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August 2013 Momentum

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August 2013
If the Future of Your Career is Linked to the Future of Aviation, These Three Days Are Packed With All You Need to Know
One-of-a-Kind Event Set for 12–14 August in Los Angeles

AIAA AVIATION 2013, a one-of-a-kind event set for 12–14 August in Los Angeles, brings together the entire aviation enterprise for the frank discussions necessary to maintain innovation, spark discovery, and drive progress throughout the aviation value chain. At this must-attend conference, attendees will engage with thought leaders and decision makers to discuss the global outlook for commercial, military, general, and business aviation. Challenges and opportunities will be outlined by recognized industry experts.

Join us in this critical collaboration. “Be a part of this most important conference,” said James Vasatka, conference general chair, and chief engineer of aviation security for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Help define a shared vision for the future that will continue to transform our economy, security and way life.” Visit to register, or for a complete listing of speakers and a detailed schedule.

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Cybersecurity of Global Aviation a Major Focus of AIAA AVIATION 2013
Richard A. Clarke, Daniel E. Geer Jr., and Other Cybersecurity Experts to Address Cyber Threats

Leading cybersecurity experts will speak at AIAA AVIATION 2013, taking place 12–14 August at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles. The conference will address the risk of the evolving cyber threats to the world’s $2.2 trillion commercial aviation enterprise.

The panel discussion “Overview of the Threat Landscape,” at 1500 hrs on Monday, 12 August, will examine the types of cybersecurity threats, how they could affect aviation and what actions could make aviation systems more secure. Panelists include: Jeffrey Carr, founder and CEO, Taia Global, and author of “Inside Cyber Warfare: Mapping the Cyber Underworld“; Emilio Iasiello, chief, threat analysis, iSIGHT Partners; Barbara Endicott-Popovsky, director, Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity (CIAC), University of Washington; and Remy Baumgarten, security researcher, ANRC. The panel will be moderated by David Shaw, CEO, Global Business Analysis.

Richard A. Clarke, chairman and chief executive officer, Good Harbor Risk Management, LLC, will deliver a luncheon keynote address at 1130 hrs on Tuesday, 13 August. Clarke, the former U.S. national coordinator for security, infrastructure protection, and counterterrorism, and the author of the New York Times bestseller “Cyberwar: The Next Threat to National Security and What To Do About It,” will analyze the potential devastating losses to commercial aviation and society at large if cyber threats to aviation systems are not properly addressed.

(Pictured: Richard A. Clarke)
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AIAA Sets Out "A Framework for Aviation Cybersecurity"
Decision Paper "A Framework for Aviation Cybersecurity" to be Released 13 August at AVIATION 2013

AIAA will release its decision paper “A Framework for Aviation Cybersecurity” 13 August as part of AIAA AVIATION 2013. “A Framework for Aviation Cybersecurity” outlines the existing and evolving cyber threat to the world’s $2.2 trillion commercial aviation enterprise, and notes the lack of international agreement on cybersecurity as it relates to aviation. AIAA President-Elect Jim Albaugh said, “It is my hope that the world’s aviation community implements the framework proposed in this paper, to better safeguard and ensure the future of aviation. Only a vigilant, unified, and coordinated approach will allow us to craft the best possible defenses against the sophisticated and ever-evolving range of threats we face.”

Learn more, or visit to to preview the AIAA Cybersecurity Framework.

Last Call for Board of Directors Nominations
Nominations Will Be Accepted Through the Week Ending 9 August

The 2013–2014 AIAA Nominating Committee will meet 15 August 2013 to review nominees and select candidates to participate in the 2014 Board of Directors election to fill 10 upcoming vacancies.

AIAA voting members in good standing may nominate any AIAA member in good standing for any of those positions by submitting a nomination through the AIAA website. Nominations will be accepted through the week ending 9 August. To access the nomination system, visit Your participation in determining AIAA's future is appreciated!

AIAA to Designate Kitty Hawk, North Carolina as a Historic Aerospace Site
Site of First Successful Powered Heavier-Than-Air Flight in the United States

On 19 August, AIAA will designate Kitty Hawk, NC, as a historic aerospace site, following a decades-long negotiation with the U.S Park Service. A historic marker will be unveiled at a 0930 hrs ceremony as part of the First Flight Society’s National Aviation Day at Kitty Hawk. At this site on 17 December 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright achieved the first sustained, controlled heavier-than-air flight of an aircraft, opening a new era of transportation throughout the world. Their pioneering spirit continues to inspire succeeding generations to dream, aspire, innovate, and create without limits. A full-scale replica of the Wright Flyer made by the AIAA National Capital Section is on display at the pavilion at the Wright Brothers National Monument, which is part of the park. Park information can be found at

For more information on AIAA's Historic Aerospace Sites program, contact Emily Springer at

(Pictured: Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kitty Hawk, NC. Credit: National Park Service)

Conferences and Events
AIAA’s California Aerospace Business Roundtable Luncheon Set to Stimulate Collaboration
9 August, 1200–1400 hrs – Redondo Beach, CA

Join Chairman Al Muratsuchi and Members of the Assembly Select Committee on Aerospace, along with the representatives from the California Governor’s office and California businesses, at the California Aerospace Business Roundtable Luncheon, set for 9 August in Redondo Beach. Because California leads the nation in aerospace jobs and business activity, information on the industry in the state is critical in sustaining and growing a favorable business climate within California for years to come. This luncheon, set for 1200 to 1400 hrs, is a first step in coordinating the aerospace industry's message at a state level, as well as a first step in establishing the industry as a resource on policy issues for state legislators. The cost for AIAA members is $45. The cost for non-members is $60. For more information, or to register online, visit

(Pictured: Al Muratsuchi, California State Assemblymember)

Best-Selling Author Nassim Taleb, and Art Thompson of Red Bull Stratos, to Address CASE Sessions at AIAA AVIATION 2013

The AIAA Complex Aerospace Systems Exchange (CASE) tackles some of the most important system development issues facing aerospace chief engineers, program managers, and systems engineers today, such as minimizing cost overruns and delays, and mitigating late test failures. CASE begins with a Brainstorming Primer on 12 August, as part of the AIAA AVIATION 2013 conference.

Opening Plenary:
The opening session, moderated by Dr. Wilson Felder, will set the tone for the remainder of the event. The session will provide the opportunity to hear from key thought leaders in the complexity business as well as from successful complex aerospace systems practitioners. A key challenge for the aerospace community is to develop the theoretical underpinnings for systems engineering and this session will allow for discussion and development of those foundational themes.

Plenary Speakers:
Nassim N. Taleb, best-selling author and distinguished professor of Risk Engineering at New York University's Polytechnic Institute, and Art Thompson, technical project director, Red Bull Stratos.

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(Pictured: Nassim N. Taleb, left, and Art Thompson)

Blakey to Discuss Future Challenges of Military Aviation at AIAA AVIATION 2013
Keynote by Marion Blakey and Discussion of Future Challenges Facing Military Aviation Featured

Marion C. Blakey, president and chief executive officer, Aerospace Industries Association, will discuss the state of America’s military aviation enterprise during a keynote address on Tuesday, 13 August, as part of AIAA AVIATION 2013. Blakey will also chair a panel discussion, Military Aviation: Global Outlook, Opportunities and Challenges at 0930 hrs on 13 August, with speakers: Rear Adm. David B. Woods, commander, Strike Force Training, Pacific, U.S. Navy; James “Jim” O'Neill, president, Global Services & Support, Boeing Defense, Space & Security; Alton “Al” D. Romig Jr., vice president and general manager, SkunkWorks® Advanced Development Programs, Lockheed Martin Corp.; and Mark Gunzinger, senior fellow, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. The panel will review the current state of military aviation and consider the emerging challenges that threaten its ability to respond to global threats.

(Pictured: Marion C. Blakey)
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Aviation Research in China Panel Taking Place at AIAA AVIATION 2013
Tuesday, 13 August – 0930 hrs

Moderated by Song Wu, president, Chinese Society of Aeronautics and Astronautics (CSAA), with welcome remarks to be provided by Susan Ying, AIAA vice president, international, the Aviation Research in China Panel is set for Tuesday, 13 August at 0930 hrs, at the AIAA AVIATION 2013 conference. Panelists include: Sun Xun, senior engineer, AVIC Xi’an Flight Automatic Control Research Institute; Liu Quanliang, senior engineer, Aircraft Strength Research Institute of China; Zhao Chuanliang, senior engineer, Shenyang Aero-engine Research Institute; Ye Liang, senior engineer, AVIC Aerodynamic Research Institute; and Li Kaixiang, engineer, Aircraft Strength Research Institute of China.

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GNC, AFM, MST and Infotech@Aerospace Combine in Boston

Four conferences, the AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, the AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference, the AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference, and the AIAA Infotech@Aerospace Conference, combine to provide the world’s premier forum for presentation, discussion, and collaboration of science, research, and technology in these highly related fields as they relate to aerospace. These combined conferences, set for 19–22 August in Boston, bring together experts from industry, government, and academia on an international level to cover a broad spectrum of issues concerning flight mechanics, modeling, simulation, information systems, and the guidance, navigation, and control of aerospace vehicles.

Confirmed Speakers include:

  • Werner J.A. Dahm, Director Security and Defense Systems Initiative (SDSI), and Arizona State University Foundation Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
  • George T. Schmidt, Editor-in-Chief, AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics
  • Andy Thurling, Chief Pilot and Program Manager, AeroVironment, Inc.
  • Paul Barnard, Design Automation Marketing Director, MathWorks
  • Christyl Johnson, Deputy Director for Technology and Research Investments, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Mark Maybury, Chief Scientist, U.S. Air Force

To register, or to preview this year’s agenda, visit

SPACE 2013: Sparking Ingenuity and Collaboration to Enable Mission Success

The AIAA SPACE 2013 Conference & Exposition is AIAA’s premier event on space technology, policy, programs, management, and education. At this three-day event, set for 10–12 September in San Diego, attendees can expect lively discussions with government and industry leadership in plenary panel and keynote sessions; interactive exhibits, demonstrations, presentations, and poster sessions in the exposition hall; and networking activities for all participants, including students and young professionals.

Six stimulating plenary sessions will be featured:

  • A Conversation with Space Executives
  • The Evolving Landscape of the Space Business
  • Space Exploration for Inspiration and Profit
  • NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission
  • Aligning Technology Development to Support Space Goals
  • The Way Ahead for Space Based Weather Monitoring

To register, or to preview this year’s agenda, visit The early-bird deadline is 12 August 2013.

Engineers as Educators – Train the Trainer Workshop
10 September, 1700–1800 hrs – San Diego, CA

Do you want to be a workshop facilitator? Do you have formal or informal experience leading students? Are you enthusiastic and dedicated to sharing your passion for training others with your local section? Are you looking for a way to connect with your local section and become a resource for STEM K–12 activities? If you have answered “yes” to any of the above questions, this is the workshop for you! Your leadership and passion can be channeled to help your section achieve new ways of inspiring students and teachers in your local community. This workshop will teach you how to train professionals; to be more confident with a K–12 student audience; to assist them to construct grade level appropriate presentations; to demonstrate where resources for making presentations exciting and engaging; and to encourage student exploration of the aerospace industry.

Registration is limited, so plan to register early at

Engineers as Educators Workshop
10 September, 1900–2200 hrs – San Diego, CA

For anyone who wants to work with K–12 students: Do you want to share your passion for the aerospace industry with students in a formal or informal environment? Are you challenged to convey the complex, and yet often brilliantly simple nature of your job in a way that is easily understood by students and teachers of different grade levels? Are you looking for a way to become actively engaged in your community? This workshop will give you tips and tricks to be successful and spark student interest to continue to learn more on their own. Registration is limited, so plan to register early at

AIAA Educator Academy Mars Rover Demonstration
11 September, 1000–1330 hrs – San Diego, CA

AIAA has introduced an innovative approach to K–12 education, the AIAA Educator Academy, which features three curriculum modules: Mars Rover; Electric Cargo Airplane; and Space Weather Balloon, targeted at different grade levels. The program is designed to be a collaborative effort between AIAA local sections and their communities to excite and inspire students to apply math and science concepts they learn in the classroom to solve real-world aerospace challenges. Debuting at the SPACE 2013 Conference is a Mars Rover Celebration demonstration event for local San Diego elementary and middle school students. Stop by and see where these students’ explorations of Mars will take them. Students will also be visiting the Exhibition Hall at the conclusion of this event.

New Standards Available: AIAA Space Plug-and-Play Architecture

For the first time ever, AIAA is releasing a full set of Standards (10 in total) dedicated to Plug-and-Play (PnP) capabilities. This technology, evolved from the desire to quickly and reliably assemble a spacecraft, has been a challenge since the 1960s. In this Space Plug-and-Play Architecture (SPA) set of standards, the focus is on the technical approaches to adapt the various computer PnP capabilities to small spacecraft and the space environment.

Features of the 10-Standard Set include:

  • A general description of a data-centric spacecraft model to form the on-board PnP network with illustrations to clearly indicate how this works.
  • A common ontology to allow for a profile-specific Common Data Dictionary (CDD) so that a stable set of terms may exist.
  • Interfaces between devices to simplify the implementation of PnP at the device level.
  • PnP protocols identified to date that are generally described, as are the adaptations needed for space application.

For a full list of standards available, visit AIAA's Aerospace Research Central (ARC). Please note, these Standards are available at no cost to AIAA members and may be downloaded individually or as a set.

AIAA New Committee on Standards Seeks Members

A new Committee on Standards, Space Architecture (SA CoS), is now soliciting membership for the development of proposed documents focusing on standardization in the field of architecture for space-based (micro-gravity, lunar, Martian and other planetary bodies) living and working environments for humans. Habitats have been built as unique facilities by Americans, Russians, and the one-of-a-kind international collaboration on the International Space Station. Some best practices have been identified but not documented in standards. The standardization is of interest to space-based habitat architects, developers, manufacturers, testers, transporters, integrators, operators, and users. If you are interested in participating, please contact the SA CoS Chairperson, Frederick Slane, at

Honors & Awards
Awards to be Presented at the AIAA AVIATION 2013 Conference
Awards Honor Achievement in Aircraft Design, V/STOL Technology, and Aerospace History

AIAA will present awards for technical excellence and aerospace history at an awards luncheon on 13 August as part of the AIAA AVIATION 2013 conference, set for 12–14 August at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles.

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AIAA Foundation Presents Scholarships to the Three Winners of the 2013 Iridium NEXT Scholarship Competition
Scholarships Recognize Student Excellence in STEM Subjects

The AIAA Foundation, the administrator of the Iridium Next Scholarships, is pleased to announce the three scholarship winners for 2013. The winners, all undergraduate students, have demonstrated a very high standard of academic excellence in the “STEM” fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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Meet the 2013–2014 AIAA Foundation Scholarship and Award Winners

The AIAA Foundation's undergraduate scholarship program offers scholarships each year to college sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Recipients can apply to renew their scholarship annually until they graduate. Through its annual graduate scholarship program, the AIAA Foundation presents awards to graduate students doing excellent research in the air and space sciences.

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AIAA to Present Awards at August Conference
Awards Recognize Technical Excellence, Academic Achievement, and Sustained Service

AIAA will present awards for technical excellence, academic achievement, and sustained service at a noon luncheon on 20 August, as part of the AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, the AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference, the AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference, and the AIAA Infotech@Aerospace Conference, being jointly held 19–22 August, at the Marriott Boston Copley Place, Boston, MA.

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Call For Nominations
AIAA’s Highest Awards

AIAA members are urged to submit nominations to recognize colleagues for accomplishments or dedicated service with AIAA’s highest awards, including the Reed Aeronautics Award, the Goddard Astronautics Award, the Distinguished Service Award, and the International Cooperation Award. Awards will be presented during the annual black-tie Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala. Log in to MY AIAA to submit your nomination. If you have any questions or need further information, contact

Member Spotlight
AIAA Congratulates Mississippi State University’s Paromita Mitra

The August 2013 Member Spotlight shines on Paromita Mitra, from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, an AIAA student member, and a senior majoring in aerospace engineering at Mississippi State University. Mitra also represented her home state as Miss Mississippi USA in the recently held Miss USA pageant. Originally from Bangladesh, Mitra maintains close family ties with relatives in that nation, and still returns there often to visit, and to work with the charitable organization, Smile Bangladesh, a non-profit group that supports reconstructive surgery for children born with cleft lips and palates.

“Since childhood my brother has been a role model in my life,” said Mitra, when asked who or what may have inspired her to into aerospace. “Growing up, he took our family on monthly planetarium visits, so space and astronomy naturally became an interest of mine.”

(Pictured: Paromita Mitra, AIAA student member)
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Quick Takes

What “first” was achieved in space on 30 August 1983?

Bonus: What else was significant about this mission?

Trivia Answers >

July–August Aerospace America Digital Magazine

The combined July–August 2013 issue of Aerospace America remains available online for AIAA members. Don’t miss the feature article, “UAV Roundup 2013,” by J.R. Wilson, which discusses how the worldwide demand for UAVs is projected to increase despite tight defense budgets, and how the growing capabilities of unmanned aircraft may revolutionize the conduct of warfare. In addition, Wilson writes, “With the opening of controlled airspace to UAVs, the commercial market could soon dwarf military demand.”

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

AIAA Logo Items

The AIAA merchandise line has AIAA logo polo shirts, ball caps, key chains, coffee mugs, ties, and other AIAA logo items and gifts available for purchase. These items are great for your weekend getaway or your workday.

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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

2 August 2013
AIAA President-Elect Jim Albaugh Interviewed About Need for Coordinated Cybersecurity Strategy in Aviation
Flight Global – Aviation Group Calls for Coordinated Cybersecurity

1 August 2013
John Rose, AIAA Deputy Director of Public Policy for Region 6, Quoted in Defense News Story on Unmanned Arial Systems
Defense News– As Uses for Drones Expand, So Does the Industry

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