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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    CONTACT: John Blacksten
    703.264.7532
    johnb@aiaa.org

     

    AIAA Announces Section Award Winners

    Awards Honor Outstanding Section Programming in a Variety of Categories

    August 28, 2017 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has announced its 2016–2017 Section Award winners. The Section Awards honor particularly notable achievements made by member sections in a range of activities that help fulfill the Institute’s mission. The Institute believes that vital, active sections are essential to its success.

    Section awards are given annually in five categories based on the size of each section’s membership. Each winning section receives a certificate and a cash award. The award period covered is June 1, 2016–May 31, 2017.

    The Outstanding Section Award is presented to sections based upon their overall activities and contributions through the year. The winners are:

     

    • Very Small: First Place: Delaware, Breanne Sutton, section chair; Second Place: Adelaide, Mark Ramsey, section chair; Third Place: Wisconsin, Rob Michalak, section chair

    • Small: First Place: Sydney, Benjamin Morrell, section chair; Second Place: Savannah, Ted Meyer, section chair; Third Place (tie): Northern New Jersey, Raymond Trohanowsky, section chair; Third Place (tie): Twin Cities, Kristen Gerzina, section chair

    • Medium: First Place, Long Island, David Paris, section chair; Second Place: Tucson, Brian Biswell, section chair; Third Place (tie): Tennessee, Joseph Sheeley, section chair; Third Place (tie): Wichita, Linda Kliment, section chair

    • Large: First Place: Northern Ohio, James Gilland, section chair; Second Place: Orange County, P. Chase Schulze, section chair; Second Place (tie): San Diego, Chris McEachin, secretary; Third Place: St. Louis, Robert Dowgwillo, section chair

    • Very Large: First Place: Greater Huntsville, Brandon Stiltner, section chair; Second Place: Rocky Mountains, Brian Gulliver, section chair; Third Place: Hampton Roads, Alaa Elmiligui, section chair

    The Career and Professional Development Award is presented for section activities that focus on career development, such as time management workshops, career transition workshops, job benefits workshops, and technical versus management career path workshops. The winners are:

     

    • Very Small: First Place: Delaware, Timothy McCardell, career and professional development officer

    • Small: First Place: Sydney, Andrew Gong, career and professional development officer; Second Place: Savannah, Scott Terry and Ricky Odey, career and professional development officers

    • Very Large: First Place: Hampton Roads, Elizabeth Ward, career and professional development officer

    The Communications Award is presented to sections that have developed and implemented an outstanding communications outreach program. Winning criteria include level of complexity, timeliness, and variety of methods of communications, as well as frequency, format, and content of the communication outreach. The winners are:

     

    • Very Small: First Place; Delaware, Joseph Scroggins, communications chair, and Timothy Dominick, public policy officer; Second Place: Adelaide, RaviTeja Duggeneni, webmaster

    • Small: First Place: Sydney, Timo Moisiadis, webmaster; Second Place: Utah, John Metcalf, section chair; Third Place: Northwest Florida, Chi Mai, secretary

    • Medium: First Place: Tucson, Michelle Rouch, aerospace and societies officer, and Alan Jennings, webmaster; Second Place: Long Island, Dave Paris, chair and newsletter editor; Third Place: Tennessee, Andrew Redmon, newsletter editor and webmaster

    • Large: First Place: Albuquerque, Sally Smith, newsletter editor; Second Place: St. Louis, Alex Davies, newsletter editor and webmaster; Third Place: San Diego, Chris McEachin, secretary

    • Very Large: First Place: Rocky Mountain, Brian Gulliver, section chair, John Grace, webmaster, and Adrian Nagle, newsletter editor; Second Place: Greater Huntsville, Erin Walker, communications officer; Third Place (tie): Dayton/Cincinnati, Donald Rizzetta, secretary; Third Place (tie): Hampton Roads, John Lin, newsletter editor

     

    The Membership Award is presented to sections that have increased their membership by planning and implementing effective recruitment and retention campaigns. The winners are:

     

    • Very Small: First Place: Delaware, Christina Larson, membership officer

    • Small: First Place: Sydney, Benjamin Morrell, section chair; Second Place: Twin Cities, Kristen Gerzina, section chair; Third Place: Savannah, Edward Meyer, section chair

    • Medium: First Place: Tucson, Rajka Corder, membership officer

    • Large: First Place: Orange County, Bob Welge, vice chair membership; Second Place: St. Louis, Nicholas Moffitt, membership officer; Third Place: San Diego, Brian Quan, membership officer

    • Very Large: First Place: Hampton Roads, Troy Lake and Marlyn Andino, membership co-chairs; Second Place: Greater Huntsville, Brandon Stiltner, section chair; Third Place: Rocky Mountain, Marshall Lee, membership officer

     

    The STEM K–12 Award is presented to sections that have developed and implemented an outstanding STEM K–12 outreach program that provides quality education resources for K–12 teachers in the STEM subject areas. The winners are:

     

    • Very Small: First Place: Delaware, Elishabet Lato, STEM K–12 outreach officer

    • Small: First Place: Sydney, Andrew Neely, STEM K–12 outreach officer; Second Place: Northwest Florida, Angela Diggs, STEM K–12 outreach officer; Third Place: Savannah, Alex Rummel, STEM K–12 outreach officer

    • Medium: First place: Tucson, Elishka Jepson, STEM K–12 outreach officer and Michelle Rouch, aerospace and societies officer; Second Place: Southwest Texas, Joan Labay-Marquez, STEM K–12 outreach officer; Third Place: Tennessee, James Burns, STEM K-12 outreach officer

    • Large: First Place: Orange County, Janet Koepke, STEM K-12 outreach officer; Second Place: St. Louis, Robert Dowgwillo, section chair; Third Place: San Diego, Ken Kubarych, education officer

    • Very Large: First Place: Greater Huntsville, Brandon Stiltner, section chair; Second Place: Houston, Jennifer Wells, section chair; Third Place: Rocky Mountain, Susan Janssen, education officer

     

    The Public Policy Award is presented for stimulating public awareness of the needs of aerospace research and development, particularly on the part of government representatives, and for education section members about the value of public policy activities. The winners are:

     

    • Very Small: First Place: Delaware, Tim Dominick, public policy officer

    • Small: First Place: First Place: Twin Cities, Cristin Finnigan, public policy officer; Second Place: Savannah, Suzanne Swaine, section vice-chair

    • Medium: First Place: Tucson, Matthew Anguilo, public policy officer; Second Place: Long Island, David Paris, section chair and public policy officer

    • Large: First Place: Albuquerque, Mark Fraser, public policy officer; Second Place: Cape Canaveral, Jarvis Hudson, public policy officer; Third Place: Orange County, Kamal Shweyk, public policy officer

    • Very Large: First Place: Greater Huntsville, Robert LaBranche, public policy officer; Second Place: Rocky Mountain, Tracy Copp, public policy officer; Third Place: Hampton Roads, Steven Dunn, public policy officer

     

    The Young Professional Activity Award is presented for excellence in planning and executing events that encourage the participation of the Institute’s young professional members, and provide opportunities for leadership at the section, regional, or national level. The winners are:

     

    • Very Small: First Place: Delaware section, Daniel Nice, young professional officer

    • Small: First Place: Savannah, Cameron Carson, young professional officer; Second Place, Twin Cities, Nicholas Janak, young professional officer

    • Medium: First Place, Tucson, Natalie Davila-Rendon, young professional officer

    • Large: First Place: San Diego, Lindsay Sweeney, young professional officer; Second Place: Orange County, Daniel Tompkins, young professional officer

    • Very Large: First Place: Greater Huntsville, Tamara Statham, young professional officer; Second Place: Hampton Roads, Rebecca Stavely and John Wells, young professional officers; Third Place: Los Angeles-Las Vegas, Michael Creech, young professional section officer

     

    The Outstanding Activity Award allows the Institute to acknowledge sections that held an outstanding activity deserving of additional recognition. The winners are:

     

    • Very Small: Delaware, Breanne Sutton, section chair. Mission: Space. January 24, 2017 was the largest Mission Space to date for Appoquinimink School District and the first year of participation for the AIAA Delaware Section. What started as Bunker Hill Elementary students’ desires to view the skies through a telescope at night has grown to a district-wide event for 4th and 5th grade students, drawing a crowd of approximately 500 participants! The event featured two keynote speakers, including AIAA’s own Breanne Sutton. Sutton’s talk, titled “It really IS rocket science,” gave the audience their first rocket lesson, describing how rockets work, how to make propellant, and designing an effective test program — complete with cool videos, flying balloons, and rockets soaring into the audience. West Virginia University’s Robotics team also took the stage. Outside the auditorium, in addition to the telescopes that started the event, the participants could visit ILC Dover’s space suit display, make pop bottle rockets, see moon rocks on loan from NASA, go inside an inflatable planetarium, and more. The AIAA Delaware Section along with Orbital ATK hosted a planetary lander station that was so popular that extra tables were set up and a mid-event supply run was needed. The students, parents, and volunteers all had a wonderful time and the section looks forward to participating in this great event again.

    • Small: Northern New Jersey, Raymond Trohanowsky, section chair. Drone Racing/2017 Civil Air Patrol New Jersey Wing/Northeast Region Combined Conference. The AIAA Northern New Jersey Section coordinated this event along with support from the AIAA Southern New Jersey and Greater Philadelphia Sections. Forty-four participants took part in the official races, while many other participants just practiced. There were three 50-minute sessions, and the top two race times were awarded a free drone.

    • Medium: Tucson, Brian Biswell, section chair. Phoenix ComicCon 17. Phoenix Comicon is an annual convention celebrating comic books, movies, cosplay, and fandom, and it attracts over 100,000 attendees each year. The section’s participation included a display booth, STEM outreach activities, and coordinating a speaker panel. Section members constructed a tabletop wind tunnel to demonstrate the forces of flight and get students interested in aerospace science and activities. Section members also talked to attendees about AIAA STEM programs, handed out educator associate membership forms to interested teachers, and advertised the section’s rocket launching sessions. The Tucson Section also hosted two STEM outreach sessions titled Actually it is Rocket Science! During the event, students were shown how to construct a rocket from a drinking straw, modeling clay, and cardstock. A model of the inner solar system was setup, with the rocket launcher at the “sun” – participants were challenged to design a rocket that could reach Mars. Each student was given multiple opportunities to fly their rocket, refining the design after each flight test. AIAA STEM information was distributed to interested parents and educators in the audience.

    • Large: St. Louis, Robert Dowgwillo, section chair. “What’s in it for Me?” Recruiting Event. The dinner meeting focused on getting information into the hands of those interested in joining AIAA. Seven new professional members and one new student member joined the organization during the event. Attendees were given the opportunity to network before and after asking questions of a panel of experienced AIAA members. Each panel member talked about their personal experiences with AIAA. Then the moderator led the panel in answering questions from the audience. The panel covered a wide range of topics: How AIAA can affect your career before your first job and as you begin to develop in the field, how to get involved locally and on national committees, and how encouraging the organization is to women engineers. Two audience members, who happen to be Boeing managers, contributed to the discussion by describing how AIAA added to their career and impacts their hiring process. A dedicated networking session immediately followed the panel discussion. Section Council members were present to answer questions and offer words of encouragement. The evening concluded with two prizes: 1) for the most interesting aerospace-themed hat or shirt, which sparked much conversation during networking, and 2) a door-prize drawing for members who brought non-members to the event.

    • Very Large (tie): Greater Huntsville, Brandon Stiltner, section chair. Greater Huntsville Section Young Professional Symposium. Young professionals (YPs) planned a two-day conference with 130 attendees and 30 YPs in the aerospace field presenting their technical work across aerospace specialties. The seven sessions were intentionally diverse across aerospace by including Structures, Modeling and Simulation, and Propulsion Systems. Topics included helicopter maintenance, cubesats, and the Space Launch System. Each session was moderated by one to two senior professionals in the field. Industry and government leaders provided mentorship in the roles of keynote speakers and panelists. These were government executives on both the NASA and DoD side. Section leaders helped the YPs make the needed contacts to request sponsorship and attendance from local government and industry. There was an evening event both nights after the event, which gave YPs the chance to talk to leaders in a more casual setting about career advice and their technical presentation.

    • Very Large (tie): Houston, Jennifer Wells, section chair. Diversity Panel Dinner Event. This diversity panel highlighted many of the disciplines and ways to collaborate better in a more innovative and inclusive environment that we have as a diverse aerospace workforce. The fields represented by the panelists included Architecture, Psychology, Law, Education, and Journalism/Public Relations. This event garnered significant positive feedback from section members, EC members, community members, guests invited by attendees, and the panel members themselves. Many people who were unable to attend due to conflicts requested more events of a similar nature in the future.

     

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