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Section Luncheon Scheduled for 18 July, 11:30 AM
Speaker: Mr. James Brelsford, Von Braun Astronomical Society
Topic: "Are you ready for The Great American Solar Eclipse?"
Click here to download announcement, including registration information

Section Named HATS Society of the Year
(HATS = Huntsville Association of Technical Societies)
Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Section Leadership

Read About Section's 65th Annual Awards Dinner in eMag Article
The Greater Huntsville AIAA Section held its 65th Annual Awards Dinner on May 12, 2017 ... more

Oberth Award Recipient and Presenters

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Click here to download Awards Dinner program
Click here to go to Awards webpage

This Year's Section Award Recipients Are:
Graduate Student of the Year - Miss Jessica Lillian Dedeaux
Undergraduate Student of the Year - Mr. Orie Cecil
Ed Pruett Young Professional of the Year - Mrs. Tamara Lee Statham
Earl Pearce Professional of the Year - Mr. Alan Lowrey
Konrad Dannenberg Educator of the Year Award - Dr. Anwar Ahmed
Martin Schilling Award Recipient - Mr. Brandon Stiltner
Holger Toftoy Award Recipient - Mr. Chris Crumbly
Hermann Oberth Award Recipient - Dr. John E. Cochran, Jr.

AIAA Fellow Dr. S. T. Wu Died 21 May
Dr. Shi Tsan (S. T.) Wu was a Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at The University of Alabama in Huntsville. He was a Fellow of the AIAA and a past Chairman of the Alabama-Mississippi (now Greater Huntsville) Section of the AIAA, and a recipient of the Section's Martin Schilling Award and the Hermann Oberth Award.

2017-2018 Council Pictorial Organization Chart Available
Click here to download org chart

Congratulations to the Sections' Council Members for 2017-2018

New and Reelected Council Members
Chair: Dr. Naveen Vetcha
Vice Chair: Major Alex Jehle
Secretary: Ms. Shannon Stump
Treasurer: Ms. Lauren Badia
Education Director: Dr. Felix Ewere
Pre-College Outreach Director: Dr Linda Habash Krause
Public Policy Director: Mr. Chris Crumbly

Returning Elected Council Members (2nd year of 2-year elected term)
Vice-Chairman, Mobile: Mr. Robert "Bob" Coke
Honors and Awards Director: Dr. Joe Majdalani
Communication Director: Ms. Erin Walker
Liaison to Student Branches: Ms. Brittani Searcy
Liaison to Professional Societies: Mr. Nishanth Goli
Membership Director: Ms. Candice Dalton
Young Professionals & Career Enhancement Director: Ms. Tamara Statham
Special Projects Director: Dr. Tracie Prater

NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge eMag Article Now Online
On March 31st and April 1st, AIAA Greater Huntsville Section supported NASA’s annual Human Exploration Rover Challenge. ... more
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eMag Article About Section's UTSI and AEDC Tours Available
On 24 March 2017 approximately 20 Section members, friends, and family participated in tours of the University of Tennessee Space Institute and the Arnold Engineering Development Complex. ... more
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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

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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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.


Photo by Arloe Mayne

2017-2018 Chairman Dr. Naveen Vetcha

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.

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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

Alabama Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey receives a plaque
from Section Chair Kurt Polzin after speaking at 2016 Awards Dinner.


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.

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 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 LINKS list at the top of the last column provides links to other websites, documents, etc. 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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6/28/2017 11:30 AM   2017 Armed Forces Celebration Luncheon 
The Huntsville/Madison County Chamber will host a week-long tribute to our Armed Forces on June 25- July 1, 2017, to recognize the role Redstone Arsenal plays in the defense of our nation and the economic impact that it plays in our region. The signature...
6/30/2017 12:00 AM   Section Financial Report Due 
7/1/2017 12:00 AM   Sustained Service Award Nominations Due to AIAA HQ 
Sustained Service Award Recipients The Sustained Service Award is presented to recognize sustained, significant service and contributions to AIAA by members of the Institute. The nominee/recipient must be a member in good standing who has shown continuing...
7/6/2017 4:30 PM   Biergarten -- AIAA is the Sponsored Non-Profit Organization 
The Greater Huntsville Section is the sponsored non-profit organization at the Biergarten on this night. We will staff a recruiting/outreach table during the event. A portion of food sales that evening will be donated to the Greater Huntsville Section.
7/6/2017 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...
7/12/2017 7:00 PM   AIAA Book club meeting 
Our fourth book selection will be Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by journalist Ashlee Vance. The meeting to discuss the book will take place at Yellowhammer Brewery on Wednesday, July 12th at 7 PM.
7/13/2017 5:30 PM   Greater Huntsville Section Council Meeting 
Monthly business meeting of section council but all members are welcome to attend.
7/17/2017 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.
7/18/2017 11:30 AM   AIAA July Luncheon on Solar Eclipse Attachment

What: AIAA Greater Huntsville Section - Luncheon Seminar

When: Tuesday, July 28, 2017, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Where: Dynetics Solutions Complex, 1004 Explorer Blvd, Huntsville, AL (see directions and map in attached flyer)

Invited Speaker: Mr....

7/20/2017 12:00 AM   Apollo 11 Landing Anniversary 
First lunar landing July 20, 1969
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