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Congratulation to Section Members Named AIAA Associate Fellows
The grade of Associate Fellow recognizes individuals “who have accomplished or been in charge of important engineering or scientific work, or who have done original work of outstanding merit, or who have otherwise made outstanding contributions to the arts, sciences, or technology of aeronautics or astronautics.” The Greater Huntsville Section's 2018 AIAA Associate Fellows are:

Ms. Sheree Gay (US Department of Defense)
Dr. Wallace Kirkpatrick (DESE Research, Inc.)
Ms. Robin Osborne (ERC Inc./Jacobs ESSSA/NASA MSFC)
Dr. James Parsons (Dynetics, Inc.)
Mr. Myron Pessin (Lee and Associates)
Mr. Ronald Porter (Seabrook Solutions, LLC)
Dr. Adrian Sescu (Mississippi State University)
Mr. David Weeks (Radiance Technologies)

Congratulations to Joseph A. Huwaldt, the Section's New Secretary
Joseph A. Huwaldt will serve as the secretary of the Section until the end of the council year in May 2018.

Section Members Celebrate Air Force 70th Anniversary
Members of the Greater Huntsville Section joined Tennessee Valley Chapter 335 of the Air Force Association to celebrate the US Air Force’s birthday ... more
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B-17G Sentimental Journey Visits Huntsville
Several Section members jumped at the opportunity to tour, photograph and fly in the venerable bomber. ... more
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2017 Moontown Airport Annual Grass Field Fly-In
The Greater Huntsville Section participated in the Annual Grass Field Fly-In at Moontown Airport ... more
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Huntsville Executive Airport Open House 2017
The Greater Huntsville Section participated in the Huntsville Executive Airport Open House on September 9... more
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August Issue of Section Newsletter Now Available
Newsletter Editor Kelly Burnham shown at left.
Click for August 2017 Issue of Telemetry
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Mr. Daniel Wade's Luncheon Presentation Available for Download
"Using Data Science to Improve Air Safety"
Click here to download presentation.
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AIAA Supports 5th Annual Amy Herdy Cancer Cure Tournament
The Greater Huntsville Section supported the 5th Annual Amy Herdy Texas Hold ‘Em Cancer Cure Tournament ... more
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Section Members Have Dinner and Attend Dunkirk Movie
Members of the Greater Huntsville Section continued the Section’s Dinner & a Movie series by gathering to watch the movie Dunkirk ... more
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Greater Huntsville Section Receives AIAA Awards for 2016-2017
Section Awards honor particularly notable achievements made by
member sections in a range of activities that help fulfill the Institute’s mission.
Section awards are given annually in five categories
based on the size of each section’s membership.
Each winning section receives a certificate and a cash award.
The award period covered is June 1, 2016–May 31, 2017.

The Greater Huntsville received the following awards:
First Place, Outstanding Section Award: Based on overall activities and contributions.
Second Place, Communications Award: For developing and implementing an outstanding communications program.
Second Place, Membership Award: For planning and implementing an effective recruitment and retention program.
First Place, Public Policy Award: For stimulating public awareness of the needs of aerospace research and development.
First Place, STEM K - 12 Award: For developing and implementing a program that provides quality education resources for K–12 teachers.
First Place, YP Activity Award: For excellence in planning and executing events that encourage the participation of the young professional members.
Outstanding Activity Award: For last year's YP symposium. (Tie with Houston Section)
Congratulations to the 2016-17 Council and volunteers who made all of this possible!
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Read about the Section's 2016-2017 Activities in the Annual Report
Click here to download the Section's 2016-2017Annual Report.

AIAA Technical Committee Nominations Open
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Dr. Giel Receives Liquid Propulsion Sustained Service Award
Dr. Thomas V. Giel was awarded the AIAA Liquid Propulsion Technical Committee Sustained Service Award on July 12, 2017 ... more
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Chris Jesse Retires from AIAA
Ms. Chris Jesse, the Greater Huntsville Section’s AIAA Staff Liaison, retired in April after many years of faithful service to the Institute ... more
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Section Participation in 2017 Armed Forces Celebration
The Greater Huntsville Section participated in the 2017 Armed Forces Celebration Luncheon at the Von Braun Center on June 28. ... more
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Section Named HATS Society of the Year
(HATS = Huntsville Association of Technical Societies)
Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Section Leadership
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Read About Section's 65th Annual Awards Dinner in eMag Article
The Greater Huntsville AIAA Section held its 65th Annual Awards Dinner on May 12, 2017 ... more

Oberth Award Recipient and Presenters

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This Year's Section Award Recipients Are:
Graduate Student of the Year - Mr. Orie Cecil
Undergraduate Student of the Year - Miss Jessica Lillian Dedeaux
Ed Pruett Young Professional of the Year - Mrs. Tamara Lee Statham
Earl Pearce Professional of the Year - Mr. Alan Lowrey
Konrad Dannenberg Educator of the Year Award - Dr. Anwar Ahmed
Martin Schilling Award Recipient - Mr. Brandon Stiltner
Holger Toftoy Award Recipient - Mr. Chris Crumbly
Hermann Oberth Award Recipient - Dr. John E. Cochran, Jr.

Section coins available for $8.00 per coin.
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2017-2018 Chairman Dr. Naveen Vetcha

Welcome to the Internet home of the AIAA Greater Huntsville Section and thanks for visiting us.

We hope that you will explore this website thoroughly. If you enjoy it or find it useful, please don't hesitate to let us know. Likewise, if you see a need for any improvement please let us know. Once again, thanks for stopping by, and we hope that you enjoy your visit!



Pages may be accessed by the menu at the top left or by clicking on the underlined blue links.

The ABOUT US page tells about the AIAA and the Greater Huntsville Section.

Click OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS for a list of the Section's Officers and Directors and associated email links.

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Bob Jones High School AFJROTC
Color Guard at 2016 Awards Dinner.

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Go to to update your email address and other data. That's how we know where to send meeting announcements, etc.

Membership Upgrades

Check the AIAA website at upgrade to learn how to become a Senior Member or Associate Fellow or how to nominate a member for Fellow or Honorary Fellow

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2016-2017 Vice-Chair Dr. Naveen Vetcha (L) presenting Section coin
to Dr. Arloe Mayne at Emeritus Member recognition dinner.

The CONTACT US page encourages you to contact the Section Chairperson or the webmaster with comments or questions.

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Alabama Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey receives a plaque
from Section Chair Kurt Polzin after speaking at 2016 Awards Dinner.


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Greg Laue of ManTech discusses the
James Webb Space Telescope Sun Shield
at a Section lunch.

The MEMBERSHIP page explains benefits of AIAA membership, and tells how to obtain information about membership. 


The AWARDS page describes the awards given by the Section, and provides information on recent recipients.

The PRE-COLLEGE STEM OUTREACH page covers several activities, such as Engineer's Week, Yuri's Night, our Scholarship Program, and the Section's Space Program.

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Dr. Joseph Majdalani receives AIAA Sustained Service Award
from Section Chair Kurt Polzin

Prof Hermann Oberth and Dr. Wernher von Braun
at 1961 ARS Awards Banquet



The STUDENT BRANCHES page lists the Student Branches in the Section's geographic area, with links to their Faculty Advisors.



The GHSV EMAG page contains articles, writeups, etc. about Section activities.

The MOBILE CHAPTER page has information about the activities, points of contact, etc. of the Section's chapter in the Mobile area.

DOWNLOADABLE ITEMS (under Documents) provides links to various items, including announcements, meeting presentations, etc.

The LINKS list at the top of the last column provides links to other websites, documents, etc. which might be of interest.

Photo by Alan Lowrey

The Section's entry in the 2017 Carts4Hearts Fund Raiser.


by Arloe Mayne
 8/6/2015 4:03 PM


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10/18/2017 5:30 PM   Volunteer Appreciation Social 
The Greater Huntsville Section will recognize those members who volunteered to staff our exhibits at the Space & Missile Defense Symposium, the Save Our Flying Heritage Open House and the Moontown Annual Grass Field Fly-In in the months of August...
10/18/2017 7:00 PM   "View from 85,000 Feet" by SR-71 Pilot Col Richard Graham 
Col. Richard Graham talks about flying an SR-71 Blackbird, the most secretive, highest-flying, and fastest plane in the world. He will bring his 15 years of SR-71 operational experience to life by presenting what it’s like to fly a reconnaissance...
10/21/2017 1:00 PM   AIAA at VBAS Astronomy Day 
10/23/2017 8:00 AM   Greater Huntsville Section's YP symposium 
10/26/2017 6:00 PM   29th Annual Von Braun Memorial Dinner 
Hosted by National Space Club. Details to be announced.
10/30/2017 11:30 AM   Washington update and importance of Aerospace - Mo BrooksNew Attachment

What: Washington update and importance of Aerospace - Mo Brooks

When: Monday, October 30, 2017, 11:30 am - 1 pm

Where: Dynetics Solutions Complex, 1004 Explorer Blvd, Huntsville AL (See directions and map in the flyer)

Invited Speaker: Representative...

11/2/2017 7:30 PM   Huntsville Area Rocketry Association Monthly Meeting For more than 30 years HARA has promoted amateur rocketry as a tool for teaching mathematics & the physical sciences through our innovative & hands-on flight opportunity programs. Our diverse club membership shares...
11/9/2017 11:30 AM   Luncheon -- "Linebacker I & II" by Lt Col (retired) Zig Jastrebski 
In recognition of the month of Veterans Day, the Greater Huntsville Section is sponsoring a luncheon presentation to honor our member veterans.
11/9/2017 5:30 PM   Greater Huntsville Section Council Meeting 
Monthly business meeting of section council but all members are welcome to attend.
11/11/2017 12:00 AM   Veterans Day 
Honor those who have served our country.
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