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    From Sandy's Desk – 19 June 2013




    A few items have come up that I thought should be brought to your attention. Please feel free to share this communication with your colleagues!

    AIAA has been working with a lot of other professional societies, communicating the importance of scientific and technical conferences as well as advocating for some clear guidelines and clarity on this issue. The link below will connect you with some details of our efforts as well as with the text of the letters (and the extensive list of signatories) that have been sent to OMB, OSTP, and Congress.

    As a result of the combined efforts of the community of professional societies working together with personnel from OSTP and OMB, guidance was published late last month clarifying and defining the rules more clearly. We are waiting to see how this further guidance will be implemented across the various government entities. The link below will take you to the official release:

    We will continue to monitor the situation and look for ways to illustrate the importance of technical and scientific conferences to the future of our country!

    I would like to share a letter that was sent from a grateful Mom about the opportunity an AIAA award presented to her son. Keep up the great work in exciting the next generation of engineers to reach for their dreams!!!!


      Dear Mr. Puschell,

    I wanted to thank you for inviting us to the Banquet last night. We had a wonderful time. It was quite exciting to hear the speeches of Mr. French and Buzz Aldrin. It made me wish I was an engineer!

    I specifically wanted to thank you for honoring Ryan with an award at his Science Fair. Your single award, I have a feeling, is going to open many doors for him. As you are well aware, the competition to get into a good engineering program in college is very competitive right now. Students need to know at a very young age that they want to become an engineer but not just knowing that will get them there. They have to do all the right things, take all the right steps, and they have to get accolades in the process. Though it is just the one honor that he has received, I believe it helped him get his internship this summer with Northrop Grumman. And, getting the internship will improve his resume and college application and hopefully help get him into the school of his choice. More importantly, though, was his chance to address 250+ people last night. He was so nervous, so worried, but in the end did a great job and walked away with confidence and assurance that he will be able to do it again in the future.

    What AIAA and people like you do for our youth is so amazing. I just wanted to thank you for all that you do and thank you for believing in our children and providing them with these fantastic opportunities! Your special honors really make a difference in one person's life.

    Leslie Wong


    The National Research Council has initiated a study on the importance of human spaceflight for the country. The committee is currently looking for input on this question. If you click on the link below you can find out more information about providing an input if you so desire. The deadline is July 9.

    There is a lot going on (always!).  I will try to send out periodic bulletins to provide more information, without spamming your email!


    Sandra H. Magnus
    Executive Director