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    June 2012
    AIAA News
    GLEX 2012 Videos Now Available Online
    Event Took Place 22–24 May in Washington, DC

    Recorded video sessions from the recently concluded Global Space Exploration Conference (GLEX) are now available on the AIAA website. GLEX, organized by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) and AIAA, brought together the global space exploration community, including senior adminsistrators and exploration managers from the major space agencies, industry, government, academia, and NGOs to exchange ideas and to discuss the future opportunities provided by human and robotic space exploration. The event took place 22–24 May in Washington, DC, and featured panel sessions on "Heads of Space Agencies - Global Space Exploration Dialog," "Perspectives on Exploration," and "Mars Exploration," among others. Watch the videos on the AIAA website!

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    More Info on the Successful Conclusion of GLEX 2012 >

    AIAA Launches Search for New Executive Director
    Will Partner With Korn/Ferry International for Search

    AIAA announces the start of its search for a new executive director to replace Maj Gen Robert S. Dickman, U.S. Air Force (retired), who is retiring after eight years of service as executive director of AIAA. To aid in the search, AIAA has retained Korn/Ferry International, the world’s largest executive search firm. The search is expected to be completed by October 2012.

    AIAA President Michael Griffin said, “During Bob’s tenure AIAA grew in strategic areas including corporate membership, international outreach, and an increased focus on the next generation of aerospace professionals, with membership in each of these areas increasing. He initiated transformative change efforts to grow the Institute’s relevance and to expand AIAA’s position into areas of nontraditional aerospace missions. We thank him for his outstanding leadership and wish him well in his retirement.”

    (Pictured: Maj Gen Robert S. Dickman, U.S. Air Force (retired), AIAA Executive Director)
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    Call for Board of Directors Nominations to Open Soon

    The 2012–2013 AIAA Nominating Committee will meet on 2 August 2012 to review nominees and select candidates to participate in the 2013 Board of Directors election to fill the following vacancies: President-Elect; VP-Elect, Technical Activities; VP-Elect, Member Services; Director–at-Large; Director–at-Large, International; Director–Technical, Information Systems; Director–Technical, Propulsion and Energy; Director–Region IV; Director–Region V; Director–Region VII.

    Once the nomination system officially opens, AIAA members may nominate themselves or other qualified members by submitting a nomination through the AIAA website. Please keep an eye out during the month of June for our follow-up email confirming that our nomination system is open!

    AIAA Releases 2011–2012 Annual Report
    President's Report–Brian Dailey

    "As my presidential year draws to a close, I am pleased to provide my assessment of the state of AIAA at this critical juncture in our history. During the past year the Institute established or revised several key foundational elements to enhance our future while still achieving positive financial results – despite the continuing challenges of a struggling economy and a difficult government R&D environment. Because of the longterm impact of these changes we have adopted the theme “Winds of Change” for this annual report. Key initiatives during the year include the establishment of a two-year presidency beginning with my successor’s term, initiation of a major revision of our “events model” whereby we would host and manage fewer but larger and more relevant events, a renewed focus on relevance across all of our activities, and adoption of multiple online and social media initiatives."

    View 2011–2012 Annual Report >

    AIAA's 2012 Award Videos Now Available Online

    The 2012 AIAA Award videos are now available for viewing on the AIAA website, featuring the 2012 recipients of the Reed Aeronautics Award, the International Cooperation Award, the Guggenheim Medal, the AIAA Foundation Award for Excellence, the Distinguished Service Award, the Goddard Astronautics Award, and the Barry M. Goldwater Educator Award.

    Watch AIAA's 2012 Award Videos >

    AIAA Congratulates Boeing 787 Dreamliner Team

    AIAA congratulates the Boeing 787 Dreamliner team for having recently been awarded the 2012 AIAA Foundation Award for Excellence and the 2011 Robert J. Collier Trophy on successive days. On 9 May, at the AIAA Spotlight Awards Gala in Washington, DC, several members of the Boeing team were in attendance to accept the 2012 AIAA Foundation Award for Excellence, including Mike Carriker, Chief Pilot New Airplane Product Development, Boeing Test & Evaluation, Mike Delaney, Vice President of Engineering, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Mike Sinnett, Vice President and Chief Project Engineer 787, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, and Tom Cogan, Director of Airplane Product Development, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

    The following day, 10 May, an awards dinner took place at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Historic Hanger 7, during which the Boeing team was awarded the 2011 Robert J. Collier Trophy. AIAA staff attending included Bob Dickman, AIAA Executive Director, Klaus Dannenberg, AIAA Deputy Executive Director, and John Gattasse, AIAA Managing Director, Corporate Sales and Market Development, in addition to several AIAA members. AIAA congratulates the entire Boeing 787 Dreamliner team!

    (Pictured: Mike Carriker, Chief Pilot New Airplane Product Development, Boeing Test & Evaluation, Mike Delaney, Vice President of Engineering, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Mike Sinnett, Vice President and Chief Project Engineer 787, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, and Tom Cogan, Director of Airplane Product Development, Boeing Commercial Airplanes)
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    AIAA Welcomes Two New Corporate Members

    We are pleased to welcome two new companies to the AIAA corporate roster: Astrox Corporation of College Park, MD, and Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation of Blacksburg, VA.

    (Pictured: Jim Maser (center), AIAA's Corporate Member Committee chair and President of Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, hosted an executive session 9 May in Washington, DC to understand corporate perspectives on key issues and to strengthen AIAA's relevance and advocacy for the aerospace community. The corporate membership committee recently met on 6 June 2012 in Williamsburg, VA, during AIAA's Executive Symposium, Aerospace Today ... and Tomorrow.)
    More Info on AIAA Corporate Membership >

    AIAA Congratulates SpaceX on the Successful Capture of Its Dragon Capsule by the International Space Station
    Historic Event Marks First Time a Privately Developed Cargo Delivery Vehicle Reaches ISS

    AIAA congratulates Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) on the successful capture of its Dragon capsule by the International Space Station (ISS). The capsule, launched on 22 May from Cape Canaveral, FL, was captured by the robotic arm of the ISS on 25 May at 9:56 a.m. EDT. The historic event marks the first time that a privately developed cargo delivery vehicle has successfully reached the ISS. AIAA President Michael Griffin noted on the day the Dragon was successfully captured: “The consummation of the SpaceX Falcon 9/Dragon demonstration flight, with today’s perfectly executed series of ISS proximity operations maneuvers and subsequent capture and berthing by astronaut Don Pettit, is a true milestone in the history of spaceflight. Never before has a contractor team operating without government oversight and direction accomplished such a complex design, development, and operations task and done it so well. The launch and orbital mission of Dragon has been accomplished with every bit as much professional style as might be hoped. My hat is off to the team which has demonstrated this marvelous feat.”

    (Pictured: View from the International Space Station of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft as the station’s robotic arm moves Dragon into place for attachment to the station. 25 May 2012. Credit: NASA)
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    AIAA Foundation Student Technical Paper Competition Winners in Master Division Announced
    First Prize Winners Will Advance to International Competition in Texas in January 2013

    The AIAA Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the Master division of the technical paper competition at the 2012 AIAA Regional Student Conference. Each first place winner received $500 and an invitation to the AIAA Foundation International Student Conference, to be held in conjunction with the 51st AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, 7–10 January 2013, at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Conference Center, Grapevine, TX, where they will compete for a prize of $1,000. Each second place finisher received $300, and third place finishers received $250.

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    AIAA Foundation Undergraduate Student Technical Paper Competition Winners Announced

    The AIAA Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of its 2012 AIAA Student Technical Paper Competition in the Undergraduate division. Each first place winner received $500 and an invitation to the AIAA Foundation International Student Conference, held in conjunction with the 51st AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, 7–10 January 2013, at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Conference Center, Grapevine, TX, where they will compete for a prize of $1,000. Each second place finisher received $300, and third place finishers received $250.

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    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 the entry form and other information, visit the SES website.

    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. Major topics of interest include but are not limited to systems engineering applications, integrated disciplines and technology, future trends and predictions in systems engineering, systems engineering education and research, systems engineering life cycle processes, and systems effectiveness.

    Special Edition – Systems engineering papers can be submitted directly to the Journal of Aircraft on a continuing basis. There are no specific due dates. A special edition will be published when five to six papers have been accepted. The papers will go through the regular review process by assigning reviewers. Authors can designate reviewers, called preferred reviewers.

    Visit the AIAA website for more information and to see examples of subject topics.

    Conferences and Events
    Aerospace T&E Days Forum to Be Held with AIAA Summer Conferences in New Orleans

    The 43rd AIAA Fluid Dynamics and Co-located Conferences and Exhibit, set for 25–28 June, will bring together eight conferences to provide a unique opportunity for individuals from diverse yet interrelated technical disciplines to exchange ideas. The Aerospace T&E Days Forum will be held in conjunction with these events. The forum will focus on the theme: Dealing With Uncertain Futures: Challenges and Solutions. Two panels will center on the challenges facing the acquisition and test and evaluation communities now and in the future, and potential solutions to those problems. Confirmed speakers include:

    • Maj Gen David Eichhorn, AFOTEC/CC
    • Ricky L. Peters, Director of Air Force Test and Evaluation
    • Maj Gen Kenneth D. Merchant, Commander, Air Armament Center, and Air Force Program Executive Officer for Weapons, Air Force Materiel Command
    • Dennis O'Donoghue, The Boeing Company – BT&E
    • Jaiwon Shin, NASA Headquarters

    Technical sessions, high-level plenary sessions, award lectures, and a multitude of networking opportunities are also planned throughout the week. We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans! Visit

    ICES 2012 Early Bird Registration and Hotel Deadline Reminder

    The early-bird registration deadline for the 42nd International Conference on Environmental Systems (ICES) is 18 June 2012! This must attend event, set for 15–19 July in San Diego, CA, is ideal for those interested in discussing topics related to humans living and working in hostile environments inside or outside of terrestrial or outer space habitats or vehicles. Attending the 2012 event will allow you to:

    • Interact with other professionals from government, academia, and industry, including U.S. and international constituencies
    • Learn about the latest advancements and research in the field from experts
    • Listen to high-quality technical papers and presentations
    • Network, discuss challenges, and share ideas during sessions, receptions, coffee breaks, and the conference banquet

    As a reminder, please make your hotel room reservations by 14 June 2012. For full conference details, registration, or hotel room block information, visit

    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. Over 1,300 people will convene in Atlanta for JPC and IECEC. From aerospace engineers to program managers 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 Parekh, Vice President of Research, Director, United Technologies Research Center
    • Wes Harris, MIT
    • David Garrison, Managing Director, Engine and Component Maintenance for Delta Tech Ops
    • Michael Griffin, AIAA President, King-McDonald Eminent Scholar & Professor, Director, Center for System Studies, University of Alabama in Huntsville
    • John Mulholland, Vice President & Program Manager, Commercial Programs, Space Exploration, The Boeing Company
    • Charles Precourt, Vice President & General Manager, Space Launch Division, ATK

    Early-bird rates are valid through 2 July. Visit the Conference website and register today!

    Don’t miss your Chance to Save on GNC 2012

    Time is running out to save on the AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, the AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference, the AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics (AFM) Conference, the AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference, and the AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference. These co-located conferences will be held 13–16 August in Minneapolis, MN. You won’t want to miss this exciting event, which will feature high-level keynote speakers, over 700 quality technical sessions, and multiple opportunities for networking through the receptions, luncheons, and banquet. Registration fees will increase after 16 July 2012, so be sure to register today to receive the best possible rate on this conference. A complete agenda and registration can be found at

    CASE – Emphasizing Idea and Information Exchange Among the Best and Brightest

    CASE, the Complex Aerospace Systems Exchange, set for 11–13 September in Pasadena, CA, is a new event developed to address an imperative for the aerospace industry. AIAA leadership intends to make system-level issues and thinking a central component across the Institute’s products and services. With this event, AIAA provides a forum for professionals working in complex system development to share problems and insights and bridge the gap between the technology and science of components and the integration and management skills needed to field successful aerospace systems of increasing complexity. CASE will help to articulate and shape the important issues facing this community so that future forums can continue the dialogue and effect progress in addressing real-world issues.

    Program Overview:

    • Complex Systems Development
    • Integration, Test, and Verification of Complex Systems
    • Program Management of Robust and Resilient Systems

    CASE will be co-located with the AIAA SPACE Conference, 11–13 September 2012, Pasadena, CA. For more information visit

    AIAA ATIO and MAO 2012 Registration is Now Open
    Event Will Also Recognize Newly Elected AIAA Fellows and Honorary Fellows

    This September, AIAA will bring together two of its premier events in one location. The 12th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations (ATIO) Conference and 14th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization (MAO) Conference will co-locate in Indianapolis, IN, 17–19 September at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis. The theme of “Diversity, Design, and Details – Facing the Challenge of Synthesis and Integration” will be explored by these two separate, yet synergistic, technical communities. The second annual New Horizons in Aviation Forum will also be held in conjunction with these events and will offer excellent networking opportunities as well as a place to discuss grand challenges facing innovation throughout the aviation enterprise today. Confirmed speakers include: Mark Anderson, Director of Platform Performance Technology for Boeing Research and Technology, and Dr. Woodrow Whitlow, Associate Administrator for Mission Support, NASA HQ. Registration for this event is now open. Register early to receive the best possible rate for the conference. Complete program details are available at or

    Registration for 2012 Hypersonics Conference to Open in June

    Registration for the 18th International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference, set for 24–28 September in Tours, France, will open in June 2012. You won't want to miss this international forum for discussion and exchange of information about leading-edge research and development activities associated with space planes and hypersonic atmospheric flight vehicles. Conference attendees will gain valuable insight into the current state of space plane and hypersonics programs, learn about leading edge research advancements and flight test programs, and gain a better understanding of evolving international collaborations. The following speakers have been confirmed for the 2012 event: Jean Pierre Taran, ONERA, Phillippe Cazin, Sannu Molder, Hermann Hald, DLR, and Christer Fureby, Swedish Defense Research Agency. Be sure to register early to receive the best possible rate, and save up to $200 off the on-site registration fee. Visit

    Professional Development Courses
    Keep Your Resume Up to Date!

    Attend these stand-alone/public courses or learn new skills through our home study program. AIAA is committed to keeping aerospace professionals at their technical best, and offers an exceptionally broad curriculum, with more than 100 technical courses, ranging from fundamentals to advanced-level topics.

    14–15 June 2012
    The Space Environment – Implications for Spacecraft Design
    This course is designed to provide an introduction to the subject of spacecraft-environment interactions, also known as space environments and effects or space weather effects. Location: National Aerospace Institute, Hampton, VA.

    1 July–31 December 2012
    Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics
    This introductory course is the first of the three-part series of courses that will prepare you for a career in the rapidly expanding field of computational fluid dynamics. Home Study/DL Course.

    1 July–31 December 2012
    Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics
    This advanced course is the second of the three-part series of courses that will prepare you for a career in the rapidly expanding field of computational fluid dynamics. Home Study/DL Course

    1 July–31 December 2012
    Computational Fluid Turbulence
    This advanced course is the third of the three-part series of courses that will prepare you for a career in the rapidly expanding field of computational fluid dynamics with emphasis in fluid turbulence. Home Study/DL Course

    1 July–31 December 2012
    Introduction to Space Flight
    By the time you finish this course, you will be able to plan a geocentric or interplanetary mission to include the determination of suitable trajectories, the approximate velocity budget (the energy required), the approximate weight (mass) and number of stages of the booster, and the problems and options associated with the terminal phase(s) of the mission.

    9–10 July 2012
    Optimal Design in Multidisciplinary Systems
    This course discusses the underlying challenges in such an environment, and introduces you to methods and tools that have been developed over the years. Location: Ohio Aerospace Institute, Cleveland, OH

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

    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, FL. The abstract submission site for these events is now open. Abstracts are due 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

    SDM 2013 Conference Update

    The Call for Papers is now open for the 54th Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference (SDM) and co-located conferences, scheduled for 8–11 April 2013 in Boston, MA. This established annual conference provides a unique forum dedicated to the latest developments in the collective disciplines of structures, structural dynamics, materials, design engineering, and survivability. The 54rd Conference will also host the 21st AIAA/ASME/AHS Adaptive Structures Conference, the 15th AIAA Non-Deterministic Approaches Conference, the 14th AIAA Dynamics Specialists Conference, the 15th AIAA Gossamer Systems Forum, and the 9th AIAA Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Specialist Conference. Plenary presentations, given by recognized, forward-thinking invited speakers, will be a special feature of the conference. This year’s presentations will address strategies and techniques for shortening the time required to bring new aircraft and spacecraft structures and materials technologies to flight readiness. Abstract deadline is 5 September 2012. Visit the conference website and submit your paper today.

    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.

    Nomination Deadline Extended

    The nomination deadline for the AIAA-ASC James H. Starnes Jr. Award has been extended. A complete nomination package, consisting of a signed AIAA nomination form, a signed nomination letter summarizing the accomplishments of the nominee, a resume, and a minimum of three, but not more than five, signed supporting letters, must be submitted to AIAA no later than COB 26 June 2012. If you have any questions or need the nomination form, contact

    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

    2012 Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala Photos Now Available

    Photos from the AIAA Spotlight Awards Gala, which took place 9 May 2012 in Washington, DC, are now available for viewing online.

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    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 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 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 To obtain a nomination form, or submit an online nomination, log in to AIAA's Honors and Awards Online Nomination page.

    Featured Products
    New Release

    AIAA's #1 Selling Textbook—A New Edition Coming in July 2012

    Aircraft Design: A Conceptual Approach, Fifth Edition

    Dr. Daniel P. Raymer
    AIAA Education Series
    2012, 1,074 pages, Hardback
    ISBN: 978-1-60086-911-2

    This best-selling textbook presents the entire process of aircraft conceptual design—from requirements definition to initial sizing, configuration layout, analysis, sizing, optimization, and trade studies.

    • Advice on how to become an aircraft designer
    • Electric aircraft, batteries, fuel cells, and solar cells
    • Green airplanes, including biofuels, GTL, hydrogen, methane, and nuclear
    • Active aeroelastic wing and advanced tailless concepts
    • Enhanced learning materials, including chapter opening summaries with set-the-stage art, descriptive sidebar definitions and tips, and what-we-learned chapter wrap-ups

    AIAA Members: $84.95
    Non-Members: $109.95

    AIAA's All-New Electronic Database Launching Soon!
    Featuring Over Four Decades of Aerospace Research

    Coming Soon! AIAA's New Electronic Library. More than just a new name, the new site is being developed using Literatum™ by Atypon®. The ARC is the place to retrieve your subscribed and purchased online content. 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
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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. 6
    • Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 49, Issue No. 3
    • 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. 3
    • Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer, Vol. 26, Issue No. 2

    Visit the AIAA Electronic Library today!

    Quick Takes
    AIAA Membership Renewal Notice

    We’re making it easier than ever for you to renew your AIAA membership! You will receive your first membership renewal notice via email, making the renewal process much faster. We encourage you to take that opportunity to renew your membership in order to continue your member services in a timely manner.

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    What happened in June 1951?

    June 1951 saw the first combat operational use of aerial refueling. A Lockheed RF-80 photo reconnaissance aircraft took fuel on board from a tanker aircraft. What country was the plane flying over?

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    AIAA Lifetime Fellow Prabhat Hajela Named Provost at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Dr. Prabhat Hajela, an experienced academic and administrative leader, as well as an AIAA Lifetime Fellow, has been appointed provost of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, effective 1 July 2012. A professor of aerospace engineering and vice provost at Rensselaer, Hajela has served as acting provost since 1 January 2012.

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    June Issue of Aerospace America Now Available Online

    The June 2012 issue of Aerospace America is now available online for AIAA members. Don’t miss this month's feature article, “Deconstructing the Defense Budget,” in which author James W. Canan discusses how the FY13 defense budget request reflects a new military strategy that shifts emphasis from Europe to the Middle East and Asia-Pacific theaters. Canan shows where the budget lowers spending significantly in some areas while making carefully chosen increases in others. Defense officials say the plan's new emphasis on modernization across the services will ensure “the most flexible, versatile, and technologically advanced platforms” needed over the long term.

    To access the June issue of Aerospace America visit, log in, and navigate to "Access Publications & Materials" to select "Aerospace America."

    Looking for a New Job?

    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! Career Resources for job seekers has 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 your resume and cover letter.
    • Career Coaching – obtain individual help from an experienced and certified career coach to manage, plan, develop, and manage 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 Dr. Paul Nielsen

    AIAA has selected AIAA Honorary Fellow, and past president, Dr. Paul D. Nielsen, for its Member Spotlight for June 2012. Dr. Nielsen is Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), at Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, PA. The Institute is focused on research and development in the field of software engineering, and serves the entire software engineering community.

    Nielsen has been responsible for the development and expansion of the Institute’s product suite, and has led growth in the Institute’s network and cyber security efforts. He has overseen growth in the Institute's research activities in the areas of: software architecture, complex systems, and cyber-security, to address both current problems as well as future needs. Prior to joining SEI, Nielsen was a member of the United States Air Force, which he retired from as a Major General.

    (Pictured: AIAA Honorary Fellow, and past president, Dr. Paul D. Nielsen)
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