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March 2013 Momentum

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March 2013
There is Still Time to Vote!
Be Heard – 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.

UPDATE: Microsoft Internet Explorer 10, released after voting began, is not compatible with the online voting system – please use another browser, or an earlier version of IE.

Board of Directors Voter's Guide > (PDF)
Board of Directors Election Booklet > (PDF)
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An Important Letter from AIAA's Executive Director

Dear Colleague,

As we start 2013, there is little doubt that the full impact of 2012 events has yet to play out. In 2012 we witnessed a “perfect storm” of the fallout from a scandal within a federal agency – the General Services Administration (GSA) – and the failure of Congress and the White House to achieve meaningful budgetary progress. This combination has left our Institute facing an atmosphere of tightening government travel rules and shrinking agency budgets – both of which threaten the long-term viability of AIAA.

(Pictured: AIAA Executive Director Sandy Magnus)
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AIAA Deputy Executive Director Dr. Klaus Dannenberg Elected as Corresponding Member of the IAA

Dr. Klaus Dannenberg, deputy executive director and Fellow of AIAA, has been elected to the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) as a Corresponding Member. Dr. Dannenberg will be inducted during the Academy’s annual dinner 18 March, in Paris, France.

“I've known Klaus Dannenberg for 35 years, going back to when he was chair of the AIAA Guidance and Control Technical Committee, and I was a then-young member. We have no finer member of our Institute and, now, neither does the IAA,” stated AIAA President Mike Griffin.

(Pictured: AIAA Deputy Executive Director Klaus Dannenberg)
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51st ASM Videos Now Available on the AIAA Website

Videos from the 51st AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition are now available for viewing on the AIAA website. Videos include: Lt Gen Larry D. James, Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Headquarters U.S. Air Force; Maj Gen William Neil McCasland, Commander, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base; Dr. Werner J.A. Dahm, Director, Security & Defense Systems Initiative, Arizona State University; and many more.

(Pictured: AIAA Executive Director Sandy Magnus addressess attendees of the the 51st Aerospace Sciences Meeting)
51st ASM Videos >

AIAA AVIATION 2013 Conference Debuts in Los Angeles
Topics Addressed Will Include Cybersecurity, Energy, Environment, UAVs

AIAA will debut a new event, AIAA AVIATION 2013, 12–14 August at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles, CA. The president of AIAA, Mike Griffin, stated: “With AVIATION 2013, AIAA is pleased to offer a brand-new forum that will go beyond the discussion of the purely technical issues that AIAA conferences often explore. We will discuss the policy, technological, and environmental challenges facing the future of flight. AVIATION 2013 will be the ‘must attend’ event in 2013 for aviation professionals, regardless of your job title or position.”

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Speakers Confirmed for AIAA AVIATION 2013

“We are excited by AVIATION 2013’s potential to bring together the entire aviation enterprise for the frank discussions necessary to maintain innovation, spark discovery, and drive progress throughout the aviation value chain. AVIATION 2013’s programming will provide the breadth and depth of content that is necessary for tackling the tough questions and spotting the trends that matter. I am confident that the forum will contribute to pushing the boundaries of aerospace forward,” said Jim Albaugh, President and Chief Executive Officer (retired), Boeing Commercial Airplanes and AVIATION 2013’s opening Keynote Speaker.

Full Story > (including a list of confirmed speakers)

AIAA to Host California Policy Symposium on Civilian UAV Applications

AIAA will host a March symposium on the nonmilitary uses of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The AIAA Policy Symposium: Civilian Applications of UAVs – A California Perspective will take place 26–28 March 2013, at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza, Thousand Oaks, CA. The event is co-hosted by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom; California State Assemblymembers Jeff Gorell (44th District), Katcho Achadjian (35th District), Steven Bradford (62nd District), Connie Conway (26th District), Christina Garcia (58th District), Curt Hagman (55th District), and Al Muratsuchi (66th District); and California State Senators Joel Anderson (36th District), Anthony Cannella (12th District), and Steve Knight (21st District).

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AIAA Announces New Title for Journal of Aerospace Computing, Information, and Communication
Now Called Journal of Aerospace Information Systems

AIAA has changed the name of its “Journal of Aerospace Computing, Information, and Communication ” (JACIC) to the “Journal of Aerospace Information Systems” (JAIS). The new title and publication scope allows JAIS to focus on a wider variety of research within the aerospace information systems community than was possible under the old scope of the JACIC.

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Inaugural Rising Leaders in Aerospace Forum Deemed a Success

In January, AIAA completed its first ever Rising Leaders in Aerospace Forum, held in conjunction with the 51st Aerospace Sciences Meetingg in Grapevine, Texas, at the Gaylord Texan Hotel, 7–10 January. The Rising Leaders in Aerospace forum offered the next generation of young aerospace leaders, age 35 and under, access to top aerospace leaders and their perspectives, and multiple opportunities for networking with those leaders and their peers.

(Pictured: Darin Haudrich, Laura McGill, and Matt Cannella.)
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AIAA Congratulates the 2013 AIAA Foundation Educator Achievement Award Winners

Every two years, the AIAA Foundation recognizes up to seven outstanding educators for their accomplishments in exciting K–12 students about math and science and preparing them to use and contribute to tomorrow's technologies. Each recipient of the Educator Achievement Award will receive an expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC for the Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala in May 2013. The visit includes a tour of Washington, DC, plus travel and lodging. It's a trip and celebration they'll never forget. Please join AIAA in congratulating these seven incredible educators. They are responsible for inspiring their students to aim high and dream big.

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National Engineers Week 2013 a Great Success

National Engineers Week 2013, which took place 17–23 February, was a great success. Many AIAA Regions and Sections took part in numerous activities throughout the country. Visit AIAA’s National Engineers Week 2013 pages to check out some of their photos, and the activities they were involved in!

(Pictured: AIAA's Utah Section takes part in National Engineers Week 2013. Click image for larger version.)
National Engineers Week 2013 pages >

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. 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 resumes; and complete lists of published papers.

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

The 2013 AIAA Congressional Visits Day program is set for 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

22nd AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technology Conference and Co-located Conferences

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.

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, 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 Anthony Cannella, and CA State Senator Steve Knight.

View the Detailed Program and register at

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 is set for 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

AIAA Fluid Dynamics and Co-located 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. The early-bird registration deadline is 28 May. 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 AVIATION and Aeronautics Forum 2013

AVIATION, 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. AVIATION, 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

To learn more about AVIATION, visit

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 event web page, listed above.

International UAV Innovation Grand Prix Application Deadline is 31 May 2013

As part of AIAA’s collaboration with the Chinese Society of Aeronautics and Astronautics (CSAA), the Institute is pleased to be an overseas partner for the International UAV Innovation Grand Prix. This event will be held in October 2013 in Beijing. The Grand Prix features unmanned aerial vehicle design competitions and will award prizes for creativity and athletics. The application deadline is 31 May 2013. For more information and to apply to participate in the competitions, please visit

AIAA-RAeS Joint Event on GPS

The AIAA-RAeS (Royal Aeronautical Society) Evening Event at the British Embassy will take place Thursday, 14 March, from 1800–2030 hrs. The topic is “GPS, Past, Present and Future.” Three speakers and a moderator are confirmed. Introductory remarks will feature the British Air Attache and the RAeS Chairman.

More Info >

Honors & Awards
Call for Nominations
Membership Advancements

Now is the time to start thinking about who in your Region/Section is eligible for Associate Fellow, Fellow, and Honorary Fellow. Associate Fellow candidates shall be persons who have accomplished or been in charge of important engineering or scientific work, or who have done work of outstanding merit or have otherwise made outstanding contributions to the arts, sciences, or technology of aeronautics or astronautics. Nominees must be AIAA Senior Members and have at least 12 years of professional experience. Associate Fellow nominations are due 15 April 2013 and references are due 15 May 2013.

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Awards to be Presented at April Conference in Boston
Awards Honor Achievements in Aerolasticity and Structural Mechanics

AIAA will present awards honoring achievements in the fields of aeroelasticity and structural mechanics at the 54th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, to be held 8–11 April 2013, at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers, Boston, MA.

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Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover Wins 2013 AIAA Foundation Award of Excellence
Honored for Significant Accomplishment in Space Exploration and Inspiring Global Fascination with Space

The AIAA Foundation’s Award for Excellence has been won by the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity Rover team. The award will be presented 8 May at the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, in Washington, DC. The team is being honored “for significant accomplishment in space exploration, inspiring global fascination with space.”

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Professors Michael Hyer and Keith Kedward To Receive AIAA-ASC James H. Starnes, Jr. Award

AIAA and the American Society for Composites (ASC) congratulate the winners of the 2013 AIAA-ASC James H. Starnes, Jr. Award, Michael W. Hyer, N. Waldo Harrison professor emeritus, Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA., and Keith T. Kedward, professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA.

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Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport Wins Jay Hollingsworth Speas Airport Award
Recognized for Instituting Environmentally Friendly Smart Landscaping Criteria

AIAA, the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), and the Airport Consultants Council (ACC) jointly presented the 2013 Jay Hollingsworth Speas Airport Award to the Planning Department of Dallas–Fort Worth International Airport at an awards luncheon on 7 February, in conjunction with the AAAE/ACC Planning, Design and Construction Symposium, held 6–8 February 2013 in New Orleans, LA.

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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.

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Fundamentals of Aircraft and Airship Design, Volume 2 – Airship Design and Case Studies

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Fundamentals of Aircraft and Airship Design, Volume 2 —Airship Design and Case Studies examines a modern conceptual design of both airships and hybrids and features nine behind-the-scenes case studies. It will benefit graduate and upper-level undergraduate students as well as practicing engineers.

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

Book of the Month

Helicopter Flight Dynamics, Second Edition

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

Quick Takes

What significant “Rocketry” milestone was achieved 16 March 1926? Bonus: What was the event later referred to?

See Answer >

March Issue of Aerospace America Now Available Online

The March 2013 issue of Aerospace America is now available online for AIAA members. Don’t miss this month's feature article, “Stormy Outlook for Weather Satellites,” in which author James W. Canan discusses how the public has grown to rely on the capabilities of, and even take for granted, the satellites operated by NOAA that enable timely predictions of storms, flooding, and other critical hazards, allowing preparations and evacuations that save lives, health, and property in affected areas. Now, however, as Canan writes, “as these satellites and their military counterparts grow older, looming budget cuts threaten to create dangerous gaps in the coverage they provide.”

To access the March 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.

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

AIAA in the News

6 March 2013
AIAA Executive Director Sandra Magnus Warns of Dangers of Limiting Government Employees' Attendance at Scientific and Technical Conferences
Aviation Week & Space Technology – How to Stifle Innovation

4 March 2013
NASA ACCESS Flight Program, Introduced at AIAA's 2013 Aerospace Sciences Meeting, Begins Testing
Green Car Congress – NASA Begins ACCESS Flight Research to Study Effects of Biojet Fuels on Engine Performance, Emissions and Contrails

More AIAA in the News >

Member Spotlight
AIAA Congratulates Dr. Allen E. Fuhs, AIAA Honorary Fellow

The AIAA Member Spotlight for the month of March 2013 shines on Dr. Allen E. Fuhs, AIAA Honorary Fellow, and Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), Monterey, CA. Fuhs has been an AIAA member since 1956.

Fuhs has had multiple leadership positions within the Institute, including serving as President of AIAA from 1986 to 1987, Vice President of Publications from 1979 to 1981, and editor of the Progress Series from 1998 to 2001. In recognition of his dedication to the Institute and for his many contributions to the field of astronautics, Fuhs was made an AIAA Honorary Fellow in 2013.

(Pictured: Dr. Allen E. Fuhs, AIAA Honorary Fellow)
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