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    July 2013
    AIAA News
    Call for Board of Directors Nominations
    Nominations Will Be Accepted Through the Week Ending 9 August

    The 2013–2014 AIAA Nominating Committee will meet 15 August 2013 to review nominees and select candidates to participate in the 2014 Board of Directors election to fill 10 vacancies.

    With the nomination system now open, AIAA voting members in good standing may nominate any AIAA member in good standing for any of those positions by submitting a nomination through the AIAA website. Nominations will be accepted through the week ending 9 August. To access the nomination system, visit Your participation in determining AIAA's future is appreciated!

    AIAA Congratulates Jim Albaugh on Being Named the Recipient of The Wings Club 2013 Distinguished Service Award
    Award Honors Albaugh's Leadership During His Career With Boeing

    AIAA congratulates Jim Albaugh, president and chief executive officer, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, and executive vice president, The Boeing Company (retired), and AIAA president-elect, on being named the recipient of the Wings Club 2013 Distinguished Achievement Award. Albaugh will receive the award at the Wing Club’s 71st Annual Awards Gala, to be held on the evening of 25 October, at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, in New York City.

    (Pictured: Jim Albaugh, president and chief executive officer, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, and executive vice president, The Boeing Company (retired); and AIAA president-elect)
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    Elaine Camhi Announces Retirement from Editor-in-Chief Position at Aerospace America Magazine
    Led Magazine for Over 22 Years

    Elaine Camhi, the editor-in-chief of Aerospace America magazine, a publication of AIAA, has announced her retirement from the magazine, effective 19 July.

    “For over 22 years Elaine Camhi has served the aerospace community tirelessly as the Editor-In-Chief of Aerospace America Magazine,” said AIAA President Mike Griffin.

    (Pictured: Elaine Camhi in her office at AIAA headquarters)
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    Future of Aerospace Propulsion and Advanced Energy Systems the Focus of San Jose Conferences
    Discussions on Propulsion Policy, International Collaboration, Mission Requirements, and More on Tap

    Energy conservation technology, advanced energy systems, and the future of aerospace propulsion will be among the topics discussed at the San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, CA, 15–17 July at the 49th Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhbit (JPC) and the 11th International Energy Conversion Engineering Conference, hosted by AIAA.

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    Team From Kapi‘Olani Community College, Honolulu, Hawaii, Wins Student "CanSat" Competition Sponosored by AIAA and AAS
    International Competition Drew 175 Students From Nine Nations, Including Iran

    A team from Kapi‘olani Community College, Honolulu, Hawaii, has won the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)/American Astronautical Society (AAS) CanSat Competition, held June 7–9 in Abilene, Texas. A “CanSat” is a rocket payload roughly the size of a soda can, used to teach miniaturized satellite technology.

    A team representing Amirkabir University, Tehran, Iran, placed second in the competition, and a team representing Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, placed third.

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    AIAA Congratulates Its Corporate Member CEOs Named to STEMconnector "100 Leaders in STEM List"

    AIAA congratulates the chief executive officers of ten of its corporate member companies for their selection to the STEMconnector® “100 CEO Leaders in STEM” list. seeks to improve education and workforce development in the “STEM” subjects of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

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    Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems Approves Publication of the Conjunction Data Message as a New International Standard

    The Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS), recently announced the publication of its newest Recommended International Standard, the Conjunction Data Message (CDM). With this milestone, providers of satellite positional data will be able to use a common format to notify satellite operators that their satellite is approaching another satellite.

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    AIAA Live Streams Two Sessions From Its Fluid Dynamics Conference
    Sessions Celebrate 60 Years of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research

    AIAA streamed two sessions on the afternoon of Monday, 24 June, from its Fluid Dynamics Conference, held 24–26 June, at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel, San Diego, CA. The sessions were, “Celebrating 60 Years of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR): Hypersonics into the 21st Century – Research Progress Since 2001 and Future Directions in Aerothermodynamics,” and "The Fluid Dynamics Award Lecture." Both sessions are viewable at

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    AIAA Congratulates Paromita Mitra
    AIAA Student Member and Aerospace Engineering Major Represented the State of Mississippi

    AIAA congratulates Ms. Paromita Mitra for her participation in the Miss USA Pageant which took place Saturday, 15 June. Mitra, who represented the state of Mississippi, is an AIAA student member.

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    Informative Webinar from the American National Standards Institute

    Standards in the industry provide many benefits, including economies of scale, expanded trade possibilities, and increased resource flow. From new project proposal to publication, AIAA, which is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), adheres to procedures that facilitate adoption of its standards by agencies and industry as well as serve as the basis for international standards.

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    AIAA to Designate Kitty Hawk, North Carolina as a Historic Aerospace Site
    Site of First Successful Powered Heavier-Than-Air Flight in the United States

    On 19 August, AIAA will designate Kitty Hawk, NC, as a historic aerospace site, following a decades-long negotiation with the U.S Park Service. A historic marker will be unveiled at a 0930 hrs ceremony as part of the First Flight Society’s National Aviation Day at Kitty Hawk. At this site on 17 December 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright achieved the first sustained, controlled heavier-than-air flight of an aircraft, opening a new era of transportation throughout the world. Their pioneering spirit continues to inspire succeeding generations to dream, aspire, innovate, and create without limits. A full-scale replica of the Wright Flyer made by the AIAA National Capital Section is on display at the pavilion at the Wright Brothers National Monument, which is part of the park. Park information can be found at

    For more information on AIAA's Historic Aerospace Sites program, contact Emily Springer at

    (Pictured: Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kitty Hawk, NC. Credit: National Park Service)

    AIAA New Committee on Standards Seeks Members

    A new Committee on Standards, Space Architecture (SA CoS), is now soliciting membership for the development of proposed documents focusing on standardization in the field of architecture for space-based (micro-gravity, lunar, Martian and other planetary bodies) living and working environments for humans. Habitats have been built as unique facilities by Americans, Russians, and the one-of-a-kind international collaboration on the International Space Station. Some best practices have been identified but not documented in standards. The standardization is of interest to space-based habitat architects, developers, manufacturers, testers, transporters, integrators, operators, and users. If you are interested in participating, please contact the SA CoS Chairperson, Frederick Slane, at

    Conferences and Events
    49th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhibit and 11th International Energy Conversion Engineering Conference

    These two exciting conferences will co-locate 15–17 July 2013 in San Jose, California to provide one major exposition for the aerospace propulsion and energy conversion communities. The conference will provide a forum for the exchange of information on a larger scale than possible at separate events. The combined event will feature both programmatic and technical information as well as a beneficial networking environment.

    New for 2013 – ITAR Sessions!

    Technical Session Includes: Advanced Propulsion and Technologies; Aerospace Power Systems; Air-Breathing Propulsion, Combined Cycle Systems and Components; Education; Energy Conversion Device Technology; Energy Storage Technology; Rockets and Space Propulsion; System Concepts and Supporting Propulsion Technologies; Terrestrial Electricity Delivery and Grid Reliability; Terrestrial Energy-Efficient and Renewable Energy Systems; Terrestrial Fossil Energy Systems; Terrestrial Nuclear Energy Systems; Thermal Management Technology.

    To register, or to preview this year’s agenda, visit

    Engineers as Educators Workshop
    15 July 2013, 1830–2130 hrs – San Jose Convention Center

    Learn how to work with K–12 students and teachers in formal and informal interactions. Share your passion in a manner that will excite and inspire your audience. Demystify the classroom with Tips and Tricks from the STEM K-12 Outreach Committee. Gain knowledge of AIAA materials that can help you be most effective. Space is limited, so register early at

    Leading the STEM Charge – Illuminating the Potential of Aerospace
    16 July 2013, 1100–1530 hrs – San Jose Convention Center

    Teachers, high school students, and parents are invited to attend a networking lunch with invited AIAA members and to participate in an interactive panel session about college and beyond; that describes opportunities in the aerospace industry.

    • For teachers – the opportunity to connect your classroom curriculum to real-world experiences and people
    • For high school students – the opportunity to see all the potential that the aerospace industry offers you as you prepare for a career
    • For parents – the opportunity to learn about the world that your student is interested in and gain insights into college preparation

    If you know of students or teachers in the San Jose area, please feel free to pass this information along to them. Space is limited and registration is required – so do not delay. Visit to register now.

    Engineers as Educators – Train the Trainer
    16 July, 1530–1700 hrs – San Jose Convention Center

    Is your region looking for a great way to engage in STEM outreach? Is your section ready to inspire students by hosting your own Engineers as Educators workshop for your local professional members?

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    AVIATION 2013

    AIAA AVIATION 2013, set for 12–14 August in Los Angeles, is a premier, forward-looking forum designed to showcase recent innovations and achievements in aviation, highlight new initiatives and plans, and address key issues that need to be resolved in order to define clear roadmaps for future progress. The early-bird registration deadline is 15 July 2013. (Updated July 2013)

    Confirmed speakers include:

    • Jim Albaugh, Executive Vice President, The Boeing Company, President and Chief Executive Officer, Boeing Commercial Airplanes (retired)
    • Marion C. Blakey, President and Chief Executive Officer, Aerospace Industries Association
    • Vice Admiral David H. Buss, Commander, Naval Air Forces Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet
    • Alton D. (“Al”) Romig Jr., Vice President and General Manager of Advanced Development Programs, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
    • Charles F. Bolden Jr., Administrator, NASA
    • Jaiwon Shin, Associate Administrator for Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, NASA
    • Richard A. Clarke, Chairman and CEO, Good Harbor Risk Management, LLC
    • Daniel E. Geer Jr., Chief Information Officer, In-Q-Tel
    • Paul Kurtz, Chief Strategy Officer, CyberPoint International
    • Thomas W. Hicks, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy), U. S. Navy
    • Alan H. Epstein, Vice President, Technology and Environment, Pratt & Whitney
    • Pete Bunce, President and CEO, General Aviation Manufacturers Association
    • Jack Pelton, Chairman of the Board, Experimental Aircraft Association
    • John S. Langford, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation
    • Richard L. Aboulafia, Vice President, Analysis, The Teal Group
    • David McBride, Director, NASA Dryden Flight Research Center
    • Gina Marie Lindsey, Executive Director, Los Angeles World Airports
    • Paul Steele, Executive Director, Air Transport Action Group (ATAG)
    • Art Thompson, Technical Project Director, Red Bull Stratos
    • Nassim N. Taleb, Professor of Risk Engineering, Polytechnic Institute of New York University

    AIAA AVIATION 2013 includes the following conferences:

    Visit for a complete listing of speakers and a detailed schedule. Save $100 by registering before the early-bird deadline of 15 July 2013.

    Two Great New Ways for Sections to Engage in STEM Outreach
    14 August, 1900–2130 hrs – Los Angeles, CA

    Part 1: 1900–1950 hrs: Introducing the AIAA Educator Academy
    Part 2: 2000–2130 hrs: Engineers as Educators Train the Trainers

    To learn more, visit

    GNC, AFM, MST and Infotech@Aerospace combine in Boston

    Four conferences provide the world’s premier forum for presentation, discussion, and collaboration of science, research, and technology in these highly related fields as they relate to aerospace. The conferences, set for 19–22 August in Boston, bring together experts from industry, government, and academia on an international level to cover a broad spectrum of issues concerning flight mechanics, modeling, simulation, information systems, and the guidance, navigation, and control of aerospace vehicles.

    Confirmed Speakers include:

    • Werner J.A. Dahm, Director Security and Defense Systems Initiative (SDSI), and Arizona State University Foundation Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
    • George T. Schmidt, Editor-in-Chief, AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics
    • Andy Thurling, Chief Pilot and Program Manager, AeroVironment, Inc.
    • Paul Barnard, Design Automation Marketing Director, MathWorks
    • Christyl Johnson, Deputy Director for Technology and Research Investments, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
    • Mark Maybury, Chief Scientist, U.S. Air Force

    To register, or to preview this year’s agenda, visit The early-bird deadline is 22 July 2013.

    SPACE 2013: Sparking Ingenuity and Collaboration to Enable Mission Success

    Connect with the best! More than 1000 space professionals will converge at AIAA SPACE 2013, set for 10–12 September in San Diego. Remain on the cutting edge of new thinking and best practices, and take part in stimulating ideas exchanges!

    Take advantage of: 600+ technical papers; five plenary sessions with keynote speakers; 22 stimulating panel sessions; more than 16 exhibitors, and counting; two networking luncheons and receptions; two cotinuing education courses; and countless opportunities to enhance your professional connections and career development.

    To register, or to preview this year’s agenda, visit The early-bird deadline is 12 August 2013.

    Engineers as Educators Train the Trainer Workshop
    10 September, 1700–1800 hrs – San Diego, CA

    Do you want to be a workshop facilitator? Do you have formal or informal experience leading students? Are you enthusiastic and dedicated to sharing your passion for training others with your local section? Are you looking for a way to connect with your local section and become a resource for STEM K–12 activities? If you have answered “yes:” to any of the above questions, this is the workshop for you! Your leadership and passion can be channeled to give your section ways to achieve new ways of inspiring students and teachers in your local community. This workshop will teach you how to train professionals; to be more confident with a K–12 student audience; to assist them to construct grade level appropriate presentations; to demonstrate where resources for making presentations exciting and engaging; and to encourage student exploration of the aerospace industry.

    Registration is limited, so plan to register early at

    Engineers as Educators Workshop
    10 September, 1900–2200 hrs – San Diego, CA

    For anyone who wants to work with K–12 students: Do you want to share your passion for the aerospace industry with students in a formal or informal environment? Are you challenged to convey the complex, and yet often brilliantly simple nature of your job in a way that is easily understood by students and teachers of different grade levels? Are you looking for a way to become actively engaged in your community? This workshop will give you tips and tricks to be successful and spark student interest to continue tolearn more on their own. Registration is limited, so plan to attend and register early at

    AIAA Educator Academy Mars Rover Demonstration
    11 September, 1000–1330 hrs – San Diego, CA

    AIAA has introduced an innovative approach to K–12 education, the AIAA Educator Academy, which features three curriculum modules: Mars Rover; Electric Cargo Airplane; and Space Weather Balloon, targeted at different grade levels. The program is designed to be a collaborative effort between AIAA local sections and their communities to excite and inspire students to apply math and science concepts they learn in the classroom to solve real-world aerospace challenges. Debuting at the SPACE 2013 Conference is a Mars Rover Celebration demonstration event for local San Diego elementary and middle school students. Stop by and see where these students’ explorations of Mars will take them. Students will also be visiting the Exhibition Hall at the conclusion of this event.

    AIAA Conferences with Open Calls for Papers

    To submit your abstract, or for the most up-to-date conference information, please visit the event web page by clicking the above link.

    Honors & Awards
    AIAA Foundation Presents Graduate Awards
    Graduate Students Receive a Total of $22,500 in Scholarships for 2013–2014 Academic Year

    AIAA and the AIAA Foundation are pleased to announce the recipients of the AIAA Foundation’s five Graduate Awards for the 2013–2014 academic year. Each year the AIAA Foundation presents Orville and Wilbur Wright Graduate Awards. These $5,000 awards, given in memory of the Wright brothers’ contributions to the evolution of flight, are presented to students pursuing master’s degrees or doctoral thesis work.

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    AIAA Foundation Presents Undergraduate Scholarships
    Eleven Undergraduates Receive $2,500 Scholarships for 2013–2014 Academic Year

    AIAA and the AIAA Foundation (AIAAF) have selected undergraduate scholarship awardees for the 2013–2014 academic year. Each scholarship was in the amount of $2,500. The AIAA Foundation presented three Orville and Wilbur Wright Scholarships.

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    AIAA to Present Awards at International Energy Conversion Engineering Conference
    Awards Recognize Achievements in Aerospace Power Systems and Energy Systems

    AIAA will present technical achievement awards at a noon awards luncheon on 16 July as part of the 11th International Energy Conversion Engineering Conference (IECEC), set for 15–17 July, at the San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, CA.

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    AIAA to Present Awards at 49th Joint Propulsion Conference
    Awards Recognize Technical Excellence and Sustained Service

    AIAA will present awards for technical excellence and sustained service at a noon luncheon on 17 July as part of the 49th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhibit, 15–17 July at the San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, CA.

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    Member Spotlight
    AIAA Congratulates ATK’s Timothy “Tim” Dominick

    The AIAA Member Spotlight for July 2013 falls on Timothy “Tim” Dominick, an AIAA Associate Fellow, and Senior Thermal Analyst, ATK Missile Defense & Controls Division. Tim is also AIAA Region One’s Deputy Director of Public Policy. He joined AIAA in 1996.

    Whereas many have found the inspiration to enter the aerospace profession in the classic lines of a P-51D “Mustang,” or the steely nerved flying of the early test pilots, or in Armstrong’s historic “leap,” Tim found one part of his inspiration “a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.” As Tim put it, “My inspiration to join the aerospace field came from George Lucas. As anyone who grew up at the same time can attest, his movies captured my imagination, and I’ve always had the dream of building my own X-Wing fighter.” The second part of Tim’s inspiration came from his grandfather. “My grandfather was also an important influence on my interest in aviation. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and would tell me stories about his experiences. I remember him always wanting to learn more about the history of aviation, and everything that he learned he shared with me. From there, I continued to develop a passion for all things related to flight.”

    When it came to his favorite aerospace related memory, Tim, like so many others in this column before him, had more than one. His first “had to be the day we fired the first development motor for the Orion Launch Abort System Attitude Control Motor. I served as the lead analyst for that program, and we had been on an accelerated development schedule, including implementing numerous new technologies. Saying there were a significant number of challenges to us being successful is an understatement. When the DM-1 motor fired and was 100% successful, I experienced a flood of emotions including excitement, relief, and exhaustion. It is a day that I will never forget.”

    (Pictured: Dr. Timothy Dominick)
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    Featured Products

    Celebrate Progress
    Select Titles on Sale Until 19 July

    AIAA is offering select Progress in Astronautics and Aeronautics series titles for $49.95 each until 19 July 2013 for members and non-members! Ebooks are not eligible for the promotion price. Stock of select titles may be limited. Visit AIAA's Aerospace Research Central (ARC) today!

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    Coming Soon!

    Meeting the Challenge

    Phil Pressel

    Meeting the Challenge is the recently declassified story of the design, development, production, and operation of the Hexagon KH-9 Reconnaissance Satellite. This book tell the fascinating story of the satellite which provided invaluable photographic intelligence to the United States Government and stands as one of the most complicated systems ever put into space. Coming soon to

    AIAA Members: $29.95
    Nonmembers: $39.95

    Book of the Month

    Fundamentals of Hybrid Rocket Combustion and Propulsion

    Kenneth K. Kuo and Martin J. Chiaverini
    ISBN: 978-1-56347-703-3

    Fundamentals of Hybrid Rocket Combustion and Propulsion is the first text to offer a comprehensive treatment of hybrid rockets. The editors have pooled together some of the most respected minds in the field, each providing their special insight and expertise. The content is therefore as up to date as it is broad, and offers an expert account of every aspect of hybrid rocket propulsion, including fundamental aspects of hybrid combustion, numerical and theoretical approaches, and various applications.

    AIAA Member Sale Price: $69.95
    List Price: $119.95

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    Quick Takes

    What mission successfully landed on Mars on 4 July 1997?

    Bonus: What did the mission deliver?

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    AIAA AVIATION 2013 Panelist and GAMA President/CEO Pete Bunce Authors Op-Ed in The Hill

    Pete Bunce, GAMA president and CEO, as well as a scheduled panelist at AIAA’s upcoming AVIATION conference, recently had an op-ed published by The Hill about the importance of the FAA's Wide Area Augmentation System to general aviation, and the need to expand the system to all 5,000 public airports.

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    July–August Aerospace America Digital Magazine Now Online

    The combined July–August 2013 issue of Aerospace America is now available online for AIAA members. Don’t miss the feature article, “UAV Roundup 2013,” by J.R. Wilson, which discusses how the worldwide demand for UAVs is projected to increase despite tight defense budgets, and how the growing capabilities of unmanned aircraft may revolutionize the conduct of warfare. In addition, Wilson writes, “With the opening of controlled airspace to UAVs, the commercial market could soon dwarf military demand.”

    To access the combined July-August issue of Aerospace America visit, log in, and navigate to “Access Publications & Materials” to select “Aerospace America.”

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    Career Resources

    The AIAA Career Center has the most comprehensive career and recruiting tools for the aerospace industry. Set up an account today and gain access to a variety of aerospace job postings, salary information, professional career timelines and much more! Also, Career Resources for job seekers is now available via the AIAA Career Center.

    View the full suite of career resources on the AIAA website!

    AIAA in the News

    3 July 2013
    Delta Airlines to Refurbish its Original Hangers, Designated an AIAA Historic Aerospace Site, as Delta Flight Museum
    EGlobal Travel – Delta to Begin Renovations on Delta Flight Museum, Set to Open in 2014

    28 June 2013
    AIAA Senior Member Dr. Eric P. Farenthold's Research on Space Junk Featured in Media
    Science2.0 – What's Waiting Out There 10 Times Faster Than a Speeding Bullet? Space Junk

    25 June 2013
    Eric Davis' Work on Warp Drive Theory Discussed
    TechNews Daily – Why Warp Drives Just Aren't Science Fiction

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