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February 2013 Momentum

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February 2013
AIAA Board of Directors Election Now Open!
Cast Your Ballot by 8 April 2013

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 Voter’s Guide lists the positions being filled this year, and includes a photograph and brief statement from each candidate. The complete Election Booklet also includes the candidates’ full statements. These can be accessed below, and 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 until 8 April 2013 – vote now to make sure your voice is heard! Thank you for your continued support of AIAA.

Board of Directors Voter's Guide > (PDF)
Board of Directors Election Booklet > (PDF)
Access Election System >

AIAA Gearing Up to Celebrate National Engineers Week 2013
17 to 23 February

As noted by AIAA Executive Director Sandra H. Magnus:
“From 17 to 23 February, the nation will celebrate “National Engineers Week,” which highlights engineers, engineering, and the remarkable ways they have transformed our lives. As reflected in this year's theme, we will “Celebrate Awesome!” AIAA headquarters will join in celebrating your awesomeness by raising awareness of the wide-ranging contributions that aerospace engineering brings to society. From GPS systems in our cars, to the modern convenience of commercial flight, to our ability to explore and further understand our universe – without aerospace eingeers, and engineers from a myriad of disciplines who work in the areospace industry, our world world be a different place altogether.”

(Pictured: AIAA staff members say “thank you” on the steps of AIAA headquarters, in Reston, VA, in honor of National Engineers Week 2013)
Full Story > Letter from AIAA Executive Director Sandra H. Magnus to AIAA members
AIAA's National Engineers Week 2013 page >

AIAA Achieves Milestone of 100 Corporate Members

AIAA reached a milestone of 100 corporate members on 11 January 2013 as its Board of Directors approved the membership of eight new corporations.

Jim Maser, AIAA’s corporate membership committee chair, stated: “Reaching the milestone of 100 corporate members is a testament to the value that America’s aerospace corporations place on AIAA as a voice of the professionals who continuously work to advance our nation’s aerospace industry.”

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AIAA Mourns The Death of Honorary Fellow James W. Plummer
Served as Director of the National Reconnaissance Office Under Presidents Nixon and Ford

AIAA mourns the death of AIAA Honorary Fellow James W. Plummer, a former under secretary of the Air Force, and director of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) under Presidents Nixon and Ford. Plummer passed away 16 January, in Medford, OR; he was 92 years old.

Plummer served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, where he pioneered the development of radar tactics from carrier based aircraft, while serving in aircraft-operating squadrons on the USS Enterprise. After the war, Plummer worked from 1947 to 1995 at the U.S. Navy Test Center, Patuxent, MD, where he evaluated airborne communications and navigation equipment.

(Pictured: AIAA Honorary Fellow James W. Plummer)
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New Editor-in-Chief Sought for the Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics

AIAA is seeking an outstanding candidate with an international reputation to assume the responsibilities of Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics. The chosen candidate will assume the editorship at an exciting time, as new features and functionality to enhance journal content are being added to Aerospace Research Central, AIAA’s platform for electronic publications. The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for maintaining and enhancing the journal’s quality and reputation as well as establishing a strategic vision for the journal. He or she receives manuscripts, assigns them to Associate Editors for review and evaluation, and monitors the performance of the Associate Editors to ensure that the manuscripts are processed in a fair and timely manner. The Editor-in-Chief works closely with AIAA Headquarters staff on both general procedures and the scheduling of specific issues. Detailed record keeping and prompt actions are required. AIAA provides all appropriate resources including a web-based manuscript-tracking system.

Interested candidates are invited to send letters of application describing their reasons for applying, summarizing their relevant experience and qualifications and their initial priorities for the journal; full résumés; and complete lists of published papers.

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Timothy C. Lieuwen Selected As Editor-In-Chief of AIAA's Progress in Astronautics and Aeronautics Book Series

AIAA has selected Timothy C. Lieuwen, Ph.D., to replace Prof. Frank Lu as the editor-in-chief of its Progress in Astronautics and Aeronautics book series. Lieuwen had served as interim editor-in-chief of the series, following Lu’s retirement from the position in December, 2011. Lieuwen is an AIAA Associate Fellow and the executive director of the Strategic Energy Institute at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, where he is also a professor in the School of Aerospace Engineering.

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51st ASM Photo Gallery Now Online

View Photos from the 51st Aerospace Sciences Meeting including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition, which took place 7-10 January in Grapevine, TX.

Conferences and Events
Columbia +10: Lessons Learned and Unlearned

AIAA and the The George Washington University’s Elliot School of International Affairs’ Space Policy Institute will co-host “Columbia +10: Lessons Learned and Unlearned,” 8 March, in the Marvin Center’s Continental Ballroom, 800 21st St. NW, Washington, DC. The event will feature panels and speakers exploring the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy, its causes, the responses to the tragedy, and the lessons learned and forgotten. For more information on the program or to register please visit

2nd Annual California Aerospace Week

AIAA’s 2nd Annual California Aerospace Week program, set for 12–13 March in Sacramento, will cast a spotlight on California’s vibrant aerospace industry. AIAA members, along with representatives from NASA and industry, will host a series of panels, hearings, and receptions, aimed at educating California lawmakers about the importance of aerospace to California’s economy. For more information on the 2nd Annual California Aerospace Week please contact Ross Garelick Bell at 703.264.5517 or

Get on the Bus for AIAA's 2013 Congressional Visits Day

The 2013 AIAA Congressional Visits Day program will take place 19–20 March in Washington, DC. Every year, AIAA members – engineers, scientists, researchers, students, educators, and technology executives – convene in Washington, DC to take part in the program. They meet with national decision makers to discuss critical industry 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 bring to America. 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 for CVD today at

If you have any questions about CVD, or are looking for materials for this year’s event, please contact Duane Hyland at 703.264.7558 or

Register for the 22nd AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technology Conference and Co-located Conferences by 25 February and Save

The 22nd AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technology Conference will be held 25–28 March in Daytona Beach, FL, along with co-located conferences including the AIAA Balloon Systems Conference and the 20th AIAA Lighter-Than-Air Systems Technology Conference. The early bird registration deadline is 25 February 2013.

To register, or for the most up-to-date conference information, visit Or you may wish to download the Event Preview (PDF).

AIAA Policy Symposium: Civilian Applications of UAVs – A California Perspective

Policymakers, designers, manufacturers, test squadrons, and consumers will discover and share the benefits, regulations, and opportunities for commercial and civil UAV applications in California. The Symposium will be held 26–28 March at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza in Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, CA.

Co-hosted by: Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, CA State Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, CA State Assemblyman Steven Bradford, CA State Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, CA State Assemblywoman Connie Conway, CA State Assemblywoman Christina Garcia, CA State Assemblyman Curt Hagman, CA State Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, CA State Senator Joel Anderson, CA State Senator Steve Knight, and CA State Senator Anthony Cannella.

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54th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference and Co-located Events

The 54th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference will be held 8–11 April in Boston, MA, along with co-located events including the 21st AIAA/ASME/AHS Adaptive Structures Conference, the 15th AIAA Non-Deterministic Approaches Conference, the 14th AIAA Dynamics Specialists Conference, the 14th AIAA Gossamer Systems Forum, and the 9th AIAA Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Specialist Conference. The early bird registration deadline is 11 March.

To register, or for the most up-to-date conference information, visit

Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala

The AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala will be held 8 May 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

Aerospace Today … and Tomorrow Set for June 2013

The 2013 Aerospace Today … and Tomorrow symposium will be held 6 June in Williamsburg, VA. Since 1989, Aerospace Today...and Tomorrow has provided a forum for executive discussions on how the aerospace industry is progressing from both government and corporate perspectives. This year’s theme is “Disruptive Innovation, A Value Proposition.”

To register, or to preview the 2013 agenda, visit

HURRY! The Abstract Deadline is Approaching for AVIATION 2013!

AIAA AVIATION 2013, AIAA's new annual event, is the premier venue for the presentation of recent progress on aircraft design, aircraft systems, air traffic management and operations, and aviation related technologies, as well as policy, planning, and market issues affecting the future direction of global aviation. AIAA AVIATION 2013, set for 12–14 August in Los Angeles, will inspire new and integrated views of aviation while addressing common topics across various industry components.

Major themes for AIAA AVIATION 2013 include:

  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
  • Global Outlook, Opportunities, and Challenges for Commercial, General, and Military Aviation
  • Aircraft Design
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Cyber Security
  • Powered Lift
  • Complex Aerospace Systems

Submit a Paper! Submitting a paper will give you the chance to share your latest research and analysis with leading engineers, researchers, and scientists, and gain the recognition of your peers. Abstracts must be received by 28 February 2013.

Submit your paper today at


AIAA Professional Development
Sharpen Your Skills via AIAA Continuing Education Courses

AIAA continuing education courses provide you with the knowledge you need to excel in your field ... or the leg up you need to move into a new field. With more than 100 available courses offered through AIAA and its partners, ranging from fundamentals to advanced-level topics, you’re sure to find a course that suits your needs.

Register Today and Save!

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

AIAA Conferences with Open Call for Papers

To submit your abstract, or for the most up-to-date conference information, please visit the corresponding event web page, listed above.

Honors & Awards
AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala to Confer Top Honors
Event Will Also Recognize Newly Elected AIAA Fellows and Honorary Fellows

AIAA has announced the 2013 recipients of its most prestigious awards. Presentation of these awards, and the recognition of the newly elected Fellows and Honorary Fellows of the Institute, will take place on May 8 at the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, in Washington, DC. This annual black-tie event recognizes the most influential and inspiring individuals in aerospace, whose outstanding contributions merit the highest accolades.

Full Story >

Students: Nominate your AIAA Student Branch Faculty Advisor for an Award!

Nominations for the Student Faculty Advisor Award are due 1 July. The award recognizes your Advisor for accomplishments and for encouraging participation in local, regional and Institute activities. For more information contact Rachel Andino at, or 703.264.7577.

AIAA Foundation Announces International Student Conference “Best Paper” Winners

The AIAA Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of its 2013 AIAA Foundation International Student Conference “Best Papers” Competition. Awardees were honored on 8 January, at the 51st AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, held 7–10 January at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center, Grapevine, Texas. Winners of the Undergraduate, Undergraduate Team, and Master’s categories received $1,000. The winner of the Community Outreach category received $500.

Full Story >

Featured Products

Recent Release

Aircraft Design: A Conceptual Approach, Fifth Edition and RDSWin STUDENT 6.0 Set

Daniel Raymer, Conceptual Research Corporation
Hardback, AIAA Education Series
ISBN: 978-1-60086-921-1

AIAA's #1 Selling Textbook – 50,000 Aerospace Engineers Can't Be Wrong! Winner of the AIAA Summerfield Book Award and the Aviation/Space Writers Association Award of Excellence. This best-selling textbook presents the entire process of aircraft conceptual design – from requirements definition to initial sizing, configuration layout, analysis, sizing, optimization, and trade studies. Widely used in industry and government aircraft design groups, Aircraft Design: A Conceptual Approach is also the design text at major universities around the world. A virtual encyclopedia of engineering, it is known for its completeness, easy-to-read style, and real-world approach to the process of design.

AIAA Members: $124.95
Nonmembers: $159.95

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

Book of the Month

Applied Cartesian Tensors for Aerospace Simulations

David M. Henderson
Hardback, AIAA Education Series
ISBN: 978-1-60086-156-7

This book presents a new approach to aerospace flight vehicle equations of motion based on a unifying tensor-based formulation. Covering the fundamental concepts of the geometry of space, applied mechanics, and aerospace engineering analysis, the author builds on these flight mechanics essentials to describe the motion of aircraft and space vehicles. Concepts are amplified by the presentation of aerospace applications in use today and that are tied directly to the material presented.

Sale: $49.95
AIAA Members: $69.95
Nonmembers: $89.95

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

Quick Takes

What aerospace milestone was achieved on 12 February 2001?

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February Issue of Aerospace America Now Available Online

The February 2013 issue of Aerospace America is now available online for AIAA members. Don’t miss this month's feature article, “Columbia: Ten Years of Recovery,” in which author Leonard David discusses how even though ten years have passed since the loss of the space shuttle Columbia and her crew, the recovery has not ended. As David writes, “Fragments of the orbiter continue to be found and returned to NASA, whose experts painstakingly catalogue and study them to learn as much as possible from the accident and pass along its sobering lessons to those who design and build vehicles for spacefarers of the future.”

To access the February 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
31 January 2013
AIAA Tennessee Section Taking Part in National Engineers Week Event
Tullahoma News – Local Groups to Host Host National Engineers Weeks Events

30 January 2013
AIAA Fellow and Retired Astronaut Bonnie Dunbar Selected to Lead New University of Houston STEM Education Center – Retired NASA Astronaut, Engineer Bonnie Dunbar to Lead New UH STEM Center

More AIAA in the News >

Member Spotlight
AIAA Congratulates Nicole Smith

The AIAA Member Spotlight for February 2013 shines on Lynn Nicole Smith, AIAA Associate Fellow, and Senior Project Manager, Orion Crew & Service Module, at NASA’s John H. Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH. Smith has been an AIAA member since 1998.

Throughout her membership, Smith has been actively involved in the affairs of AIAA, sitting on numerous of the Institute’s committees, including: the Membership Committee, the Public Policy Committee, the Regional and Section Activities Committee, and the Young Professional Committee. Additionally, Smith was the Regional Deputy Director of Public Policy for AIAA Region 3 from 2007 to 2010, and sat on the AIAA Board of Directors from 2004 to 2006. She has also been a member of the Space Operations & Support Technical Committee. She was also a volunteer guest judge on behalf of AIAA for the final round of the 2011 National Forensic League Policy Debate Championships, which centered on whether or not the United States should expand or limit its exploration of space. She was made an AIAA Associate Fellow in 2009.

(Pictured: Lynn Nicole Smith, AIAA Associate Fellow)
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