Dates to Remember

Abstract submission begins:
27 March 2019

Abstract deadline:
11 June 2019, 2000 hrs Eastern Time Zone, USA

Author Notifications:
30 August 2019

Online registration begins: 
9 September 2019

Manuscript Deadline:
2 December 2019, 2000 hrs Eastern Time Zone, USA

Early member registration ends:
16 December 2019

Standard member registration:
17 December to 10 January 2020

Onsite registration begins:
5 January 2020


Student Paper Competition: Additional Information

For 2020, we are soliciting papers in the following technical disciplines:

Adaptive Structures

Please direct questions to: 
Roeland De Breuker, Delft University of Technology 
Maryam Khoshlahjeh, Joby Aviation

The Adaptive Structures Technical Committee solicits papers addressing intelligent, flexible systems that are responsive to ever-changing operational environments and/or tailored control stimuli. These sessions provide an active forum to discuss the latest breakthroughs in smart structures, the cutting edge in adaptive structure applications, and the recent advances in both new device technologies and basic engineering research exploration. Papers are invited in areas ranging broadly from basic research to applied technological design and development to integrated system and application demonstrations. Contributions from industry, government, and academia are all encouraged. Students presenting a paper are encouraged to demonstrate hardware operation. Students interested in participating in the paper competition are also reminded to select the Student Paper Competition option during abstract submission. Several special/joint sessions are planned: (1) Adaptive Aircraft Surfaces and Structures for Sonic Boom Mitigation, (2) Adaptive Structures and Aircraft Design, (3) Adaptive Spacecraft Structures and (4) Morphing Rotor Blades. General topic areas of interest are listed below. For more information, click Additional Details.

  • Active and Passive Adaptive Concepts/Systems 
  • Design, Modeling, Simulation, and Optimization of Adaptive Structures/Materials 
  • Engineered Materials with Adaptive Properties 
  • Morphing and/or Biomimetic Adaptive Structures/Materials 
  • Multifunctional Structures/Materials 
  • Smart Sensors/Actuators Design 
  • Structural Health Monitoring and Prognosis 
  • Systems Enabled by Adaptive Structures 
  • Other Topics in Adaptive Structures 
  • Special Session: Adaptive Aircraft Surfaces and Structures for Sonic Boom Mitigation 
  • Special Session: Adaptive Structures and Aircraft Design 
  • Special Session: Adaptive Spacecraft Structures 
  • Special Session: Morphing Rotor Blades

Please direct questions to: 
Jason Anderson
, Naval Surface Warfore Center, Carderock Division 
Bill Shuster, Honeywell Aerospace 

Papers that present original research in computational, experimental, and analytical aeroacoustics are being solicited. The program's technical content will include topics on all aspects of the generation, propagation, and control of vehicle noise, as well as the effect of noise on structures and individuals. Studies in related areas, particularly potential interrelationship with non-aerospace industries, are also encouraged. Topics of specific interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Advanced Testing and Measurement Techniques 
  • Airframe Noise and Airframe/Propulsion Integration 
  • Community Noise Exposure 
  • Computational Aeroacoustics 
  • Fan Noise and Duct Acoustics 
  • Jet Aeroacoustics 
  • Propeller, Open Rotor, and Rotorcraft Noise 
  • Sonic Boom and Atmospheric Sound Propagation 
  • Turbomachinery and Core Noise 
  • UAV/UAS Noise 
  • Other Topics in Aeroacoustics 
  • Special Session: Community Noise Impact from Supersonic Transports
Aerodynamic Measurement Technology

Please direct questions to: 
Taka Sakaue
, University of Notre Dame 
Kenneth Grandlund, North Carolina State University

Papers are solicited on topics related to advanced and novel aerodynamic measurement technologies for laboratory, ground-test, or flight-test applications. Submissions are encouraged for all types of flows (from incompressible to hypersonic), all thermodynamic conditions (including plasmas and combustion), all scales (from microns to meters), and all diagnostic techniques (from surface sensors to laser-based imaging). Papers should emphasize advancements or innovations in the measurement technique itself or its implementation, more so than the particular details of the fluid dynamic problem to which the technique is applied. Topic areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Advancements in Planar, Volumetric, and High-Speed Imaging Techniques 
  • Data Processing, Data Analysis, Data Driven Modeling, and Model Validation Techniques 
  • Diagnostics for Aeroacoustics, Combustion, Plasmas, Sprays, Pressure-Gain, and Aerothermal Flows 
  • Experimental-Computational Efforts in High-Speed Fluid-Structure Interactions 
  • Implementation in Facilities with Unique Measurement Challenges 
  • Novel Aerodynamic Measurement Techniques, Methodologies, and Instrumentation 
  • Novel Calibration, Error Analysis, Uncertainty Quantification, and Experimental Verification 
  • Spectroscopic Techniques such as PLIF, CARS, LIBS, Raman Scattering, and Absorption Spectroscopy 
  • Surface Measurements such as PSP, TSP, skin friction, and Shear Stress Sensing 
  • Velocimetry Techniques such as PIV, MTV, DGV, and FLEET 
  • Other Topics in Aerodynamic Measurement Technology
Aerospace Education

Please direct questions to:
Raymond P. LeBeau, Jr., Saint Louis University 
Krishnaswamy Ravindra, Saint Louis University 

Aerospace Education is both the most specialized and the most diversified of fields, thus challenging the aerospace education community to effectively prepare well-trained professionals ready to contribute to their profession either in industry or higher studies. Papers as well as panel sessions are sought on all aspects of aerospace education including novel course curriculum and course delivery methods, novel pedagogies, innovative inter-collegiate and industry collaborations, and robust assessment methods.

  • Best Practices for Robust ABET Assessment 
  • Better Preparation of Graduates for A Rapidly Evolving Work Environment 
  • Broader Innovative Collaboration of Industry and Academia in Engineering Education 
  • Curricula Addressing the Multidisciplinary Nature of Aerospace System Analysis and Design 
  • Incorporating Sustainability, Green Engineering Practices, and Entrepreneurship in the Classroom 
  • Innovative Pedagogical Initiatives 
  • Novel Outreach Activities 
  • Online Course Offerings - Challenges, Opportunities, and Best Practices 
  • Undergraduate Experiences in Space Systems 
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems in Undergraduate Aerospace Education
Aircraft Design

Please direct questions to: 
Imon Chakraborty, Auburn University 
Cees Bil, RMIT University

Papers are sought on all aspects of aircraft design. Topics such as design methodologies and processes, design tools, design integration, technology developments, innovative designs, case studies, and design education are welcome. Review papers on recent developments and trends in aircraft design are also sought. Design considerations such as environmental issues, energy optimization, noise reduction, electric aircraft systems, reducing manufacturing/operating/life-cycle costs, etc are also important topics of interest. Applications to aircraft of all types are welcome including fixed and rotary wing, subsonic through hypersonic, micro air vehicles to jumbo jets, general aviation and manned or unmanned aircraft. Subject to acceptance of sufficient number of papers, special sessions may be organized for "Hybrid Electric Large Passenger Aircraft," "Formation Flying" and "Impact of Morphing Structures on Aircraft Design." Papers in these areas are especially welcome, and should be submitted to the appropriate subtopic areas below.

  • Aircraft Configurations (Sailplanes, BWB, Joint Wing, Folding Wing, Canard, Multi-Wing, etc.) 
  • Aircraft Design Education 
  • Aircraft Design Optimization (Multidisciplinary Design, Integration, Methods and Processes, etc.) 
  • Aircraft Structural Design (Methods, Materials, Morphing Structures, Multifunctional Structures) 
  • Design for Electric, Hybrid, and/or Distributed Propulsion Architectures 
  • Design for Performance and Operations (Braced-Wing, Boundary Layer Control, Formation Flying) 
  • Design Processes and Tools (Integration, Estimation Methods, Concurrent Design, Life-Cycle, etc.) 
  • Light Aircraft Design (General Aviation, On-Demand Mobility Aircraft, Personal Air Vehicle, etc.) 
  • Trends in Aircraft Design: Technology Impact, Requirements, Cost, Propulsion, Automation, etc. 
  • Unmanned Aircraft Design, Including Micro Air Vehicles
Applied Aerodynamics

Please direct questions to: 
Jim Coder, University of Tennessee 
Ovais Khan, Tuskegee University

Technical papers are being solicited covering a broad range of topics in the areas of theoretical, computational, and experimental applied aerodynamics. Relevant areas of interest include, but are not limited to, aerodynamic design, analysis of wing/rotor/vehicle aerodynamic performance, methods for modeling aerodynamic bodies, and novel studies or technological applications related to aerodynamic applications. Specific areas of interest are listed below, but work in related areas is also encouraged. For more information, click Additional Details.

  • Aerodynamic Design: Analysis, Methodologies, and Optimization Techniques 
  • Aerodynamic Results from Ground/Flight Tests 
  • Aero-Structural Applications 
  • Airfoil/Wing/Configuration Aerodynamics 
  • Applied Computational Aerodynamics: Methods and Results 
  • Bio-Inspired Aerodynamics 
  • Distributed Propulsion and Aero-Propulsive Interaction 
  • Experimental-Computational Efforts in High-Speed FSI 
  • Flow Control Demonstrations and Applications 
  • Missile/Projectile/Munition Aerodynamics, Carriage and Store Separation 
  • Propeller/Rotorcraft/Wind Turbine Aerodynamics 
  • Transonic & Supersonic Aerodynamics 
  • Unsteady Aerodynamics 
  • Special Session: Advances in High-Resolution Numerical Schemes for Aerospace Engineering Applications 
  • Special Session: Aerodynamic Design Optimization 
  • Special Session: Commercial Supersonic Activities 
  • Special Session: HPC Multi-Physics CREATE Sessions 
  • Special Session: Rotor-in-Hover Simulation Sessions 
  • Special Session: Slotted, Natural-Laminar-Flow Airfoil Development 
  • Special Session: Stall-Spin Aerodynamics, Mitigation and Recovery 
  • Special Session: Wind Turbine/Rotorcraft/Propeller Multi-Physics Modeling Approaches 
  • Other Topics in Applied Aerodynamics
Atmospheric and Space Environments

Please direct questions to: 
Dale C. Ferguson, AFRL 
Nelson Green, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology 
Justin Likar, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Atmospheric and Space Environments investigates the air and space environment and their effects on aircraft and spacecraft. SciTech 2020 will concentrate on the natural and spacecraft-produced space environment and its effects. Orbital environments considered are Low Earth Orbit (LEO), Polar Orbit (Polar), Medium Earth Orbit (MEO), Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO), and Interplanetary Space. Lunar and planetary environments are also considered. Among the effects considered are atomic oxygen, spacecraft charging, arcing, radiation damage, temperature effects, radio wave propagation, and surveillance effects such as optical changes and radiofrequency emission. Spacecraft glows and other chemical effects are also considered.

  • Arc-Plasma Propagation and Solar Array Arc Currents 
  • Atomic Oxygen Effects on LEO Spacecraft and Satellites 
  • Charging and Arcing Characteristics of Non-Uniform or Non-Standard Materials 
  • Charging Indices (Both Structure Potentials and Differential Potentials) 
  • ESD Frequency in LEO, Polar, MEO, and GEO Orbits 
  • Lunar and Interplanetary Environments and Effects 
  • Nanosats and Cubesats, Space Environmental Effects 
  • Qualification of Space Solar Arrays Against ESDs and Sustained Arcs 
  • Role of Temperature and Radiation Damage in Surface and Deep-Dielectric Charging 
  • Spacecraft Charging (Surface and Deep-Dielectric Charging)
Atmospheric Flight Mechanics

Please direct questions to: 
Zachary R. Putnam, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 
Kamal Shweyk, Advanced Concepts, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Sarah D'Souza, NASA Ames Research Center

The Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Committee solicits papers related to atmospheric flight mechanics across all disciplines (including flight performance, flight and ground test, flying and handling qualities, system identification, modeling and simulation); across all flight regimes and missions (including formation flying, gliding and powered flight, planetary aeroassist); and across all vehicle types and configurations (including conventional aircraft, rotorcraft, vertical and short take-off aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, electric aircraft, biomimetic vehicles, hypersonic and aeroassist vehicles, launch vehicles, missiles, projectiles, aerodynamic decelerators). Papers are encouraged that discuss education in atmospheric flight mechanics, multidisciplinary efforts, and projects with international collaboration. Paper acceptance will be based on full draft manuscripts. Papers primarily authored by students are eligible for the Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Student Paper Competition. For more information, click Additional Information.

  • Aerodynamic Prediction Methods 
  • Aeroservoelastic Control, Modeling, Simulation, and Optimization 
  • Aircraft Flight Dynamics and Handling Qualities 
  • Aircraft Flight Performance 
  • Flight Test and System Identification 
  • Hypersonic and Planetary Aeroassist Flight Mechanics 
  • Launch Vehicle, Missile, and Projectile Flight Mechanics 
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles 
  • Other Topics in Atmospheric Flight Mechanics 
  • Special (Invited) Session
Communications Systems

Please direct questions to: 
Daniel Raible, NASA Glenn Research Center

As the demand for near real-time data transmission continues to increase, communications architectures and technologies must also evolve to provide improved services to the end user. In addition to increased performance, solutions must address considerations such as upgrading legacy systems, interoperability and security for broadband communications. Papers are sought on both theoretical and practical accomplishments in aerospace communication systems involving applications relevant to both space and terrestrial environments. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: 

  • Cognitive Applications to Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Communication System Automation 
  • Communication System Modeling, Simulation and Emulation Techniques 
  • Enabling Communication System Architectures for Airborne, Space Platforms & Ground Terminal Networks 
  • Network Design, Deployment and Management Strategies 
  • Quantum Communication Advancements 
  • RF, Optical and Combined Component Technologies to Realize Higher Bandwidths 
  • Security Improvements from the Physical to Application Layers 
  • Small, Lightweight and Low Power Technologies for Resource Constrained Platforms 
  • Software Defined Radio (SDR) and Waveform Developments 
  • Utilization of Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) Components with Flight Qualification Considerations 
  • Other Topics in Communications Systems
Computer Systems

Please direct questions to: 
Rick Tuggle, PeopleTec

Papers are sought on theoretical and practical considerations involving cyber, computer, computation, and information processing techniques relevant to aerospace applications. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Cybersecurity, Information Assurance, and DoD IA Risk Management Framework 
  • Embedded and Energy Efficient (Low Power) Computing Systems 
  • High-Performance Computing (HPC) 
  • Processing: Hardened, Secure, and Fault Tolerant 
  • Processing: Parallel, GPU, and Multicore 
  • Other Topics in Computer Systems
Design Engineering

Please direct questions to: 
Kyle Benson, Raytheon Missile Systems 
Lisa Saam, ATA Engineering

Papers are solicited on design engineering, process and education in the aerospace industry, as well as industries employing similar design techniques. Design-oriented papers should focus on innovative, novel, or otherwise distinctive concepts resulting in or leading toward products that effectively satisfy requirements or demonstrate design improvements. Design process-oriented papers should focus on process definition, analysis, architecture, and metrics, as applied to aerospace hardware products throughout the design phases. Papers on advances in model based design processes are especially encouraged. Education-oriented papers are solicited that emphasize design in curriculum development and class content, including collegiate and pre-college/K-12. We are interested in successes in adoption of CFD in aeronautics courses and labs, robotic vehicles in mechatronics classes/labs and motion based simulators in aircraft design projects. Computer-Aided Enterprise Systems papers are solicited that highlight technologies and their applications that enable collaborative design in a global environment and are applicable to commercial aerospace industry. Emerging design tools such as Augmented Reality are requested that can improve efficiency in aerospace design and Additive Manufacturing applied to aerospace design, prototyping and manufacturing making complex designs economically feasible. 

  • Additive Manufacturing Applied to Aerospace Design, Prototyping, and Manufacturing
  • Cloud Computing, Internet of Things, Digital Thread and Digital Twin
  • Computer Aided Design Including Intelligent Master (Parametric , Linked and Associative) Modeling
  • Design Education - STEM in K-12, University Curriculums, Projects and Activities
  • Design Processes and Tools Such as Managing Teams in A Global Environment
  • Emerging Design Tools Such as Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence
  • Improved Robust Designs Using Multidisciplinary Design Analysis and Optimization (MDAO)
  • Innovative & Creative Designs in Aerospace and Other Areas
  • Knowledge-Based Engineering Applied to Retention and Reuse of Engineering Knowledge and Data
  • Model Based Design Applied to Complex Systems and Structures
Digital Avionics

Please direct questions to: 
Maarten Uijt de Haag, Technical University of Berlin

Papers are sought on all aspects of digital avionics needed for safe and efficient operation of civilian and military aircraft in the national airspace system either manned or unmanned (i.e., UAS). Such systems will require integrated avionics systems both onboard the aerial vehicle and in the NextGen/SESAR air traffic management system. Areas of interest include avionics technologies for: 

  • Air Traffic Management (ATM)
  • Autonomy and Human-Machine Interfaces
  • Avionics Technologies for Safe and Efficient Vehicle Operation in National Airspace
  • Communication, Navigation and Surveillance Systems for Manned and Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  • Ensuring Compliance of Military Aircraft in Civilian Airspace
  • Flight Critical Systems
  • Performance-Based Operations in NextGen and SESAR
  • Safety Impacts of Complex Electronic Hardware
  • Security Aspects of Avionics Systems
  • UAS Traffic Management
Digital Engineering

Please direct questions to: 
Mat French, Rolls-Royce 
Dave Kepczynksi, General Electric 
Natalie Straup, The Boeing Company

With emphasis being placed upon model-based engineering of aerospace systems, the concepts of the Digital System Model, the Digital Thread, and Digital Twin are emerging as a means to organize and control the data, models, and other information in the model-based engineering enterprise. The Digital Thread and Digital Twin, together with a Digital System Model, provide a means to digitally define, model, simulate, and manage a physical system and all its associated engineering models and data. The Digital Thread provides a framework for controlling data, information, and knowledge about a system. The Digital Twin is a multi-physics, multi-scale, probabilistic simulation of the physical system. The DEIC will accelerate the integration of new and existing digital capabilities for improving National competitiveness, security and operational readiness. The DEIC is the 'home' for currently disparate digital activities (e.g. Digital Twin, Digital Thread, ICME, BIG DATA, etc.). The DEIC supports constitutent groups in AIAA for topics related to Digital Engineering. Through DEIC topics, AIAA members can employ in their home organizations methods to simplify maintenance and sustainment activities to reduce product costs, and help create environments to encourage the development of a digital culture.

  • Digital Environment - Provides Digital Twin Context Through Entire Life Cycle 
  • Digital System Model - A Digital Representation of a System Which Defines all Aspects of the System 
  • Digital Thread - Framework of Authoritative Data, Information, and Knowledge to Inform Decisions 
  • Digital Twin - Simulation of an As-Built System to Mirror the Life of its Corresponding Physical Twin 
  • Elements of Digital Engineering - Viewpoints About Aggregation of Elements 
  • Model-Based Engineering - Product and Environment Digital Twin Simulations 
  • Prognostics - Ability to Fly-Forward in Time for Quantitative Assessments Due to Requirement Changes 
  • Sensor Fusion - Cyber/Physical Relationship Between Simulation and Reality 
  • Smart Manufacturing - Digital Twin of Product, Process, and Throughput of Intelligent Machines 
  • Value of Digital Engineering - ROI Associated with Enterprise Level Digital Transformations
Fluid Dynamics

Please direct questions to: 
Albert Medina, Air Force Research Laboratory 
Andreas Gross, New Mexico State University

Technical papers are solicited in the areas of experimental, theoretical, and computational fluid dynamics relevant to aerospace applications, with an emphasis on basic research and development. Applied research and advanced technology development topics will also be considered. Papers that present new insights into the flow physics, address emerging technologies, introduce innovative ideas and techniques, promote interdisciplinary and synergistic research activities, or integrate experimental, computational, and/or theoretical approaches are strongly encouraged. Authors should submit an extended abstract to the most appropriate topic below.

  • Bio-Inspired and Low-Reynolds Number Flows 
  • CFD Methods and Applications 
  • Control-Oriented Modeling of Fluid Flows 
  • Experimental-Computational Efforts in High-Speed FSI 
  • Flow Control: Actuators, Applications, and Flow Physics 
  • Fluid Structure Interactions 
  • Hypersonic and Non-Equilibrium Flows 
  • Instability and Transition 
  • Martian Aerodynamics and other Extraterrestrial Atmospheric Flows 
  • Modal Analysis and Deep Learning for Fluid Flows 
  • Multiphase Flows 
  • RANS/LES/Hybrid Turbulence Modeling and Applications 
  • Turbulent Flows 
  • Vortex Dynamics 
  • Wall-Bounded and Free Shear Flows 
  • Wing-Gust Interactions 
  • Other Topics in Fluid Dynamics
Gas Turbine Engines

Please direct questions to: 
Gaurav Kumar, Convergent Science Inc.
Subith Vasu, University of Central Florida
Mark Ricklick, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Technical papers are solicited in the in the areas relevant to advances in gas turbine engine technology and related fundamental understanding. Gas turbine engines are the primary propulsion system for many air-breathing propulsion applications while land-based gas turbines are widely used for power generation. Papers that present new insight into the understanding and development of gas turbine engines using theoretical, experimental and computational methods will be considered. Papers that address new technical challenges or showcase innovative tools and concepts are strongly encouraged. Primary areas of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Advanced Gas Turbine Engines and Cycles
  • Combustors
  • Compressors and Fans
  • Turbines
  • Other Topics in Gas Turbine Engines
Green Engineering

Please direct questions to: 
Tarek Abdel-Salam, East Carolina University 
Nathan Hicks, The Boeing Company 

The Green Engineering Integration Committee promotes a holistic, systems approach to improved energy efficiency, sustainability, renewable energy and 'cradle-to-cradle' design. Papers are sought from all areas that explore advances in the creation of sustainable energy sources and their usage in the aerospace sector. Topics can include research and in-production technology used to produce renewable energy sources and materials. 

  • Airborne Wind Turbines
  • Airport Electric infrastructures
  • Energy Harvesting
  • Geoengineering including aerosol injection at high altitude
  • Green Energy Grids
  • Hybrid and Green Propulsion
  • Hydrogen Economy
  • Space Solar Power
  • Zero-Emission Power Sources
Ground Testing

Please direct questions to: 
Wesley M. Cobb 
Joe Ramsey, U.S. Navy

Papers are solicited on unclassified topics involving Ground Testing (GT) and includes test techniques (global optical, planar, etc), test instrumentation and Ground Test Facilities (GTF) (new, upgrades, enhancements, capability expansion, etc.) covering all aspects of aerodynamics, propulsion, and space systems using Experimental Fluid Dynamics (EFD) or Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) test techniques for all aerodynamic speed regimes and Reynolds numbers. 

  • Advances in Test Techniques, Test Management, & EFD/CFD Integration 
  • Cost/Time Reduction or Productivity/Management Improvements in GTF 
  • Design/Development/Performance of New/Modified GTF & Subsystems 
  • Development, Application, and Validation of Flow Diagnostics in GTF 
  • Emerging Requirements for GT that Exceed Current EFD/CFD Capabilities 
  • Ground Test, CFD, and Flight Test Integration 
  • Knowledge Capture for GTF and Related Capabilities, Systems or Techniques 
  • Real-Time GTF Control, Data Acquisition, Processing, & Presentation 
  • Test Article Design, Fabrication, & Utilization Improvements in GTF 
  • Unique or Innovative Uses of Existing GTF and Support Systems
Guidance, Navigation, and Control

Please direct questions to: 
John M. Carson III, NASA Johnson Space Center 
Julie J. Parish, Sandia National Laboratories 
Mrinal Kumar, Ohio State University

We invite papers covering all aspects of guidance, navigation, and control (GN&C) of aerospace systems. Papers should describe novel analytical techniques, applications, and technological developments in areas such as: the guidance, navigation, and control of aircraft, spacecraft, launch vehicles, missiles, air and space robots, unmanned/autonomous systems, and other aerospace systems; in-flight system architecture and components; navigation, position, and timing; sensors and data fusion; and multidisciplinary control. Paper selection for GN&C will be based on a full draft manuscript of the proposed technical paper; abstracts will not be accepted. No exceptions will be made. Draft manuscripts and final papers must not exceed a total length of 25 double-spaced pages. If you are a graduate student and would like your paper to be considered for the GN&C Graduate Student Paper Competition, then please see the eligibility and submission information within the supplemental information document. If you are interested in proposing an Invited Session for GN&C, then please see the proposal submission criteria and timeline within the supplemental information document. 

  • Aircraft Guidance, Navigation, and Control
  • Control and Autonomy
  • Distributed and Cooperative Systems 
  • Intelligent/Autonomous Aerial Systems
  • Missile Guidance, Navigation, and Control
  • Navigation, Estimation, Sensing, and Tracking
  • Space Robotic Systems
  • Spacecraft and Launch Guidance, Navigation, and Control
  • Invited Sessions
High-Speed Air-Breathing Propulsion

Please direct questions to:  
Bayindir H. Saracoglu, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics 
Thomas R. Smith, The Boeing Company

The High-Speed Air-Breathing Propulsion Technical Committee solicits papers which address the design, analysis, optimization, testing, and evaluation of technologies and systems that enable supersonic and hypersonic air vehicle propulsion. The key technology areas include but are not limited to ramjet, scramjet and combined cycle engines, inlets, isolators, combustion chambers, nozzles and other enabler components, the design methods and optimization, thermodynamic analysis, the measurement techniques and numerical methods facilitating the interpretation of the physics observed within High-Speed propulsion systems as well as materials, structures and manufacturing methods aiming at construction of the engines.

  • Engine Component Materials, Structures and Manufacturing 
  • Ground or Flight Tests on High-Speed Propulsion Systems 
  • High Fidelity Combustion Modeling for High-Speed Propulsion 
  • High-Speed Inlets, Isolators and Nozzles 
  • Instrumentation, Diagnostics Techniques, and Test Methods 
  • Numerical Analysis of Scramjet Engines 
  • Scramjet and Alternative High-Speed Engine Design, Thermodynamics and Optimization 
  • Special Session: Stratospheric Flying Opportunities for High-Speed Propulsion (STRATOFLY) Project

Please direct questions to:  
Richard Hallion

The Aerospace History Track of the SciTech2020 technical program provides a collaborative opportunity to share historical insight from the aerospace industry, museums, and military and educational institutions by professional and amateur historians. Regional histories include communities, states, or nations. History of organizations and institutions includes schools, laboratories, commercial companies, government entities, research facilities, and museums. AIAA history includes Section or Branch histories, and that of committees, activities, facilities, or people of the institute. Some events of 1920 are the introduction of over a dozen new aircraft; the establishment of an Air Corps/Service/Force in the U.S. Army, Argentine and Peruvian Navies, South Africa, Venezuela, Canada, and Ecuador; with firsts being U.S. transcontinental mail, Royal Air Force Pageant, airplane takes off from a ship in Japan; U.S. Coast Guard Air Station, flight across the Sahara Desert, and inter-island commercial flight in Hawaii.

  • AIAA History 
  • Centennial Events 
  • Histories of Organizations 
  • History of Civil Aviation 
  • History of General Aviation (Light Planes, Biz Planes, etc.) 
  • History of Rotorcraft 
  • Regional Histories 
  • Space History
Information and Command and Control Systems

Please direct questions to:  
Jimmie McEver, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory 
Mike Sotak, Kratos Defense 
Ali Raz, Purdue University

Information and Command and Control Systems (IC2S) provide end-to-end solutions for decision making via integration of distributed and heterogeneous sets of systems, resources, processes, and policies. IC2S applications are seen in a variety of domains, including both military and commercial applications. For example, in a military context, IC2S may provide operations personnel, warfighters, and decision makers with a common operating picture (COP) of the battlefield, decision aids and synchronization mechanisms; similarly, in a commercial context, IC2S may enable management of air transportation systems or establish space situational awareness by tracking satellites and debris. Papers are sought in the area of a "system of systems" perspective on both military and civilian information and command and control systems, including complex systems approaches. Primary areas of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Applications of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to Command and Control Problems 
  • Autonomy in Command and Control Systems 
  • Command and Control in Space: Satellite or Manned Spacecraft Operations 
  • Cybersecurity and Cyber Situational Awareness in Command and Control Systems 
  • Human-Machine Teaming in Command and Control Contexts 
  • Information Fusion and Processing in Large-Scale Complex Systems 
  • Military and Civilian Applications of Command and Control Systems 
  • Multi-Domain Command and Control for Integrating Space, Air, Ground, and Cyber Systems 
  • Modeling and Simulation of Command and Control Systems 
  • Instrumentation, Measurement and Assessment of Command and Control Capabilities 
  • C2 for Extreme Time Pressure Environments (e.g., Hypersonics, Cyber Attack/defense) 
  • Situational Awareness and Visualization of Command and Control Information 
  • Other Topics in Information and Command and Control Systems
Inlets, Nozzles, and Propulsion Systems Integration

Please direct questions to: 
Darrell Crowe, Air Force Research Laboratory 
Durrell Rittenberg, Siemens

Modern and future airframe design concepts, engine technologies have system level requirements that require an effective integration of different aspects such as inlets, nozzle and propulsion system components. This has increased interest in recent years for research that helps understand and improve propulsion system design for efficient overall aircraft performance and operability. This interest expands into secondary systems and thermal systems for space vehicles as well thereby broadening the scope for research into system integration technologies. Papers sought are in the areas of:

  • Aircraft Electrical Propulsion for Aircraft & UAV 
  • Auxiliary Power Units Design and Operation 
  • Integration of Secondary Power and/or Cooling Systems and Impact on Performance 
  • Jet Related Aerodynamic Mixing and Redirecting 
  • Nozzles, Ejectors, Mixing Nozzle and Other Exhaust Systems 
  • Propulsion Aerodynamics with Computational Fluid Dynamics; Component Optimization 
  • Propulsor and Component Design for Air-Breathing Electrical Propulsion Systems 
  • Subsonic, Supersonic and Hypersonic Inlets; Serpentine Inlets 
  • Thermal Management Aspects of Propulsion System Performance 
  • Thrust Reversers, Ejectors, and Other Exhaust Systems
Intelligent Systems

Please direct questions to: 
Julie A. Shah, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
Tansel Yucelen, University of South Florida

Submissions are sought in all areas of application of Intelligent System (IS) technologies and methods to aerospace systems, the verification and validation of these systems, and the education of AIAA membership in the use of IS technologies in aerospace and other technical disciplines. Systems of interest include both military and commercial aerospace systems and those ground systems that are part of test, development, or operations of aerospace systems. Technologies that enable autonomy (i.e. safe and reliable operation with minimal or no human intervention) as well as collaborative human-machine teaming in complex aerospace systems/sub-systems are of interest. These include, but are not limited to: autonomous and expert systems; discrete planning/scheduling algorithms; intelligent data/image processing, learning, and adaptation techniques; data fusion and reasoning; and knowledge engineering. Extended abstracts of at least 5 pages will be accepted in the topic areas below

  • Adaptive and Intelligent Control Systems 
  • Autonomy 
  • Cybersecurity in Aerospace Systems 
  • Human-Automation Interaction 
  • Learning, Reasoning, and Data-Driven Systems 
  • Probabilistic and Rule-Based Systems 
  • Systems Health Management (SHM)
  • Invited Session

Please direct questions to:  
Evan Pineda, NASA 
Jessica Piness, Northrop Grumman

Within the field of materials, papers are sought on topics related to current, cutting-edge research and development with both aerospace and non-aerospace applications. Submissions are encouraged in topic areas such as modeling, synthesis, processing, testing, and characterization. Application papers may include (non)structural, adaptive, smart, and renewable materials. Special focus includes multifunctional materials, constitutive models, manufacturing process models, material property models, novel experimental methods, coatings and protective materials, optimization, trade studies, lifecycle studies, affordability, inspection, repair, maintenance, and environmental impact. Papers on experimental and analytical methods leading to understanding of mechanical performance, environmental sensitivity, fatigue and fracture, time- and rate-dependent behavior, durability, damage tolerance, aging, and in-service performance are included. Emphasis will be given to emerging technologies, such as nanostructured materials, materials for extreme environments and hypersonics, multidimensional composites, cryogenic materials, advanced fiber forms, polymers, metallics, ceramics, lightweight and super-lightweight materials, multifunctional materials and integration of material models into the product development process.

  • Additive Manufacturing (joint with NDA and Structures) 
  • Applications of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to Problems in Structures and Materials (joint with Structures) 
  • Enabling Next-Generation Materials 
  • Fatigue and Fracture 
  • ICME: Integrating Composite Manufacturing Modeling with Design 
  • Materials for Hypersonic Applications and Extreme Environments 
  • Multifunctional Materials 
  • Multiscale and Multi-Physics Modeling 
  • Nanostructured Materials 
  • Testing and Characterization
Meshing, Visualization, and Computational Environments

Please direct questions to: 
Nick Wyman, Pointwise, Inc. 
Saikat Dey, U.S. Navy Research Laboratory

The MVCE TC solicits papers describing tools and techniques that facilitate the simulation of real-world problems in all areas of computational field modeling and simulation, including all parts of the pre- and post-processing toolchains, as well as software tools, frameworks and environments for improving the integration of the end-to-end simulation process. Application areas of interest cover the full spectrum of aerospace simulations , including computational fluid dynamics (CFD), computational aeroacoustics (CAA), computational solid mechanics (CSM), and computational electromagnetics (CEM).

  • Applied Meshing for Real-World and AIAA Workshop Applications 
  • Efficient Management and Analysis of Very Large Data Sets in a Distributed Computing Environment 
  • Geometry Modeling for Meshing and Simulation 
  • Geometry-Consistent Curvilinear Mesh Generation for High-Order Methods 
  • Grid Quality Metrics Related to Solution Accuracy 
  • In Situ/In-Transit Computational Environments for Visualization and Data Analytics 
  • Integration Techniques and Frameworks to Support Unified Multidisciplinary and Multi-Scale Models 
  • Meshing Techniques for Moving and/or Deforming Configurations 
  • Solution Adaptive Meshing, Error Estimation, and Uncertainty Quantification Techniques 
  • Surface and Volume Mesh Generation Methods for Structured, Unstructured, or Overset Meshes 
  • Visualization, Including Feature Detection and Knowledge Extraction and Capture
Modeling and Simulation Technologies

Please direct questions to: 
James B. Pettengill, The Boeing Company 
Peter M. T. Zaal, San Jose University / NASA Ames Research Center

Modeling and Simulation Technologies seeks papers on the latest findings in the development and application of modeling and simulation particularly related to flight simulator technologies. Areas of interest are rotary-wing and fixed-wing human-in-the-loop simulation, development of full-flight simulators, human factors, air traffic management, unmanned aerial systems training and operations, and space vehicle dynamics. Although the discipline is broad in scope, submissions with a link to development, utilization, and enhancement of flight simulator technologies, including human-in-the-loop and hardware-in-the-loop studies, will be given preference. Submissions relating to exclusive disciplines without an obvious link to flight simulator technologies are more appropriate for other disciplines. For more information, click Additional Details.

  • Augmented and Virtual Reality in Flight Simulation
  • Design, Development, Testing, and Validation of Human-in-the-Loop Simulations 
  • Human Factors, Perception, and Cueing 
  • Human-in-the-Loop Simulation of Air Traffic Management 
  • Human-in-the-Loop Simulation of Uninhabited Aerial Systems 
  • Model and Simulation Integration 
  • Model-Based Design and X-in-the-Loop Simulation 
  • Modeling and Simulation for Certification and Qualification 
  • Modeling and Simulation of Air and Space Vehicle Dynamics, Systems, and Environments 
  • Motion Systems, Visual Systems, and Image Generation 
  • Multidisciplinary Modeling and Simulation Across Domains
  • Simulation-Based Software Development and Verification
Multidisciplinary Design Optimization

Please direct questions to: 
Josh Deaton, Air Force Research Laboratory 
Seongim Choi, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

The Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Technical Committee is soliciting papers concerning the development of optimization approaches that bridge engineering disciplines, supporting technologies/methods, and their application to the design of engineering components and systems for improved performance and reduced costs. Submissions are welcome from members of academia, government, and industry showcasing the latest advances in this rapidly evolving field. Joint sessions will be coordinated with multiple TCs to showcase applications of MDO technologies in their disciplines including the Applied Aerodynamics TC (aerodynamic shape optimization), Structural Dynamics TC (dynamic aeroelasticity) , Structures TC (structural and composite optimization), and the Non-Deterministic Approaches TC (design under uncertainty). A new joint session with the NDA TC is also being organized for topics in physics-informed machine learning for design.

  • Aerodynamic Design Optimization 
  • Application of MDO for Vehicle Design 
  • Emerging Methods, Algorithms, and Software Development in MDO 
  • MDO/Sensitivity Analysis with Aeroelasticity/Fluid-Structure Interaction 
  • Metamodeling and Approximation Methods 
  • Optimization/Design Under Uncertainty 
  • Shape and Topology Optimization 
  • Structural Optimization, Composite Material Design, Optimization with Multiscale Modeling 
  • Special Session: AFRL's EXPEDITE MDAO Program 
  • Special Session: Managing Multiple Information Sources of Multi-Physics Systems (NDA/MDO) 
  • Special Session: Physics-Informed Machine Learning for Design
Non-Deterministic Approaches

Please direct questions to: 
Benjamin Smarslok, Air Force Research Laboratory 
Thomas West, NASA Langley Research Center

Non-Deterministic Approaches are technologies aimed at understanding and managing the variations and uncertainties inherent in the design, production, and operation of physical systems. These technologies include computational and experimental methods to quantify uncertainty, propagate uncertainty in complex physical systems, design systems under uncertainty, and estimate the reliability and performance of these systems for confident decision making. Participants in NDA sessions discuss both the development of new methods for solving these problems, and the application of non-deterministic approaches to problems of interest to the aerospace community. Student submissions are welcome and encouraged for competition for The Southwest Research Institute Student Paper Award in Non-Deterministic Approaches. For more information, click Additional Details.

  • ICME: Uncertainty Quantification and V&V for Computational Materials (joint with NDA/MAT)
  • Model Calibration, Verification, and Validation
  • Model Order Reduction & Surrogate Modeling
  • Optimization Under Uncertainty (joint with NDA/MDO)
  • Physics-Informed Machine Learning: Methods & Applications (joint with NDA/MDO)
  • Probabilistic Methods for Structural Health Management
  • Reliability Analysis Methods and Applications
  • Uncertainty Analysis for Additive Manufacturing
  • Uncertainty Quantification and Management
  • Uncertainty Quantification for the Digital Twin/Thread
  • Special Session: Advancements on Uncertainty Analysis for Wind Energy Applications (joint with NDA/WE)
  • Special Session: Managing Multiple Information Sources of Multi-Physics Systems (joint with NDA/MDO)
Plasmadynamics and Lasers

Please direct questions to: 
Chris Limbach, Texas A&M University 
Carrie Noren, Air Force Research Laboratory

Papers are solicited describing experimental, computational, theoretical, or applied research and development in the areas of plasmadynamics and lasers with application to aerospace systems. Efforts combining contemporary theoretical/computational analyses with experimental verification/validation and which represent notable advancements in the aerospace sciences are especially encouraged. Special consideration will be given to works reporting milestone R&D and/or engineering achievements related to aerospace system application of plasma and laser technologies. Survey papers on the current state of the art and historical perspectives are also desired. Works on femtosecond and short-pulsed laser physics and applications are especially encouraged.

  • Astronautical and Space Plasmas (Rarefied Plasma Flow, Space Plasmas, Dusty Plasmas, etc.)
  • Computational Methods for Plasma (Particle Simulation, MHK, EM, Parallel Computing Algorithms, etc.)
  • Diagnostics and Experimental Techniques (Laser, Aero-Optics, Flow Characterization, Lab Simulation)
  • Laser and Plasma Physics (Laser Plasmas, Basic Processes, Plasma Surface Interaction, MHD, etc.)
  • Laser-Enabled Plasma Interactions for Aerodynamics and Combustion
  • Physics of Weakly Ionized Plasma (Nonequilibrium Plasma Formation, Discharges, E-Beams)
  • Plasma Actuators (Vortex Generators, Microactuators, Nanosecond Pulse, Novel Designs)
  • Plasma Aerodynamics (Flow Control, Chemical Kinetics, Discharge/Shock Propagation, Ionized Gas Flow)
  • Plasma and Laser Propulsion (Thrusters, Processes, Beamed Energy, Spacecraft Interactions)
  • Plasma Assisted Combustion and Ignition (Pulsed Plasma, DBDs, Microwave and Laser Plasmas, Kinetics)
Pressure Gain Combustion

Please direct questions to: 
Kareem Ahmed, University of Central Florida

Papers are sought that are pertinent to the development and application of Pressure Gain Combustion (PGC) to propulsion and power systems. PGC covers any periodic process producing work through confinement during heat release. Relevant subtopic areas include: Physics Modeling and Exploration covering fundamental investigations of detonation physics and chemistry, deflagration-to-detonation transition (DDT), detonation dynamics, constant or confined volume combustion, propellant injection and mixing, characterization of PGC loss mechanisms and heat transfer analyses. Component and Subsystem Design and Evaluation covering evaluations of PGC subsystems such as ignition, cooling, propellant injection, modeling validation activities and trade studies for subsystem optimization. Applications and System Integration describing terrestrial, atmospheric or in-space applications of PGC devices, innovative configurations and concepts, studies and considerations for system integration as well as generalized performance estimates. Measurement and Diagnostic Techniques examining proposed, or experimental instrumentation and data collection approaches for PGC systems. Combustor Testing, Operability and Performance covering proposed or existing empirical efforts or facilities intended to explore PGC device stability, operating range, propellant condition sensitivity, exit flow conditions, etc.

  • Applications and System Integration
  • Combustor Testing, Operability, and Performance
  • Component and Subsystem Design and Evaluation
  • Measurement and Diagnostic Techniques
  • Physics Modeling and Exploration
Propellants and Combustion

Please direct questions to: 
Adam Steinberg, Georgia Institute of Technology 

Papers are sought that describe experimental, numerical, theoretical, and/or applied results in all areas of relevance to the combustion of propellants in aerospace systems. Submissions are encouraged from academia, government, and industry. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Advanced Combustion and Propellant Concepts
  • Combustion Chemistry
  • Combustion Diagnostics
  • Combustion Dynamics
  • Combustion Modeling and Simulation
  • Detonations, Explosions, and Supersonic Combustion
  • Fuel, Propellants, and Energetic Materials
  • Laminar and Turbulent Flames
  • Rocket and Air-Breathing Combustion
  • Spray and Droplet Combustion
  • Other Topics in Propellants and Combustion
Sensor Systems and Information Fusion

Please direct questions to: 
Kent R. Engebretson, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Papers are sought that address theoretical, analytical, simulated, experimental, or implementation results related to aerospace applications for sensor systems, information and sensor fusion, and autonomous resource management. Advances in the fusion of sensor networks, cooperative sensing, autonomy, and multi-system collaboration are of particular interest.

  • Advanced Sensor Data Processing Techniques
  • Applications of Sensor and Information Fusion
  • Autonomy and/or Collaboration
  • Developing Trust in Autonomous Systems
  • Fusion or Integration of Networked Sensors or Systems
  • Human Interface with Complex or Autonomous Systems
  • Identification, Situation Awareness, and Sensemaking
  • Multi-Sensor Field/Flight Experiment Planning, Implementation, and Analyses
  • Novel Sensors for Aerospace Applications
  • Sensor/Resource Management
Small Satellites

Please direct questions to: 
Jeremy Straub, North Dakota State University

Small spacecraft are gaining in prevalence. This technical area includes technologies for small spacecraft and their use for scientific, remote sensing, government, military and other missions. Also included are relevant supporting areas such as education and workforce development activities which are specific to small satellites.

  • 10 kg - 75 kg Spacecraft
  • Chip/Board SATS
  • CubeSats and PocketQubes
  • Education, Workforce Development and Public Outreach
  • Government and Military Missions
  • Science Missions
  • Small Satellite Remote Sensing
  • Supporting Technologies (Automation, Propulsion, ADCS, etc.)
  • Technology Demonstration Missions
  • University-Class Spacecraft
Society and Aerospace Technology

Please direct questions to: 
Matthew Kuester, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 
Amir Gohardani, International Rectifier HiRel Products

The Society and Aerospace Technology Integration and Outreach Committee (SAT IOC) promotes activities linked to AIAA's mission to inspire and advance the future of aerospace for the benefit of humanity. The SAT IOC is soliciting papers that examine the societal benefits of aerospace technologies/products, as well as the relationship between aerospace and society, culture, and the arts. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Astrosociology
  • Group Dynamics & Societal Institutions in Isolated Communities (Space Settlements, Antarctica)
  • Influences of Aerospace Technology on Popular Culture (Art, Literature, Movies/TV, & Music)
  • Influences of Popular Culture on Aerospace Technology (i.e. Science Fiction as Inspiration for R&D)
  • Psychology, Social Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, and Political Science Aspects of Aerospace
  • Societal Consequences of United States and/or International Aerospace Policy
  • Societal Impacts of Aerospace Technology and Their Spin-Offs
  • Societal Issues Involving the Use of Aerospace Technologies (UAS, Satellite Imagery, etc.)
  • Sociology and Social Psychology of Aerospace Teams
  • Other Topics in Society and Aerospace Technology

Please direct questions to: 
Jim Murphy, NASA

Papers are sought in the area of software and software-intense systems for aircraft or aerospace applications. Specific interest areas include software related aspects of: requirements management, verification and validation, certification and accreditation, architecture considerations, modeling, domain specific languages, formal methods, run-time monitoring, safety and cybersecurity, automation and autonomy. We are accepting industry papers and case studies as well as academic papers. We will bring together experts at the intersection of aerospace and computer science with the goal of fostering innovation and discussion across the divide between the two academic communities. Extended abstracts will be accepted in the following topic areas. For more information, click Additional Details.

  • Model-Based Testing, Formal Methods, Run-Time Monitoring
  • Software Challenges in Aerospace
  • Software Modeling and Architecture Considerations
  • Software Reuse, Use of Open Source, COTS
  • Software Safety, Software Reliability and Failsafe Software Systems
  • Software Verification and Validation, Certification Aspects for Aerospace Applications
Space Exploration

Please direct questions to: 
Surendra Sharma, NASA 
Chris Moore, NASA

The Space Exploration track spans mission architectures, advanced technologies, and flight systems to enable robotic precursor and human exploration missions to the moon, Lagrange points, Near Earth Objects (NEOs), and Mars and its moons, and space infrastructure. Abstracts are being solicited on the following topics:

  • Enabling Tech: Advanced Propulsion, Cryogenic Propellant Storage and Transfer
  • EVA Tech; Advanced Robotics; Autonomous Systems and Avionics; Light Weight Structures and Materials
  • Flight Systems: Critical Capability Demos, Crew Exploration Vehicles and In-Space Transportation
  • In-Space Infrastructure: Habitation Modules, Propellant Depots, In-Space Transportation, Power, Communications
  • ISS as an Analog for Long-Duration Missions, and as a Test Bed for Technologies
  • Life Support; Radiation Shielding; Entry, Descent, and Landing Technology
  • Mission Architectures: Studies, Systems Analysis, and Operational Scenarios for Human Exploration
  • Robotic Precursor Missions to Characterize Space Environments and Scouting Missions
Space Flight Mechanics

Please direct questions to: 
Jennifer Hudson, Western Michigan University 
Stefano Campagnola, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

Manuscripts are solicited on topics related to space flight mechanics and astrodynamics, including but not necessarily limited to the following topics.

  • Artificial Intelligence in Space Flight Mechanics
  • Asteroid and Non-Earth Orbiting Missions
  • Attitude Dynamics, Determination and Control
  • Dynamical Systems Theory Applied to Space Flight Problems
  • Dynamics and Control of Large Space Structures and Tethers
  • Low-Thrust Trajectory Design and Optimization
  • Orbit Determination and Estimation Theory
  • Orbital Dynamics, Perturbations, and Stability
  • Rendezvous, Relative Motion, Proximity Missions, and Formation Flying
  • Space Situational Awareness (SSA), Conjunction Analysis (CA), and Collision Avoidance
  • Space Trajectory Design and Optimization
  • Other Topics in Space Flight Mechanics
Space Operations and Support

Please direct questions to: 
Jillian Redfern, Southwest Research Institute 
Christopher Simpson, The University of Alabama

Space Operations and Support includes all aspects of space operations from low-earth and geosynchronous orbit, to lunar and planetary environments as well as supporting ground systems. It also provides an opportunity to discuss recent research findings, newly proposed concepts, and applied demonstrations emerging from space operations. Papers in this technical discipline will explore the unique technology and challenges in operating orbital missions.

  • Automation and Autonomy
  • Innovations in Mission Financing
  • International Standardization
  • Legal Obstacles to Expanded Orbital Operations
  • Mitigation of Risk from Orbital Debris
  • On-Orbit Servicing
  • Reducing Spacecraft Total Cost of Ownership including Small and Nano-Satellites
  • Reusable Launch Vehicles
  • Security
  • Simplified Mission Communications
Spacecraft Structures

Please direct questions to: 
Hazem Soliman, SOLIENG, Inc. 
Velibor Cormarkovic, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

Spacecraft Structures provides an opportunity to discuss recent research findings, newly proposed concepts and applied demonstrations emerging from spacecraft technology. The Spacecraft Structures Technical Committee is focused on the unique challenges associated with structural systems that operate in a space-based environment. This discipline is specifically focused on the challenges of design, analysis, fabrication and testing of those lightweight structural systems that must be ground tested in a simulated zero-gravity condition, and are subjected to launch loads, deployment loads, and the space environment. Papers are invited in a broad range of areas from academia, government and industry.

  • High Strain Composite Materials and Structures
  • Inflatable Space Structures
  • Membrane and Soft Goods Mechanics and Dynamics
  • Solar Sails, Solar Shields, and Other Tentioned Membranes
  • Spacecraft Antennas, Reflectors, and Other Optical Apertures
  • Spacecraft Booms and Trusses and Testing of Lightweight Spacecraft Structures
  • Spacecraft Structures Test, Analysis, and Correlation
Structural Dynamics

Please direct questions to: 
Eric L. Blades, ATA Engineering, Inc. 
Nathan J. Falkiewicz, MIT Lincoln Laboratory

The field of structural dynamics covers the study of response, stability, control, and adaptation of aerospace structures exposed to a wide variety of external/internal excitations. Such excitations can arise from the coupling of multiple disciplines such as aerodynamics, thermodynamics, acoustics, control and flight mechanics; interactions among multiple components such as wings, rotors, pylons, airframe, engines and drive systems; and high intensity external disturbances such as gusts, acoustics, shocks, impact, or thermally-induced loads in the vehicle operational environments. Papers are invited which report on fundamental understandings of such phenomena, development of new analytical, computational, and experimental methods for their prediction and analysis, and innovative methodologies for the design, development and deployment of advanced technology of structures and components that exploit or mitigate them. The following list identifies the broad topics of interest but is not intended to be all-inclusive. Please submit abstracts to the topic that best covers your research or to "Other Topics in Structural Dynamics" if your research is outside the scope of the list. For more information, click Additional Details.

  • Aeroelastic and Dynamic Challenges of Rotorcraft and Nonconventional Vertical Lift Configurations
  • Aerothermoelastic Challenges of Hypersonic Vehicles
  • Computational Aero-, Servo-, Thermo-Elasticity: High Fidelity Methods & Reduced-Order Modeling
  • Computational Methods, Techniques, & Reduced Order Modeling
  • Dynamic Loads, Response, Vibration, and Stability of Aerospace Vehicles
  • Dynamic Testing, Test Techniques, Sensors and Actuators, Modal Analysis, System Identification
  • Experimental-Computational Efforts in High-Speed FSI
  • Flutter, Limit Cycle Oscillations, and Ground/Air Resonance
  • Large-Deformation Nonlinear Dynamics, Flexible Multibody Dynamics, Contact/Constraint Modeling
  • Launch Vehicle and Spacecraft Loads and Environments Definition
  • Model Uncertainties and Uncertainty Quantification in Structural Dynamic and Aeroelastic Problems
  • Structural Dynamic Modeling of Beams, Cables, Membranes, Plates, and Shells
  • Structural Health Monitoring and Prognosis
  • Vehicle and Component Response to Gust, Acoustics, Shocks, Impact, and Thermal Loads
  • Vibration & Vibroacoustic Control, Isolation, Stability Augmentation, Energy Harvesting, & Damping
  • Other Topics in Structural Dynamics
  • Special Sessions in Structural Dynamics

Please direct questions to: 
Vipul Ranatunga, Air Force Research Laboratory 
Zhenning Hu, The Boeing Company

The Structures Technical Discipline includes topics which cover structural design, analysis and testing of aircraft and spacecraft vehicles, composed of metallic, composite or hybrid materials. Four joint technical committee sessions are planned in 2020; ICME: Additive Manufacturing Modeling, Aeroelasticity and Stability of Composite Structures, Applications of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to Problems in Structures and Materials, and Model Validation and Uncertainty Quantification. One Special Session Honoring Dr. Mostafa Rassaian is organized to recognize his contributions to structures and structural dynamics research. For more information, click Additional Information.

  • Aeroelasticity and Stability of Composite Structures (joint with STR/SD)
  • Aircraft Structural Design, Test and Optimization
  • Applications of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to Problems in Structures and Materials (joint with STR/MAT)
  • Characterization and Failure Prediction of Composite Structures
  • Composite Interlaminar Enhancement Methods and Modeling
  • Design, Analysis, and Certification of Additive Structures
  • Historical Lessons Learned and Advances in Structural Applications
  • ICME: Additive Manufacturing Modeling (joint with STR/MAT/NDA/MDO/SE)
  • Innovative Concepts in Aircraft Structures
  • Model Validation and Uncertainty Quantification (joint with STR/NDA)
  • Multifunctional Structures
  • NASA ACC Special Session
  • Special Session Honoring Dr. Mostafa Rassaian
  • Stability and Failure of Structures
  • Structural Joints and Repairs
  • Testing and Analysis of Impact Damage

Please direct questions to:  
William Schonberg, Missouri University of Science & Technology 
Steven Broussard, The Boeing Company 
Andrew Lingenfelter, Air Force Institute of Technology

The Survivability Technical Committee (SURTC) promotes the research and development of new technologies that define the state-of-the-art in survivability. Aerospace survivability is the capability of a system to avoid or withstand a hostile environment (man-made or otherwise). Therefore, the aerospace survivability discipline forms part of the systems engineering process and is affected by all other engineering disciplines, such as materials (e.g., space debris protection), structures (e.g., rugged structure), flight controls (e.g., self-repairing flight controls), aerodynamics (maneuverability/agility), and propulsion (e.g., stealth). The SURTC is looking to the future as game changers emerge and revolutionize the discipline. The Committee is seeking articles that address aerospace system survivability as listed below, with particular interest on advanced materials and structures for survivability.

  • Additive Manufacturing and Survivability (e.g., Improved/Faster Battle-Damage Repairs)
  • Aerospace Survivability and The Cyberspace/Information Domain
  • Aerospace System Safety, Protection, and Health Monitoring
  • Autonomy and Survivability (e.g., Survivability of Autonomous Agents, Adaptive Survivability)
  • General Survivability
  • Materials for Survivability (joint with Materials)
  • Orbital Debris Avoidance, Protection, and Space Survivability
  • Structures for Survivability (joint with Structures)
  • Survivability Against Directed Energy Weapons
  • Survivability Game Changers: Emerging Technological Solutions that Will Revolutionize Survivability
Systems Engineering

Please direct questions to:  
John C. Hsu, California State University Long Beach

Papers in all areas of systems engineering (SE) are encouraged. All types of papers will be considered, including case studies, developmental work and technical analysis. Topics include but are not limited to systems engineering processes, systems engineering applications, integrated disciplines and technology, modelling and simulation, systems engineering education and research, systems engineering life cycle analysis/processes and systems effectiveness; and future trends and predictions in systems engineering, including but not limited to system-of-systems engineering, complex systems, sociotechnical engineering, resilience engineering, and lean systems engineering, etc.

  • Lean Systems Engineering
  • Resilience Systems Theory and Methodology
  • Sociotechnical Engineering
  • System Integration and Design
  • System-of-Systems Engineering Theory and Methods; The Digital Thread and Digital Twin
  • Systems Engineering Applications
  • Systems Engineering Education and Research
  • Systems Engineering Life Cycle
  • Systems Engineering Modeling Language and Methodology
  • Systems Engineering Processes and Methods
  • Systems Simulation Modeling
  • Systems Verification and Validation
Terrestrial Energy

Please direct questions to: 
S.A. Sherif, University of Florida 
Tarek Abdel-Salem, East Carolina University

The Terrestrial Energy Systems Committee is sponsoring sessions on the use of aerospace technology in ground-power and energy systems. Papers are solicited on development and application of technology common to the aerospace and energy communities. Experimental, computational, and theoretical papers dealing with fundamentals and applied energy conversion technologies such as energy storage systems, industrial gas turbines, solar energy, wind energy, in-situ energy generation and coal will be considered for presentation.

  • Clean and Alternative Fuels
  • Combustion Modeling, Measurements and Control
  • Energy Storage Systems
  • Energy-Power System Efficiency and Economics
  • Gasification and Related Technologies
  • Industrial Gas Turbines
  • In-Situ Space Energy Generation Systems
  • Renewable Energy Systems: Wind, Bio, Hydro, Geothermal, Solar, and Others
  • Thermal and Fluid Behavior in Power Systems

Please direct questions to: 
William Tsai, CSU Maritime Academy 
Ryan Gosse, Raytheon

The Thermophysics Technical Committee solicits extended abstracts of proposed papers on topics in thermophysics and heat transfer. Papers are solicited on topics related to all aspects of thermal energy, heat transfer, and their related aerospace applications. Contributions based on analytical, numerical, and/or experimental studies are welcomed as well as timely survey and review articles. Scientific and technical contributions are emphasized, rather than status reports on work in progress. Student submissions are strongly encouraged. Special sessions are also welcome--please contact Technical Discipline Chairs. Areas of specific interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Aerothermodynamics, Thermal Protection Systems and Ablation
  • Cryogenics and Cryogenic Systems
  • Droplets, Jets, Sprays, Heat Pipes, Thermosiphons, and Two-Phase Heat Transfer
  • Emerging Technologies in Thermophysics (e.g. Applying Additive Manufacturing or Machine Learning)
  • Experimental and Computational Non-Equilibrium Flows and Radiation
  • Heat Transfer Enhancement and Energy Harvesting
  • Micro- and Nano-Scale Heat Transfer
  • Microgravity based Heat Transfer, Multidisciplinary Modeling and Simulation
  • Theoretical, Experimental and Computational Heat Transfer
  • Thermal Management and Control in Aircraft and Spacecraft: Devices and Applications
  • Transport and Thermophysical Properties
  • Other Topics in Thermophysics
Unique and Transformational Flight

Please direct questions to: 
Anthony Linn
Michael Patterson, NASA

Technical papers are requested relating to advanced manned or unmanned concepts, On-Demand Mobility or other emergent aviation market studies, electric propulsion integration and component technologies, autonomous/self-flying aircraft, simplified aircraft/vehicle operation. Papers are also requested on any topic of interest relative to V/ESTOL (vertical or extremely short takeoff and landing) aircraft including design, analysis and test, regardless of propulsion system type.

  • Acoustical Properties of Electric Aircraft
  • Advanced/Transformational Aircraft Concepts
  • Autonomous Flight Controls Including Those for UAS, Ride Quality, Noise Reduction
  • Electric Propulsion Integration and Component Technologies for Flight
  • Energy Capture and Storage Technologies (PV, Ultra-Capacitors, Batteries, etc.)
  • On-Demand Mobility and Urban Air Mobility, Emergent Aviation Market Studies
  • Transformational System Design, Development, Analysis, Materials, Operations and Support
  • UAS technologies applicable to manned aircraft and simplified operations
  • V/ESTOL Aircraft Design, Aircraft Analysis and Aircraft Ground Test and/or Flight Test
Unmanned Systems

Please direct questions to:  
Greg Larson
Michael Logan, NASA Langley Research Center

Papers are sought that address autonomy and unmanned systems related technologies and their applications with a focus on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), but inclusive to other unmanned system types such as self-driving automobiles. Technical papers focused upon the systems enabling the safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace system (NAS) and international civil airspaces are of particular interest. Other topics such as unique applications of UAS, UAS design, UAS guidance navigation and control, UAS autonomy and path planning, urban operations, detect and avoid technologies, utilization of unmanned systems in engineering education, certification and design assurance of unmanned systems, human-machine interfaces, etc. Initial extended abstract should be at least 1000 words, define the research problem, background, approach, and summarize plan for full paper.

  • Design of Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  • Detect and Avoid Technologies for UAS
  • Historical Perspectives on Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  • Human-Machine Interfaces for Unmanned Systems
  • Interaction of Software Assurance and Risk Assessment Based Operation of UAS
  • Safety Certification, Airworthiness, and Software Assurance of Unmanned Systems
  • UAS Guidance, Navigation, and Control
  • Unmanned System Automation and Verification-and-Validation of Automated Systems
  • Unmanned Systems and Enabling Technologies for Urban Operation
  • Unmanned Systems Enabling Engineering Education
  • Unmanned Systems Mission Management, Coordination, Planning, and Autonomy
Wind Energy

Please direct questions to:  
Eliot Quon, National Renewable Energy Laboratory 
Myra Blaylock, Sandia National Laboratories

Wind Energy papers covering a broad range of topics related to onshore and offshore wind-turbine and wind-plant technology. Technical areas of interest include aerodynamics, acoustics, aeroelasticity, structural dynamics, fatigue and extreme loads, design, performance optimization and control, uncertainty quantification, atmospheric inflow, innovative concepts, materials, manufacturing, testing, sensors, health monitoring, and reliability. We will also be seeking submissions for joint sessions with Applied Aerodynamics, Structural Dynamics, and Non-Deterministic Approaches (e.g., for uncertainty quantification). Individuals with rotary wing and uncertainty analysis expertise are encouraged to submit to these sessions--please see the addendum for more information. The ASME Wind Energy Technical Committee will be considering all submissions for the Wind Energy Best Paper Award, as described in the addendum. Extended abstracts in the specific areas listed below must have a minimum of 1000 words to demonstrate potential for full paper submission, but should not exceed 10 pages. For more information, click Additional Details.

  • Aeroelasticity, Structural Dynamics, and Loads Prediction
  • Atmospheric Physics and Inflow
  • Blade Aerodynamics and Aeroacoustics
  • Blade Structural Mechanics
  • Innovations and Novel Concepts
  • Materials, Manufacturing, and Structural Testing
  • Offshore Wind, including Floating Platforms
  • Sensors, Health Monitoring, and Reliability
  • Wake Physics, Modeling, and Experimentation
  • Wind Plant Performance Optimization and Control
  • Wind Turbine Design, Optimization, and Control
  • Special Session: Advancements on Uncertainty Analysis for Wind Energy Applications
  • Special Session: Wind Turbine/Rotorcraft/Propeller Multi-Physics Modeling Approaches

The following Student Paper Competitions are being held in conjunction with the Forum:

Aerospace Design and Structures

Please direct questions to: Zahra Sotoudeh

To be considered for one of the student paper awards within the Aerospace Design and Structures Group, students must submit their abstract to one of the following areas:

  • Adaptive Structures
  • Design Engineering
  • Materials
  • Multidisciplinary Design Optimization
  • Non-Deterministic Approaches
  • Spacecraft Structures
  • Structural Dynamics
  • Structures
  • Survivability
  • Systems Engineering

Authorship: Student papers should report on work primarily conducted by students in collaboration with their faculty advisors; therefore, all primary/presenting authors of papers submitted for consideration in the Student Paper Competition must be students at the time of abstract submission. The first author of the paper must remain the same between the abstract, final paper, and presentation. Up to two non-student co-authors are allowed. 

Presentation: At conference, the presentation must be given by the primary author of the paper.

Extended Abstract: Student abstracts must be extended abstracts that follow the rules outlined in this Call For Papers. When submitting to the abstract submission website, select “Student Paper Competition”as the paper type. Semi-finalists will be chosen based on an evaluation of the extended abstracts. The results of the semi-final round will not be made public. 

Deadline: Student manuscripts must be uploaded to the manuscript submission website by 23:59hrs Eastern Time USE (EST-USA) on 1 November 2019 (this is earlier than the deadline for regular technical papers). Students who miss this November deadline will be removed from the student paper competition. Also, Students who upload a revised paper after 1 November 2019, 23:59hrs Eastern Time and before 5 November 2019, 00:00hrs Eastern Time will be removed from the student paper competition. Students who meet the student paper deadline may upload revisions from November 2019, 00:00hrs Eastern until the regular conference paper deadline, but the version submitted for the student paper deadline will be the version used for judging.  
If for any of these reasons a paper is removed from student paper competition, authors still have the opportunity to submit their paper by the 2 December  deadline as a regular conference paper.

The following awards will be presented to the winners:

Jefferson Goblet Student Paper Award: The highest ranked Aerospace Design and Structures paper based on manuscript and presentation quality is recognized with the Jefferson Goblet Student Paper Award, which was established over twenty years ago and named to honor Thomas Jefferson. The recipient receives a monetary award ($500), a certificate, and a goblet modeled after a 1788 design by Thomas Jefferson.

American Society for Composites Student Paper Award: The highest ranked composites-related paper based on manuscript and presentation quality is recognized with the American Society for Composites Student Paper Award. The recipient receives a monetary award ($500) and a certificate. 

Lockheed Martin Student Paper Award in Structures: The Lockheed Martin Student Paper Award in Structures recognizes an outstanding structures-related paper, based on manuscript and presentation quality. The recipient receives a monetary award ($500) and a certificate.  

Harry H. and Lois G. Hilton Student Paper Award in Structures: The Harry H. and Lois G. Hilton Student Paper Award in Structures recognizes an outstanding graduate-level, structures related paper, based on manuscript and presentation quality. The recipient receives a monetary award ($500) and a certificate. 

SwRI Student Paper Award in Non-Deterministic Approaches: The Southwest Research Institute Student Paper Award in Non-Deterministic Approaches recognizes an outstanding NDA-related paper, based on manuscript and presentation quality. The recipient receives a monetary award ($500) and a certificate.

Atmospheric Flight Mechanics

Please direct questions to:    Yunjun Xu and Andrea Da Ronch and Soumyo Dutta

The AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Technical Committee, with the support of Calspan Corporation, is sponsoring a Best Student Paper Competition at the 2020 AIAA SciTech Forum. Entrants will be judged by technical committee members, and the winner will receive a certificate and $500 award. 

To be eligible for this award, the entrant must be the primary author of the paper and the work must have been performed while the author was a student. As such, recent graduates are eligible to enter the competition. Entrants will present their papers in the relevant conference technical sessions with judges in attendance. To enter the competition, the “Student Paper Competition” option must be selected instead of “Technical Manuscript” when submitting a manuscript. 

The scoring for the award will be equally based on written paper content and oral presentation. The written paper will be judged on: 1) relevance of the topic to atmospheric flight mechanics; 2) organization and clarity; 3) appreciation of the technical issues and sources of errors; and 4) meaningful conclusions of the research. The oral presentation will be judged for overall clarity, including: 1) background and problem definition statement; 2) explanation of technical approach; and 3) explanation of research results.

Student manuscripts will be judged prior to the conference. Student presentations will be judged in regular technical sessions. Scores will be tallied during the conference, and the students will be contacted via email after the conclusion of the conference with the winner identified and anonymous reviewer comments provided.

Aerodynamic Measurement Technology, Plasmadynamics and Lasers, Propellants and Combustion

Please direct questions to: Brian Thurow

The Walter R. Lempert Student Paper Award in Diagnostics for Fluid Mechanics, Plasma Physics, and Energy Transfer is sponsored by the Aerodynamic Measurement Technology (AMT), Plasmadynamics and Lasers (PDL), and Propellants and Combustion (PC) Technical Committees (TC). 

The award is given on an annual basis in memory of Dr. Walter R. Lempert. Walter Lempert was an outstanding scientist and engineer who had a profound impact on AIAA and in particular these three TCs. The Walter R. Lempert Student Paper Award is given to the most outstanding student paper submitted to sessions organized by these TCs at the annual AIAA SciTech Forum.  

Eligibility: Any graduate student in an engineering or related program who is the first author and presenter of a technical paper at an AMT, PDL or PC-affiliated session at the AIAA SciTech. The winning students may only receive this award once.

Application:  There is not a separate application process for this award.  Students should submit their work using the normal abstract submission process for the AIAA SciTech Forum.  All student papers are automatically considered for this award.

Selection Criteria:

  1. The paper must be in the area of measurement techniques and related to the technical disciplines covered by the AMT, PDL and PC technical committees.
  2. The paper should be evaluated on the innovative nature of the diagnostic or its use.  Applications of mature diagnostics are not eligible for this award.
  3. The papers will be scored by a panel of judges representing all three TCs. In addition to the criteria given above, the panel will consider the technical quality/completeness, technical relevance, and readability of the paper.  
Guidance, Navigation and Control

Please direct questions to: Joseph Connolly

The GN&C Technical Committee will host a Graduate Student Paper Competition at the 2020 AIAA SciTech Forum. In addition to appropriate recognition, all finalists in the GN&C Graduate Student Paper Competition will receive a monetary award of $500 and complimentary registration.  The overall winner will receive an additional $1,000 award.

For this competition, full draft manuscript papers are sought from graduate students on GN&C technical research topics, from which up to six finalists will be selected by a panel of judges for inclusion in a special GN&C Graduate Student Paper Competition session.

Author eligibility and manuscript submission requirements are described below.

Eligibility Requirements

  • A student must be the primary or sole author, enrolled at an institution of higher learning.
  • The student will be expected to sign a form, if selected as a finalist, stating that they contributed the overwhelming majority to the paper’s written and technical content.
  • The student author must be a member of AIAA in order to become a finalist in the competition.
  • The student author must be a full-time graduate student in good academic standing at his or her university/institution at the time of submission.
  • Full draft manuscript not exceeding a total length of 25 pages.
  • The student author is not the overall winner of the preceding year’s competition.
  • Only one paper submission per primary author. 

Submission Requirements

  • Graduate Student Paper Competition submissions must adhere to the overall Forum Abstract Submission Requirements.
  • Students must select the “Student Paper Competition” presentation type during the electronic submission process. Do not submit the abstract more than once. Only submissions with “Student Paper Competition” presentation type indicated will be eligible for the competition.
  • All submissions must be made by the forum abstract submission deadline. 

Finalists will be required to make two presentations at the forum:  once in the appropriate regular technical session and once in a separate Graduate Student Paper Competition session.  Note that authors will receive an accept/reject notification first for the regular conference review process and later for the graduate student paper competition. The second notification will be from the GN&C Technical Committee. A paper can be (1) accepted for both the regular conference and competition, (2) accepted to the regular conference, but not the competition, or (3) not accepted to either the regular conference or the competition. 

Intelligent Systems

Please direct questions to:  Amanda Lampton

New this year, graduate students are invited to submit only extended abstracts by the abstract submission deadline in any broad area of Intelligent Systems (IS) to the Intelligent Systems Student Paper Competition. 

Students must be registered as full-time students in good academic standing at the time of submission and must submit full draft manuscripts (must not exceed a total length of 25 pages) by October 24th, 2018 to be considered (please note the early manuscript deadline for the competition). 

Primary or sole authorship by a single student is required, and any second or third author must be the graduate thesis advisor (no more than three authors shall be permitted). A student competition paper subcommittee and the chair will review the full draft manuscripts submitted as IS student paper competition papers based on their originality, clarity, and potential impact on practical applications or theoretical foundations, and select 5 or 6 paper finalists.

All papers that are not selected will be forwarded to the area chairs for possible inclusion as regular conference papers. A student paper competition session will be held on Monday, January 7, 2019 during the conference; the finalists will present once at AIAA SciTech during this session. Directly after this session, the subcommittee will decide the winner based on both the paper and the presentation, and the student will be notified by email. The winner will be presented with an award at the recognition luncheon during AIAA SciTech. In addition, a monetary prize for an amount of $500 will be mailed to the winner after the conference is concluded.

Meshing, Visualization, and Computational Environments

Please direct questions to: Carl Ollivier-Gooch

The Meshing, Visualization, and Computational Environments (MVCE) Technical Committee is holding a student paper competition during the 2020 AIAA SciTech Forum. Students are encouraged to submit extended abstracts that are as close as possible to the anticipated final paper. The extended abstracts will be judged by a subcommittee of the MVCE based upon the importance of the work, originality, quality, and completeness. To be eligible, the student needs to be full-time at either the graduate or undergraduate level. The student who wrote the best extended abstract will receive a $500 award, which will be paid in advance of the forum, to defray the cost of attending the AIAA SciTech Form.


Please direct questions to:  Patrick Yee

The David P. Weaver Student Best Paper Award, presented by the Thermophysics Technical Committee, is for a technical paper presented during the year. The Committee, based on the recommendation of the Best Paper Subcommittee, may confer a David P. Weaver Student Best Paper Award each year based on the following description. "The purpose of the David P. Weaver Student Best Paper Award is to motivate participants in the sessions sponsored by the Thermophysics Committee toward excellence in technical content and presentation of papers and to recognize professional achievement by identifying one contribution as the best paper."

A student paper is defined as being one for which the actual research was undertaken and finished while the author was still a full-time student. Papers considered for this award are based upon nominations from session attendees and/or chairs.  Authors may not self-nominate.  Information on nominations are provided in session rooms.  The nomination and selection process follows that of the Best Paper Award described earlier. The award is made at the summer AIAA AVIATION Forum. This award is designated for the presentation of an outstanding paper, not simply the best paper given at a meeting. Thus, it is not mandatory to present the award annually. A monetary award is given to the winner of the David P. Weaver Student Best Paper Award.


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