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    January 2012
    AIAA News
    The New AIAA Website Launching Soon!
    Official Launch Date: 19 January 2012

    AIAA is pleased to announce the 19 January launch of its exciting new website, featuring numerous upgrades and enhancements to improve the user experience. The new website will feature:

       –Modern new look and feel
       –User-friendly navigation
       –Enhanced search capability
       –Superior shopping cart experience
       –Improved member application process
       –Fresh content, updated more often
       –A much better overall web browsing experience
       –Single sign-on for AIAA and extranet sites
       –Improved integration with our Association Management System (AMS)

    Please visit the new on 19 January!

    AIAA Congratulates Louis Chênevert On Being Named Aviation Week Person of the Year
    Chênevert is Chairman and CEO of United Technologies Corp.

    AIAA congratulates AIAA Fellow Louis R. Chênevert, chairman and chief executive officer of United Technologies Corp., AIAA corporate member, on being named Aviation Week’s 2011 Person of the Year.

    AIAA President Dr. Brian D. Dailey stated: “The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics congratulates Louis Chênevert on being named Aviation Week’s 2011 Person of the Year. Under his direction, United Technologies Corp. has overseen the efforts of Pratt & Whitney, Sikorsky, and Hamilton Sundstrand to become one of the world’s premier aerospace manufacturers. From repositioning Pratt & Whitney to become a major player in the commercial jet engine market, to developing engines for the next generation of narrowbody jets, to the Collier Trophy-winning Sikorsky X-2 helicopter, Chênevert’s efforts truly embody Aviation Week’s standard for the award – which is to recognize the person who has had the most impact on the broader aviation and defense community.”

    (Pictured: Louis Chênevert, AIAA Fellow, Chairman and CEO of United Technologies Corp. Image Credit: United Technologies Corp.)
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    AIAA to Host “Complex Aerospace Systems Exchange”
    New Event to Examine Complex Systems Issues Such as Minimizing Cost Overruns and Delays

    AIAA will host a new event, the “Complex Aerospace Systems Exchange” (CASE), 11–13 September, at the Sheraton Pasadena, Pasadena, CA. CASE is aimed at promoting collaboration among aerospace chief engineers, program managers, and system engineering professionals. The event will address some of the most complex questions surrounding aerospace today, including minimizing cost overruns and delays, and mitigating late test failures. Insights, best practices, and lessons learned will be offered by recognized practitioners in each of these areas. Specific areas of analysis will include: complex systems development; integration, test and verification of complex systems; and program management of robust and resilient systems.

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    New AIAA Book Explores Unmanned Aircraft System Design
    Most Authoritative Single Reference on UAS Design

    AIAA announces the publication of a new book, “Designing Unmanned Aircraft Systems: A Comprehensive Approach,” by Jay Gundlach, which explores all elements of the design of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), including options for architecture and design drivers across a broad spectrum of UAS types.

    (Published by AIAA, 2012; 800 pages, hardback, ISBN: 978-1-60086-843-6; List Price: $109.95)

    Gundlach’s work is the most authoritative single reference on UAS design available, and provides readers with a solid understanding of the end-to-end design of UAS, while allowing a deeper appreciation for the nature of UAS design. Throughout the work, Gundlach advocates an approach for developing competitive, balanced UAS through a multidisciplinary systems philosophy.

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    AIAA Congratulates Dr. Henry T. Yang on His Appointment to the President's Committee on the National Medal of Science

    AIAA congratulates Dr. Henry T. Yang, chancellor of the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB), on his appointment by President Obama to the President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science. Dr. Yang, an AIAA Fellow, was previously appointed to the committee by then-President George W. Bush. Prior to becoming chancellor of UCSB, Yang was the Neil Armstrong Distinguished Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and dean of the Engineering Department, at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.

    (Pictured: Dr. Henry T. Yang, AIAA Fellow, chancellor of the University of California at Santa Barbara. Image Credit: UCSB)
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    AIAA Seeks Members for the Standards Executive Council

    The Standards Executive Council, which represents a diverse group in the aeronautics and astronautics field and oversees the development of standards at AIAA, is seeking to increase its membership.

    Members are responsible for providing policy, direction, and guidance to approved consensus bodies, AIAA staff, and the AIAA Board of Directors on all issues related to the standards program, from formation of Committees on Standards to approval of standards for publication. Candidates are recommended by the chairperson (VP, Standards) and appointed by the AIAA president for 3-year term, with re-appointments on the recommendation of the chair.

    For more information or to request an application, please contact Ms. Laura McGill, VP-Elect, Standards, at or the AIAA Program Manager, Standards at

    Deadline Approaching for Applications for Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Aerospace Computing, Information, and Communication

    AIAA is seeking an outstanding candidate with an international reputation to assume the responsibilities of editor-in-chief of AIAA’s Journal of Aerospace Computing, Information, and Communication (JACIC). The chosen candidate will assume the editorship at an exciting time, as AIAA re-launches its electronic library with new features and functionality. Although JACIC was originally envisioned as an electronic-only, rapid-review journal, the new editor-in-chief will be able to take advantage of the new platform’s capabilities to enhance JACIC’s reputation and better fulfill its mission.

    Interested candidates are invited to send letters of application describing their reasons for applying, summarizing their relevant experience and qualifications, and setting out their initial priorities for the journal. For guaranteed consideration, applications and all required materials must be received at AIAA Headquarters by 30 January 2012, although applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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    Conferences and Events
    Two Classified AIAA Conferences in Monterey, CA

    The AIAA Strategic and Tactical Missile Systems Conference and the AIAA Missile Sciences Conference will combine, 24–26 January 2012, to provide one major event for the missile systems community.

    The AIAA Strategic and Tactical Missile Systems Conference and the AIAA Missile Sciences Conference are long-standing AIAA conferences serving the weapons community. These conferences will be co-located as a single event for the first time in 2012, providing a forum for the exchange of information on a larger scale than was possible at separate events. The combined event will feature both programmatic and technical information while fostering beneficial networking opportunities. Material presented and attendance allowed at the event will be at the SECRET/U.S. ONLY clearance level. All attendees and speakers must have a SECRET clearance in order to participate. Register Today!

    Early Bird Deadline for FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference is Approaching

    Time is running out to receive the best possible rate on the 15th Annual FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference. This event, set for 15–16 February 2012 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, will bring together key players in the commercial space industry to discuss the latest issues and developments in commercial space. The event features a dynamic mix of technical information, commercial space business, and policy issues. Multiple activities are scheduled throughout the two-day event to help you expand your personal network of contacts. Program updates are occurring regularly; check the website for the most up-to-date event schedule. You won't want to miss this event! Register today!

    AIAA Congressional Visits Day – Let Congress Know that Aerospace is Important!

    The AIAA Congressional Visits Day Program will be held 20-21 March in Washington, DC. We are expecting 230 aerospace engineers and scientists to come together in the nation’s capital, to help educate congressional decision makers on the importance of aerospace to our nation’s economy and national security.

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

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

    Prospective delegates are invited to participate in the 10th Annual U.S. Missile Defense Conference, set for 26–28 March at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, in Washington, DC. The conference provides delegates access to the current state of the worldwide Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) including a review of national policies, service priorities, technical advances, and the implementation of the Phased Adaptive Approach in response of regional missile threats. Register today. Visit

    Registration Coming Soon for the Global Space Exploration Conference

    Registration for the 2012 Global Space Exploration (GLEX) Conference will be opening soon. GLEX will be held in Washington, DC, 22–24 May, and will bring together global space exploration stakeholders, including senior administrators and exploration managers from the major space agencies, as well as industry, government, academia, and NGOs. Leaders in the field will converge in the nation's capital to present results, exchange ideas, debate roadmaps, and discuss the future opportunities provided by human and robotic space exploration. High-level plenary events, keynote lectures, and technical sessions are planned. For the most up-to-date conference program, visit

    NEW EVENT in 2012!
    Complex Aerospace Systems Exchange (CASE 2012)

    11–13 Sep 2012
    Sheraton Pasadena

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

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

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    ATIO/MA&O 2012 Call for Papers Deadline Approaching

    The abstract submittal deadline for the 12th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations (ATIO) Conference and the 14th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference, taking place 17–19 September in Indianapolis, IN, is less than a month away. If you are planning to submit an abstract for one of these two events please do so by 7 February 2012. Abstracts can be submitted at or

    2012 AIAA Foundation Student Paper Conferences

    The AIAA Foundation sponsors regional student paper conferences every year. There are multiple divisions at each conference: Master, Undergraduate, Undergraduate Team, Community Outreach, and Freshman/Sophomore. Winners receive monetary prizes, and first place winners (except in the Freshman/Sophomore division) are invited to present at the International Student Conference held in conjunction with the AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting in January. The AIAA Foundation covers travel, hotel, and registration expenses.

    The student conferences typically take place at the end of March or early April, but abstracts are generally due mid-to-late February. To find out when and where your region’s conference will be, please visit the Regional Student Conference website There are links to each of the sponsored regional student paper conferences.

    All AIAA student members should consider attending and participating, even if just as an attendee. These conferences are terrific ways to become familiar with AIAA, meet new people, and learn and practice presentation skills. Many of the conferences have tours of local industry and terrific industry or government speakers that address the audience.

    Abstract Reminders for Upcoming AIAA Conferences

    The abstract deadlines for several AIAA conferences are quickly approaching. Submitting your paper to conferences is an excellent way to receive recognition and gain exposure to your work. Additionally, presenting at conferences gives you the opportunity to build your professional network and interact with peers. Please be reminded of the following upcoming abstract deadlines:

    Event Date: 13 August 2012
    Submit by: 19 January 2012

    Event Date: 11 September 2012
    Submit by: 26 January
    Event Date: 24 September 2012
    Submit by: 15 March 2012


    Honors & Awards
    AIAA Presents Awards at 50th Aerospace Sciences Meeting
    Academic, Literary, and Technical Achievements Recognized

    AIAA presented awards for academic, literary, and technical achievement at an awards luncheon on Tuesday, 10 January 2012, as part of the 50th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, which took place 9–12 January at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Conference Center, Nashville, TN

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    Mary K. Hudson Wins 2012 James A. Van Allen Space Environments Award

    AIAA is pleased to announce that the 2012 AIAA James A. Van Allen Space Environments Award has been won by Professor Mary K. Hudson of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H. Professor Hudson received the award at an awards luncheon on Tuesday, 10 January, as part of the 50th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, in Nashville, TN. Hudson was honored for her “significant contribution to our understanding of the space environment of the Van Allen radiation belts and leadership in development of space weather models.”

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    R. Cargill Hall Wins 2012 AIAA History Manuscript Award

    AIAA is pleased to announce that the 2012 AIAA History Manuscript Award has been won by R. Cargill Hall, chief historian, emeritus, National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), for his work “Ace of Chaos: Frank G. Tinker Jr., and the Air War in Spain,” published by the Naval Institute Press as “Five Down, No Glory: Frank G. Tinker, Mercenary Ace in the Spanish Civil War.” Hall received the award at an awards luncheon on Tuesday, 10 January, as part of the 50th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, in Nashville, TN. Hall’s manuscript details the life and exploits of Frank Glasgow Tinker Jr., an American pilot and 1933 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, who flew on contract for the Spanish Republican Air Force in the Spanish Civil War.

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    Fellow Announcement Update

    The 2012 AIAA Fellows will be announced in late January 2012.

    Call for Nominations

    Don’t miss this opportunity to nominate a colleague for an AIAA award! Awards accepting nominations include the new Hypersonics Systems and Technologies Award, the George M. Low Space Transportation Award, the de Florez Award for Flight Simulation, and the Haley Space Flight Award, among others. Nomination materials and letters of reference are due to AIAA by 1 February 2012.

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    J. Leland Atwood Award Seeking Aerospace Engineering Educators

    Nominees are sought for the J. Leland Atwood Award, which recognizes aerospace engineering educators for outstanding contributions. The award is jointly sponsored by AIAA and ASEE Aerospace Division.

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    Featured Products
    New Release

    Tactical and Strategic Missile Guidance, Sixth Edition

    Paul Zarchan
    AIAA Progress in
    Astronautics and Aeronautics

    AIAA, © 2012,
    900 pages, Hardback
    ISBN: 978-1-60086-894-8

    This best-selling title provides an in-depth look at tactical and strategic missile guidance using common language, notation, and perspective. The sixth edition includes six new chapters on topics related to improving missile guidance system performance and understanding key design concepts and tradeoffs. New in 2012 – the original FORTRAN has been converted into the widely used MATLAB language.

    Available 1 February 2012
    AIAA Member Price: $104.95
    List Price: $134.95

    You Can Look it Up
    The AIAA Electronic Library

    Now Available in the AIAA Electronic Library
    • AIAA Journal, Vol. 50, Issue No. 1
    • Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 48, Issue No. 6
    • Journal of Aerospace Computing, Information, and Communication, Vol. 8, Issue No. 12
    • Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 35, Issue No. 1
    • Journal of Propulsion and Power, Vol. 28, Issue No. 2
    • Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol. 48, Issue No. 6
    • Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer, Vol. 25, Issue No. 4
    Visit the AIAA Electronic Library Today!

    Quick Takes
    Videos from Livestream Sessions at the 50th ASM Available Online

    Many of the sessions that took place during the 50th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting Including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition, 9–12 January, were streamed live during the event. Those sessions can be viewed online.

    (Pictured: AIAA Past President Mark Lewis (left) and Joaquin Castro (right) of Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, representing the X-51 team, present Richard Hallion a plaque recognizing his contributions to the X-51 project and the industry.)

    January Issue of Aerospace America Now Available Online

    The January 2012 issue of Aerospace America is now available online for AIAA members. Don’t miss this month's feature article, "What's Next for U.S. Human Spaceflight?" in which author J.R. Wilson discusses the demise of the shuttle program and how concerns over the lack of U.S. access to space have grown even more intense. As the author states, "As controversy swirls in Congress, NASA, and the space community over the future of U.S. manned spaceflight, industry has mounted a surprisingly robust response to the need for filling the gap, with several candidate vehicles and related systems now in various stages of development."

    To access the January issue of Aerospace America please visit and log in.

    AIAA Career Center

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

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    Member Spotlight
    AIAA Congratulates Professor Robert Stengel

    AIAA has selected Professor Robert Stengel for its Member Spotlight for January 2012 in light of his significant contributions to the aerospace industry. Dr. Stengel, an AIAA Fellow, is a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Princeton University, Director of the Program on Robotics and Intelligent Systems, and an Affiliated Faculty Member of the Program in Quantitative and Computational Biology and of the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. Recognized as one of the most innovative authors in the aerospace community, he is the author of two acclaimed books on the dynamics, optimization, and control of aerospace systems. In light of his accomplishments, Dr. Stengel received the 2012 AIAA Pendray Aerospace Literature Award at an awards ceremony on 11 January during the 50th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, in Nashville, TN.

    Dr. Stengel’s first book, Optimal Control and Estimation, originally published as Stochastic Optimal Control: Theory and Application by Wiley & Sons in 1986, was republished by Dover Publications under its current name in 1994. The book presents theories and methods for optimization, estimation, and control of dynamical systems in both deterministic and stochastic frameworks.

    (Pictured: AIAA Past President, Dr. Mark Lewis (left), presents AIAA Fellow, Professor Robert Stengel, with the Pendray Aerospace Literature Award, at an awards ceremony on 11 January 2012, during the 50th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, Nashville, TN. Click image for larger version.)
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