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Section's 65th Awards and Installation Dinner Scheduled
Friday, May 12, 2017 | 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Guest Speaker: Dr. Sandra H. Magnus, AIAA Executive Director
Click to download announcement
Click to learn about Dr. Magnus

Arloe Mayne's Luncheon Presentation on Robert Goddard Available Online
"Robert Goddard : His Career and the First Liquid-fueled Rocket"
Click here to download presentation.
Click here to see what other presentations are available.

Congratulations to Past Section Chairman Kurt Polzin On His Election as South East Regional Director
A primary responsibility of his new position is to oversee the health of the Sections within the Region

Section's 2017 Sackheim Scholarship Competition Announced
Click here to download information and the Application Form.

Local Winners of AIAA Space Systems Technical Committee Essay Contest Announced
The Greater Huntsville Section has selected a 7th grade and 8th grade winner of the contest to write an essay on an aspect of the Juno spacecraft. Juno's goals are to understand the origin and evolution of Jupiter, look for a solid planetary core, map the magnetic field, and others. Section winners will be our guests at the Awards Banquet in May where they will receive their awards. Their essays are posted on our website, and the winning essays will be submitted for the national-level awards.
Click here to see 7th Grade winner Taylor Honeycutt's essay.
Click here to see 8th Grade winner Rayan Haque's essay.

Ramona Banks's Luncheon Presentation Available for Download
"Women's Air Racing"
Click here to download presentation.
Click here to see what other presentations are available.

March Issue of Section Newsletter Now Available
Congratulations to new Newsletter Editor Kelly Burnham (at left) on her first edition of Telemetry.
Click for March 2017 Issue of Telemetry
Also available via Calameo
Click to see back issues of Telemetry

Section Black History Month Commemoration
The Greater Huntsville Section commemorated Black History Month (BHM) 2017 throughout February with a full slate of activities to honor the contributions of African-American citizens to our nation and profession. ... more
Click to see Tuskegee Student Branch presentation.
Click here to see Table of Contents for all eMag articles.

Section Members Receive SMD Technical Achievement Award
Five members of the Greater Huntsville Section were part of a 9-person team that received the 2016 Space & Missile Defense Team Technical Achievement Award sponsored by the ASMD ... more
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Greater Huntsville Launches the Shuttle for Charity
Greater Huntsville fielded a team in the 2nd Annual Carts4Hearts 5K race to raise money and solicit donations for the Downtown Rescue Mission. ... more
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Section Member Dr. Jan Davis Named AIAA Fellow
VP and Deputy General Manager of Jacobs; Three Missions as Shuttle Astronaut
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.
Click to see Dr. Davis's biography.

AIAA 54th Birthday Celebrated
The Section celebrated the 54th anniversary of the founding of the AIAA at a birthday social on January 31. AIAA was created on January 31, 1963 through the merger of the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences and the American Rocket Society ... more
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Section Supports Future City Competition
AIAA Greater Huntsville Section supported Alabama’s Regional Future City Competition on January 14th, 2017. The section sponsored a $150 award ... more
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2017 Engineers' Week Awards Banquet Announced
22 February at The Jackson Center
Invited Guest Speaker: Dr. Richard Myers,
President and Science Director of Hudson Alpha
Click for announcement, including registration information.

Section Attends County Commission Chairman's Address
The Greater Huntsville Section attended the State of the County Address by Madison County Commission Chairman Dale W. Strong. ... more
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Section Participated in The Association’s 2016 Holiday Social
Nishanth Goli, the Section’s Liaison to Professional Societies
represented the Greater Huntsville Section.
Click here to read article about Section involvement
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See the Papers Presented at the Section's YP Symposium
Guidance Navigation and Control
Materials and Structures
Modeling and Simulation
Special Topics
Click here to see YP Symposium papers.

Section Participates in Holiday Open House
The Greater Huntsville Section participated in the 2016 Holiday Open House of the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville and Madison County on December 8, 2016.  Greater Huntsville has been a member of the Chamber since 2015 ... more
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Nikki and Alan Lowrey at 2016 Awards Banquet

Alan Lowrey's AIAA Photos Available for Viewing
Alan Lowrey, a very active member of the Greater Huntsville AIAA Section who has twice been the chair of the Section, the Region II Director, and has held many other positions, is also an avid photographer. He has agreed to make his AIAA photos available for viewing at his flickr page.
Alan's photos (from the digital era) can be seen by clicking here.
Thanks a lot, Alan.

Pre-College Outreach Support to HARA Blastoff
On October 29th, the AIAA Greater Huntsville Section supported the Huntsville Area Rocketry Association (HARA) Rocket City Blastoff as part of the section’s pre-college outreach program. The weather turned out to be clear and sunny ... more
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Section coins available for $8.00 per coin.
Click to learn about the coins
Click to order coins

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 2017 AIAA Associate Fellows are:

Dr. John Blevins
Mr. Chris Crumbly
Dr. Linda Habash Krause
Dr. John Hanson
Mr. Joseph "Roger" Herdy
Dr. Gregory Hyslop
Mr. Randal Wade Lycans
Mr. Todd May
Mr. James D. Moore, Jr.
Mr. Timothy Pickens
Dr. Babak Shotorban
Dr. Hong Yang

Congratulations to Section Members Jack Sanders and Gordon Woodcock
for Reaching Notable Anniversaries with AIAA

Mr. Jack Sanders  
60-Year Anniversary

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
  50-Year Anniversary

Read about the Section's 2015-2016 Activities in the Annual Report
Click here to download the Section's 2015-2016 Annual Report.

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

Click to link to Section Facebook page
Click here for Section Bylaws
Click here to see archived Newsletters
Click here to see Alan Lowrey's AIAA photos

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

Photo by Arloe Mayne

2016-2017 Chairman Brandon Stiltner

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

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

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.

Photo by Wes Mayne

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.

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. 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 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 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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4/29/2017 12:00 AM   NASA Space Apps Challenge 
NASA's Space Apps Challenge is an annual international space-focused hackathon, participated in by 150+ cities around the globe. Huntsville has been selected as a host city for 2017! The Huntsville Space Apps site is up, check here for details:...
5/4/2017 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...
5/6/2017 12:00 AM   International Drone Day 2017 
The Section is discussing how to participate in this annual event
5/12/2017 5:00 PM   65th Annual Awards Dinner Attachment
WHAT: 65th Annual Section Awards Dinner WHEN: Friday, May 12th, 5:00 to 9:00 PM WHERE: Jackson Center, 600 Genome Way, Huntsville INVITED SPEAKER: Dr. Sandra H. Magnus, Executive Director of American Institute of Aeronuatics and Astronautics WHO:...
5/15/2017 12:00 AM   Associate Fellow Nomination References Due 
Please note: AIAA is no longer using the Associate Fellow online nomination system. Please use the word documents for Nomination and Reference Forms. All emails containing these forms will receive a confirmation of receipt. Important Dates: •15...
5/15/2017 5:00 PM   Meeting of the Huntsville Association of Technical Societies 
Section's Liaison to Professional Societies officially represents the AIAA Greater Huntsville Section but all are welcome to attend.
5/16/2017 5:30 PM   Greater Huntsville Section Council Meeting 
Monthly business meeting of section council but all members are welcome to attend.
5/17/2017 12:00 PM   "SOLIDWORKS: Training Pathways" by Jeff Setzer  
Once a member has installed SOLIDWORKS, the most common question we see is: What’s available for training? For an individual unfamiliar with computer-aided design (CAD) technology, the learning curve can be steep! EAA has been working with GSC, the...
6/1/2017 12:00 AM   Section Annual Report Due 
6/1/2017 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...
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