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Requesting Nominations for AIAA Greater Huntsville Section Council Officers and Directors
Please Submit Nominations by 4/14/2013

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Section Lunch Meeting
11:30 AM, 23 April
Dynetics Solutions Complex
Speaker: Col. Raymond Toth, USAF
Commander, Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC)
‘Arnold Engineering Development Complex: Mission & Capabilities’
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2014 Greater Huntsville AIAA Section Scholarship Application Available
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Section Board Meeting
5:15 - 7:00 PM, 1 April
MAE 277 Technology Hall - UAH
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Col. Effrece's Presentation on "Overview of the MSIC Mission" Available On-line
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Congratulations to Greater Huntsville Section Sustained Service Award Recipients

The AIAA has announced that Sustained Service Awards will be presented to Greater Huntsville Section Members Thomas M. Hancock and John O. Lassiter. The Sustained Service Award recognizes significant service and contributions to AIAA by members of the Institute.  Mr. Hancock is cited for "making significant contributions to AIAA providing guidance, encouragement, inspiration and support to the Greater Huntsville Section, fellow AIAA members, and the technical community."  Mr. Lassiter's award is for "over 38 years of sustained superior performance and technical contributions to AIAA at the section, region, and national levels."

Loss of Former Section Chairman
Robert Sackheim Passed Away on 22 December 2013
Click here to see a summary of his distinguished career.

Congratulations to Greater Huntsville Section 2014 AIAA Fellow David King

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics  has announced that Mr. David King of Dynetics, Inc., is one of the 2014 AIAA Fellows and Honorary Fellows. Presentation of the new Fellows and Honorary Fellows will take place at the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala, Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, in Washington D.C.

"The title of AIAA Fellow is among the highest honors that one can earn in the aerospace community. It represents the acknowledgement of peers that one’s work is truly outstanding, and that you have made lasting contributions to significantly advancing the state-of-the art of aerospace science and technology," said AIAA President Mike Griffin. "Beyond that, the title of Honorary Fellow honors those whose work and contributions have placed each at the pinnacle of our profession. This year’s selection committee has done an outstanding job of identifying those who meet these standards. I congratulate each member of this year’s class of Fellows and Honorary Fellows."

Congratulations to 2014 Associate Fellows

The AIAA has announced the selection of the AIAA Associate Fellows class of 2014. The new Associate Fellows will be honored at the AIAA Associate Fellows Dinner on Monday, 13 January 2014, at the Gaylord National Harbor Hotel and Convention Center, North Harbor, Maryland, in conjunction with the AIAA SciTech Forum.

“The individuals comprising this year’s class of Associate Fellows represent outstanding achievement and leadership in the international aerospace community. Each can be very proud of their accomplishments, and their admittance to the rank,” said AIAA President Mike Griffin. “Their creativity, ingenuity and relentless pursuit of excellence have ignited the spark of progress within our community, and each helps make our world better for all humanity.” To be selected for the grade of Associate Fellow an individual must be an AIAA Senior Member for at least 12 months prior to the current deadline for Associate Fellow nomination, with at least twelve years professional experience, and be recommended by a minimum of three current Associate Fellows. The Greater Huntsville Section AIAA members newly selected to become Associate Fellows are:

John Dankanich, Aero Dank, Inc.
Andrew J. Sinclair, Auburn University
Gang Wang, University of Alabama – Huntsville
Robert J. Wingate, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Qiuhai Zuo,University of Alabama – Huntsville

Congratulations to the 2012-2013 Section Leadership

The AIAA has announced its 2012–2013 Section Award winners. The Section Awards annually honor particularly notable achievements made by member sections in a range of activities that help fulfill the Institute’s mission. Section awards are made in five categories based on size of membership - the Greater Huntsville Section is in the Very Large category.

The Greater Huntsville Section tied for second place for the Outstanding Section Award. This award is presented to sections based upon their overall activities and contributions through the year.

The Greater Huntsville Section received second place for the Communication Award. This award recognizes sections that develop and implement an outstanding communications outreach program.

The Greater Huntsville Section tied for first place for the Public Policy Award. This award is presented for stimulating public awareness of the needs and benefits of aerospace research and development, particularly on the part of government representatives, and for educating section members about the value of public policy activities.

The Greater Huntsville Section tied for first place for the Outstanding Activity Award. This award acknowledges sections that have held an outstanding activity deserving of additional recognition. The Greater Huntsville activity was the Civil Space Symposium. This symposium was billed as “Civil Space 2013: Accelerating Tomorrow’s Commercial Space Marketplace”. It brought together government and industry to discuss the mutual goal of efficient, effective, and reliable access for payload and crew to near Earth Space.

Section Annual Report Available On-Line
See the full range of the Greater Huntsville Section's 2012-2013 activities
Click to download 2012-2013 Annual Report

Link to Section Facebook Page

Click here to download 2011 Revision of Section Bylaws

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

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2013-2014 Chairman Dr. Ram Ramachandran

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

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

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

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AIAA President Dr. Mike Griffin, Awards Speaker Dr. Adam Steltzner, and Chairman Dr. Ram Ramachandran

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Rocket Designer Tim Pickens Speaking at a Young Professionals Meeting

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

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

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Vice Chairman Dr. Narayanan (Ram) Ramachandran with
Luncheon Speaker Boeing Vice-President Jim Chilton


Section Members Serve as Moonbuggy Race Officials and
the Section Provides Design Awards

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


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

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

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2012-2013 Chairman Tom Kmeic, right, receives the Chairman's
Award from 2013-2014 Chairman Dr. Ram Ramachandran

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



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

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




The SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM page provides information on the Greater Huntsville Section Engineering Scholarships. 

Photo by Arloe Mayne

US Space & Rocket Center CEO Dr. Deborah Barnhart with two winners
of the AIAA/UAH Space Shuttle Orbiter Art Competition

The PAPER AIRPLANE CONTEST page describes the annual contest which is cosponsored with the UAH Student Branch and is open to and has participants of all ages.

The DOWNLOADS page provides links to presentations from previous general Section meetings, seminar presentations, etc.


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