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    December 2012
    AIAA News
    51st AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, New Horizon Forum, and Aerospace Exposition to be Held in Dallas–Fort Worth Area
    7–10 January 2013


    Leaders from academia, government, and industry will gather in January in the Dallas–Fort Worth area at the 51st AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition, 7–10 January, at the Gaylord Texan Hotel and Convention Center, in Grapevine, Texas.

    In addition to a wide range of technical sessions on aerospace science and engineering, the event will feature a series of keynote addresses and panel discussions, with the New Horizons Forum putting special emphasis on the theme “Aerospace Science – We Push the Envelope, We Solve Hard Problems, We Build the Future.”

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    AIAA Applauds House Passage of the "STEM Jobs Act of 2012"
    55,000 "Green Cards" to be Allocated for Top Foreign Graduates of U.S. Universities in STEM Fields

    AIAA applauds the recent passage of the “STEM Jobs Act of 2012” in the U.S. House of Representatives. The measure passed by a 245–139 vote, with more than two dozen Democrats joining with Republicans in support of the bill.

    The “STEM Jobs Act of 2012” would provide up to 55,000 permanent resident “green cards” each year to the top foreign graduates of U.S. universities with doctoral degrees in the “STEM” fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, with any remaining green cards being made available to such graduates with master’s degrees in STEM fields. Candidates for employment under the bill must have received the degree in question from an eligible U.S. university in a STEM field, must have taken all of their course work in the U.S., must be petitioned for by an employer who has gone through labor certification to show that there are not sufficient willing and available American workers who are as qualified as the foreign applicant for the position in question, and must agree to work for five years for the petitioning employer or in the U.S. in a STEM field. The 55,000 green cards would take the place of those currently granted under a “diversity visa” lottery system, which benefits immigrants from countries with low rates of immigration to the U.S.

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    AIAA to Offer ITAR-Compliant Sessions at Its Conferences
    First Sessions to be Held at Joint Propulsion Conference in July 2013

    AIAA will begin to offer conference sessions compliant with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) at select AIAA conferences, beginning with the 49th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and 11th International Energy Conversion Engineering Conference, set for 15–17 July 2013, in San Jose, California.

    AIAA’s Vice President for Technical Activities, Dr. Basil Hassan, stated: “As a part of its transition to a new event model for its conferences, the AIAA Board of Directors has approved inclusion of ITAR-compliant sessions at some AIAA conferences. While the bulk of the technical sessions will continue to be fully open to all attendees, a subset of sessions will allow U.S. persons to share information that historically has not been approved for presentation at open conferences. By including such topics, AIAA will serve a wider cross section of its membership and allow conference attendees to exchange information on topics of national interest. Before fully integrating these sessions into AIAA’s new events that debut in 2014, we will beta test the inclusion and organization of these sessions at the 49th Joint Propulsion Conference in July 2013.”

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    AIAA Partners with Three Aerospace Organizations to Offer Continuing Education Courses to Aerospace Professionals
    AERO Institute, National Institute of Aerospace, and Ohio Aerospace Institute Partner with AIAA

    AIAA has partnered with the AERO Institute, Palmdale, California, the National Institute of Aerospace, Hampton, Virginia, and the Ohio Aerospace Institute, Cleveland, Ohio to expand its offerings of continuing education stand-alone courses for aerospace professionals.

    “AIAA is proud to be teaming with three of the United States’ top developers of science and engineering graduate-level workshops and short courses,” said Col. Neal Barlow, AIAA Vice President, Education. “As part of AIAA’s professional member education programs, AERO, NIA, and OAI offer members the opportunity to brush up on science and engineering skills or be introduced to new cutting-edge knowledge and application capabilities. AIAA is committed to keeping aerospace professionals at their technical best by offering more than 90 technical courses, ranging from fundamentals to advanced-level topics. AIAA’s Education Committee prides itself on recruiting and selecting the world’s best subject-matter experts to provide our member aerospace experts with proven expertise. These new partnerships bring a dozen new courses to AIAA education beginning in February 2013. ”

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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
    Don’t Miss These Outstanding Courses Being Held at the Aerospace Sciences Meeting

    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 and Save Over $100!

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

    Proposed AIAA Space Plug-and-Play Architecture (SPA) Standard Available for Second Public Review

    Space Plug-and-Play Architecture Standard—Physical Interface (AIAA S-133-4-201X) is one of 10 standards designed to facilitate rapid constitution of spacecraft systems using modular components. This document specifies the mechanical requirements and physical mounting considerations for SPA devices and panels. It details the features for mechanical mounting, thermal control, and interface connectors of SPA devices on a SPA-compliant spacecraft.

    If interested in reviewing this document, please click "More Info" below. Please note the review instructions on the page.

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    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 Mentors must be available to work with teams until the completion of the State competition, 5 February 2013.

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

    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. Join us on 7–10 January 2013 in Grapevine, Texas (Dallas–Fort Worth area), at the Gaylord Texan Hotel and Convention Center for the latest aerospace news.

    The Early Bird Registration Deadline is 10 December 2012.
    Register Today and SAVE!

    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, 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.

    Tactical Maneuvering – Charting Your Own Career
    A Career and Workforce Development Workshop

    A Career and Workforce Development Workshop will be held at the 51st AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting on Tuesday, 8 January, 0930–1630 hrs.

    This event features a series of presentations to guide and position you to get the most out of your career, including topics on what to expect in the first two years of an aerospace career, how to develop your career by knowing yourself, and what managers want from their engineers for promotion. Get a jump start and attend the Career and Workforce Development Workshop when you are attending the 51st AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting Including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition in Grapevine, Texas this January.

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    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. AIAA 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.

    (Pictured: Engineers as Educators Workshop. Image Credit: Alan Lowery)

    International Student Conference at ASM 2013
    7 January 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.

    Raise the Image of Aerospace in Washington at AIAA's 2013 Congressional Visits Day

    The 2013 AIAA Congressional Visits Day program is set for 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 long-standing 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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    Register for the 22nd AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technology Conference and Co-located Conferences by 25 February and Save

    The 22nd AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technology Conference will be held 25–28 March 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida, along with co-located conferences including the AIAA Balloon Systems Conference and the 20th AIAA Lighter-Than-Air Systems Technology Conference. The early bird registration deadline is 25 February 2013.

    To register, or for the most up-to-date conference information, visit or you can download the Event Preview (PDF).

    Aerospace Today…and Tomorrow Set for June 2013

    The 2013 Aerospace Today…and Tomorrow symposium will be held on 6 June 2013 in Williamsburg, Virginia. Since 1989, Aerospace Today...and Tomorrow has provided a forum for executive discussions on how the aerospace industry is progressing from both government and corporate perspectives. This year’s theme is “Disruptive Innovation, A Value Proposition.”

    To register, or to preview the 2013 agenda, visit

    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.

    Honors & Awards
    AIAA to Present Awards at 51st Aerospace Sciences Meeting
    Academic, Literary, and Technical Achievements to be Honored

    AIAA will honor achievements in academic, literary, and technical fields at a noon awards luncheon on Tuesday, 8 January 2013, in conjunction with the 51st AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting,
    7–10 January 2013, in Grapevine, Texas. In addition, the 2013 AIAA Associate Fellows will be honored at a special evening ceremony on 7 January. For more information on these awards, or on the AIAA Honors and Awards program, please contact Carol Stewart at or 703.264.7623.

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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, set for 7–10 January at the Gaylord Texan Hotel and Convention Center, Grapevine, Texas.

    • 7 January, 1200 hrs: The AIAA Durand Lectureship in Public Service

    • 7 January, 1730 hrs: The AIAA Dryden Lectureship in Research

    • 8 January, 1730 hrs: The AIAA Wright Brothers Lecture in Aeronautics

    • 9 January, 1730 hrs: The AIAA von Kármán Lectureship in Astronautics

    For more information on any of these distinguished lectures, or on the AIAA Honors and Awards program, please contact Carol Stewart at or 703.264.7623.

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    AIAA Associate Fellows Dinner Set for 7 January

    179 Institute members have recently been elected to the grade of Associate Fellow. These new Associate Fellows will be inducted during the Associate Fellows Dinner, which will be held at 1930 hrs, Monday, 7 January 2013, at the Gaylord Texan Hotel and Convention Center, Grapevine, Texas. Each year, the Institute recognizes exemplary professionals for their accomplishments in engineering or scientific work, outstanding merit and contributions to the art, science, or technology of aeronautics or astronautics. Please support your colleagues, and join us for the induction of the 2013 Associate Fellows. Tickets to this celebrated event are available on a first-come, first-served basis and can be purchased for $97 via the 51st AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting registration form, or on site based on availability. Business attire is requested.

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    Featured Products
    Holiday Sale

    AIAA is offering 25 Library of Flight books for $25 each until 18 December 2012 for members and nonmembers! Titles include, 100 Years of Flight, Journey to the Moon, The Power to Fly: An Engineer's Life, Voyager Tales: Personal Views of the Grand Tour, Eleven Seconds into the Unknown, and many more. Ebooks are not eligible for the promotion price.

    AIAA Members: $25
    Nonmembers: $25

    Visit AIAA's Aerospace Research Central (ARC) > to take advantage of this exceptional sale!

    Book of the Month

    Skycrane: Igor Sikorsky’s Last Vision

    John A. McKenna
    Paperback–Library of Flight
    ISBN: 978-1-60086-756-9

    The Skycrane was the last creation of aircraft design pioneer Igor Sikorsky. In SKYCRANE: Igor Sikorsky's Last Vision, former Sikorsky Aircraft Executive Vice President John A. McKenna traces the development of this remarkable helicopter from original concept and early sketches to standout performer for the military and private industry.

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

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

    Quick Takes
    Season's Greetings from AIAA

    May health and happiness be yours, now and throughout the New Year! (Click image for card interior)


    What vehicle made its first powered flight on 17 December 2003, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the first powered flight of the Wright Brothers?

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    December Issue of Aerospace America Now Available Online

    The December 2012 issue of Aerospace America is now available online for AIAA members. Don‘t miss this month's issue, “2012–The Year in Review,” featuring articles from AIAA's Technical and Program Committees highlighting significant developments in the industry. From Adaptive Structures all the way through Weapon System Effectiveness, every topic is covered.

    To access the December issue of Aerospace America visit, log in, and navigate to “Access Publications & Materials” to select “Aerospace America.”

    Senior AIAA Member Jack I. Hope Publishes High Hopes: The Adventures of an Engineer

    An AIAA senior member has published a book that will be of interest to AIAA members and others. High Hopes: The Adventures of an Engineer is the autobiography of Jack I. Hope, who has been a member of AIAA since 1947. It covers his professional career at the General Electric Co., North American Aviation, Cummins Engine Co., and the White House Office of Science and Technology, and his management of GE’s joint venture with SNECMA of France, CFM International. The well-illustrated 593-page book can be obtained from BrushCreek Books, P.O. Box 460, Hillsboro, OH 45133.

    AIAA in the News

    4 December 2012
    AIAA Executive Director Sandra H. Magnus Profiled in SpaceNews
    SpaceNews – Sandy Magnus, Executive Director, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

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    Member Spotlight
    AIAA Congratulates Professor Jeongmin Ahn of Syracuse University

    The AIAA Member Spotlight for the month of December, 2012, shines on Prof. Jeongmin Ahn, a newly selected AIAA Associate Fellow, and Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y. Prof. Ahn has been an AIAA member since 2005. He became an AIAA Associate Fellow in 2013.

    Prof. Ahn’s area of research interests are in the fields of combustion, power generation, propulsion and thermal management. He has performed an experimental investigation of catalytic and non-catalytic combustion in heat recirculating combustors, solid-oxide fuel cells, micro heat engines, thermoacoustic engines, and thermal transpiration based propulsion and power generation. He has worked on a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) project to develop an integrated microscale power generator using a solid-oxide fuel cell in a microscale combustor, which was listed as one of six technologies that will “change the world” according to Business 2.0 magazine.

    (Pictured: Prof. Jeongmin Ahn, newly selected AIAA Associate Fellow)
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