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September 2013 Momentum

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September 2013
AIAA AVIATION 2013 a Huge Success
Charles A. Bolden, Jim Albaugh, Richard A. Clarke, Richard Aboulafia, and Other High-Level Industry Leaders Highlight 2013 Event – Don’t Miss Out on 2014!

Top leaders from government, industry, and academia gathered at the AIAA AVIATION 2013 Conference 12–14 August in Los Angeles, California for a very successful and well received event. The Institute thanks all those who participated. For those not able to attend, a number of the keynote addresses and panel discussions were video recorded and are available for viewing.

The conference kicked off Monday afternoon, 12 August, with an opening keynote address by AIAA President-Elect Jim Albaugh, executive vice president, The Boeing Company, president and chief executive officer, Boeing Commercial Airplanes (retired). Albaugh set the tone for AIAA AVIATION 2013 stating, “Aerospace is a fantastic industry – and it really is a force for good in this world. We drive the world’s economy. We’re great stewards of the environment. And I think we’ve been able to bring together and connect cultures and countries and people that have never been connected before.”

(Pictured: NASA Administrator Charles A. Bolden)
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Richard A. Clarke Talks Cybersecurity at AIAA AVIATION 2013

Cybersecurity expert Richard A. Clarke delivered a keynote address on the afternoon of Tuesday, 13 August as part of AIAA’s AVIATION 2013 Conference, which took place 12–14 August in Los Angeles, CA.

Clarke, chairman and CEO, Good Harbor Security Risk Management LLC, and former U.S. national coordinator for security, infrastructure protection, and counterterrorism, delivered a stern warning, pointing out to the audience of 500+ aviation professionals that “aviation is the sine qua non of U.S. society, if not the world,” and reminding them that the bulk of the world’s commerce is fueled by the aviation sector.

(Pictured: Richard A. Clarke)
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AIAA Sets Out a Framework for Aviation Cybersecurity

AIAA officially released its decision paper “A Framework for Aviation Cybersecurity” on 13 August as part of the AIAA AVIATION 2013 conference. “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 for aviation. “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,” said AIAA President-Elect Jim Albaugh. “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.”

(Pictured: AIAA President-Elect Jim Albaugh)
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AIAA Announces Candidates for 2014 Board of Directors Election

AIAA is pleased to announce that its 2014 Nominating Committee has selected candidates for next year’s openings on the AIAA Board of Directors. The chair of the committee, AIAA Past President Paul Nielsen, confirmed the candidates who will appear on the ballot.

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AIAA Executive Director Sandra Magnus to Talk About Leadership

AIAA Executive Director Sandra Magnus will appear on Federal News Radio, on 8 September from 0900–1000 hrs, and on Business Talk Radio Network on Tuesday, 10 September, from 1900–2000 hrs. Magnus’ interview can be heard on the Internet, or on these radio channels: Federal News Radio: WFED 1500 AM and WWFD 820 AM, in the Washington, DC Area; Business Talk Radio: WMCJ 1640 AM, Cullman, AL; WGCH 1490 AM, Stamford-Norwalk, CT; KVBR 1340 AM, Brainerd, MN; KBNN 750 AM Lebanon, MO; WDXI 1310 AM, Jackson, MS; KSCR 1320 AM Eugene-Springfield, OR; WLFP 1550 AM, Pittsburgh, PA; WDXL 1490 AM, Lexington, TN; WGOC 1320 AM, Johnson-City-Kingsport-Bristol, TN; KXIQ 1180 AM, Memphis, TN.

Conrad Spirit of Innovation Award Winners Recognized at the AIAA AVIATION 2013 Conference

AIAA President-Elect Jim Albaugh recognized the 2013 Conrad Spirit of Innovation Aerospace Challenge winners, Team M^3 from Warren High School in Downey, CA, at the opening plenary of AIAA AVIATION 2013. The team designed and built a prototype “sleep halo” to make airplane travel more comfortable and safe. Team members included Mulan MacDougall, Matt Pacheco, and Michelle Tulean, as well as educator Glenn Yamasaki. To learn more about the 2013–2014 Challeneges, please visit

(Pictured: (from left to right) Jocelyn Letona, Nicole Ochoa, Sandy Magnus, Matt Pacheco and Mulan MacDougall. Click Image for larger version.)

First AIAA Corporate Member Business-to-Business Networking Event Takes Place at AIAA AVIATION 2013

The first AIAA Corporate Member Business-to-Business Networking Event took place at the AIAA AVIATION 2013 conference in Los Angeles on 12 August. Ms. Mary Simmerman, vice president F-35 supply chain management, Lockheed Martin Aeronatuics, and Ms. Delores Alexander, director, supplier mangement, Shared Services Group, The Boeing Company, facilitated the event. The focus was to assist small companies with the process of working with prime contractors. The small businesses also found opportunities to learn from and network with their counterparts during a one-on-one networking session. Feedback was very positive, and AIAA looks forward to hosting another B2B networking event on Tuesday, 20 September during the AIAA SPACE 2013 Conference and Exposition. Details can be found at

(Pictured: participants of the first AIAA corporate member business-to-business networking event)

Above and Beyond: A Virtual Tour of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

National Science Week was celebrated in Australia 10–18 August 2013. The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) arranged for AIAA members and National Air and Space Museum curators Dr. Tom Crouch and Dr. Valerie Neal to tour states in Australia to lecture on the history and future of the aviation and space professions. The tour culminated on 20 August with a three-way video connection between RMIT and both locations of the National Air and Space Museum. Guests were greeted by the Lord Mayor of the City of Melbourne, and Councillor Ken Ong. This first ever three-way connection allowed the curators to bring the artifacts to life to their audience of students, teachers and the general public, providing exclusive insights into their storied histories. Students from MacRobertson Girls High School and St. Martin de Porres School, Laverton were specially invited guests.

(Pictured: (from left to right) AIAA members Lauren Burns, Valerie Neal, and Thomas Crouch with City of Melbourne Councillor Ken Ong before the Above and Beyond event at RMIT. Click Image for larger version.)

Dr. Ping Lu Appointed as Editor-in-Chief of AIAA's Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics

Dr. Ping Lu has been appointed to replace Dr. George Schmidt as the editor-in-chief of the AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics. Lu has served as an associate editor of the Journal since 1996. An AIAA Associate Fellow, he is a professor of aerospace engineering at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. “I am pleased to thank Dr. George Schmidt for his many years of service to the AIAA as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics and welcome Dr. Ping Lu as his successor in this capacity,” said Donald Fraser, founder of JGCD.

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AIAA to Designate Lunken Field as a Historic Aerospace Site

On 14 September, AIAA will designate Lunken Field, near Cincinnati, OH, as a historic aerospace site. The field was known for the start of Aeronca, American Airlines, and Embry-Riddle. The ceremony is set for 1300 hrs at the Sky Galley at Cincinnati's Municipal Lunken Airport.

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

(Pictured: Lunken Field in the 1930s)

AIAA Officially Designates 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 designated Kitty Hawk, NC, as a historic aerospace site, following a decades-long negotiation with the U.S. Park Service. A historic marker was unveiled as part of the First Flight Society’s National Aviation Day at Kitty Hawk. AIAA Board Member Bob Lindberg made the official designation in front of a full-scale model of the original 1903 Wright Flyer. AIAA also presented a plaque to the park honoring the Wrights’ work there. AIAA members of the Hampton Roads Section and the Carolina Section were also in attendance.

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

(Pictured: Bob Lindberg, AIAA Director-at-Large, speaking at the Wright Brothers National Memorial Park in North Carolina. Click Image for larger version.)

Conferences and Events
SPACE 2013: Sparking Ingenuity and Collaboration to Enable Mission Success

The AIAA SPACE Conference & Exposition, set for next week, 10–12 September, in San Diego, CA, is AIAA’s premier event on space technology, policy, programs, management, and education. At this three-day event, 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. Dr. Sandra Magnus invites you to join us in San Diego in this brief video.

The conference will feature six stimulating plenary sessions:

  • 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

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

Room 28E San Diego 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? Visit for more information.

Engineers as Educators Workshop
10 September, 1900–2130 hrs – San Diego, CA

Room 28E San Diego Convention Center

Sharing your passion for aerospace with K–12 students is important and you never get another chance to make a first impression. This workshop will give you insights into how to approach a classroom talk, a mentoring situation or informal interaction with after-school or scouting groups. You will learn tips and tricks and low-cost activities to make your interactions engaging with both students and teachers. Registration is required. Visit

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

Room 29CD San Diego Convention Center

Join local San Diego students from Maryland Elementary School, Memorial Preparatory for Scholars and Athletes, and The Preuss School, at the AIAA Educator Academy Mars Rover Celebration demonstration event. Stop by and see where these students’ explorations of Mars might take them. Students will also be visiting the exhibit hall.

The AIAA Educator Academy is an exciting new program which engages students in unique applications of math and science. For more information about how your section can host an AIAA Educator Academy in your section, contact Lisa Bacon at

SciTech 2014: More than 3,500 Innovators at the World's Largest Event for Aerospace Research, Development, and Technology

The AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition (SciTech), set for 13–17 January 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland, gives you extensive access to a wide range of the latest research and development, not just in your own areas of expertise, but across technological boundaries. AIAA has consolidated more than 10 individual technical events into one – all for a single registration fee – making it more dynamic, more broadly relevant, and more consistent with the requirements of travel policies. Nowhere else will you find the breadth and depth of aerospace research, analysis, and foresight at a single location.


Watch our SciTech promotional video. Visit for more information or to view the full detailed program. What will you miss if you’re not there?

Upcoming Continuing Education Courses

11 September 2013
Missile Defense: Past, Present and Future Webinar

11 January 2014
Sonic Boom Workshop
Low Reynolds Number Workshop
National Harbor, MD (near Washington, DC)

11-12 January 2014
Decision Analysis Course
National Harbor, Maryland (near Washington, DC)

2013 STEM K–12 Webinar Series Resumes

Call in number: 866.740.1260
Web Link:
Passcode: 2647527 (same for both)

18 September 2013 – 1400–1500 hrs EDT
Engineers as Educators – Available Tools
Instructor: Brian Hullinger

This webinar will teach you how to use the tools we have to put Engineers as Educators alumni in touch with Educator Associate members. The webinar will walk you through the Engineers as Educators Toolkit page and the Volunteer database interface. This webinar is useful for Section officers wanting to find volunteers for a particular event, for educators looking for assistance in the classroom and for members wanting to volunteer in the classroom. To register visit

25 Septmber 2013 – 1400–1500 hrs EDT
Section Best Practices – STEM K-12 Outreach
Instructor: Edgar Bering

Is your section looking to jump into the STEM K–12 Outreach activities? Are you looking for new and innovative ways to spread all the support that AIAA can give to teachers and students in your area? This webinar will share best practices and great ideas to get engaged with your local schools and informal education groups, such as after school, museum, and scouting programs.

To register visit

New Standard Available: AIAA Qualification and Quality Requirements for Electrical Components on Space Solar Panels (AIAA S-112A-2013e)

This standard is a revision of a document developed by the AIAA Solar Cells and Solar Panels Committee on Standards. It focuses on space solar panel qualification; much effort and care has been taken to clarify requirements and resolve other issues and errors that were present in the original version. It establishes the quality requirements and provides the methods for establishing the qualification of electrical components integrated onto spacecraft solar panels. The result is a new standard that defines the best practices for space solar panel qualification.

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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.

Honors & Awards
AIAA to Present Prestigious Awards at SPACE 2013 Conference & Exposition
Awards Honor Key Contributions to Space Science, Technology, and Program Management

AIAA will present awards for key contributions to space science and technology during the AIAA SPACE 2013 Conference & Exposition, 10–12 September, at the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA.

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AIAA Foundation Announces Winners of 2012–2013 Undergraduate Team Space Design Competition

A team from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has won first prize in the AIAA Foundation’s annual Undergraduate Team Space Design Competition. Representatives of the team will present their design on 10 September at the AIAA SPACE 2013 Conference and Exposition at the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA.

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AIAA Foundation Announces Winners of 2012–2013 Undergraduate Team Aircraft Design Competition

A team from the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, has won first prize in the AIAA Foundation’s annual Undergraduate Team Aircraft Design Competition. The 2012–2013 contest asked teams to design a regional aircraft featuring a hybrid electric propulsion system.

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AIAA Foundation Announces Winners of 2012–2013 Undergraduate Team Space Transportation Design Competition

A team from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL, has won first prize in the AIAA Foundation’s annual Undergraduate Team Space Transportation Design Competition. Representatives of the team will present their design 10 September at the AIAA SPACE Conference and Exposition at the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA.

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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 Dr. Barry Boehm

The AIAA Member Spotlight for September 2013 shines on Dr. Barry Boehm, an AIAA Fellow and TRW Professor of Software Engineering, Computer Science Department, and Director of the University of Southern California’s Center for Software Engineering. Dr. Boehm joined AIAA in 1959.

From 1989 to 1992 Boehm served as Director of the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency’s (DARPA) Information Science and Technology Office, as well as Director of the Department of Defense Engineering Enterprises’ Software and Computer Technology Office. Prior to those positions, Boehm worked for TRW from 1973 to 1989, ending his career there as the Chief Scientist of the Defense Systems Group. Prior to TRW, Boehm was at the Rand Corporation, starting there in 1959. Among Boehm’s contributions to the field of software theory are his Constructive Cost Model (COCOMO), a software cost estimate model; the Spiral Model of software process, a risk prediction model in software systems; and his Theory W, or the win-win approach to software management and requirements.

(Pictured: Dr. Barry Boehm)
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Quick Takes
September Trivia

On 28 September 1963, a navigational satellite, Transit V-B, was placed into orbit.

Trivia Question: What was particularly noteworthy about this satellite?

Bonus Trivia Question: What organization placed the satellite into orbit?

Trivia Answers >

September Aerospace America Digital Magazine Now Online

The September 2013 issue of Aerospace America is now available online for AIAA members. Don’t miss this month's feature article, “Health Effects of Human Spaceflight,” by James W. Canan, which discusses the increasing concerns about the effects on human health as sojourns in space grow longer. As Canan writes: “The ISS serves as a flying laboratory where the responses of real people in a radiation-prone microgravity environment can be studied in real time. Observable changes, psychological as well as physical, are more prevalent and varied than scientists once believed, and some have come as a surprise to researchers.”

To access the September 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

5 September 2013
Winning Design in AIAA's 2007 Nanosatellite Program’s Nanosat-4 Competition Set to Launch on September 14 – Cornell University’s Nanosatellite CUSat for GPS Calibration to be Launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base

4 September 2013
Vortex "Surfing" Technique to be Discussed at AIAA SciTech Forum in January 2014 – Scott AFB Scientist Helps Develop 'Vortex Surfing,' a Flight Maneuver That Could Save Millions in Fuel

1 September 2013
Work of AIAA Member Steven Barrett Featured in Article on Air Pollution Deaths
SiliconIndia News – Air Pollution Causes 200,000 Early Deaths Each Year In U.S.

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