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    Courses and Workshops

    Courses and Workshops

    Stay at the top of your game with AIAA's continuing education offerings. You will leave with invaluable improvements and solutions that you can put to immediate use. Course registration includes full conference participation. 

    1st AIAA Sonic Boom Prediction Workshop

    Saturday, 11 January 2014, 0800–1700 hrs
    Chesapeake Conference Room D&E
    Registration opens at 0715 hrs (outside Chesapeake Conference rooms)

    Sponsored by the Applied Aerodynamics Technical Committee


    The objective of the First Sonic Boom Prediction Workshop is to assess the state of the art for predicting near field signatures needed for sonic boom propagation. Comparisons will be made between participant solutions on workshop provided grids. Participants are requested to apply their best practices for computing solutions on the provided geometries. There is particular interest in exploring refinement techniques including grid adaptation and alignment with flow characteristics. Impartial comparisons will be made between different solution schemes as well as with wind tunnel validation data for assessing the state of the art and identifying areas requiring additional research and further development. For more information, please visit the Sonic Boom Prediction Workshop website.

    Low Reynolds Number Workshop

    Saturday, 11 January 2014, 0800–1700 hrs 
    Chesapeake Conference Room F
    Registration opens at 0715 hrs (outside Chesapeake Conference rooms)

    Organized by Ming Chang, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, and Michael OL, US Air Force Research Lab

    Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs) are flight articles resembling natural flyers (birds, bats, insects) in size and functionality. While of extensive Defense interest since at least the 1990s, scientific and engineering progress has been episodic, with principal advances more from trial-and-error than first-principles science. Pacing issues include the aerosciences as well as payloads/energy/materials. We aim to explore the state of the art in both the sciences and applications, examining research directions and interest for academia, industry and government. 

    The workshop aims to gather Industry, Academia and Government to assess new research directions and connection between the sciences and the applications. By the end of the day, we intend to assemble a credible sight-picture of who is pursuing what research, and what might be the beginning of a business-case. Outcomes aim to include an understanding of where the MAV community stands in 2014 relative to where we've been throughout the past 20 years, and how to begin bridging scientific/academic advances with the needs of industry and the user community. For questions, please contact Ming Change at 661.572.6228 or, or Michael V. OL at 937.713.6650 or  

    Decision Analysis Course

    Saturday & Sunday, 11–12 January 2014, 0815–1700 hrs
    Chesapeake Conference Room A
    Registration opens at 0715 hrs (outside Chesapeake Conference rooms)

    Decision Analysis (aka Trade Study) is a subject of the systems engineering process. Decision needs to be made from conceptual development to verification, manufacturing and disposal; from system-level down to component/subcomponent levels. It can be applied to any areas and subjects including your personal life. This course will introduce the trade study role and process as part of the overall systems engineering process. Different decision analysis methods will be introduced starting from the traditional trade study methods; then continue to trade space for Cost as Independent Variable (CAIV), Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHV) which is part of the Analytic Network Process (ANP), Weighted Sum Model (WSM), Potentially All Pairwise Rankings of All Possible Alternatives (PAPRIKA), and Decision Analysis with Uncertain information/data. The highlights are: evaluation criteria weights assignment methods including an objective determination directly connected to customer requirements via Quality Function Deployment (QFD) methodology; how to down-select too many alternatives; various scoring methods for evaluation criteria; how to develop decision trees; mathematical eigenvector calculations to assist the decision analysis of AHP; the difference between AHP and ANP; how to handle billions pairwise combinations and rankings for PAPRIKA; and five methods to reach decisions with uncertain information/data under risk environment, and more. An undocumented trade study is nothing more than a personal opinion. Several ways of writing credible, accurate and thorough trade study report are introduced. There are examples for each decision analysis method and trade study report.

    Introduction to Integrated Computational Materials Engineering

    Sunday, 12 January 2014, 0815–1700 hrs
    Chesapeake Conference Room B
    Registration opens at 0715 hrs (outside Chesapeake Conference rooms)


    Designed to provide an overview of integrated computational materials engineering (ICME), this course offers a primer on the various types of models and simulation methods involved in ICME. It is aimed at providing a general understanding of the critical issues relative to ICME, with the goal of increasing participants’ knowledge of materials and process modeling capabilities and limitations. The important aspects of linking materials models with process models and subsequently to component design and behavior analysis models will be reviewed.

    Panel Discussion on Industry Views on the Nation’s Space Technology
    Enterprise at SciTech 2014

    Tuesday, 14 January 2014, 0930-1230 hrs

    National Harbor 7

    The session will solicit industry input on perceived investment gaps and overlaps in the nation’s space technology enterprise. A distinguished panel consisting of representatives from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and Congressional staff along with industrial leaders, will frame and then address issues related to space technology-related investments needed to ensure U.S. leadership in national security, civil, and commercial space. A question-and-answer period will provide further industry input to the government as it deliberates a national space technology framework.

    Verification and Validation Best Practices for Integrated Computational Materials Engineering 

    Tuesday, 14 January 2014, 1400–1600 hrs

    Open to all conference attendees


    This tutorial will introduce the evolving V&V Guidelines and Recommended Best Practice for ICME. Concepts and methodology to support this process and improve communication between the validation team (model developers and experimentalists) and the customer will be emphasized. The tutorial will lead the attendee through the process using a realistic case study where a model is developed to predict the fatigue crack growth life of forged and machined part, which includes induced residual stresses.

     The topics will include:

    • Background and motivation
    • V&V plan and process
    • Verification
    • Validation metrics
    • Uncertainty quantification
    • Parameter calibration
    • Case study V&V summary

    AIAA Advocacy and Grassroots Workshop

    Wednesday, 15 January 2014, 1800 hrs


    Got something to tell the government about its policies? Don’t really know how to say it? Want your legislators to listen to you? If you want a voice in policy creation and want those on Capitol Hill to hear it, come to this session. You will learn: What makes a good argument, how to express that argument, and how to follow up with your lawmakers for the best impact. The program will also cover all of AIAA’s grassroots activity. If you have a voice and you want to make an impression for aerospace, this is a can’t miss session.

    GET YOUR GREEN CARD — Immigration Options for Scientists and R&D Engineers

    Wednesday, 15 January 2014, 1000–1230 hrs

    Attorney Mark Harrington presents an overview of "Green Card" options available for foreign-born scientists and R&D engineers. Employer-sponsored green card cases as well as cases that can be self-filed directly by immigrants without the need for official sponsorship from an employer will also be covered A Q&A session will follow the formal presentation.

    Protecting Intellectual Property Workshop

    Wednesday, 15 January 2014, 1430-1730 

    The United States has recently implemented sweeping changes to its patent laws. These changes will have a profound impact on the rights of inventors and researchers. Intellectual Property Law Attorney Richard Jaworski, with over 20 years of experience, will present a workshop to provide insight into the various options that are available for protecting Intellectual Property. The workshop will discuss the process for obtaining patents, copyrights and trademarks and the advantages/disadvantages of each type of protection. It will include a detailed discussion of the recent changes to patent laws and how they will impact those who are currently navigating or considering navigating the patent process. A Q&A session will follow the end of the presentation.