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    July 2012
    AIAA News
    Call for Board of Directors Nominations
    Nominations Will be Accepted Through the Week Ending 27 July

    The 2013 AIAA Nominating Committee will meet on 2 August 2012 to review nominees and select candidates to participate in the 2013 Board of Directors election to fill the following vacancies:

    • President-Elect (1 year term followed by 2 years as President)
    • Vice President-Elect, Member Services (1 year term followed by 3 years as Vice President, Member Services)
    • Vice President-Elect, Technical Activities (1 year term followed by 3 years as Vice President, Technical Activities)
    • Director-Technical, Information Systems Group (3 year term)
    • Director-Technical, Propulsion and Energy Group (3 year term)
    • Director, Region IV – South Central (3 year term)
    • Director, Region V – Midwest (3 year term)
    • Director, Region VII – International (3 year term)
    • Director at Large (3 year term)
    • Director at Large, International (3 year term)

    AIAA members may nominate themselves or other qualified members by submitting a nomination through the AIAA website. Nominations will be accepted through the week ending 27 July. To access the nomination system, visit Your participation in determining AIAA's future is appreciated!

    A Message to Members

    AIAA President Michael Griffin discusses the need for AIAA to change, to broaden its relevance, to inspire, and to reignite the passion and significance of aerospace. Watch the full video on the AIAA website at

    AIAA Announces New Event Model

    Over the past year, AIAA has been assessing our events and discussing how we might better serve our membership and reach a broader cross section of the aerospace community. This effort has been undertaken by the AIAA Technical Activities Committee, with feedback from the various technical discipline constituencies, and input from other areas of the Institute. Based on the results of this process, in May, the AIAA Board of Directors approved the “AIAA Forum Strategy” for implementation beginning in 2014. The new strategy consists of five major events:

    1. AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition (Winter) – open meeting
    2. AIAA Defense and Security Forum and Exposition (Winter/Spring) – classified meeting
    3. AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition (Early Summer) – open, U.S.-only for selected sessions
    4. AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum and Exposition (Mid Summer) – open, U.S.-only for selected sessions
    5. AIAA Space and Astronautics Forum and Exposition (Late Summer) – open, U.S.-only for selected sessions

    AIAA’s existing technical conferences will meet as part of these forums. But the forum strategy is more than just co-locating existing conferences under larger umbrella forums. It is an attempt to enhance our events to serve not only those members focused in the traditional aerospace technologies but also those working further up the “product chain,” in process execution and mission applications as well as integration and systems. We think this strategy will help AIAA maintain and strengthen our role as the technical leader while becoming more relevant to a larger segment of the aerospace community.

    We are excited about the evolution of AIAA events and the future of the Institute. Change is never easy, but our current environment calls for it. There will be bumps in the road, but that is why we are planning now for a transition that starts in 2014. Your participation will help make it a great success, not only for our current members and conference attendees, but also for our future ones. For more information about the AIAA Forum Strategy, please visit

    AIAA Mourns the Death of Past President Daniel J. Fink

    AIAA mourns the death of Daniel J. Fink, president of the Institute from 1974 to 1975, and founder and past president of D. J. Fink Associates, an aerospace consulting firm. Fink passed away 1 June 2012, in Carlsbad, CA.

    AIAA President Michael Griffin stated: “Dan Fink was one of the giants in our industry, a man who over the course of his career was a key contributor to just about every aspect of our nation's space program, both civil and military. A clear thinker, an incisive speaker, an extraordinarily capable manager – he will be missed.”

    (Pictured: AIAA Past President Daniel J. Fink)
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    How Do You Sharpen Your Skills?
    AIAA Continuing Education Courses

    AIAA continuing education courses provide you with the knowledge you need to excel in your field ... or the leg up you need to move into a new field. With more than 100 available courses offered through AIAA and its partners, ranging from fundamentals to advanced-level topics, you’re sure to find a course that suits your needs.

    Learn at home, at work, or at an AIAA conference. When you register for a AIAA continuing education course held in conjunction with an AIAA conference, you'll gain useful knowledge as well as important contacts because your course registration includes full conference participation at no extra cost.

    More Info on August Courses.
    Visit our complete course list page, and scheduled courses page.

    AIAA Foundation Selects Three Teams To Compete In Undergraduate Engine Design Competition
    1 August Competition Also Co-Sponsored by ASME and IGTI

    The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Foundation (AIAA Foundation) has selected three teams to compete at the AIAA, ASME, International Gas Turbine Institute (IGTI) Undergraduate Engine Design Competition on Wednesday, 1 August. The event is being held in conjunction with the 48th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhibit and the 10th International Energy Conversion Engineering Conference, 29 July 29–1 August at the Hyatt Regency, Atlanta, GA.

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    Future of Aerospace Propulsion and Advanced Energy Systems Focus of Atlanta Conferences

    Energy conversion technology, advanced energy systems, and the future of aerospace propulsion will be among the topics discussed at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Atlanta, GA, from 29 July–1 August at the 48th Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhibit (JPC) and the 10th International Energy Conversion Engineering Conference (IECEC). JPC is jointly organized by AIAA, ASME, SAE International, and ASEE. IECEC is hosted by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and participating organizations include the Heat Transfer Society of Japan, the IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society, the Egyptian Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers.

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    AIAA and IEEE-USA Sponsor Panel on Immigration and ITAR Restrictions On Foreign Nationals Working in the U.S. Technology Sector

    On Wednesday, 27 June, AIAA and IEEE-USA co-hosted a Capitol Hill panel entitled: “A Spark Deferred: The Impact of ITAR and Immigration Policy on the Future of America’s Technology Sector.” The panel examined the barriers existing in the current student visa system and in the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) regime that restrict foreign students from working in high-value research areas and within the U.S. technology sector, and how these barriers will limit future growth in these sections, imperiling the U.S. economy and national security.

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    It's Affirmative: The U.S. Should Increase Its Exploration and/or Development of Space!

    A year of debate in the American high school debating community about the future of America’s involvement in space exploration came to a successful close on the afternoon of 15 June at the Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, IN. Since September 2011, students involved in high school debating, through the National Forensic League (NFL), had been grappling with the resolution: “Resolved: That the United States federal government should substantially increase its exploration and/or development of space beyond the Earth’s mesosphere.” In front of a panel of fifteen judges, including three judges from AIAA, the team of Liam Hancock and Jeffrey Ding, representing West High School, from Iowa City, Iowa, upholding the affirmative side of the proposition, defeated the team of Elsa Givan and Nicholas Yan from The College Preparatory School, Oakland, Calif. on a 9–6 decision by the judges.

    (Pictured: AIAA officials with Liam Hancock and Jeffrey Ding, representing West High School, from Iowa City, Iowa, NFL National Champions in Policy Debate)
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    Members Needed for New AIAA Committee on Standards—Space System Battery Safety

    A new Committee on Standards for Space System Battery Safety (SSBS CoS) is soliciting membership for the development of an ANSI/AIAA standard to define the requirements for the safe design and use of batteries for space use in human-rated and non-human-rated environments. Because many new space vehicles have started to use batteries for main power and are looking for both guidance and requirements that need to be met to be safe, there is an urgent need to have a standards requirement document. Membership is requested especially from industrial and academic representatives, both domestic and international. If you are interested in participating, please contact the SSBS CoS Chairperson, Dr. Judith Jeevarajan, at

    Call for Membership: Aerospace Systems Integration Working Group (ASI-WG)

    The recently formed Aerospace Systems Integration-Working Group (ASI-WG) under AIAA Technical Activities Committee/Program Committee (TAC/PC) Group is seeking active members. The Aerospace Systems Integration Working Group is a forum to promote and contribute to aerospace systems integration across the spectrum of applications ranging from traditional systems to complex systems and systems of systems. ASI-WG will be actively developing AIAA standards, guides, and/or handbooks while participating in and/or organizing conferences or sessions relating to this field. Please send your brief resume and areas of interest to Mat French, Hernando Jimenez, or Satoshi Nagano if you are interested in becoming a member of ASI-WG.

    AIAA Digital Avionics TC Sponsors “Air Travel in 2112” Design Competition for High School Students

    The Digital Avionics TC is sponsoring a design competition for students, grades 10–12, during the fall semester of 2012. Winners will receive a cash award as well as a small travel stipend to attend the 31st Digital Avionics Conference in Williamsburg, VA, set for 14–18 October 2012. Visit For more information about the conference, contact Leihong Li, Ph.D., Student Activity Chair at

    Conferences and Events
    Register Today for ICES and Save

    You still have time to register at a reduced rate for the 42nd International Conference on Environmental Systems (ICES), set for 15–19 July in San Diego, CA. Featured speakers include: George Nield, Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Christopher J. Ferguson, Director, Crew and Mission Operations, Commercial Crew Program, Boeing Space Exploration. Other event highlights include a panel session on “Emerging Commercial Activities in Human Spaceflight,” four days of technical presentations, an awards banquet, receptions, student poster competition, multiple networking opportunities, and much more! We hope you will join us this month for ICES in San Diego, CA!

    For more information visit

    JPC/IECEC Conference Will Heat Up in Atlanta

    AIAA, ASME, SAE, ASEE, and their industry partners invite you to Atlanta, GA for the 48th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit (JPC) and the 10th Annual International Energy Conversion Engineering Conference (IECEC), set for 30 July–1 August. Over 1,300 people will convene in Atlanta for JPC and IECEC. From aerospace engineers to program managers and scientists, they will all be a part of the exciting future of aerospace propulsion and energy conversion. Featured activities include discussions with distinguished government and industry speakers:

    • Robert Lightfoot, Center Director, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
    • David Thompson, CEO Orbital Sciences Corporation
    • David Parekh, Vice President of Research, Director, United Technologies Research Center
    • Wes Harris, MIT
    • David Garrison, Managing Director, Engine and Component Maintenance for Delta Tech Ops
    • Michael Griffin, AIAA President, King-McDonald Eminent Scholar & Professor, Director, Center for System Studies, University of Alabama in Huntsville
    • John Mulholland, Vice President & Program Manager, Commercial Programs, Space Exploration, The Boeing Company
    • Charles Precourt, Vice President & General Manager, Space Launch Division, ATK

    Visit the conference website and register today!

    Engineers as Educators Workshop

    Sharing your passion for aerospace with K–12 students is important, and you never get another chance to make a first impression. This workshop, set for 1 August from 1900 to 2200 hrs at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, will provide insight into how best to prepare for a classroom talk, a mentoring situation, or an informal interaction with after-school or scouting groups. Attendees will receive practical tips on the best ways of interacting with students and teachers, making your presentations grade-level appropriate with some real zing, and utilizing low-cost, easy activities that can be done with any student. Taught by AIAA master teachers, you will gain insights into how the classroom works and how to be successful. We also encourage interested sections to host local Engineers as Educators workshops, which can be tailored to local communities. We urge section members to attend the workshop, and to add this program to their section calendar in the upcoming year. To register, please visit the Engineers as Educators web page. Questions about the workshop? Please contact Lisa Bacon at Each workshop is limited to 50 people, so register early!

    (Pictured: Members participate in the Engineers as Educators workshop at the Aerospace Sciences Meeting in Orlando)

    Final Chance to Register at Reduced Cost for GNC, AFM, MST, ASC 2012 in Minneapolis, Minnesota

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

    A complete agenda and registration can be found at

    Join Us at CASE as We Bring Complexity Down to Earth!

    The AIAA Complex Aerospace Systems Exchange (CASE), set for 11–13 September in Pasadena, CA, tackles the most important system development issues facing aerospace chief engineers, program managers, and systems engineers today, such as minimizing cost overruns and delays, and mitigating late test failures.

    Program Overview:

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

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

    AIAA SPACE 2012: Creating a Sustainable Vision for Space

    The AIAA SPACE 2012 Conference, set for 11–13 September in Pasadena, CA, is AIAA’s premier event on space technology, policy, programs, management, and education. Nowhere else will you get the depth and breadth of sessions and information-sharing on space systems and technology. At this three-day event, attendees can expect discussions with government and industry leaders in plenary panel and keynote sessions; interactive exhibits, demonstrations, presentations, and poster sessions in the exposition hall; networking activities for all participants, including students and young professionals; and unique learning opportunities in the capstone events.

    Download the Event Preview: AIAA SPACE 2012 Conference & Exposition

    Join Us for ATIO and MAO in Indianapolis

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

    2012 Hypersonics Registration Now Open

    Registration is now open for the 18th International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference, set for 24–28 September in Tours, France. You won't want to miss this international forum for discussion and exchange of information about leading-edge research and development activities associated with space plane and hypersonic atmospheric flight vehicles. Conference attendees will gain valuable insight into the current state of space plane and hypersonics programs, learn about research advancements and flight test programs, and gain a better understanding of evolving international collaborations. View complete program details or register online now at Don’t forget to register early to receive the best possible rate, and save up to $200 off the on-site registration fee.

    “Satellites in the Service of Humanity”

    Register Now! The 30th AIAA International Communications Satellite Systems Conference (ICSSC) and the 18th KA Broadband Communications, Navigation and Earth Observations Conference, are the two most influential technical conferences on satellite systems, and will be held jointly in Ottawa, Canada, 24–27 September.

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    The Call for Papers Is Now Open for SDM

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

    Abstract deadline is 5 September 2012. Visit the conference website and submit your paper today.

    ICAS Meets in Australia

    As a member of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS), AIAA is pleased to support the 28th Congress of ICAS, occurring 23–28 September 2012 in Brisbane, Australia. Hosted by the Royal Aeronautical Society Australian Division and co-hosted by Engineers Australia, ICAS 2012 covers a wide range of topics including structures and materials, aircraft systems integration, system engineering and supply chain, air transport system efficiency, safety and security, challenge of the environment, and operations and sustainment. The Congress attracts delegates from all over the world, including company CEOs, technology officers, managers, government officials, scientists, researchers and students.

    For more information, please visit

    AIAA Foundation Announces Graduate Award Winners
    $17,500 Awarded to Aerospace Graduate Students

    The AIAA Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of its five Graduate Awards for the 2012–2013 academic year. The winning graduate students will receive a total of $17,500 in awards. Each year the AIAA Foundation presents Orville and Wilbur Wright Graduate Awards. These $5,000 awards, given in memory of the Wright brothers’ contributions to the evolution of flight, are presented to students completing master’s degree or doctoral thesis work.

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    Photos Available Online from the 42nd Fluid Dynamics and Co-located Conferences and Exhibit

    View photos from the Awards Luncheon that took place during the 42nd AIAA Fluid Dynamics and Co-located Conferences and Exhibit, in New Orleans, 25–28 June.

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    Reminder: New Award Nomination Process
    Effective 1 January 2013

    Effective 1 January 2013 all award nominations must be submitted to AIAA through the online nomination system or by using the streamlined nomination form. All award nomination packages will be limited to seven pages, including a one-page nomination form, a one-page basis of award, a one-page resume, a one-page public contributions summary, and three signed one-page letters of endorsement from AIAA members in good standing. AIAA will accept the old format (i.e., nomination packages of more than seven pages) through COB on 31 December 2012; however, nominators are highly encouraged to begin NOW to transition to the shorter nomination package.

    As of January 2013, nomination packages that exceed the page limit will be returned to the nominator and not submitted to the selection committee. Contact AIAA Honors and Awards at for further information.

    High School, College or Graduate Students Encouraged to Apply for DOT’s RAISE Award
    Recognizing Aviation and Aerospace Innovation in Science Engineering

    The Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood, has established the Secretary's RAISE Award to recognize aviation achievement in science and engineering. The DOT will present the 2012 RAISE Award to a high school, college or graduate student for an extraordinary achievement that has a significantly innovative impact on the future aerospace/aviation environment. The Department of Transportation will announce the selection in October. The full announcement and application details are available in the Federal Register and at Contact Dr. Patricia Watts, FAA Centers of Excellence Program Office, at 609.485.5043 or with questions. Nominations are open through 26 July.

    Featured Products
    Hot Off the Press!

    Introduction to Aerospace Materials

    AIAA Education Series
    2012, 621 pages, Paperback
    ISBN: 978-1-60086-919-8

    The structural materials used in airframe and propulsion systems influence the cost, performance, and safety of aircraft, and an understanding of the wide range of materials used and the issues surrounding them is essential for the student of aerospace engineering. Introduction to Aerospace Materials reviews the main structural and engine materials used in aircraft, helicopters, and spacecraft in terms of their production, properties, performance, and applications.

    AIAA Members: $54.95
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    AIAA's All-New Electronic Database Launching Soon!
    Featuring Over Eight Decades of Aerospace Research

    Coming Soon! AIAA's New Electronic Library. More than just a new name, the new site is being developed using Literatum™ by Atypon®. Aerospace Research Central is the place to retrieve your subscribed and purchased online content.

    New Features and Functionality:

    • Save and schedule searches using a powerful search engine
    • View e-first articles to gain access to journal content ahead of print
    • Choose PDF or PDF Plus or HTML (where available) articles
    • Highlight books, conference proceedings, and journal articles
    • Download citations in RIS, EndNote, BibTex, Medlars, and RefWorks
    • Access usage reports that are COUNTER 3 (for journals) and COUNTER (for ebooks) compliant
    • Sign up for alerts on subjects of interest
    • Post links to research articles and selected book titles on social networking websites

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    Now Available in the AIAA Electronic Library!

    Now Available in the AIAA Electronic Library!

    • AIAA Journal, Vol. 50, Issue No. 7
    • Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 49, Issue No. 3
    • Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 35, Issue No. 4
    • Journal of Propulsion and Power, Vol. 28, Issue No. 4
    • Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol. 49, Issue No. 3
    • Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer, Vol. 26, Issue No. 2

    Visit the AIAA Electronic Library today!

    Quick Takes
    AIAA Congratulates the 2012 AIAA Foundation Golf for Education Winners
    6 June, Kingsmill Resort, VA

    AIAA congratulates the winning teams from the 2012 AIAA Foundation golf tournament that took place 6 June at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia. The longest drive was taken by Ron Hinderberger, and closest to the pin was won by Tony Mitchell. See the list of winning teams, here.


    What did the United States and the former Soviet Union accomplish, together, for the first time in history, 15–24 July 1975?

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    Teacher Named Outstanding Science Educator by AIAA

    The Baltimore Sun (6/14) "Explore Howard" section reports that, "Elizabeth Butler, a science teacher at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, was recently named an Outstanding Science Educator" by AIAA. She "was selected for the honor among middle school math and science teachers in Prince George's, Montgomery, St. Mary's, Charles and Calvert counties."

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    July–August Issue of Aerospace America Now Available Online

    The July-August 2012 issue of Aerospace America is now available online for AIAA members. Don’t miss this month's feature article, "Mars Science Laboratory, Going for a Touchdown,” in which author Leonard David discusses NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory, launched last November, which carries Curiosity, a large Mars rover with equipment more advanced than any that has reached the planet before. As the author writes, “The program has faced major challenges, but by far the greatest will be the scorching entry, descent, and landing, scheduled for early August. Whether it succeeds or fails, the mission will have far-reaching ramifications for the U.S. planetary exploration program.”

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

    Career Resources

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

    • Career Tips – free access to articles on job hunting, interview and negotiation techniques, networking, work-life balance, and other career-related topics.
    • Professional Resume Writing – hire a professional writer to critique, create, or enhance your resume and cover letter.
    • Career Coaching – obtain individual help from an experienced and certified career coach to plan, develop, and manage career goals.
    • Social Networking/Profile Development – ensure a professional presence on LinkedIn, Plaxo, and Twitter.
    • Reference Checking/
      Employment Verification – identify questionable references before they speak with prospective employers.
    • Discount Test Prep Services/Princeton Review Test Prep Courses – work with the industry leader to prepare for the SAT, ACT, MCAT, LSAT, GRE, or GMAT.

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

    Member Spotlight
    AIAA Congratulates Allen R. LaBryer

    AIAA turns the Member Spotlight on a student member this month, selecting Allen R. LaBryer of the University of Oklahoma as our Member Spotlight for the month of July, 2012. LaBryer recently won the Jefferson Goblet, awarded to the best paper, written by a student presented at AIAA’s annual Structure, Structural Dynamics, and Materials (SDM) Conference. The award is based on both the manuscript and presentation of the paper, with the winner selected by the student paper chair of the SDM Conference. LaBryer joined AIAA’s student branch at the University of Oklahoma in 2008.

    LaBryer began our interview by stating that his winning the Jefferson Goblet “would not have been possible” without the guidance of his mentors, Drs. Peter Attar, an AIAA Senior Member, and Prakash Vedula, both professors at the University of Oklahoma. LaBryer credited both gentlemen for “remaining patient, upbeat, helpful, and committed” to the development of his research skills.

    When asked what inspired him to study aerospace and seek a place in the profession, LaBryer illustrated how the desire to enter our profession is often ignited by childhood experience and role models. LaBryer’s earliest influence was his Uncle Richard, who would build model rockets from scratch materials with Allen, and while Allen noted that “some of them failed comically, a few managed to soar into the heavens.”

    (Pictured: Allen R. LaBryer of the University of Oklahoma)
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