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    February 2012
    AIAA News
    The New AIAA Website Officially Launches!
    Launched on 19 January 2012

    AIAA is pleased to announce the official launch of its new website, which took place on 19 January. During the project lifecycle, significant development work was performed in order to:

    • Redesign the entire site using the latest technology
    • Improve navigation
    • Improve search capabilities
    • Improve integration with our Association Management System (AMS)
    • Facilitate a single sign-on for AIAA and extranet sites
    • Improve the membership upgrade process
    • Make the purchasing process easier

    Future enhancements will match new products and services to the professional interests that you have identified in your membership record. So, be certain to review your membership record on the new, redesigned "My AIAA" page to make sure your information is current.

    NOTE: You may have to reset your bookmarks.

    Visit the new to let us know what you think. Email our web editor.

    Online Voting for 2012 Board of Directors Opens Today!
    The Institute Has a New Election System!

    VOTE ONLINE! Beginning Monday, 13 February, visit, log on, and follow the on-screen voting instructions. Candidate statements also can be viewed. Voting deadline is 9 April 2012. Your participation in determining AIAA's future is appreciated!

    BoDVote >

    Videos from the 50th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting Now Available on the AIAA Website

    Top leaders from government, industry, and academia convened at the 50th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, New Horizons Forum, and Aerospace Exhibition, 9–12 January in Nashville, Tennessee, to discuss “Advancing the Science of Flight Technology.” Speakers included: Gen. William L. Shelton, commander, U.S. Air Force Space Command; Michael P. Huerta, acting administrator, FAA; Jim Maser, president, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne; Dr. Alton (“Al”) Romig, vice president and general manager, Lockheed Martin Skunk Works; George Whitesides, president and CEO, Virgin Galactic; and Michael D. Griffin, former administrator, NASA. Panel discussions featured the latest flight technology, and the future of both manned and unmanned flight. Watch all of the videos from the 50th ASM on the AIAA website at

    (Pictured: Former NASA Administrator, Michael D. Griffin)

    AIAA Pleased to Announce Newest Corporate Members
    Approved by the AIAA Board of Directors in January
    • Arkyd Astronautics, Bellevue, WA , is a privately funded Seattle-based startup developing technologies for conducting commercial robotic space exploration of the solar system
    • CENTRA Technology, Inc, with offices in Burlington, MA, and Arlington, VA, is a high-technology business providing security, analytic, technical, engineering, and management support to the government and private sectors in the areas of national security research and analysis, homeland security, engineering and program management support services; collaboration, exercises, and gaming; security risk management; information technology; training and program support; and acquisition management.
    • Frontier Wind, Rocklin, CA, is the preeminent supplier of smart blade technology that redefines the wind industry.
    • VanRSpace, West Palm Beach, FA, is an aerospace consulting company formed to provide technical, management, and strategic support of space missions in the design, development, test, and flight operations of scientific and human spaceflight.

    For more information on AIAA Corporate Membership, contact Merrie Scott at

    AIAA Foundation Announces International Student Conference “Best Paper” Winners

    The AIAA Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 AIAA Foundation International Student Conference “Best Paper” Competition. Awardees were honored on 11 January 2012, at the awards luncheon of the 50th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, held 9–12 January at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, Nashville, Tennessee.

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    Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell to Address 15th Annual FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference

    AIAA will co-sponsor the 15th Annual FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference, to be held 15–16 February at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC. The conference will feature high-level speakers and panels examining the growth of the U.S. commercial space sector, and the future of commercial space exploration. The conference theme is “Commercial: The New Future of Space.”

    (Pictured: Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell)
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    Outgoing Chair of AIAA Professional Member Education Committee Receives Special Service Citation

    After four years of service, Dr. Steven Gorrell will be stepping down as Chair of the AIAA Professional Member Education Committee (PMEC). His leadership and vision validated the importance of training through various projects and programs. His guidance brought the program to a new level which, included becoming a fiscally sound department within the Institute and offering only exceptional courses to the aerospace industry through an intense review and approval process. Dr. Gorrell will continue as a member of the committee, under the new leadership of PMEC Chair David Mitchell. Dr. Gorrell is currently on the AIAA Board of Director’s ballot for Vice President of Education.

    For more information on the PMEC contact Patricia Carr at

    (Pictured: Dr. Steve Gorrell, BYU, outgoing chair of the AIAA Professional Member Education Committee (PMEC), accepts a Special Service Citation from Col. Neal Barlow, U.S. Air Force Academy, AIAA VP-Education. Click image for larger version.)

    Outgoing Chair of AIAA Academic Affairs Committee Receives Special Service Citation

    Jeff Forbes has served as the Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee (AAC) for the past three years. During his term as chair, the committee has revitalized the Education sessions of the AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and incorporated sessions on ABET visit preparation for university faculty. The Education sessions have also included topics on Aerospace Design Engineering, Next Generation Pedagogies, and Best Practices in Advancing Aerospace Engineering. Under his tenure AIAA’s relation with ABET has grown stronger, and the pool of Program Evaluators sent to review university programs has diversified to a pool that reflects the aerospace industry.

    For more information on the AAC contact Stephen Brock at

    (Pictured: Dr. Jeff Forbes, Colorado State University, outgoing chair of the AIAA Academic Affairs Committee, accepts a Special Service Citation from Col. Neal Barlow, U.S. Air Force Academy, AIAA VP-Education. Click image for larger version.)

    Mars Rover Celebration Inspires Young Students

    More than 700 elementary and middle school students representing 33 schools and 16 school districts brought Mars Rover models to the University of Houston on 28 January 2012. The students were participating in the 10th annual Mars Rover Celebration, an event that engages elementary and middle school students by combining the excitement of outer space with lessons involving science and engineering concepts. This Celebration began at the World Space Congress 10 years ago.

    Teachers receive curriculum and training to lead a six-week project that results in student teams designing and building their own Mars Rover model to carry out a specific science mission on the planet’s surface. A $25 limit on supplies helps students learn about budgets and project management, allowing all schools to participate. Rovers are crafted from simple art supplies, found objects, solar-power kits or a radio-controlled car chassis.

    Twelve units of the University of Houston helped make the event a success along with nearly 500 community volunteers from the University of Houston. The AIAA Houston Section, and the NASA Johnson Space Center. The event is co-sponsored by UH, AIAA, NASA, and Marathon Oil.

    The Mars Rover Celebration will be part of an exciting new STEM K–12 program, which will be officially announced in the next few months. To learn more about this engaging program, visit

    (Pictured: Students display their Mars Rover at the University of Houston Mars Rover Celebration)

    Conferences and Events
    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.

    The 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 2012 at the Ronald Regan Building and International Trade Center, in Washington, DC. This conference aims to provide a world-class, secure environment for the U.S. missile defense community to meet and discuss the future of homeland and regional missile defense. The national missile defense community includes senior executive leaders, program managers, scientists, and staff in government, defense, and industry, as well as members of active duty, Reserve, and National Guard forces. Register today by visiting

    Have you Registered for the 53rd Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference (SDM) Yet?

    Sponsored by AIAA, ASME, ASCE, AHS, and ASC, this established annual conference is a widely acknowledged event that provides a unique forum dedicated to the latest developments in the collective disciplines of structures, structural dynamics, materials, design engineering, and survivability. The SDM conference, set for 23–26 April 2012 in Honolulu, Hawaii, will co-locate with:

    • 20th AIAA/ASME/AHS Adaptive Structures Conference
    • 14th AIAA Non-Deterministic Approaches
    • 13th AIAA Gossamer Systems Forum
    • 8th AIAA Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Specialist Conference (MDO)

    For more information visit:

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

    Registration is open for the following courses co-located with the 53rd Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials and Co-located Conferences in Honolulu, Hawaii.

    21–22 April 2012

    • Aeroelasticity: State-of-the-Art Practices
    • Introduction to Bio-Inspired Engineering
    • Introduction to Non-Deterministic Approaches
    • The Fundamentals of Composite Structure Design

    Visit the conference website to view details about these courses and to register. Course information is located under "Detailed Program."

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

    AIAA is pleased to announce the 2012 recipients of its most prestigious awards. Presentation of these awards, and the recognition of the newly elected Fellows and Honorary Fellows of AIAA, will take place at the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala, 9 May 2012 at the Ronald Regan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC. This annual black-tie event recognizes the most influential and inspiring individuals in aerospace, whose outstanding contributions merit the highest accolades.

    (Pictured: 2011 Fellows and Honorary Fellows.)
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    Aerospace Today ... and Tomorrow
    An Executive Symposium

    Join top executives 7 June in Williamsburg, Virginia, at AIAA Aerospace Today … and Tomorrow, the industry’s leading forum on the discussions of today’s aerospace needs, and progress for the future. Keynote speakers will include Damon Wells, Lesa Roe, Mark Anderson, Robert Lightfoot, Dr. Steve Walker, Ron Hinderberger, William (Bill) Harrison, Randy Walden, and Pierre Chao. This is an AIAA Corporate Member event, one you will not want to miss! For more information visit or contact Grant Belden at Register today.

    Annual AIAA Foundation Golf Outing
    At Kingsmill Resort’s River Course in Williamsburg, VA

    The AIAA Foundation is hosting a golf outing in conjunction with the executive symposium, Aerospace Today…and Tomorrow. Join us Wednesday, 6 June, for a fun afternoon of golf and networking on Kingsmill Resort’s River Course in Williamsburg, VA. The cost for golf is $175 per player, with proceeds to benefit the AIAA Foundation’s education programs. Contact Grant Belden at or 703.264.7511 for more information and to register.

    (Pictured: Kingsmill Golf Resort. Credit: Kingsmill Resort)

    Registration for Global Space Exploration 2012 Now Open

    11–13 September 2012
    Sheraton Pasadena

    Registration is now open for the Global Space Exploration Conference (GLEX). GLEX will stimulate an international conversation among space exploration stakeholders. Senior administrators and exploration managers from the major space agencies, industry executives, government representatives, and academic researchers will come together to present results, exchange ideas, discuss roadmaps, and explore the future opportunities provided by human and robotic space exploration. Plenary keynotes will be delivered by Mars expert Steve Squyers and Lunar and Asteroid scientist Clive Neal. More than 40 paper sessions and 150 poster presentations will round out the technical program for the event. Register today to save up to $200 off the on-site registration fee!

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    Weapons Systems Effectiveness Abstract Reminder

    The abstract deadline for the 7th AIAA Biennial National Forum on Weapon System Effectiveness is next month. The forum will be held 24–28 September 2012 in Fort Walton Beach, Florida and is a SECRET/U.S. ONLY event. The forum will address the themes of major weapons, acquisition reforms, test and evaluation, performance analysis, and future systems. Topics for discussion include the technology, design, development, engineering, and operational considerations important to the successful employment of modern ground, sea, air, and space weapon systems and platforms. Technical paper abstracts are being solicited in a wide variety of related topic areas and are due on 15 March 2012. Submit your abstracts at

    Hypersonics 2012 Call for Papers Opens in February

    The call for papers for the 18th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference will open on 17 February 2012. The event, set for 24–28 September 2012 in Tours, France, will provide a forum for international discussion and exchange of information about leading-edge research and development activities associated with space planes and hypersonic atmospheric flight vehicles and the technologies underpinning these capabilities. The conference will consist of overviews of national programs from Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America, programmatic summaries of major ongoing activities, invited lectures by distinguished researchers, technical oral and poster presentations, and panel discussions on current issues and future directions. In addition, technical tours will give the opportunity to visit the most advanced hypersonic test facilities in France. Submit your abstract at

    Reminder About Upcoming 2012 AIAA Foundation Student Paper Conferences

    In March and April AIAA regions will be sponsoring Student Conferences for university student members. These conferences provide a great opportunity for students, whether they are participating as authors, supporting their friends, or simply coming as attendees.

    The student conferences have many different categories: Undergraduate, Master, Undergraduate Team, Freshman/Sophomore, and Community Outreach. Some regional conferences have other categories as well. Please encourage students to participate in these conferences as they provide a technical conference experience, allow them to meet other students studying similar topics, have some great tours, and often have fantastic speakers who address the students.

    If you’d like to participate, the conferences are always looking for technical judges and judges on site who can help evaluate the student presentations. Information about the conferences can be found at

    AIAA Supporting the Space Generation Fusion Forum

    The Space Generation Advisory Council is pleased to announce the inaugural Space Generation Fusion Forum event, to be held 15–16 April 2012, and the Global Grant Scholarship Program. The Space Generation Fusion Forum will be hosted by the Space Foundation in conjunction with its 28th Annual National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, CO. Participating organizations in the Space Generation Fusion Forum include:

    • The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
    • The Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
    • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

    Attendance at this event will be limited to 50 people, and attendees will be competitively selected through a rolling admissions process. Ten of the attendees will be awarded with full scholarships–Global Grants–to attend the Space Generation Fusion Forum and the National Space Symposium. The deadline for applying for the Global Grant scholarship is 16 February and the deadline for applying for the Space Generation Fusion Forum is 4 March.

    To read more about the event click here or visit the Space Generation Fusion Forum webpage.

    From the AIAA Digital Avionics Technical Committee

    Projecting 100 Years of Aerospace History into the Future of Avionics

    Crowne Plaza Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA
    14–18 October 2012

    Authors are invited to submit abstracts of 750 words or less online before 30 March 2012, via the 31st DASC Online Abstract Submittal Form at For more information regarding the 31st DASC Technical Program, contact our Technical Program Chair, Steve Young at

    Honors & Awards
    AIAA Announces 2012 Fellows and Honorary Fellows
    Official Presentation to Take Place in May at AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala

    AIAA is pleased to announce the 2012 AIAA Fellows and Honorary Fellows. Presentation of the new Fellows and Honorary Fellows will take place at the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala, Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, in Washington, DC.

    The title of Honorary Fellow, the highest distinction conferred by AIAA, is granted to preeminent individuals who have had long and highly contributory careers in aerospace, and who embody the highest possible standards in aeronautics and astronautics.

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    Sustained Service Award Deadline Changed

    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.

    Award Nomination Deadline Extended

    For 2012 only, the nomination due date for awards with a 1 February deadline has been extended until 1 March. The complete nomination package, including letters of endorsement, must be submitted to AIAA by that date. Nominations may be submitted online. If you have any questions, please contact,

    ASM Award and Lectureship Photos Available for Viewing!

    Register to view Aerospace Sciences Meeting Award and Lectureship Photos!

    Jim Elwood Wins Jay Hollingsworth Speas Airport Award

    Aspen-Pitkin County Director of Aviation Jim Elwood is the 2012 recipient of the Jay Hollingsworth Speas Airport Award. AIAA, the American Association of Airport Executives, and the Airport Consultants Council gave the award "for his leadership in developing a cooperative relationship with the community surrounding the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport by designing and implementing aggressive environmental protection programs while achieving airport expansion."

    Full Story > (Aspen (CO) Times)

    Featured Products
    Now Available

    Designing Unmanned Aircraft Systems: A Comprehensive Approach

    Jay Gundlach
    AIAA Education Series
    2012, 800 pages, Hardback
    ISBN: 978-1-60086-843-6

    Unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) are revolutionizing the way we explore the global environment. Whether it’s to monitor severe weather events or to assist in a military operation, these machines and the components that operate them are changing the way we approach flight. This book investigates all elements of UAS design, including architectural options and design drivers across diverse system classes.

    AIAA Member Price: $84.95
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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. 2
    • Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 49, Issue No. 1
    • 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. 49, Issue No. 1
    • Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer, Vol. 26, Issue No. 1
    Visit the AIAA Electronic Library Today!

    Quick Takes
    Presentations from the 50th ASM Now Available Online

    Presentations given at the 50th Aerospace Sciences Meeting,
    9–12 January in Nashville, Tennessee, are now available on the AIAA website. Topics covered include "NASA Environmentially Responsible Aviation" and "NASA Subsonic Fixed Wing: Fundamental Technical Challenges." Visit

    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 terms, 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

    February Issue of Aerospace America Now Available Online

    The February 2012 issue of Aerospace America is now available online for AIAA members. Don’t miss this month's feature article, “Orbiting Twins Tackle Moon’s Mysteries,” in which author Craig Covault discusses NASA’s twin spacecraft, GRAIL (gravity recovery and interior laboratory), and how they are poised to begin mapping the Moon’s gravitational field with unprecedented precision. As the author states, “The data they gather will open a new window into the early geology not just of the Moon but of the Earth and the other terrestrial planets as well.”

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

    iCubeSat 2012 Set for May at MIT

    iCubeSat, the Interplanetary CubeSat Workshop, set for 29–30 May at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will address the technical challenges, opportunities, and practicalities of space exploration with CubeSats. The workshop will provide a unique environment for open practical collaboration between academic researchers, industry professionals, policy makers, and students developing this new and rapidly growing field.

    Access the Call for Papers, or visit the conference website at

    AIAA Young Professionals and Social Networking!

    You can now follow the YP Committee on Twitter at If you have any suggestions for us feel free to Tweet them to us!

    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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    Link up Through LinkedIn!

    A great way to make connections with other members of the aerospace community is through AIAA's LinkedIn group. The group, available only to active AIAA members, is your “one-stop” forum for networking with other AIAA members, gaining insight into the day's aerospace headlines, discovering employment opportunities within the community, and learning new information about AIAA events. Link up with AIAA LinkedIn today!

    You may also follow AIAA News on, get connected with other AIAA members via AIAA's Facebook page, or view AIAA videos on AIAA's YouTube channel.

    Member Spotlight
    AIAA Congratulates Dr. David A. Whelan

    AIAA has selected David A. Whelan, for its Member Spotlight for February 2012. Dr. Whelan is vice president of research and development at Boeing Defense, Space & Security, Seal Beach, CA. Dr. Whelan, the Boeing Defense, Space & Security Chief Scientist and Vice President – Strategic Innovation for the Phantom Works advanced development group, is also an AIAA Associate Fellow.

    Like many of his contemporaries, Whelan was attracted to the aerospace field as a way to help better our nation’s defensive posture to the Soviet threat during the Cold War. Whelan stated: “After graduating with my PhD in Physics, I was offered opportunity to work on the B2 stealth bomber program as one of the stealth designer/scientists. The challenge intrigued me and I thought a good way to serve our countries national defense at the time of President Reagan's Defense build-up to counter the Soviet Union. “

    In fact, Whelan’s time on the B-2 project yielded his favorite career memory, as he related: “I was leading a team of physicists and engineers to create a new diagnostic instrument to characterize the stealth qualities and performance of the B2 bomber while flying its mission. Prior test techniques proved inadequate to validate the performance and issues of stealth signature remained unsolved and the program was under congressional pressure to perform or be terminated. Our solution was a flying synthetic aperture imaging RADAR. When we finally created the first high quality images that confirmed the stealth design of the B2 was sound and the anomalies identified, that was a very satisfying moment for our team, a moment that I will remember forever.”

    (Pictured: David A. Whelan, the Boeing Defense, Space & Security Chief Scientist and Vice President – Strategic Innovation for the Phantom Works advanced development group, and an AIAA Associate Fellow)
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