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Section Luncheon Scheduled for 28 October
Speaker: Roger Herdy, Government Energy Solutions
Topic: sCO2 Brayton Cycle and Supercritical Transformational Electric Power
Click here for announcement and registration information.

Acoustics Overview and Aerospace Acoustic Test Systems Short Course
To be conducted by A. W. Mayne III Wednesday, October 14th, 2015
Click here for announcement and registration information

Mentorship Program for Young and Aspiring Aerospace Professionals Initiated
Click here to download information and application form for Mentors.
Click here to download information and application form for Mentees

Pumpkin Blast 2015 Participants Sought
If you would like to help us design, build, test, and compete in this contest,
please email us at

Congratulations to 2016 Greater Huntsville Section 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. AIAA formally will honor and induct the class January 4, 2016,
in conjunction with the AIAA Science and Technology Forum in San Diego.

The Greater Huntsville Section's 2016 Associate Fellow Class comprises:
Leandro Barajas
Eric Blades
Andrew Brown
Jason Cassibry
William Emrich
Thomas Giel
Thomas Hancock
Keith Hollingsworth
Michael Houts
Phillip Ligrani
Gregory Olsen
Aloysius Reisz
Christopher Singer
Brian Thurow
Robert Tramel
Bruce Willis

See the Chairman's Take on the 2015-2016 Section Year Thus Far
Click here to download September View from the Chair.

Downloadable items from Michael Dunning's seminar on "Reno Racers - Simulating Speed"
Click here to download seminar material
Click here to download "Oshkosh: The Spirit of Aviation" (narrated by Harrison Ford)

AIAA Technical Committee (TC) Nomination period open through 1 November
Click here to download info on committees and nomination process.

Structural Dynamic Analysis of Rocket Engine Turbomachinery
Short Course Presentation (by Andy Brown) Available for Download

Click to download
Downloadable Presentations from 2014-2015 Activities
1. Acoustics Overview and Aerospace Acoustic Test Systems Short Course Presentation: Click to download
2. Hypersonics Lecture and Movie from Dayton Trip: Click to download briefing ; Click to download movie
3. John Fay Dynamics Lunch & Learn Presentation: Click to download

Article on 2014-2015 Section Awards from AIAA now Available in eMag
Click here to see article.
Click here to see the Table of Contents for all Emag articles

Archive of Section Newsletters Still Being Developed
Click here to see Newsletters on line so far.
Below is an item from the October 1965 issue of the Section newsletter, at that time the Explorer

July Issue of Section Newsletter Now Available
Click for July 2015 Issue of Telemetry
Click to see back issues of Telemetry

Greater Huntsville Section Receives Awards from AIAA for 2014-2015 Year
In the Very Large Section category, the Section received the following awards:
Outstanding Section – 1st Place
Communications – 1st Place
Career & Professional Development – 2nd Place
Membership – 2nd Place (tied with Dayton/Cincinnati and Los Angeles-Las Vegas Sections)
Young Professional – 2nd Place
STEM K-12 – 3rd Place
Public Policy – 3rd Place
Outstanding Activity (tied with Los Angeles-Las Vegas and National Capital Sections)
Click here to download the Section Annual Report and learn about what was done this year.

Dr. William J. Emrich of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Selected as AIAA 2015 Engineer of the Year
“For conceiving of, designing, and bringing to operational status the megawatt-class Nuclear Thermal Rocket Element Environment Simulator.”
Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle will be joined by representatives from the AIAA Greater Huntsville Section,
Huntsville City Council, Marshall Space Flight Center and the University of Alabama in Huntsville
for a News Conference on Wednesday, July 22 at 2 p.m., in the Huntsville City Council Chambers
to proclaim July 23 as Dr. William Emrich Day.

2015-2016 Pictorial Organization Chart Available on-Line
Click here to see this year's Officers and Directors.

Congratulations to Section Members Attaining Membership Anniversaries

25-Year Anniversaries  

William J Coirier

James R Meehan

Darby G Cooper

Lee A Miller

William E Dietz

Masoud Rais-Rohani

Jeffrey L Finckenor

Julie A Ray

James V French

Joel W Robinson

James P Hubner

Mark L Underwood

Joseph A Huwaldt

Peter G Valentine

Stephen L Johnson

Joseph Marc Verhage

Mohammad J Khan

David L Williams, II

Michael A Lawler

40-Year Anniversaries

Ray S Applebaum
John E Burkhalter
Lanier S Cauley
Basil P Cooper
John O Lassiter
G. Alan Lowrey
Mark Seaford
Don E Simpson

Section 2014-2015 Annual Report Available On-Line
Learn about the full spectrum of your section's activities.
Click here to download Annual Report.

Article on 2015 Awards Dinner now Available in eMag
Click here to see article.
Click here to see the Table of Contents for all Emag articles

Congratulations to 2015 Greater Huntsville Section Award Recipients
Awards Were Presented at the Annual Awards Dinner
Ed Pruett Young Professional of the Year Award Award: Mr. Neal Allgood
Earl Pearce Professional of the Year Award: Mr. Richard Jozefiak
Konrad Dannenberg Educator of the Year Award: Prof. Brian Thurow
Martin Schilling Award: Mr. Kenneth Philippart
Holger Toftoy Award: LTG (ret) Joseph Consumano, Jr.
Hermann Oberth Award: Mr. Thomas J. "Jack" Lee
AIAA Special Service Citations were presented to Mr. Neal Allgod and Mr. Michael Dunning
AIAA Sustained Service Citation was presented to Dr. Arloe Mayne
Click for more information on Awards page
Click to see Awards Dinner Program

Greater Huntsville Section Coin Available
$7.00 per coin; Contact any Section Officer
Click to learn about the coins

The Section is looking for help in several areas
Click on the Help Wanted item on the menu to the left
And consider where you could fit in.

Click to link to Section Facebook page
Click here for Section Bylaws
Click here to see archived Newsletters

Click here to download Adobe Acrobat (pdf document reader).
Click here to download PowerPoint Viewer (PPT presentation viewer)

Photo by Arloe Mayne

2015-2016 Chairman Dr. Kurt Polzin

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.

Photo by Arloe Mayne

2014-2015 Chairman Ken Philippart presents Jan Davis a certificate
in acknowledgement of her becoming an AIAA Associate Fellow

Update Your Data

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

AIAA Logo Items

See AIAA promotional and gift items by clicking here.

2014-2015 Section Chair Ken Philippart (L) thanks Wes Mayne for presenting a seminar on acoustics.

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

Photo by Arloe Mayne

Congressman Mo Brooks receiving AIAA mug
from 2014-2015 Vice-Chairman Kurt Polzin after speaking at August 2014 lunch.


Photo by Arloe Mayne

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.

Click on Civil Space to go to the Section's biennial Civil Space Symposium website.

Photo by Arloe Mayne

Dr. Arloe Mayne receives AIAA Sustained Service Award
from Regional Director Alan Lowrey

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 HELP WANTED page lists several areas where volunteers are being sought to provide help to the Section.

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 QUICK LINKS list at the top of the last column provides links to other websites which might be of interest.

Photo by Arloe Mayne

The Section's entry in the 2014 Pumpkin Blast


by Arloe Mayne
 8/6/2015 4:03 PM

 Quick Links


10/10/2015 10:00 AM   Drone “First Person View” (FPV) Race 
10/12/2015 5:15 PM   Section Council meeting 
Main item of business will be the budget.
10/14/2015 5:30 PM   Acoustics Overview and Aerospace Acoustic Test Systems Short Course Attachment
See attached flyer for details and registration information
10/15/2015 11:00 AM   Mentorship Program Meet and Greet 
Opportunity for mentors and mentees to meet each other at the start of the mentorship period
10/17/2015 7:30 AM   12th Annual Liz Hurley Ribbon Run 
10/17/2015 1:00 PM   Astronomy Day at VBAS 
10/21/2015 12:00 AM   Advanced Manufacturing Launch Expo 
10/27/2015 12:00 AM   8th Wernher von Braun Memorial Symposium 
10/27/2015 12:00 AM   Marshall Collaboration Forum 
Marshall Collaboration Forum: A Dialogue on Space Transportation and Exploration
10/28/2015 11:30 AM   Section LuncheonNew Attachment
SPEAKER: Roger Herdy, Government Energy Solutions
TOPIC: sCO2 Brayton Cycle and Supercritical Transformational Electric Power
Announcement and Registration information in attached file
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