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    November 2012
    AIAA News
    AIAA Announces 2013 Associate Fellows
    179 New Associate Fellows to be Honored at the 51st AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting in January

    AIAA is pleased to announce the selection of the AIAA Associate Fellows class of 2013. The 179 new Associate Fellows will be honored at the AIAA Associate Fellows Dinner on Monday, 7 January 2013, at the Gaylord Grand Texan Hotel and Convention Center, Grapevine, Texas, in conjunction with the 51st AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting. To be selected for the grade of Associate Fellow an individual must be an AIAA Senior Member with at least twelve years professional experience, and be recommended by a minimum of three current Associate Fellows.

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    Keynote Speakers and Panelists Confirmed for New Horizons Forum
    Featured at the 51st AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting

    Monday, 7 January, 1330–1430 hrs
    Intelligence, Reconnaissance, and Surveillance
    Keynote Speaker: Lt Gen Larry D. James, Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Headquarters, U.S. Air Force

    Tuesday, 8 January 0800–0900 hrs
    Aerospace Research and Development
    Keynote Speaker: Maj Gen William Neil McCasland, Commander, Air Force Research Laboratory, U.S. Air Force

    Wednesday, 9 January, 0800–0900 hrs
    Information Technology
    Keynote Speaker: Linda Y. Cureton, Chief Information Officer, NASA

    Wednesday, 9 January, 0930–1130 hrs
    Panel Discussion: Spin-on Technology for Aeronautics and Space
    Moderator: Rupak Biswas, NASA Advanced Supercomputing Division Chief, NASA Ames – Panelists:

    • Paul Giangarra, IBM Distinguished Engineer
    • Rich Friedrich, Director, Cognition Based Analytics, HP Laboratories
    • Kent Cunningham, Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft

    The Forum takes place during the 51st AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Aerospace Exposition, 7–10 January 2013, Grapevine (Dallas-Fort Worth area), Texas. Save $100 when you register by 10 December 2012.

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    Distinguished Lecturers to Speak at 51st AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting
    Topics Address Research, Public Policy, Aeronautics and Astronautics

    AIAA is pleased to announce that the following lectures will be presented during the 51st AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Aerospace Exposition, to be held 7–10 January at the Gaylord Texan Hotel and Convention Center, Grapevine, Texas (Dallas–Fort Worth area).

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    Reminder: AIAA Membership Dues Increased 1 November 2012

    Following a careful review of AIAA financials, current membership models, and other relevant data, the AIAA Board of Directors made the difficult decision to approve a three-year plan to modestly increase dues, effective 1 November 2012.

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    AIAA Seeks Young Professional Liaison to its Board of Directors
    Deadline: 1 February 2013 / Position Duration: May 2013 – May 2015

    The Young Professional Liaison position on the AIAA Board of Directors helps give AIAA a more direct link to the Institute’s young professional members, and provides insights and feedback to help AIAA create comprehensive programs to attract and retain young professionals and members in general. The Young Professional Liaison is a non-voting Board of Directors position lasting two years. The liaison will be required to attend AIAA Board of Directors meetings in January, May, and July or August each year.

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    Sharpen Your Skills via 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.

    Register Today!

    View the complete course list and scheduled courses. Missed a Webinar? No worries – download any one of our on-demand webinars!

    Membership Open for AIAA Aerospace Pressure Vessels Committee on Standards

    The Aerospace Pressure Vessels (APV) Committee on Standards is revising two existing standards, Space Systems—Metallic Pressure Vessels, Pressurized Structures, and Pressure Components (AIAA S-080), and Space Systems—Composite Overwrapped Pressure Vessels (S-081), as well as developing a new standard on Space Systems—Composite Pressurized Structures. Membership is open to any directly and materially affected, technically qualified individual, pending CoS Chair approval. The documents will provide baseline requirements for the design, fabrication, test, inspection, operation, and maintenance of pressurized hardware used in space systems such as spacecraft and launch vehicles. The original documents were sponsored by NASA, the U.S. Air Force, and the FAA. If you are interested in participating, please contact the APV CoS Co-Chair, Michael Kezirian, at or the APV CoS Chair, Nathanael Greene, at

    Members Sought for New AIAA Guide on Terrestrial Environment (Climatic) Criteria

    The Atmospheric and Space Environments (ASE) Committee on Standards is engaged in a task regarding a new Guide on Terrestrial Environment (Climatic) Criteria Guidelines for Use in Aerospace Vehicle Development. Membership is requested, especially from industrial and academic representatives, both domestic and international. This document will be based on the adoption of the contents of the NASA Technical Memorandum (TM) by the same title and will provide guidelines relative to current natural terrestrial environment criteria to be used for the preparation of requirements for the design, development, and mission operations studies for aerospace vehicles traversing through the terrestrial atmosphere. It provides, in one single reference, a comprehensive description of the state of the art of these natural environment inputs. The contents of the Guide are based on aerospace vehicle development experiences and consolidate guidelines for natural environments that have been utilized in a large number of space vehicle developments as reflected in the NASA TM. If interested in participating, please contact the ASE CoS Chair, Dale Johnson, at

    Mentors Needed

    The Real World Design Challenge is looking for mentors for this year’s Aviation Challenge. Students from all 50 states will be working on a small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) project to locate an injured Boy Scout on Philmont Ranch. Last year the Real World Design Challenge experienced a 52% growth in registered teams. High School students want to learn more about the technical components that go with the Challenge. Please consider being a mentor. Sign up at

    Conferences and Events
    Get a Comprehensive Overview of NASA's Technology Programs for Space Exploration adnd Aeronautics
    99 Technologies Presented at NASA Technology Days

    Join NASA for “Technology Days” in Cleveland, OH, 28–30 November 2012. This three-day event and technology showcase will bring together a broad community of stakeholders from industry, academia, and the U.S. government to engage in strategy development, partnership building, and implementation of ways to foster technology transfer and innovation.

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    Join Us at the 51st Aerospace Sciences Meeting Including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition
    ASM Is Where It All Comes Together!

    Some exciting new things are planned for this year's Aerospace Sciences Meeting (ASM), New Horizons Forum, and Aerospace Exposition, to be held 7–10 January 2013 in Grapevine, Texas (Dallas–Fort Worth area), at the Gaylord Texan Hotel and Convention Center.

    ASM is the first major multidisciplinary event of the year for aerospace scientists and engineers from around the world, and the one event where it all comes together – research, business, education, networking, and fun.

    Register Today!

    Learn What's Happening in Commercial Space

    What’s really happening in Commercial Space? AIAA’s Commercial Space Group will be hosting a special panel on Monday evening, 7 January 2013, at the 51st AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Aerospace Exposition, featuring key representatives from the principal new companies. Come and enjoy candid discussion of latest developments and fast-moving initiatives in this exciting field. For more information on this panel contact Eleanor Aldrich.

    Two Engineers as Educators Workshops to be held at the Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibition

    Engineers as Educators Workshop will have two sessions at the Aerospace Sciences Conference and Exhibition. The workshop on 8 January 2013 from 1400–1600 hrs, is for anyone interested in holding a workshop in their local section. We will show you how to engage members and get a network started between professional and student members and educator associates. This is a great new program to add to your line-up! On 9 January 2013 from 1900–2100 hrs, we will hold the entire Engineers as Educators Workshop for those interested in working with K-12 students and teachers. Whatever your motivation, there is a workshop for you! Space is limited, so register early.

    International Student Conference at ASM 2013

    Come on out and support the AIAA student members at the 2013 International Student Conference. This event hosts the first place winners of the 2012 Regional Student Conference in the categories of undergraduate, masters, team, and community outreach. The Community Outreach division features presentations that show how AIAA Student Branches are interacting with their community. The papers are judged by AIAA professional members who will determine who has the best student papers for this year. The student winners will be announced at the AIAA Foundation International Student Conference Reception Monday night (1830–1930 hrs) and honored at the Awards Luncheon on Tuesday. View the sessions for the International Student Conference which will take place on Monday, 7 January 2013.

    AIAA Conferences with Open Call for Papers

    To submit your abstract, or for the most up-to-date conference information, please visit the corresponding event web page, listed above.

    AIAA 2013 Congressional Visits Day

    The AIAA 2013 Congressional Visits Day program will be held 19–20 March in Washington, DC. Attendees will have the chance to engage the newly elected Congress on many issues related to critical issues in civil aeronautics, civil astronautics, and defense.

    As always, our goal is to educate members of Congress, congressional staffers, key Administration officials, and other decision makers, about the long-term value that science, engineering, and technology brings to America. This will be our first chance to educate Congress on the value of aerospace after the 2012 elections! Only your participation, enthusiasm, and passion remind our lawmakers that aerospace is a key component of an economically strong and secure nation. If you are interested in the future of your profession, the advancement of technology, the furthering of scientific research, and the strengthening of our nation’s security, this event is for you!

    Make sure, regardless if you are a student member, young professional member, or professional member of AIAA, that you do not miss this vital opportunity to have your congressional representative hear your voice – register for CVD today at

    If you have any questions about CVD, or are looking for materials for this year’s event, please contact Duane Hyland at 703.264.7558 or

    (Pictured: Team Texas on Capitol Hill, CVD 2011 )
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    AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control and Co-located Conferences

    The 2013 GNC event will be held 19–22 August 2013 in Boston, MA, along with several co-located conferences including AIAA Infotech@Aerospace 2013, the AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference, and the AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference. The submission deadline for abstracts is 31 January 2013.

    To submit your abstract, or for the most up-to-date conference information, visit Or you may download the Call for Papers in PDF format.

    Honors & Awards
    Armor Recognized for Leadership
    Receives von Braun Award for Excellence in Space Program Management

    AIAA congratulates Maj Gen (ret) James B. Armor, AIAA Associate Fellow, who received the von Braun Award for Excellence in Space Program Management during a recent National Capital Section luncheon. Armor was recognized for insightful leadership and strong strategic planning for national security space systems and for delivering revolutionary enhanced capabilities to operational users.

    (Pictured: Dr. Klaus Dannenberg (right), AIAA Deputy Executive Director, presents the von Braun Award for Excellence in Space Program Management to Maj Gen (ret) James B. Armor. Click image for larger version.)
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    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. Contact AIAA Honors and Awards at carols@aiaa.

    Featured Products
    New Release

    Missile Design and System Engineering

    Eugene Fleeman
    AIAA Education Series
    ISBN: 978-1-60086-908-2

    In his latest book, Missile Design and System Engineering, Eugene Fleeman presents a comprehensive review of the missile design and system engineering process, drawing on his decades of experience in the development of missiles and their technologies. This book has been adapted from Fleeman's earlier title, Tactical Missile Design, Second Edition to include a greater emphasis on systems engineering.

    AIAA Members: $84.95
    Nonmembers: $114.95

    Visit AIAA's Aerospace Research Central (ARC) > today!

    Book of the Month

    Rocketeers and Gentlemen Engineers

    Tom Crouch, National Air and Space Museum; Buzz Aldrin
    Library of Flight
    ISBN: 978-1-56347-668-6

    Commissioned on the occasion of its 75th anniversary, here is the fascinating historical account of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics – and its predecessor organizations, the American Rocket Society and The Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences – and the significant contributions each has made to the evolution of flight. From the early struggles to create and distinguish aeronautics as a distinct profession, through the technological necessities brought on by two world wars, to the incredible advances spawned by the Space Age, this narrative covers it all in a highly readable, thoroughly researched way. Reading like an aeronautical and astronautical "who's who," it is also the amazing story of the organizations' founders, leaders and members – visionary individuals and dedicated engineers advancing theories and technologies in a profession that has forever changed society and shaped everyday life as we know it.

    SALE: $9.95
    AIAA Members: $29.95
    Nonmembers: $39.95

    Visit AIAA's Aerospace Research Central (ARC) > today!

    Quick Takes

    What did the International Space Station receive for the first time on 2 November 2000?

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    Presentations Now Available Online

    Presentations from the 18th AIAA/3AF International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference, which took place 24–28 September in Tours, France, and the ATIO/MAO Conference, which took place 17–19 September in Indianapolis, IN, are now available online.

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    November Issue of Aerospace America Now Available Online

    The November 2012 issue of Aerospace America is now available online for AIAA members. Don’t miss this month's feature article, “Troublesome Trends in U.S. Air Transportation,” in which authors Lance Sherry and George Donohue describe how the ups and downs of the nation’s airline industry have ripple effects throughout the U.S. economy. Since deregulation in 1978, decisions on fares and regions of service have been left up to the carriers. However, as the authors suggest, “a changed economic picture may call for a larger government role and some dramatic innovations.”

    To access the November 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 are now available via the AIAA Career Center.

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

    AIAA in the News

    5 November 2012
    AIAA Executive Director Sandra Magnus Speaks at Space Shuttle Atlantis Retirement Ceremony
    CBS News (11/5/2012) Space Shuttle Atlantis Rolls to Retirement

    5 November 2012
    AIAA Associate Fellow George Whitesides Among Speakers at Arizona State University's Space Exploration Symposium
    National Space Society of Phoenix News (11/4/2012) Arizona State Space Exploration Symposium - A Review

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    Member Spotlight
    AIAA Congratulates Judy Rice

    AIAA’s Member Spotlight for the month of November shines on Judy A. Rice, Educator Associate member, Executive Director of Fly to Learn, and pilot for the upcoming Think Global Flight, a circumnavigation of the Earth, set to take off in the fall of 2013.

    Rice is passionately committed to aerospace education, and is committed to bringing the wonder and science of flight to as many of the world’s students, and citizens, as possible. As Executive Director of Fly to Learn, she enables students of all ages to learn science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through designing, building, and flying virtual airplanes.

    (Pictured: Judy A. Rice, Educator Associate member, Executive Director of Fly to Learn)
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