Young Professionals Symposium to be held October 20-21
Click here for announcement and registration information.
Congratulations to Section Members Jack Sanders
and Gordon Woodcock
for Reaching Notable Anniversaries with AIAA
Mr. Jack Sanders
60-Year Anniversary: Jack Sanders
Joined as Student Member at Auburn University in 1956
Retired after almost 50 years (30 at Boeing/McDonnell Douglas) of structural engineering and management experience in the aerospace industry.
Says that he enjoyed most the design and testing of the Saturn V launch vehicle.
Click here to see Jack Sanders biography.
50-Year Anniversary: Gordon Woodcock
AIAA member since 1966
2014 recipient of Section's Hermann Oberth Award.
Published over 100 technical papers and articles, and a textbook.
Click here to see Gordon Woodcock's resume.
Mr. Gordon Woodcock
Greater Huntsville Section Receives Awards from AIAA for 2015-2016 Year
In the Very Large Section category, the Section received the following awards:
Outstanding Section Award – 1st Place
Communications Award – 1st Place
Membership Award – 1st Place
Public Policy Award – 1st Place
Young Professional Activity Award – 1st Place
Career & Professional Development Award – 2nd Place
STEM K-12 Award – 3rd Place
Click here to see AIAA Press Release about the AIAA Section Award Winners.
Click here to download the Section Annual Report and learn about what was done this year.
Congratulations to Section Members Attaining Membership Anniversaries
Jeffrey S Elder
William S Meredith
William J Emrich, Jr.
Harry J Nichols
Carolyn S Griner
Semih M Olcmen
Joseph P Hale, II
Theron E Ruff
Edward B Kiker
John (Phil) P Sumerall
Walter E Hammond
David A Leonard
James S Wilbeck
Bruce D Willis
Commander Earl Pearce, U. S. Navy (retired) and wife Clara
at the 2012 Greater Huntsville Section Awards Dinner
Section Member and AIAA Senior
Earl Pearce passed away on August 6, 2016
Earl began his career as a fighter pilot in the US Navy, with over 500 carrier landings. He had been
the Fiscal Officer for the non-medical side of the University of Alabama in Birmingham,
and was an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department from 1980 to 1990.
Earl was an AIAA member for over 50 years and his Emeritus Membership was celebrated in February of 2016.
Earl served as the Section's Supernumerary for many years, and the Greater Huntsville
Section's Professional of the Year Award was named in his honor.
AIAA Young Professionals Symposium to be Held by Greater Huntsville Section
Abstract deadline extended to 11:59PM on Thursday, September 1st
Symposium date: October 20-21, 2016, at Dynetics Solution Complex
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Click for symposium call for papers
Click for abstract submission form
Click here for additional information
August Issue of Section Newsletter Now Available
Click for August 2016 Issue of Telemetry
Click to see back issues of Telemetry
Dr. Olsoni receives Section coin
from Vice Chair Dr. Naveen Vetcha
Dr. John Olson, VP - Space Exploration Systems Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems
Was presented with Section coin in recognition of his outstanding contributions
to the field of aerospace engineering through space and aeronautics policy,
and leading challenging space exploration projects.
Section Vice Chair Naveen Vetcha made the presentation to guest speaker Dr. Olson at
the Space and Missile Defense Working Group's July monthly meeting.
eMag Article about the 2016
Armed Forces Celebration
and 75th Anniversary of Redstone
Arsenal Dinner now available
Click here to read article.
Click here to see Table of Contents for all eMag articles.
Congratulations to Section member Mr. Todd May,
Director of NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
For being named to receive the AIAA von Braun Award for
Excellence in Space Program Management for 2016.
The citation for the award reads:
“For meritorious performance in managing
the development of America’s future launch system
to send human and scientific exploratory missions
to deep space objectives including Mars.”
Pumpkin Blast Competitors Solicited
Help design, build, and compete; info at
Email team captain Colin Moynihan with questions or to volunteer.
Read about the Section's 2015-2016 Activities in
the Annual Report
Click here to download the Section's 2015-2016 Annual Report.
Outgoing Chairman Polzin's final View from the Chair Available
Click here to download May View from the Chair.
Congratulations to 2016 Greater Huntsville Section Award Recipients
Undergraduate Student of the Year: Mark C. Koren
Graduate Student of the Year: Dr. Matthew A. Hitt
Ed Pruett Young Professional of the Year Award: Dr. Naveen Vetcha
Earl Pearce Professional of the Year Award: Mr. James D. Moore, Jr.
Konrad Dannenberg Educator of the Year Award: Dr. Eldon Triggs II
Martin Schilling Award: Dr. Kurt Polzin
Holger Toftoy Award: Mr. Gary Lyles
Hermann Oberth Award: Dr. Winfred A. Foster
AIAA Sustained Service Citation was presented to Dr. Joseph Majdalani
Click for more information on Awards page
Click to see Awards Dinner Program
Congratulations to Greater Huntsville Section 2016-2017 Officers and Directors
Council Members Were Presented at the Annual Awards Dinner
Chairman - Brandon Stiltner
Vice-Chairman - Dr. Naveen Vetcha
Secretary - John Dankanich
Treasurer - Dr. Robert "Bob" Tramel
Vice-Chairman, Mobile - Robert "Bob" Coke
Communications - Erin Walker
Education - Jesse Jones
Honors & Awards - Dr. Joe Majdalani
Immediate Past Chairman - Dr. Kurt Polzin
Liaison to Student Branches - Brittani Searcy
Liaison to Professional Societies - Nishanth Goli
Membership - Candice Dalton
Pre-College Outreach - Dustin Poisson
Public Policy - Robert La Branche
Special Projects - Dr. Traci Prater
Young Professionals - Tamara Statham
Webmaster - Dr. Arloe Mayne
Congratulations to Section Member Mrs. Robin Osborne,
Recipient of the 2016 AIAA Engineer of the Year Award
The AIAA Engineer of the Year Award is presented to a member of AIAA who,
as a practicing engineer, has made a recent, individual contribution
in the application of scientific and mathematical principles
leading to a significant technical accomplishment.
Click to see AIAA announcement on the award
Congratulations to 2016 Greater Huntsville Section
AIAA confers the distinction of Fellow upon individuals
in recognition of their notable and valuable contributions
to the arts, sciences or technology of aeronautics and astronautics.
The induction ceremony for the new Fellows and Honorary Fellows
will take place in Washington, D.C., on June 15,
at the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala.
The Greater Huntsville Section's 2016 Fellows are:
Steve Cook, Dynetics
Mark Whorton, Teledyne Brown Engineering
Section coins still available for $7.00 per coin.
Click to learn about the coins
Click to order coins
Congratulations to Section member Dr. John Hanson of NASA's George C. Marshall Space Flight Center
for being named the 2016 recipient of the national AIAA de Florez Award for Flight Simulation
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
2015-2016 Pictorial Organization Chart Available on-Line
Click here to see this year's Officers and Directors.
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
Click here to download PowerPoint Viewer (PPT