by the utmost in valor, integrity, and excellence. In this 50th Anniversary year of his pioneering orbital flight, it is only fitting that Senator Glenn’s contributions be commemorated with this medal.”

    (Pictured: Senator John Glenn, crew member of Space Shuttle Discovery STS-95. Credit: NASA)
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    AIAA and ABA To Hold Capitol Hill Conversation on Export Controls
    Event to Discuss Current State of ITAR and Propose Reforms to the Export Controls Regime

    AIAA and the American Bar Association Section of Science & Technology Law (SciTech) will co-sponsor a “Conversation on Export Controls” on Wednesday, 9 May. This luncheon event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Room 2325 of the Rayburn House Office Building, Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street, Washington, DC.

    The conversation will highlight flaws within the current International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) regime, and propose possible solutions. Also, the panel will discuss the Interim Report from the Departments of Defense and State to Congress on Section 1248 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, allowing for a robust discussion of how ITAR currently affects the manufacture and trade of satellites and other related technology.

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    AIAA Student Design/Build/Fly Winners Announced
    16th Annual Event Drew 55 Teams from 28 States and 12 Foreign Countries

    AIAA congratulates the winners of the 2011–2012 Cessna Aircraft Company/Raytheon Missile Systems/AIAA Foundation Student Design/Build/Fly (DBF) Competition, held April 13–15 at Cessna Aircraft Company’s Cessna Field, Wichita, Kan. The DBF Competition, which encourages and recognizes excellence in aerospace engineering skills at the undergraduate and graduate level, drew 55 teams from 28 states and 12 foreign countries. Despite the best efforts of the organizers, this year’s DBF was shortened due to severe weather that extended through two of the competition’s three days. Final results were based on the team’s written report and the scores of each team’s first two flight opportunities.

    (Pictured: First Place Winner: San Jose State University: Team PhalanX. Click image for larger version which includes images of the first place, second place, and third place teams)
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    The AIAA Foundation Congratulates Baldwin High School as Winner of the 2012 Real World Design Challenge
    The AIAA Foundation is a proud partner of the Real World Design Challenge

    The challenge was to design an efficient, low-carbon-emission, and environmentally friendly personal light sport aircraft. The aircraft had to be able to accommodate two team members and fly 200 miles in less than two hours at a cruise altitude of at least 1,000 feet above ground level. Hundreds of students from the U.S., and its territories, competed in this year's Real World Design Challenge. The finals saw over 250 winners of state competitions competing at the national level in Washington, DC, 21–22 April 2012. AIAA Board members Dr. Mark Lewis and Dr. Wilson Felder represented AIAA on the Blue Ribbon Judging Panel at the National Air and Space Museum. Baldwin High School, coached by Pam Davis from Desoto, KS, captured first place. The Commonwealth Connections Academy, coached by Ann Camp, representing Pennsylvania, took home second place honors, and third place was awarded to Rancho High School, coached by Gary Archambeault, representing Nevada.

    The AIAA Foundation is a proud partner of the Real World Design Challenge. For more information about the Challenge visit www.realworlddesignchallenge.org.

    (Pictured: The Baldwin High School team, coached by Pam Davis, Baldwin City, KS. Click image for larger version.)


    Freitag Award Honors Scholarship, Initiative, and Volunteerism

    The Joseph Freitag Sr. Award was created with the AIAA Foundation to enable outstanding students attending the Daimler Ausbildung and Training School, in Stuttgart, Germany, to continue their education.

    Mr. Freitag, a graduate of the Daimler School in 1922, became a leader in the field of advanced aircraft instrumentation, flight control, radar, and marine stabilization design. He is recognized in the National Aviation Space Exploration Wall of Honor at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

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    AIAA Historic Sites Committee Selects Four Sites for Designation for 2012

    The AIAA Historic Aerospace Sites Committee chose four sites for designation for 2012: Pitcairn Field, in Willow Grove, PA, where on 18 December 1928, Arthur Rawson flew a Cierva C.8W Autogiro - the first successful rotary-wing aircraft to fly in the U.S.; Lunken Field, in Cincinnati, OH, the largest municipal airfield in the world in the 1920s and the site of the creation of both the Aeronautical Corporation of America (Aeronca) and The Aviation Company, a predecessor of American Airlines; Pearson Airfield, near Portland, OR, the first airfield in the Pacific Northwest, one of the longest continuously operating airfields in the U.S., and the site of several other aeronautical firsts, including an unofficial airship endurance record; and the Bell Aircraft Corporation, in Wheatfield, NY, manufacturer of numerous innovative aircraft, including the Bell 47, the first commercially certified helicopter, and the Bell XS-1, the first plane to break the sound barrier.

    (Pictured: Artist's rendition of the ANT-25 making its approach to Pearson Field (20 June 1937). Image provided by Erasmo Piñero, Jr. (AIAA Associate Fellow). Click image for larger version.)

    For more information on AIAA's Historic Sites Program, contact Emily Springer at emilys@aiaa.org, or visit the AIAA website.


    Iridium NEXT Scholarship

    AIAA has been selected to administer that Iridium NEXT Scholarship. This scholarship is open to any undergraduate student who has been an intern at an Iridium company or is a current AIAA student member. Because this is the initial year of the scholarship, the application timeframe has been condensed. Application packages will be due 15 May 2012. Applications and information can be found and downloaded on the AIAA website.


    New Standard Available for Public Review: Qualification and Quality Requirements for Electrical Components on Space Solar Panels

    A new AIAA Standard dealing with space solar panel qualification is currently available for public review and comment. The document, Qualification and Quality Requirements for Electrical Components on Space Solar Panels, was developed by the AIAA Solar Cells and Solar Panels Committee on Standards and is a revision of the standard originally published in 2005.

    In this revised version of the Standard, much effort and care has been taken to clarify requirements and resolve controversial issues and errors that were present in the original version. It establishes the quality requirements and provides the methods for establishing the qualification of electrical components integrated onto spacecraft solar panels The result is a new standard that defines the best practices for space solar panel qualification.

    If interested in reviewing this document, please visit the link below. Please note the review instructions on the page.

    Review Document >


    Paper Competition Announced for U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day 2012
    Papers addressing “Standards Increase Efficiency” are due by 10 August

    The Society for Standards Professionals (SES) is sponsoring the 2012 World Standards Day Paper Competition. Standards and codes help to measure, compare, and increase efficiency, and reduce waste in all forms. They create a solid base from which to develop innovative products and services and provide practical guidance on issues that assist economies and organizations to increase their efficiency and effectiveness in meeting customer needs. The state-of-the-art know-how contained in international standards and codes helps companies and organizations compete globally, produce more efficiently for more markets, and reduce costs. This year’s event will recognize the crucial role of standards, codes, and conformity assessment in driving more efficient processes, services, systems, and built environments worldwide.

    Winners will be announced and awards presented during a banquet at the celebration, which will be held on 11 October 2012, at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, DC. Cash prizes will be awarded for up to three papers selected by a panel of judges; first place award is $2,500; second and third place winners will receive $1,000 and $500, respectively. The winning papers will be published in SES’s journal, Standards Engineering. All paper contest submissions must be received with an official entry form by midnight, 10 August 2012, to the SES Executive Director, 1950 Lafayette Rd., Box 1, Portsmouth, NH 03801. For details on the competition’s rules and to download entry form and other information, visit the SES website.


    New AIAA Ground Test Committee on Standards Seeks Members

    The Ground Test Committee on Standards (GT CoS) needs assistance in the development and oversight of several standards and guides dealing with the test and evaluation of aerospace equipment in ground-based facilities. If you are interested in participating, please contact the new GT CoS Chairperson, Richard White, at rwhite@vigyan.com.


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

    AIAA is pleased to announce the 2012 recipients of its most prestigious awards. Presentation of these awards, and recognition of the newly elected Fellows and Honorary Fellows of AIAA, will take place at the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala, 9 May at the Ronald Reagan 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. This year’s event will also feature a special celebration of the thirty-year legacy of NASA’s space shuttle program, and of the men and women who made it possible.

    (Pictured: 2011 AIAA Fellows and Honorary Fellows)
    More Info >


    NAFEMS North America Regional Conference 2012
    Call for Presentations

    Deadline: 14 May 2012

    AIAA’s education partner NAFEMS is soliciting paper and presentations for the NAFEMS North America Regional Conference 2012. There are many facets associated with maximizing the value of using engineering analysis and simulation in addressing the ever-increasing complexity of products and their life cycles. The 2012 North America Conference will include keynote speakers, exhibits, and breakout sessions exploring the following subjects:

    • Commercial impact of CAE investments
    • Innovations in Simulation Technology (“the purpose of computing is insight, not numbers”)
    • Engineering Simulation Processes
    • Human Issues
    • Futuristic Considerations

    Email your abstract to na2012@nafems.org.


    You Still Have Time to Save on the 2012 Aeroacoustics Conference

    The standard registration deadline for the 18th AIAA/CEAS Aeroacoustics Conference (33rd AIAA Aeroacoustics Conference) is just a few weeks away. Registering by 21 May 2012 will save you up to $200. An excellent program is planned for this year's event, set for 4–6 June in Colorado Springs, including confirmed speakers: Dr. Kenneth Brentner, The Pennsylvania State University, Dr. Roland Ewert, German Aerospace Center, DLR, Dr. Robert J. Kraus, USAF, and Dr. Sanjiva Lele, Stanford University. Additionally, daily networking events are planned including: Sunday welcome reception, Monday networking lunch, Tuesday conference banquet, and daily networking coffee breaks. High-quality technical sessions and a two-day short course, Phased Array Beamforming for Aeroacoustics, will add further value to your overall conference experience. Register today at www.aiaa.org/aeroacoustics2012.


    Aerospace Today ... and Tomorrow
    An Executive Symposium

    Join top executives in Williamsburg, VA on Thursday, 7 June, for AIAA's Aerospace Today … and Tomorrow, the industry’s leading forum for discussions of today’s aerospace needs and progress for the future. Keynote speakers 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 that you do not want to miss! For more information visit www.aiaa.org/att or contact Grant Belden at grantb@aiaa.org or 703.264.7511. Register today for this event, and for the golf outing that precedes the event!


    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)


    Final Chance to Register for Infotech@Aerospace 2012 in California

    Infotech@Aerospace (I@A) is AIAA’s premier forum for modern aerospace applications focusing on information-enabled systems, algorithms, hardware, and software, and provides a unique opportunity for fostering advances and interactions across these disciplines. Attendees and authors span military, scientific, commercial, and academic communities that are driven by the communication of information via computers and software. These communities will shape the 21st century development of aerospace systems.

    I@A, set for 19–21 June in Garden Grove, CA, will cover scientific and engineering issues related to architecting, designing, developing, operating, and maintaining modern aerospace and defense systems: this includes aircraft, spacecraft, ground systems, robots, avionics, and sensors, as well as systems of systems. Of particular interest are autonomous, cooperative, space, and unmanned systems, communication and networked systems, robotic systems, and human-machine interactions. Visit www.aiaa.org/I@A2012/ today!


    Register Now and Save on AIAA’s Summer Conferences in New Orleans

    The early bird registration deadline is just a few weeks away for the 43rd AIAA Fluid Dynamics and Co-located Conferences and Exhibit, to be held 25–28 June 2012 in New Orleans. The AIAA Summer Fluids Conferences 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. This year's events will provide you with an opportunity to participate in eight AIAA conferences in one! Joint sessions are also planned to encourage synergism and collaboration. You still have time to save. Register prior to 30 May 2012 to receive a discounted rate off the regular on-site registration fee. Visit www.aiaa.org/neworleans2012


    Register Now for the JPC and IECEC in Atlanta

    AIAA, ASME, SAE, ASEE, and their industry partners invite you to Atlanta, GA for the 48th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit (JPC) and the 10th Annual International Energy Conversion Engineering Conference (IECEC), set for 30 July–1 August 2012. Over 1,300 people will convene in Atlanta for JPC and IECEC. From aerospace engineers to program mangers to scientists, they will all be a part of the exciting future of aerospace propulsion and energy conversion. Featured activities include discussions with distinguished government and industry speakers:

    • Robert Lightfoot, Center Director, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
    • David Thompson, CEO Orbital Sciences Corporation
    • David Garrison, Managing Director, Engine and Component Maintenance for Delta Tech Ops

    Register Today!


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

    Registration is open for the following courses.

    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

    14–15 June 2012
    Taking place at the National Institute of Aerospace, Hampton, VA

    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, and more, visit the course listing page on the AIAA website.


    Registration Open for the 2012 GNC/AFM/MST/ASC Conferences in Minneapolis

    13–16 August 2012

    This year's conference will feature:

    • Access to more than 700 technical papers and presentations
    • Keynote speeches by renowned experts and decision makers during the plenary sessions
    • Continuing Education courses to keep aerospace professionals at their technical best
    • Student paper competitions to encourage and engage young minds as they enter the aerospace field

    Register today, or visit www.aiaa.org/GNC2012 for more information.


    Abstract Deadline for Aerospace Sciences Meeting 2013 One Month Away

    The abstract deadline for the 51st AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition is just one month away! This meeting, set for 7–10 January 2013, is built around excellent technical paper presentation sessions, and papers are currently being solicited in a wide variety of topic areas. The conference will feature plenary sessions that focus attention on program areas of current interest, followed by technical papers providing additional discussion of these topics. Distinguished lectures and evening networking events fill out the remainder of the program throughout the week. A stellar program is planned for 2013 including for the New Horizons Forum, with confirmed speakers, including: Lt Gen Larry D. James, Commander USAF and Maj Gen William N. (Neil) McCasland, Commander, Air Force Research Laboratory. We hope you will submit a paper and join us as the Aerospace Sciences Meeting moves to the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas in 2013! Submit your abstract today at www.aiaa.org/ASM2013


    Call for Papers Now Open for Aerodynamic Decelerators and Co-Located Conferences

    AIAA is pleased to announce the co-located 22nd AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technology Conference and Seminar, AIAA Balloon Systems Conference, and 20th AIAA Lighter-Than-Air Systems Technology Conference, to be held 25–28 March 2013 at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort in Daytona Beach, Florida. The abstract submission site for these events is now open. Abstracts are due by 5 September 2012. The co-location of these related AIAA events provides attendees with a unique opportunity to expand their knowledge of technological advances in these interrelated disciplines and explore areas of common technical expertise. For a complete list of submittable topic areas or for more information on these conferences please visit www.aiaa.org/daytona2013.


    From the AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technical Committee

    The Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technical Committee and the National Institute of Aerospace are pleased to invite all AIAA members interested in parachutes and aerodynamic decelerators to the H.G. Heinrich Parachute Systems Short Course, 4–8 June 2012.

    The course will take place at the Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel & Waterfront Conference Center, in Portsmouth, VA. Offered once every two years, this course includes topics presented by leading engineers and educators who have participated in military and space parachute system development programs such as Joint Precision Air Delivery Systems, Apollo, Orion, and Mars Planetary Entry, and thus represents a unique opportunity to gain fundamental knowledge about the design, development, and testing of all types of parachute systems.

    The course will focus on the needs of engineers who design these systems and oversee their fabrication, along with those from government and industry who monitor the development of parachute and decelerator systems. Topics include: Parachute Types and Applications; Definitions and Nomenclature; Construction Methods and Materials; Deployment and Inflation Processes; Flight Mechanics; Steady and Unsteady Aerodynamics; Supersonic Parachutes; Computer Simulation and Modeling; Parachute Canopy, Component, and System Design; Testing, Instrumentation, and Data Analysis. Case studies of the design of aerodynamic decelerator systems and related components will be presented along with a hands-on parachute system design exercise. For further information and to register, visit the course webpage.

    Honors & Awards
    Fellow and Honorary Fellow Nominations

    Now is the time to start thinking about nominating a peer for Fellow or Honorary Fellow. Fellow candidates are persons of distinction in aeronautics or astronautics who have made notable and valuable contributions to the arts, sciences, or technologies thereof. Honorary Fellow candidates are persons of eminence in aeronautics and aeronautics recognized through their long and highly contributive careers in the arts, sciences, or technologies thereof.

    Nominations are due to AIAA headquarters by 15 June 2012 and references are due by 15 July 2012. To submit a nomination online, visit the AIAA website.


    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. AIAA members may submit nominations online after logging in with their username and password, where you 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.


    Photos from SDM Conference

    Photos from SDM Conference Awards Ceremony are now available online for viewing!


    New Award Nomination Process
    Effective 1 January 2013

    Effective 1 January 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, including a one-page nomination form, a one-page basis of award, a one-page resume, a one-page public contributions summary, and 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.

    As of 1 January 2013, nomination packages that 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.


    Award Recognizes Members for Service

    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.


    Nominate a Young Professional for the Lawrence Sperry Award

    Each year, AIAA presents the prestigious Lawrence Sperry Award to a young professional member for notable achievement in the advancement of aeronautics and astronautics. Many distinguished individuals in the industry started out as AIAA young professionals. We know that young professionals are out there today doing amazing things, and we need your help to find and recognize them. Please take a few moments to consider if you know a young engineer (age 35 or less) who has made outstanding contributions to the field of aeronautics and astronautics. The small amount of effort it takes to nominate and recognize the efforts of a young professional will bring both you and the candidate a great feeling of satisfaction! Nominations are due 1 July. AIAA members may submit an online nomination by logging in to www.aiaa.org/MyAIAA/. To obtain a nomination form, or submit an online nomination, log in to AIAA's Honors and Awards Online Nomination page.


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    You Can Look it Up
    The AIAA Electronic Library

    Now Available in the AIAA Electronic Library!

    • AIAA Journal, Vol. 50, Issue No. 5
    • Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 49, Issue No. 2
    • Journal of Aerospace Computing, Information, and Communication, Vol. 8, Issue No. 12
    • Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 35, Issue No. 3
    • Journal of Propulsion and Power, Vol. 28, Issue No. 3
    • Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol. 49, Issue No. 2
    • Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer, Vol. 26, Issue No. 2

    Visit the AIAA Electronic Library today!


    Quick Takes
    Trivia

    What happened in May 1950?

    The Bell X-1 rocket research aircraft made its last flight. The X-1 was the first aircraft to exceed the speed of sound. It is now on display at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum. Can you name the Air Force test pilot who made this final flight?

    See Answer >


    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 and 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 as well.

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    May Issue of Aerospace America Now Available Online

    The May issue of Aerospace America is now available online for AIAA members. Don't miss this month's feature story, “Human Space Exploration: A Global Quest,” in which author Leonard David discusses how the next step in human space exploration, going beyond Low Earth Orbit, will not be possible without multi-national cooperation. As the author writes, “Over a dozen space agencies from around the world have begun discussions on coordinating long-range plans for such missions, which are likely to proceed in the future – with or without U.S. leadership.”



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


    New Book Available

    Plants and Mechanical Motion: A Synthetic Approach to Nastic Materials and Structures
    By: Norman Wereley and Janet Sater

    Beginning with the basics of plant motion, this book explains technologies for transplanting plant-like movements to new adoptive materials, with explicit reference to helicopter and aeronautic applications.

    More Info >


    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.


    Career Resources for Job Seekers

    Career Resources for Job Seekers have been added to the AIAA Career Center. The new suite of professional development tools available to help job seekers includes:

    • Career Tips – Free access to articles on job hunting, interview and negotiation techniques, networking, work-life balance, and other career-related topics.
    • Professional Resume Writing – hire a professional writer to critique, create, or enhance a resume and cover letter.
    • Career Coaching – obtain individual help from an experienced and certified career coach to manage, plan, and develop career goals.
    • Social Networking/Profile Development – ensure a professional presence on LinkedIn, Plaxo, and Twitter.
    • Reference Checking/Employment Verification – identify questionable references before they speak with prospective employers.
    • Discount Test Prep Services/Princeton Review Test Prep Courses – work with the industry leader to prepare for the SAT, ACT, MCAT, LSAT, GRE, or GMAT.

    Career Resources is a great career guidance resource and it is a natural professional development component for job seekers at both ends of the career spectrum and everything in between. View the full suite of career resources on the AIAA website!


    Member Spotlight
    AIAA Congratulates Lt Col Ravi Chaudhary

    AIAA has selected AIAA Associate Fellow Lt Col Ravi Chaudhary, U.S. Air Force, for its Member Spotlight for May 2012. Lt Col Chaudhary is the commander of the Air Force’s 317th Recruiting Squadron, based in Washington, DC, as well as a C-17 pilot who has logged over 3,000 hours of flight time, with 700 of those hours being combat missions amassed during his four deployments since September 11, 2001. Chaudhary most recently completed a tour at the Pentagon, where he served as a speechwriter and Strategic Planner in the Secretary of the Air Force’s Executive Action Group and Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs.

    Chaudhary joined AIAA in 1994, and became an Associate Fellow in 2005. He is a member of the Institute’s Air Transportation and Flight Testing Technical Committees.

    When asked what inspired him to enter the aerospace profession, Chaudhary said that his parents were his first influence. “Mom and Dad immigrated to the United States in 1968 and worked hard in their respective professions to realize the American dream. Watching them work definitely taught me that hard work is valuable, and that we need to follow our dreams no matter how difficult attaining them might seem.” He continued: “In addition to Mom and Dad’s examples, and the lessons I learned from observing them, I also had a desire to serve my country. I thought the best way to achieve that goal was to work hard in school, attend the Air Force Academy, earn an engineering degree and become an Air Force officer.”


    (Pictured: AIAA Associate Fellow Lt Col Ravi Chaudhary, U.S. Air Force)
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