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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    Outstanding Activity

    First Place Awards

    The Outstanding Activity Award allows the Institute to acknowledge sections that have held an outstanding activity deserving of additional recognition. The winners are:


    Michael_WestVery Small (tie): Sydney, Michael West, section chair— Aerospace Futures Conference. This conference brought together university students from across Australia with representatives from the Australian and international space industry to discuss current research, careers, and future prospects in the aerospace sector. As part of the conference, the Section also hosted an evening public panel discussion on the roles of government and industry in Australia’s nascent space sector.




    PhotoNotAvailableChina Lake, Ying-Ming Lee, section chair—50 Years of AIAA at China Lake.AIAA at China Lake. The Section celebrated its 50th anniversary with a special celebration honoring both the history of the Section and its members. The program began with a presentation by Section officer, Jeff Scott, followed by an award ceremony for members with special focus on five individuals who have been AIAA members for 50 years. Capping off the evening was a multimedia presentation by guest speaker, Wallace Martin. Inspired by the recently installed AIAA Historic Aerospace Site plaques, this presentation featured pictures, videos, and personal stories highlighting the most important contributions made by scientists and engineers at China Lake in the history of the facility.



    PhotoNotAvailableSmall: Northwest Florida, Ben Dickenson, section chair— Eglin Air Force Base Flightline Tour. The Section organized and led an educational tour of Eglin AFB with the first state-funded STEM Center. Seventy-three students and ten chaperones learned about the F-35, F-15, and F-16, with an emphasis on the use of electromagnetic spectrum for flying operations. While touring the aircraft the students were placed in teams of five to answer a 20-question quiz. The quizzes were graded and the top two teams were awarded prizes.



    PhotoNotAvailableMedium: Central Florida, Randal Allen, section chair— Wings ’n’ Things. This was a STEM K–12 event held at the Florida Air Museum at Sun ’n’ Fun in Leesburg, FL, in which Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and their sisters built and flew model rockets. Approximately 300 youth took part in this full-day event. In the morning session, they built their model rockets. After lunch, they launched their rockets, some multiple times—until they ran out of engines. Section members and AIAA/UCF students participated in this full-day activity.




    Kevin_Melcher Large: Northern Ohio, Kevin Melcher, section chair— Young Astronauts Day. The Section, NASA Glenn Research Center, and Sierra Lobo Inc. hosted 350 students (15 middle/ high school teams and 15 elementary teams) from 19 different communities and schools for the 20th anniversary edition of Young Astronauts Day. Throughout the day-long event, students were challenged with various hands-on (STEM) activities. Demand for participation in this event is high—the 30 team slots fill fast and there is always a waiting list!



    PhotoNotAvailableVery Large (tie): Los Angeles/Las Vegas, Nicola Sarzi Amade, programs officer—Annual Awards Dinner and Book Signing. This event had the largest attendance in recent Section history with 259 people participating. As a result of this dinner, the Section recruited 2 new professional members and 24 new student members. Guest speakers Buzz Aldrin & Francis French had a book signing. The event was both successful and profitable.




    PhotoNotAvailableGreater Huntsville, Tom Kmiec, section chair—Civil Space Symposium. This symposium, held for the first time, was billed as “Civil Space 2013: Accelerating Tomorrow’s Commercial Space Marketplace.” It was a two-day event to bring together government and industry to discuss the mutual goal of efficient, effective, and reliable access for payload and crew to near-Earth space. The conference was unique in that the focus was not on exploration, but on Earth orbital concerns and solutions. It served as a working-level conference designed to highlight some of the biggest challenges facing the market today, including technology gap, market stability, obsolescence, and integration and safety standards.