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June 2013 Momentum

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June 2013
AIAA Confers Top Honors at Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala
Event Recognized Newly Elected AIAA Fellows and Honorary Fellows

AIAA honored and celebrated the recipients of its most prestigious aerospace awards at the 2013 Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala on 8 May 2013 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.

(Pictured: 2013 AIAA Fellows with AIAA Executive Director Sandy Magnus - first row, center)
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Call for Board of Directors Nominations to Open Soon

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 the following vacancies: Vice President-Elect, Finance; Vice President-Elect, International Activities; Vice President-Elect, Publications; Vice President-Elect, Standards; Director – Technical, Aircraft and Atmospheric Systems Group; Director – Technical, Engineering and Technology Management Group; Director – Technical, Space and Missile Systems Group; Director – At-Large; Director – At-Large, International; and Director – Region 1.

Once the nomination system officially opens, 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. (Log in to, locate “Nominations & Voting” under the category “Other Participation” and select “BoD Nomination.”) Nominations are expected to open 14 June and will remain open through 9 August 2013. Please watch for our follow-up email confirming that our nomination system is open!

Leaders of 64 Scientific and Engineering Associations Ask Congress to Modify Restrictive Government Travel Rules
OMB Memo's Restrictions on Attending Professional Conferences Threaten Vital National Interests

Leaders of 64 scientific, engineering, and technology associations recently sent a letter to House and Senate leaders, calling for a reform of the government personnel travel rules recently imposed by OMB Memorandum M-12-12. Issued in the wake of the scandal that arose from a General Services Administration event held in Las Vegas, the OMB memorandum strictly limits the ability of government employees to attend professional conferences.

(Pictured: 51st AIAA Aerosapce Sciences Meeting, January 2013, Grapevine, TX)
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AAIA Congratulates U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman on Successful Launch of X-47B Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
Carrier-Launched UAV Will Extend Strike Capacity of U.S. Navy

AIAA congratulates the U.S. Navy and AIAA corporate member Northrop Grumman Corp. on the successful launch of their X-47B unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), from the deck of the George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier on 14 May. The launch made aviation history, marking the first catapult launch of a jet propelled UAV from an aircraft carrier flight deck.

(Pictured: X-47B UAV launches from USS George Bush. Credit: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Timothy Walter, USN)
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AIAA Foundation Receives 2013 Best of Reston Award
Named Best Scientific Membership Association by Reston Award Program

The AIAA Foundation has received a 2013 “Best of Reston Award” in the Scientific Member Association category by the Reston Award Program.

Founded in 1996, the AIAA Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt educational organization committed to providing financial support to educational programs. By devoting resources to the education of both practicing and future aerospace professionals, and by recognizing professional achievement, the Foundation influences the future development of the aerospace profession and its workforce.

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AIAA and the Aeronautical Society of India Sign Cooperative Agreement
Memorandum of Understanding Will Enable Organizations to Collaborate in Areas of Mutual Interest

AIAA and the Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on May 7 in Alexandria, Va., as part of AIAA’s spring business meetings. The ceremony was followed by a collaboration meeting and an afternoon tea reception celebrating the event.

(Pictured: AIAA Vice President for International Activities Susan Ying and AeSI President G.M. Rao sign agreement. Click picture for larger version.)
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AIAA Endorses California Assembly's Aerospace Tax Credit Act
Bill Encourages Hiring in Aerospace Industry by Offering Tax Credits to Aerospace Employers

AIAA endorses California State Assembly Bill 927, the “Aerospace Tax Credit Act.” The bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (Dem. – 66th Dist.) would give tax credits to firms that show a net increase in their aerospace sector workforce.

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AIAA Endorses California Senate's Space Flight Sales Tax Exemption Act
Bill Extends Sale and Use Tax Exemptions to Facilities Designed to Launch and Operate Space Vehicles

AIAA endorses California Senate Bill 19, “The Space Flight Sales Tax Exemption Act.” The bill, sponsored by Sen. Steve Knight (Rep. – 21st Dist.), would give sales and use tax exemptions to equipment and materials used to construct facilities designed to launch and operate space vehicles.

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AIAA Announces Collaboration with Associação Brasileira de Engenharia e Ciências Mecânicas

The AIAA Board of Directors approved a collaborative Memorandum of Understanding with the Associação Brasileira Engenharia e Ciências Mecânicas (ABCM) on Thursday, 9 May 2013. The purpose of the MOU is to formalize an agreement between the two societies that will serve their memberships and common interests in the engineering community, as well as offer support to each other's technical, student, conference, and professional development activities. The MOU will be signed within the year.

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AIAA and ACCUCOMS Extend Agreement for Shared Representation in Turkey to Europe, India, and MENA

Since 2011, AIAA has been working with ACCUCOMS as exclusive sales representatives in Turkey, but now this agreement has been significantly expanded to include Europe, India, and MENA. This new agreement comes as confirmation of the quality of ACCUCOMS’ services for publishers, and of the excellent working relationship built with AIAA in the past two years.

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AIAA Selects Publishing Communication Group as Sales Partner in the Americas

The world’s leading provider of aerospace information, AIAA, has partnered with Publishers Communication Group (PCG) on a new sales representation arrangement in North America and Latin America. In this exclusive agreement, PCG will manage sales of the publisher’s prestigious journals, journal archives, meeting papers, and ebook content for all institutional accounts on the two continents.

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AIAA Congratulates Dr. David Livingston on the 2,000th Installment of "The Space Show"
Challenges and Celebrations of the International Space Community Brought to Listeners Around the World

AIAA congratulates Dr. David Livingston, Bel Tiburon, CA, for the 2,000th episode of his Internet program “The Space Show,” which aired 7 May 2013.

“I offer my sincerest congratulations and thanks to Dr. David Livingston on the 2000th installment of The Space Show,” said AIAA President Mike Griffin. “David’s commitment to provide the world’s space community with a continuous forum to discuss the challenges facing the community, as well as a platform on which to celebrate the community’s many accomplishments, is much appreciated. We at AIAA thank David for his valuable service and send our best wishes as he continues to bring the many facets of space to the public on a weekly basis.”

(Pictured: Dr. David Livingston, who has been producing The Space Show since 2001. Credit:
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Pitcairn Field #2 In Pennsylvania Designated a Historic Aerospace Site
Site of First Successful Rotorcraft Flight in the United States

On 1 June, AIAA designated Pitcairn Field #2, in Willow Grove, PA, as a historic aerospace site. A historic marker was unveiled during a ceremony at the Tinius Olsen Testing Machine Company facility that now occupies the site. On 18 December 1928, Arthur Rawson, a factory pilot for the Cierva Autogiro Company, and then Harold F. Pitcairn, flew a Cierva C.8W Autogiro from Building #3 at Pitcairn Field #2. The flights marked the first time a rotary-wing aircraft was successfully flown in the U.S.

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

(Pictured: AIAA Region I Director Ferd Grosveld unveils the Historic Site Plaque for Pitcairn Field with Pitcairn Family Historian Carl Gunther and Jay Millane, the President of Tinius Olsen. The Tinius Olsen Company now owns the property in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania where Pitcairn and his company did all their work)

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

Conferences and Events
AIAA Summer Fluids Conferences and Exhibit

The 2013 AIAA Fluid Dynamics and Co-located Conferences and Exhibit will be held 24–27 June in San Diego, CA. This conference provides a unique opportunity to participate in seven AIAA conferences in one location! Joint sessions between many of these events are planned to encourage synergism and collaboration among communities. A sold-out exhibit enhances your conference experience. This event includes the following conferences: the 43rd AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference and Exhibit, the 44th AIAA Plasmadynamics and Lasers Conference, the 44th AIAA Thermophysics Conference, the 31st AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference, the 21st AIAA Computational Fluid Dynamics Conference, the 5th AIAA Atmospheric and Space Environments Conference, and the AIAA Ground Testing Conference.

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

AIAA Educator Academy- Electric Cargo Airplane
25 June 2013 – Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH

Are you a middle or high school teacher looking for a new curriculum to tie math and science together in a unique way? Spend a day learning to teach the Electric Cargo Airplane module of the AIAA Educator Academy. Paul Wiedorn, Wilde Lake High School and Thomas Milnes, Johns Hopkins APL will share the program and tips to be successful based on the long-running program hosted by the AIAA Mid-Atlantic section. Space is limited to 40 educators so register early for this free workshop. Visit to register.

49th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhibit and 11th International Energy Conversion Engineering Conference

These two exciting conferences will co-locate 15–17 July 2013 in San Jose, California to provide one major exposition for the aerospace propulsion and energy conversion communities. The conference will provide a forum for the exchange of information on a larger scale than possible at separate events. The combined event will feature both programmatic and technical information as well as a beneficial networking environment.

New for 2013 – ITAR Sessions!

Technical Session Include: Advanced Propulsion and Technologies; Aerospace Power Systems; Air-Breathing Propulsion, Combined Cycle Systems, and Components; Education; Energy Conversion Device Technology; Energy Storage Technology; Rockets and Space Propulsion; System Concepts and Supporting Propulsion Technologies; Terrestrial Electricity Delivery and Grid Reliability; Terrestrial Energy-Efficient and Renewable Energy Systems; Terrestrial Fossil Energy Systems; Terrestrial Nuclear Energy Systems; Thermal Management Technology.

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

Engineers as Educators Workshop
15 July 2013, 1830–2130 hrs – San Jose Convention Center

Learn how to work with K–12 students and teachers in formal and informal interactions. Share your passion in a manner that will excite and inspire your audience. De-mystify the classroom with Tips and Tricks from the STEM K-12 Outreach Committee. Gain knowledge of AIAA materials that can help you be most effective. Space is limited, so register early at

Leading the STEM Charge – Illuminating the Potential of Aerospace
16 July 2013, 1100–1530 hrs – San Jose Convention Center

Teachers, high school students and parents are invited to attend a networking lunch with invited AIAA members and to participate in an interactive panel session about college and beyond; describing opportunities in the aerospace industry.

  • For teachers – the opportunity to connect your classroom curriculum to real-world experiences and people
  • For high school students – the opportunity to see all the potential that the aerospace industry offers you as you prepare for a career
  • For parents – the opportunity to learn about the world that your student is interested in and gain insights into college preparation

If you know of students or teachers in the San Jose area, please feel free to pass this information along to them. Space is limited and registration is required – so do not delay. Visit to register now.

Engineers as Educators – Train the Trainer
16 July, 1530-1700 – San Jose Convention Center

Is your region looking for a great way to engage in STEM outreach? Is your section ready to inspire students by hosting your own Engineers as Educators workshop for your local professional members?

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AIAA AVIATION 2013, set for 12–14 August in Los Angeles, is a premier, forward-looking forum designed to showcase recent innovations and achievements in aviation, highlight new initiatives and plans, and address key issues that need to be resolved in order to define clear roadmaps for future progress. The early-bird registration deadline is 15 July 2013. (Updated June 2013)

AVIATION 2013 includes the following conferences:

Major themes for AVIATION 2013 include:

  • Commercial Aviation: Global Outlook, Opportunities, and Challenges
  • Military Aviation: Future Challenges Facing Military Aviation
  • Business Aviation, General Aviation, and Rotorcraft: Global Outlook, Opportunities, and Challenges
  • The Connectivity Challenge: Protecting Critical Assets in a Networked World
  • The Energy Imperative
  • Developing the Market for Unmanned Aerial Systems
  • Shaping the Discussion: Key Policy Issues

Don’t miss out! To register for AVIATION 2013, visit

Two Great New Ways for Sections to Engage in STEM Outreach
14 August, 1900–2130 hrs – Los Angeles, CA

Part 1: 1900–1950 hrs: Introducing the AIAA Educator Academy
Part 2: 2000–2130 hrs: Engineers as Educators Train the Trainers

To learn more, visit

Introducing the new AIAA STEM K–12 Outreach Committee Summer Webinar Series

AIAA STEM K–12 Outreach has exciting programs designed to get you and your section engaged together in the local K–12 community. These series of 60 minute webinars are designed to get you energized and ready to work in collaboration with teachers , students and professionals to inspire K–12 students. All webinars are provided at no cost and will be archived for future viewing.

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AIAA Conferences with Open Calls for Papers

To submit your abstract, or for the most up-to-date conference information, please visit the event webpage by clicking the above link.

June Symposium and Investment Summit Open to AIAA Members

Space is central to our economy in two fundamental ways: 1) It provides scientific, commercial, military and government platforms that support a variety of industries; and 2) space industry companies buy the products and services of non-space companies. Developed by Exodus Consulting Group, co-sponsored by the Center of Innovation for Nanobiotechnology (COIN), the North Carolina Aerospace Alliance, the North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC), Livingston Securities LLC, and Lux Research, and supported by the AIAA Commercial Space Group, the Symposium and Investment Summit on Commercial Suborbital Spaceflight and North Carolina’s Nanobiotechnology and Defense Industries will combine an educational symposium with an entrepreneur investment summit.

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Honors & Awards
Meet the 2013 AIAA Foundation Educator Achievement Award Winners

In May, AIAA brought the seven AIAA Foundation Educator Achievement Award winners to Washington, DC, to meet with leaders in the aerospace industry and receive their awards at the Aerospace Spotlight Gala. Lanena Berry, Betty Dabrowski, Lisa Damian-Marvin, Sean McCullough, Deborah Swan, and Jim Weber were treated to a tour of the Ronald Reagan National Airport Tower, guided tours of the National Air & Space Museum and the National Air & Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, and the Lockheed Martin Global Vision Center.

(Pictured: 2013 AIAA Foundation Educator Achievement Award Winners. Click picture for larger version.)
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AIAA to Present Awards at June Conference
To Recognize Achievement in Technical Fields and Sustained Service to AIAA

AIAA will present five awards for key contributions to science and technology at a noon awards luncheon 25 June as part of the 43rd AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference and Exhibit and its related conferences, 24–27 June 2013, at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel in San Diego, CA.

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Dr. Jonathan Clark Wins 2013 AIAA Jeffries Aerospace Medicine and Life Sciences Research Award
Honored for Work in Aerospace Medicine and Commercial Spaceflight

Dr. Jonathan Clark, M.D., has won the 2013 AIAA Jeffries Aerospace Medicine and Life Sciences Research Award. He will receive the award at an evening banquet on 17 July, in conjunction with the 43rd International Conference on Environmental Systems (ICES), 14–18 July, at the Vail Marriott, Vail, CO.

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Frank D. Robinson Receives 2013 AIAA/ASME/AHS/SAE Guggenheim Medal
Honored for Conception, Design, and Manufacture of Quiet, Affordable, Reliable, and Versatile Helicopters

Frank D. Robinson, founder, Robinson Helicopter Company, Torrance, CA, received the 2013 Daniel Guggenheim Medal on Thursday, 23 May, at the Vertical Flight Foundation Reception and Grand Awards banquet, held as part of the American Helicopter Society’s 69th Annual Forum and Technology Display, 21–23 May, at the Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, AZ.

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Award Recognizes Members for Service

The nomination deadline for the Sustained Service Award is 1 July. This award is designed to recognize significant service and contributions to AIAA. The nominee must be a member in good standing who has shown continuing dedication to the interests of the Institute over a period of years. A maximum of 20 awards are presented each year. Nominations may be submitted online.

AIAA Foundation Announces Winners of AIAA Region I Student Paper Competition
79 Students From 10 East Coast Colleges and Universities Take Part

The AIAA Foundation has announced the winners of its Region I Student Paper Competition, held 5–6 April on the campus of the University of Maryland (UMD), College Park, MD.

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Member Advancements

Nominations for Fellow or Honorary Fellow are due 15 June. Reference Forms are due 15 July.

More information on member honors and advancements can be found on the AIAA website.

Member Spotlight
AIAA Congratulates Aerojet’s Dr. Brian Pomeroy

The AIAA Member Spotlight for the month of June, 2013, shines on Dr. Brian Pomeroy, Combustion Analyst, at Aerojet. Brian has been an AIAA member since 2002. At Aerojet, Brian is responsible for assisting in liquid rocket engine combustion tests and performance analysis.

Like so many of the Member Spotlight subjects before him, Brian’s interest in aerospace began as a child, growing up on the east coast of the United States. Brian first remembered a trip he took as a boy; as being one of the main influences on his desire to enter the aerospace community: “I made a trip to the National Air and Space Museum where I was captivated by the technology and the ability to fly airplanes and launch rockets into space. The concept seemed very foreign and exciting as it was not something that was an everyday task.” “As I grew older, I continued to expand my knowledge in the aerospace and space exploration fields to learn what it had to offer to individuals as well as society at large. I came to see the field of aerospace as something I was genuinely interested in pursuing.”

(Pictured: Dr. Brian Pomeroy)
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AIAA’s Best Selling Design Guide is Now an App!

The AIAA Aerospace Design Engineers Guide is an essential tool for every design engineer and aspiring aerospace engineering student. Now you can access this popular tool in an easy to use app on your smartphone or tablet. Visit the App Store to Download Your Copy Today!

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Announcement of Opportunity to Submit Input to Study on Human Spaceflight

The U.S. National Research Council (NRC) is currently conducting a congressionally-requested study to examine the goals, core capabilities, and direction of human space flight. This study, which is being carried out by the NRC’s Committee on Human Spaceflight, will provide findings and recommendations to guide the U.S. human spaceflight enterprise in a sustainable manner.

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June Issue of Aerospace America Now Available Online

The June 2013 issue of Aerospace America is now available online for AIAA members. Don’t miss this month's feature article, “Stealth Sneaks Into UCAVs,” by J.R. Wilson, in which he discusses the fact that UAVs are now among the most sought after aircraft types in military arsenals around the world, and that interest in unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) is on the rise. As Wilson explains, “in an increasingly dangerous threat environment it is likely inevitable that stealth, a feature now widely used in manned combat aircraft, will find its way into UCAVs as well.”

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

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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.

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AIAA in the News

31 May 2013
AIAA Sponsored CanSat Competition Featured in Leading Indian Newspaper
The New Indian Express – Finding Their Places Beyond the Sky

31 May 2013
John Rose, AIAA Deputy Director of Public Policy For Region 6, Interviewed in Article on Drone Standards
InsideDefense – German Euro Hawk Decisions Could Set Tone for Continent's UAS Plans

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