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December 2013 Momentum

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December 2013
Be a Part of the AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition (SciTech 2014)
13–17 January 2014, National Harbor, Maryland (near Washington, DC)


The effects of future government R&D funding, the increasing cost and complexity of design, and the challenges of maintaining an educated workforce in a rapidly-changing, technology environment have been identified as critical topics for the future of aerospace. AIAA SciTech 2014 combines more than 10 individual technical events into one – all for a single registration fee – making it more dynamic, more broadly relevant, and ensuring that the scope and content complies with new travel and mission critical policy requirements for government agencies. It brings together government, academic, and industry leaders who influence the future of aerospace for engaging discussion and collaboration, as well as researchers from more than 400 government, academic, and private institutions in 45 countries to share more than 1800 technical papers on 300 high-impact topics that will advance aerospace science, technology, and exploration. Save when you register by 16 December 2013!

Featuring: 22nd AIAA/ASME/AHS Adaptive Structures Conference / 52nd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting / AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference / AIAA Spacecraft Structures Conference / AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference / AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference / 10th AIAA Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Specialist Conference / 16th AIAA Non-Deterministic Approaches Conference / 55th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference / 7th Symposium on Space Resource Utilization / 32nd ASME Wind Energy Symposium

Watch Jim Albaugh's Video on SciTech 2014 >
Register Now >

AIAA Announces 2014 Fellows and Honorary Fellows
Official Presentation Takes Places in April at the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala

AIAA is pleased to announce the 2014 AIAA Fellows and Honorary Fellows. Presentation of the new Fellows and Honorary Fellows will take place at the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala, Wednesday, 30 April 2014, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, in Washington, DC. The title of Honorary Fellow, the highest distinction conferred by AIAA, is granted to preeminent individuals who have long and highly contributory careers in aerospace, and who embody the highest possible standards in aeronautics and astronautics.

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AIAA Executive Director Sandra H. Magnus Speaks at San Diego Wind Tunnel
Discusses the Importance of Students and Young Professionals to the Aerospace Industry

Dr. Sandra H. Magnus, the executive director of AIAA, spoke at the San Diego Wind Tunnel in San Diego on Friday, 6 December 2013, from 1800 – 2000 hrs. Dr. Magnus discussed the critical role that students and young professionals play in strengthening the aerospace industry. Dr. Magnus also talked about her experiences as an astronaut and as a former resident of the International Space Station (ISS).

(Pictured: Low Speed Wind Tunnel General Manager Chuck Niskey shows the tunnel's wooden blades to AIAA Executive Director Sandy Magnus and John Rose, Deputy Director of Public Policy for Region 6.)
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AIAA Executive Director Sandra H. Magnus Participates in 15th Annual FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) Championship Tournament in San Diego

Recently, Dr. Sandra H. Magnus, the executive director of AIAA and a former NASA astronaut, as well as John Rose, chief of staff, office of the Vice President, Engineering & Mission Assurance at Boeing, and AIAA’s deputy director of public policy for western states, participated in the 15th Annual FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) Championship Tournament, which took place Saturday and Sunday, 7 and 8 December, at LEGOLAND California Resort. The event competition welcomed 112 teams comprised of more than 1,100 students, ages 9 to 14, who demonstrated their problem-solving skills, creative thinking, teamwork, competitive play, and sportsmanship.

(Pictured: AIAA Executive Director Sandy Magnus welcomes FIRST LEGO League team members and their parents to the start of the robot competition in the LEGOLAND California theatre. Photo courtesy of Sandy Huffaker.)
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AIAA Foundation Scholarships and Graduate Awards Now Accepting Applications

AIAA offers scholarships that help fund degree programs, connections that help you meet the people you really need to know, and opportunities for professional recognition while you’re still in school. For more information visit

In Search of the Next Impossible Thing

AIAA is celebrating you, the aerospace professional! We celebrate your unending thirst for knowledge, your tenacity in solving the seemingly unsolvable, and your steadfast commitment to using your skills and knowledge in an endless quest to learn more about the universe we inhabit, while improving life for all of humanity.

How are we celebrating you? Through an ongoing campaign highlighting the aerospace community’s accomplishments, so that the public knows just how important a role you play in making all our lives better! To see what we mean, watch our new video “In Search of the Next Impossible Thing,” and take a moment to celebrate yourself, your peers, and our global community!

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Important Reminder from the Institute

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Conferences and Events
2014 AIAA Associate Fellows Dinner

165 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 Monday, 13 January 2014, at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center, National Harbor, MD.

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 2014 Associate Fellows. Tickets to this celebrated event are available on a first-come, first-served basis and can be purchased for $100 via the AIAA SCITECH 2014 registration form or on site based on availability. Business attire is requested.

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International Student Conference

Every year the AIAA Foundation sponsors the winning students from the AIAA Foundation Regional Student Paper Conferences in order to convene at a central location and compete in the AIAA Foundation International Student Conference. The first-place winner from each region will give presentations along with the winner from every other region. The papers are evaluated for technical merit, and a group of judges also evaluates the oral presentation given. The winners receive a monetary prize.

There are four categories in the International Student Paper Conference: Master, Undergraduate, Team, and Community Outreach. This year the presentations will be given in conjunction with the AIAA SciTech Forum, 13–17 January 2014, in National Harbor, MD.

(Pictured: University of Maryland student members Mathew Rich (left) and Michael Hamilton (right) with AIAA Executive Director Sandy Magnus)
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Rising Leaders in Aerospace Forum

AIAA's Rising Leaders in Aerospace Forum taking place during the 2014 AIAA SciTech Forum provides a forum for young aerospace leaders, ages 35 and under, to learn from and engage with others. The Rising Leaders in Aerospace Forum offers the next generation of young aerospace leaders access to top aerospace leaders and their perspectives, and multiple opportunities for networking with those leaders and their peers.

The forum includes a reception, a keynote speaker, a speed networking opportunity, and concludes with a luncheon where a panel of young professionals will address attendees.

The reception will kick off the forum and is a perfect opportunity for young leaders to mingle with others who will be participating in the forum as either attendee, presenter, or veteran professional. The speed networking opportunity will be a great way for young aerospace leaders to meet many different professionals in the field who are from other companies and have varying levels of experience. Meeting colleagues from other companies, locales, and experience levels is always valuable. The concluding panel will provide attendees with some interesting and noteworthy insights that all attendees will find valuable.

Prithvi Lopez, president of the AIAA student branch at the University of Michigan summed up last year’s Rising Leaders in Aerospace Forum, stating: “I personally gained more in those few hours at the events than I have over the past couple of years while trying to figure out what direction I would like my career to take. I have also heard much of the same from the other Michigan students that were fortunate enough to attend as well. We have all made some lasting contacts that will serve us well for many years for career choices and career advice and are grateful for the opportunity.”

Events include:


  • Reception: Monday, 13 January 2014, 1900-2000 hrs
  • Keynote Speaker: Tuesday, 14 January 2014, 1630-1730 hrs
  • Speed Networking: Wednesday, 15 January 2014, 1430-1600 hrs
  • YP Panel: Thursday, 16 January 2014, 1230-1400 hrs


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2014 AIAA Congressional Visits Day

The 2014 AIAA Congressional Visits Day program is set for 12 March 2014 in Washington, DC. Attendees will have the rare opportunity to engage congressional decision makers on many topics 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 the Unites States. 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! Register Today!

Explore Innovation at SpaceOps 2014

Join colleagues from around the world to "Explore Innovation" at the 13th International Conference on Space Operations, set for 5–9 May 2014 in Pasadena, CA. It’s your opportunity to share your experiences, challenges, and innovative solutions with colleagues from around the globe, and take home new ideas and new connections. Hosted by the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and organized by AIAA, SpaceOps 2014 will bring together the space operations community to address state-of-the-art operations principles, methods, and tools.

Follow the conference at #spaceops2014.

View the program or register at

Join the Energy of AIAA’s New Propulsion and Energy Forum

The 2014 AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum and Exposition will focus on Leveraging Aerospace and Energy Technology Synergies to Address Future Challenges. This forum features the 50th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and the 12th International Energy Conversion Engineering Conference.

Join us in Cleveland, 28–30 July 2014, as we roll up our sleeves to help answer the following important questions:


  • How do we define propulsion and energy system architectures that are safe, clean, and economical?
  • How do we develop high energy and power density technologies for clean, sustainable energy production, power generation, and propulsion?
  • How do we implement advanced manufacturing solutions for propulsion and energy systems?


Now accepting abstracts (unrestricted as well as ITAR) in more than 20 energy and propulsion topic areas.

Follow the forum at #aiaaPropEnergy.

Submit your abstract at

Be a Part of Connecting, Protecting, and Enhancing a Global Society

The 2014 AIAA Space and Astronautics Forum and Exposition (SPACE 2014) will examine the impacts of space activity on society. The forum will convene a global conversation about the important role our community plays in enabling a connected culture, monitoring our planet, expanding our boundaries beyond Earth, and advancing technology and innovation to address worldwide opportunities.

Set for 4–7 August 2014 in San Diego, CA, AIAA SPACE 2014 will feature three premier conferences: the AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, AIAA Complex Aerospace Systems Exchange, and the 32nd AIAA International Communications Satellite Systems Conference.

The technical program will feature technical paper and poster presentations structured around 12 technical tracks (View the Call for Papers). Nowhere else will you get the depth and breadth of sessions and information-sharing on space systems, technologies, and programs!

Follow the forum at #aiaaSpace.

Submit your abstract at

Sharpen Your Skills via AIAA Continuing Education Courses

AIAA provides an ongoing source for learning and professional development for the aerospace community. Through our Continuing Education offerings, we help keep aerospace professionals at their technical best.

Check out our upcoming courses:



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

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

Honors & Awards
Awards to be Presented at at AIAA SciTech 2014 Forum
Awards Recognize Technical Achievements and Literary Excellence

AIAA will recognize technical achievements and literary excellence during the AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition (SciTech 2014), 13–17 January 2014, at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center, National Harbor, MD. A number of individuals will receive awards for technical achievements in aerospace sciences or for literary excellence at a noon awards luncheon on 14 January.

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Distinguished Lecturers to Speak at AIAA SciTech 2014 Forum
Lectures Recognize Excellence in Astronautics, Research and Public Service

Three prestigious lecture awards will be presented during the AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition (SciTech 2014), 13–17 January, at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center, National Harbor, MD. The lectures were awarded for excellence in astronautics, public service, and research.

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Member Spotlight
AIAA Congratulates Major Tucker Hamilton, USAF

As many members are aware, a strong Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) pipeline is critical to the future of America’s aerospace industry. Efforts made in the nation’s K–12 classrooms to get a diverse group of students interested in STEM are particularly important.

In light of this imperative, the Institute has selected an impressive and inspirational individual for its December 2013 Member Spotlight: Major Tucker Hamilton, USAF. As an AIAA Senior Member, Maj. Hamilton is actively involved with the Institute as an education outreach officer, overseeing section STEM outreach efforts in the counties surrounding Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, including organizing more than 30 events in just the last few months. He is actively coordinating future STEM activities and has recently called upon other AIAA Central Florida Section members to volunteer their time by assisting in the effort. Anyone interested is encouraged to learn more here.

In addition, Maj. Hamilton has founded a non-profit organization, STEM-ED, which fulfills local educators’ Science, Technology, Engineering and Math needs by identifying local professionals – both AIAA and non-AIAA affiliated – who can volunteer to assist educators with STEM-related learning opportunities in and outside of the classroom.

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Featured Products

Holiday Sale

This holiday season, AIAA is offering 25 of its most popular Library of Flight titles for $25 each*. The perfect gift for a budding aerospace engineer or addition to your own private collection, AIAA's Library of Flight series encompasses a wide variety of general-interest and reference books, including case studies. Appropriate subjects include the history and economics of aerospace as well as design, development, and management of aircraft and space programs. Visit AIAA's Aerospace Research Central (ARC) > for a complete list of titles.

Even More Savings - 10 for $10! New for 2013, AIAA is offering even deeper discounts on select Library of Flight books. Ten books will be offered at the low price of only $10 each! Buy now while supplies last.

*Offer valid until 18 December 2013 for members and nonmembers. 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!

Hot Off the Press!

Launching Into Commercial Space: Innovations in Space Travel

Joseph N. Pelton; Peter Marshalls
Hardback – Library of Flight
ISBN: 978-1-62410-241-7

Launching Into Commercial Space chronicles the dawn of a fast-moving commercial space age in which initiative from the private sector is launching innovation into tomorrow. With the door closed on the Space Shuttle era, the revolutionary commercial “Space Billionaires” of the 21st century are opening a new door. This is the story of the pioneers and private companies around the globe currently developing new spacecraft, planning futuristic spaceports, and seeking to offer a range of “space travel” services for all.

Currently Available Only on Kindle: $9.99

Space Operations: Experience, Mission Systems, and Advanced Concepts

Michael Schmidhuber; Craig Cruzen; Joachim Kehr
ISBN: 978-1-62410-207-3

Space Operations: Experience, Mission Systems, and Advanced Concepts is a collection of materials presented at the 12th SpaceOps Conference, held in Stockholm, Sweden, in June 2012. From the almost 300 papers presented and discussed at the conference, those selected for this volume represent a cross section of three main subject areas: Mission Preparation and Management, Data and Communications, and Mission Execution.

AIAA Members: $89.95
Nonmembers: $119.95

Book of the Month

Early Development of Modern Aerodynamics

B. Axcell; A. Ruban; J.A. Ackroyd
Hardback – AIAA Education Series
ISBN: 978-1-56347-516-0

This book presents the emergence of the science of aerodynamics, combining modern views with those of Kutta and Prandtl, among others. It provides access to classic works, some of which have never before been published in the English language, to emphasize the evolution of aerodynamics, particularly theoretical aerodynamics, in the 20th century.

AIAA Member Sale Price: $54.95
List Price: $94.95

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

Quick Takes
Season's Greetings from AIAA

Wishing you the very best of the season! (Click image for larger, animated version)

And, don't forget to watch our new video “In Search of the Next Impossible Thing,” and take a moment to celebrate yourself, your peers, and our global community!

December Trivia

What significant aerospace milestone was first achieved between 21-27 December 1968?

Trivia Answer >

December Aerospace America Digital Magazine Now Online

The December 2013 issue of Aerospace America is now available online for AIAA members. Don‘t miss this month's issue, “Budget Battles, Test Flights, Lawsuits...2013 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 major topic is covered.

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

11 December 2013
Photo of AIAA Executive Director Sandra Magnus Featured in Article on ISS
Parade Magazine – International Space Station's 15th Anniversary: 15 Fascinating Facts

10 December 2013
AIAA Senior Member Alberto Albertani's Work on Micro-Air Vehicles Profiled
UAS Vision – Oregon State University Studies Bat Wings for MAV Design

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