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    March 2014
    AIAA News
    AIAA Debuts New Forum Websites
    Welcome to the new AIAA AVIATION Forum website!

    To better serve our members and to enhance the value of our new forum lineup, AIAA recently debuted its new forum website for the AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum (AVIATION), occurring 16–20 June 2014 in Atlanta, GA. Gone are the days when AIAA event websites revolved around the opening date of registration, or the deadlines for calls for papers. The days of building community and excitement before, during, and after the forum have arrived.

    “Welcome to the new AIAA AVIATION Forum website! We developed this to meet your numerous requests for websites that promote interaction, highlight innovation and provide the information you need for a meaningful event experience, all in one dynamic, easy-to-access package,” said AIAA Executive Director Sandra Magnus.

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    AIAA Members Crippen, Hale, and Magnus Reflect on “Space Shuttle Missions and Memories” at National Air and Space Museum

    On Friday evening, 14 March, the National Air and Space Society’s Lecture Series sponsored “Space Shuttle Missions and Memories.” Taking place at Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA, the event presented a rare opportunity to learn about the evolution of the space shuttle program from three former first-hand participants. Touching upon the early days of the shuttle program was Capt. Robert L. Crippen, USN (Ret.), astronaut on STS-1, STS-7, STS-41C, and STS-41G, and an AIAA Honorary Fellow and former AIAA President. Representing the mid-shuttle era was N. Wayne Hale, Jr., an AIAA Senior Member, and an engineer who served in the Mission Control Center as flight director for 40 shuttle missions, eventually becoming the Space Shuttle Program manager. Speaking on the final phase of the shuttle program was AIAA Associate Fellow and Executive Director Dr. Sandra Magnus. Dr. Magnus was an astronaut on STS-112, STS-119, STS-126, ISS Expedition 18, and STS-135. While attendance at the lecture was reserved for members of the Museum’s National Air and Space Society and their guests, anyone can watch the lecture via recorded webcast.

    (Pictured, left to right: N. Wayne Hale, Jr., Dr. Sandy Magnus, and Capt. Robert Crippen at the National Space Society's Lecture, "Space Shuttle Missions and Memories." Credit: Mark Avino, Smithsonian Institution. Click image for larger version.)
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    Deadline for the 2014 AIAA Board of Directors Election Quickly Approaching!
    Make Sure Your Voice is Heard!

    The 2014 AIAA Board of Directors Election is now open. As a voting member, you can help determine AIAA’s future direction. An outstanding slate of candidates has been nominated. We urge you to learn about each candidate and then vote for those you consider the best qualified. The complete Election Booklet includes the candidates’ full statements and can be accessed at, where you can also vote electronically, which is faster, more cost-effective, and more secure than paper balloting. If you want a paper ballot, or a printed copy of the candidates’ statements, contact us at 800.639.2422, 703.264.7500, or The polls are open through 24 March 2014 – vote now to make sure your voice is heard! Thank you for your continued support of AIAA! >

    AIAA in Hollywood
    AIAA Interviews Mary Kate Smith — AIAA Student Member — Senior in Aerospace Engineering, Mississippi State University — Contestant on TBS’s “King of the Nerds,” Season 2

    AIAA: How did you find yourself applying to be on King of the Nerds (KOTN)?

    Mary Kate (MK): It’s a really funny story actually. I was familiar with the show but never thought about applying. KOTN reached out to my advisor and said they were looking for people who had a passion for space. My advisor thought it was something I should do, so I applied. Three days later I got a call from California and it has been a roller coaster from there.

    (Pictured: Mary Kate Smith on TBS's King of the Nerds, Season 2. Click image for larger version.)
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    AIAA Members Advocate for Aerospace

    The 17th annual Congressional Visits Day program took place on 12 March, drawing 119 AIAA members from 34 sections, representing 21 states and the District of Columbia, to Washington, DC, to meet with their Congressional decision makers to discuss matters of vital importance to America’s aerospace community.

    “Congressional Visits Day 2014 was a huge success,” said AIAA Executive Director Sandra Magnus. “Over 100 members descended on Washington, DC, scheduling 191 meetings with their representatives to discuss the importance of Aerospace for the country. CVD is just the first step in establishing relationships with policy makers. I look forward to hearing from everyone about the follow-on activities that will be undertaken locally!”

    (Pictured: Team Kansas in Hart Senate Office Building lobby.)
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    AIAA Executive Director Urges Congress to Develop a Long-Term, Committed and Stable Strategic Plan for the U.S. Space Program
    Decries Current Fractious State of Exploration Policy and Declares Cohesive Plan Vital to the Country’s Interest

    On 27 February, AIAA Executive Director Sandra H. Magnus testified before the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology on “Mars Flyby 2021: The First Deep Space Mission for the Orion and Space Launch System.” Magnus described the current lack of long-range, cohesive vision within the U.S. space program and the lack of budget support for long-term exploration goals, and challenged Congress to create a unified, forward-looking, goal-oriented exploration strategy.

    (Pictured: Dr. Sandy Magnus, AIAA Executive Director.)
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    Kendall Says Participation in Technical Conferences Crucial to Government Employees

    Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L), issued a 20 February memo discussing the DoD participation in technical and industry conferences. In his memo, addressed to the Research and Development and Science and Technology departments of the DoD, he highlights that science and technology conferences and symposia are crucial for maintaining the technical competence and professional development of DoD scientists and engineers.

    (Pictured: Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L))
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    National Geographic Airs “Live from Space”
    Special Aired Friday, 14 March

    For two hours Friday evening, NASA and the National Geographic Channel provided viewers with a live look behind the scenes, both aboard the International Space Station and with the ground team at Mission Control that watches over the crew and station systems. As the ISS soared 260 miles above the Earth, Astronauts Rick Mastracchio of NASA and Koichi Wakata, the first Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency station commander, provided viewers with a guided tour of the space station. Former astronaut and AIAA Executive Director Sandy Magnus said, “It’s important that NASA do things like this because [NASA] is funded by the taxpayer and part of that mission is to let taxpayers know what we’re doing with their money. ... Space stations are a little bit more remote [than shuttle launches] and it’s harder for people to relate to it because it is just up there going around and around and around.”

    (Image Credit: NASA)
    Check the National Geographic Channel for re-air dates and times, or watch it via YouTube.

    AIAA Foundation Regional Student Conferences

    The 2014 AIAA regional student conferences kicked off in March with the Region VI Student Paper Conference. This conference was hosted by the California State University – Sacramento, March 1-2. There were twenty-three presentations and eighty-eight attendees at the conference.

    (Pictured: Organizers and Judges of the AIAA Foundation Student Conferences)
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    New Editor-in-Chief Sought for the Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets

    AIAA is seeking an outstanding candidate with an international reputation for this position to assume the responsibilities of Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets. The chosen candidate will assume the editorship at an exciting time as new features and functionality intended to enhance journal content are added to Aerospace Research Central, AIAA’s platform for electronic publications.

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    New Editor-in-Chief Sought for the Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer

    AIAA is seeking an outstanding candidate with an international reputation for this position to assume the responsibilities of Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer. The chosen candidate will assume the editorship at an exciting time as new features and functionality intended to enhance journal content are added to Aerospace Research Central, AIAA’s platform for electronic publications.

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    Conferences and Events
    AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition (AVIATION 2014)
    Registration Now Open!

    Addressing the theme “Aviation’s Global Promise – Challenges & Opportunities,” AVIATION 2014, set for 16–20 June in Atlanta, GA, will build on the foundation of AVIATION 2013 to stimulate thought-provoking conversations among industry leaders and the engineering and technical professionals that develop and operate aviation systems. In addition to cutting-edge technical research presentations — 1500 technical papers on more than 125 specialized topics — the program will feature panel discussions and keynote presentations addressing some of the pressing opportunities and challenges for the aviation industry.

    Featuring: 20th AIAA/CEAS Aeroacoustics Conference / 30th AIAA Aerodynamic Measurement Technology and Ground Testing Conference / AIAA/3AF Aircraft Noise and Emissions Reduction Symposium / 32nd AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference / AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference / 6th AIAA Atmospheric and Space Environments Conference / 14th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations Conference / AIAA Balloon Systems Conference / AIAA Flight Testing Conference / 7th AIAA Flow Control Conference / 44th AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference / 19th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference / 11th AIAA/ASME Joint Thermophysics and Heat Transfer Conference / 21st AIAA Lighter-Than-Air Systems Technology Conference / 15th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference / AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference / 45th AIAA Plasmadynamics and Lasers Conference / 7th AIAA Theoretical Fluid Mechanics Conference.

    Register Today!

    Register Today for SpaceOps 2014 in Pasadena

    Discover the latest in space operations, development, and technology. The 13th International Conference on Space Operations, set for 5–9 May 2014 in Pasadena, CA, provides the opportunity for you to share your experiences, challenges, and innovative solutions with colleagues from around the globe, and take home new ideas and new connections. Featured panels include: Control Center of the Future; Smallsat Operations; and Commercial Space.

    View the program or register at

    Follow us at #spaceops2014.

    2014 Aerospace Today and Tomorrow

    Aerospace Today and Tomorrow, set for 5 June in Williamsburg, VA, is a unique “executives-only” forum, engaging industry leaders—and no media—in high-level discussions on “U.S. aerospace stewardship in a global environment.”

    Morning Host: Frank Culbertson, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Advanced Programs Group, Orbital Sciences Corporation.

    Afternoon Host: Al Romig, Vice President, Engineering and Advanced Systems, Chief Skunk, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics.


    AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition (SciTech2015)
    Calls for Papers Opens 17 March, Closes 2 June

    Challenges for aerospace science, research, and development will linger into 2015. But it’s basic human nature to find innovative solutions – particularly in the field of aerospace – to overcome challenges and create new opportunities. We’ll see you at SciTech 2015, set for 5–9 January 2015, in Kissimmee, FL, when we discover the science and technologies that will shape the future of aerospace!

    SciTech 2015 will feature the following conferences: 23nd AIAA/ASME/AHS Adaptive Structures Conference / 53rd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting / AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference / AIAA Infotech @ Aerospace / AIAA Spacecraft Structures Conference / AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference / AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference / 17th AIAA Non-Deterministic Approaches Conference / 56th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference / 8th Symposium on Space Resource Utilization / 33rd ASME Wind Energy Symposium.


    23rd AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technology Conference and Seminar — Co-located with the PIA Meeting and Symposium!
    Call for Papers Opens 27 March, Closes 30 September

    The 23rd AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technology Conference and Seminar, set for 30 March–2 April 2015 in Daytona Beach, FL, provides the world’s leading scientists, engineers, researchers, and managers, as well as promising students within the field of parachute and aerodynamic decelerator systems, an opportunity to present recent advances before a knowledgeable international audience. Topics include Modeling and Simulation, System Applications and Operations, Testing, Materials and Manufacturing, Design and Development, and more.

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    Reminder: 2014 ANSI Student Paper Competition Accepting Submissions through 30 April

    The theme of the 2014 competition is How are standards and conformity assessment critical components in addressing emerging business challenges? All full- and part-time students currently enrolled at the associate, undergraduate, or graduate level at an academic institute of higher learning are eligible to enter the contest.

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    Call for Nominations for the Excellence in Aerospace Standardization Award Due 1 July

    Recognize the achievements of your standards colleagues by nominating them for the Excellence in Aerospace Standardization Award! This biennial award honors contributions by individuals who advance the health of the aerospace community by enabling cooperation, competition, and growth through the standardization process. Such individuals may have been committee chairs, project leaders, or industry executives; the award is intended to recognize substantive accomplishment. Any AIAA member in good standing may be a nominator; please review the award guidelines for nominee eligibility, letters of endorsement, and page limits. AIAA members may submit nominations online after logging in with their username and password, where you will be guided step-by-step through the process. Paper entries are also acceptable. For more information, please contact Carol Stewart, Manager, AIAA Honors and Awards, at

    AIAA Seeks Members for the Standards Executive Council

    The Standards Executive Council, which represents a diverse group in the aeronautics and astronautics field and oversees the development of standards at AIAA, is seeking to increase its membership. Members are responsible for providing policy, direction, and guidance to approved consensus bodies, AIAA staff, and the AIAA Board of Directors on all issues related to the standards program, from formation of Committees on Standards to approval of standards for publication. Candidates are recommended by the chairperson (VP, Standards) and appointed by the AIAA president for a 1-year term, with re-appointments on the recommendation of the chair. For more information or to request an application, please contact Ms. Laura McGill, VP, Standards, at or the AIAA Program Manager, Standards at

    New Standard Available for Public Review: Qualification and Quality Requirements for Space Solar Cells

    The AIAA Solar Cells and Solar Panels Committee on Standards has revised the standard Qualification and Quality Requirements for Space Solar Cells and it is now available for public review and comment. The original standard was published in 2005.

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    Honors & Awards
    AIAA Fellows Dinner Set for 29 April

    The annual AIAA Fellows Dinner is set for Tuesday, 29 April 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, VA. Please join us to celebrate the induction of the 3 Honorary Fellows and 25 Fellows in the Class of 2014. This event honors persons of distinction in aeronautics or astronautics who have made notable and valuable contributions to the arts, sciences or technology thereof. This must-attend event is for all Fellows and Honorary Fellows only. Tickets are $140. Please register online.

    AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala to Confer Top Honors

    The AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala is set for 30 April 2014 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, in Washington, DC. AIAA cordially invites you to participate in a night dedicated to honoring achievements in aerospace. Join us, along with the most influential and inspiring individuals in the industry, as they are recognized during this momentous celebration.

    To purchase a table or individual seats, please visit

    Nominations for Sustained Service Award Due 1 July 2014!

    The Sustained Service Award is presented to recognize sustained, significant service and contributions to AIAA by members of the Institute. The nominee/recipient must be a member in good standing who has shown continuing dedication to the interests of the Institute by making significant and sustained contributions over a period of time, typically 10 years or more. Active participation and service at the local section/regional level, and/or the national level is a potential discriminator in the evaluation of candidates. A maximum of 20 awards are presented each year. These annual awards are presented at a forum or activity with which the recipient is most associated or active in, or may be presented by the recipient’s local AIAA section at an appropriate section event. A nomination form, scoresheet and additional information (no more than one page) that provides details to substantiate the scores for various activities is required. Letters of endorsement are not required for this award. Nomination Deadline: 1 July. AIAA members may log into with their user name and password to submit a nomination online, or contact to receive the nomination form and required scoresheet.

    Call for Nominations
    Membership Advancements

    Now is the time to start thinking about who in your Region/Section or Technical Committee is eligible for Associate Fellow, Fellow, and Honorary Fellow. Associate Fellow nominations are due 15 April 2014 and references are due 15 May 2014. Fellow and Honorary Fellow nominations are due 15 June 2014 and reference forms are due 15 July 2014.

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    Member Spotlight
    AIAA Congratulates Glynn Lunney

    The Member Spotlight’s beam shone to the southwest this month, when it fell on Houston, Texas, and landed on 2014 AIAA Goddard Astronautics Award winner Glynn Lunney, a “true hero of the space age, and one of the outstanding contributors to the exploration of space over the last four decades,” according to former NASA Johnson Space Center Director Christopher C. Kraft .

    Lunney began his career at NASA with the agency’s inception in 1958, and served NASA through its most historic hours. As a flight director in the Gemini and Apollo programs, Lunney was there during Apollo 11’s landing on the lunar surface, and was later part of the team that brought the Apollo 13 astronauts safely back to Earth, after an explosion critically damaged their capsule in the early stages of their 1970 lunar mission. Lunney, as well as the rest of the Apollo 13 team, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Richard Nixon for their efforts. After the Apollo program ended, Lunney became the technical director of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, a joint spaceflight collaboration between the United States and the then Soviet Union.

    (Pictured: 2014 AIAA Goddard Astronautics Award winner Glynn Lunney)
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    Featured Products
    Book of the Month

    Flight Performance of Fixed and Rotary Wing Aircraft

    Antonio Filippone, University of Manchester
    Hardback – AIAA Education Series
    ISBN: 978-1-56347-839-0

    Calculation and optimization of flight performance is required to design or select new aircraft, efficiently operate existing aircraft, and upgrade aircraft. Flight Performance of Fixed and Rotary Wing Aircraft provides critical data for aircraft certification, accident investigation, fleet management, flight regulations, and safety.

    AIAA Member Sale Price: $44.95
    List Price: $84.95

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

    Coming Soon

    Introduction to Aircraft Flight Mechanics, Second Edition

    Thomas R. Yechout; Steven L. Morris; David E. Bossert; Wayne F. Hallgren; James K. Hall
    Hardback – AIAA Education Series
    ISBN: 978-1-62410-254-7

    Introduction to Aircraft Flight Mechanics, Second Edition revises and expands this acclaimed, widely adopted textbook. Outstanding for use in undergraduate aeronautical engineering curricula, it is written for those first encountering the topic by clearly explaining the concepts and derivations of equations involved in aircraft flight mechanics.

    Modeling and Simulation of Aerospace Vehicle Dynamics, Third Edition

    Peter H. Zipfel
    Hardback – AIAA Education Series
    ISBN: 978-1-62410-250-9

    Modeling and Simulation of Aerospace Vehicle Dynamics, Third Edition unifies all aspects of flight dynamics for the efficient development of aerospace vehicle simulations. It provides the reader with a complete set of tools to build, program, and execute simulations.

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

    Quick Takes
    AIAA Fellow Robert Farquhar Profiled in, “Space Thief or Hero? One Man’s Quest to Reawaken An Old Friend”

    In the 1980s, NASA Engineer Robert Farquhar came up with a sly plan to divert the ISEE-3 satellite from its original path to visit a comet instead. Now Farquhar has another big plan for his "baby."

    Full Story > (NPR)

    March Trivia

    Trivia Question
    What was achieved for the first time in history 18 March 1965?

    Bonus Question
    Who accomplished the feat?

    Trivia Answers >

    March Aerospace America Digital Magazine

    The March 2014 issue of Aerospace America is now available online for AIAA members. Don’t miss this month's feature article, “Ready, set, EXPORT,” by Debra Werner, which discusses how for American aerospace companies, the outlook for exports could be brightening now that the Obama administration has begun overhauling the controversial International Traffic in Arms Regulations. The changes will add complexity, and executives are anxious to learn exactly how the revised system will work, Werner explains.

    To access the March 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.

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

    AIAA in the News

    17 March 2014
    AIAA Fellow Joanne Maguire Elected to Colorado Woman's Hall of Fame
    The Denver Post – Colorado Women's Hall of Fame to Induct Class of 2014

    17 March 2014
    AIAA Student Section at University of Illinois Participates in Engineering Open House
    The Daily Illini– Engineering Open House Attracts Thousands Nationally

    13 March 2014
    AIAA Fellow Darryll Pines Named to Aurora Flight Sciences Board of Directors
    Citybizlist– Professor Darryll Pines to Join Aurora Board

    More AIAA in the News >

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