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Brown Bag Lunch Scheduled for 28 August
Michael Dunning will speak on "Reno Racers - Simulating Speed"
Click here to download flyer.

AFCEA Symposium "Emerging Threats and Technologies
in Unmanned Systems, Communications, & Electronics"

Scheduled for 15-16 September
Click here to download announcement.
Click for registration information

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 September 1963 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

Congratulations to Newly Elected Officers and Directors
(Terms begin June 2015)
Chair: Dr. Kurt Polzin
Vice Chair: Mr. Brandon Stiltner
Secretary: Ms. Tamara (Tammy) Cottam
Treasurer: Mr. Darby Cooper
Education Director: Mr. Jesse Jones
Honors and Awards Director: Ms. Sheree Gay
Public Policy Director: Mr. Robert La Branche
Returning Elected Council Members (2nd year of 2-year elected term)
Liaison to Student Branches: Mr. Neal Allgood
Membership Director: Mr. Roger Herdy
Pre-College Outreach Director: Ms. Megan Beattie
Supernumerary: Dr. Keith Koenig
Technical Director: Mr. John Lassiter
Young Professionals &
Career Enhancement Director: Ms. Cody Crofford
In a Category of His Own, Immediate Past Chair: Mr. Kenneth Philippart

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

Congratulations to 2015 Greater Huntsville Section Associate Fellows
Dr. Michael R. LaPointe
Tracy L. Lamm
Dawn R. Phillips
Dr. Jonathan Mark Janus
Mr. Thomas E Hannigan, III
Dr. Rani W Sullivan
Dr. Nancy Jan Davis

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.


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. 


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


8/28/2015 11:30 AM   Brown Bag Lunch with Michael Dunning 
Time to be confirmed.
8/31/2015 12:00 AM   AIAA Space and Astronautics Forum and Exposition 
AIAA Space 2015
9/2/2015 12:00 AM   Regional Leadership Conference (It's not really a Regional event, but it once was.)
9/3/2015 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...
9/14/2015 5:15 PM   Section Council meeting 
Please let Kurt Polzin ( ) and Neal Allgood ( ) know if you plan to attend (for building access purposes).
9/15/2015 12:00 AM   AFCEA Symposium "Emerging Threats and Technologies in Unmanned Systems, Communications, & Electronics"New Attachment
9/18/2015 12:00 AM   US Air Force Birthday 
9/19/2015 12:00 AM   Moontown Airport Annual Fly-In (Air Fair) 
Particulars subject to change.
9/21/2015 11:30 AM   Luncheon with Greg Laue 
Times to be confirmed.
10/1/2015 12:00 AM   Announcement of New Associate Fellows 
AIAA HQ releases list of newest Associate Fellows
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