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Section Luncheon Tuesday 23 January
Speaker : BG Robert L Stewart (USA ret.)
Topic: Aeronautics or Astronautics. Why must We Choose?
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Mr. Myron "Mike" Pessin's Luncheon Presentation Available for Download
"Space Shuttle History - Super Lightweight External Tank Development"
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Congratulations to Section Member Professor Joseph Majdalani
Joseph Majdalani, Professor at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, has been awarded the AIAA Abe M. Zarem Educator Award. This award recognizes the faculty advisor of the winner of the Zarem Award for Distinguished Achievement, reflecting Dr. Zarem’s belief that the guidance of faculty members is fundamental to the success of student research. Professor Majdalani is the Greater Huntsville Section Honors and Awards Director and an AIAA Associate Fellow.

Greater Huntsville AIAA Section and the Experimental Aircraft Association
Announce First Flight Commemoration Essay Contest

Winner will receive free hour of flight instruction.
All entrants will receive free airplane flight
Click here to download instructions.

Tour Held of ULA Rocket Manufacturing Facility
On November 10th the Greater Huntsville Section toured the United Launch Alliance rocket manufacturing facility ... more
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Section Participates Again in Pumpkin Blast Competition
This year Huntsville’s annual Pumpkin Blast was held at Tate Farms on September 30 ... more
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Section Holds Second Young Professional Symposium
The Second Annual AIAA Greater Huntsville Section’s Young Professionals Symposium was held on October 23-24 ... more
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Dr. Tom Percy's Luncheon Presentation Available for Download
"Mars: Exploring the Red Planet"
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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 2018 AIAA Associate Fellows are:

Ms. Sheree Gay (US Department of Defense)
Dr. Wallace Kirkpatrick (DESE Research, Inc.)
Ms. Robin Osborne (ERC Inc./Jacobs ESSSA/NASA MSFC)
Dr. James Parsons (Dynetics, Inc.)
Mr. Myron Pessin (Lee and Associates)
Mr. Ronald Porter (Seabrook Solutions, LLC)
Dr. Adrian Sescu (Mississippi State University)
Mr. David Weeks (Radiance Technologies)

Congratulations to Joseph A. Huwaldt, the Section's New Secretary
Joseph A. Huwaldt will serve as the secretary of the Section until the end of the council year in May 2018.

Section Members Celebrate Air Force 70th Anniversary
Members of the Greater Huntsville Section joined Tennessee Valley Chapter 335 of the Air Force Association to celebrate the US Air Force’s birthday ... more
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B-17G Sentimental Journey Visits Huntsville
Several Section members jumped at the opportunity to tour, photograph and fly in the venerable bomber. ... more
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2017 Moontown Airport Annual Grass Field Fly-In
The Greater Huntsville Section participated in the Annual Grass Field Fly-In at Moontown Airport ... more
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Huntsville Executive Airport Open House 2017
The Greater Huntsville Section participated in the Huntsville Executive Airport Open House on September 9... more
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August Issue of Section Newsletter Now Available
Newsletter Editor Kelly Burnham shown at left.
Click for August 2017 Issue of Telemetry
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AIAA Supports 5th Annual Amy Herdy Cancer Cure Tournament
The Greater Huntsville Section supported the 5th Annual Amy Herdy Texas Hold ‘Em Cancer Cure Tournament ... more
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Greater Huntsville Section Receives AIAA Awards for 2016-2017
Section Awards honor particularly notable achievements made by
member sections in a range of activities that help fulfill the Institute’s mission.
Section awards are given annually in five categories
based on the size of each section’s membership.
Each winning section receives a certificate and a cash award.
The award period covered is June 1, 2016–May 31, 2017.

The Greater Huntsville received the following awards:
First Place, Outstanding Section Award: Based on overall activities and contributions.
Second Place, Communications Award: For developing and implementing an outstanding communications program.
Second Place, Membership Award: For planning and implementing an effective recruitment and retention program.
First Place, Public Policy Award: For stimulating public awareness of the needs of aerospace research and development.
First Place, STEM K - 12 Award: For developing and implementing a program that provides quality education resources for K–12 teachers.
First Place, YP Activity Award: For excellence in planning and executing events that encourage the participation of the young professional members.
Outstanding Activity Award: For last year's YP symposium. (Tie with Houston Section)
Congratulations to the 2016-17 Council and volunteers who made all of this possible!
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Read about the Section's 2016-2017 Activities in the Annual Report
Click here to download the Section's 2016-2017Annual Report.

Section coins available for $8.00 per coin.
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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.

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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

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See AIAA promotional and gift items by clicking here.

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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.

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


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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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12/17/2017 12:00 AM   First Flight Commemoration 
The first heavier than air, controlled powered flight occurred on December 17, 1903. The winner of the 2017 First Flight Commemoration Essay Contest will be announced.
12/18/2017 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.
12/25/2017 12:00 AM   Christmas Holiday 
1/1/2018 12:00 AM   New Year's Day 
Happy New Year!
1/4/2018 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...
1/9/2018 5:30 PM   Associate Fellow Nomination Package Prep Seminar 
Please join us on January 9th when the Greater Huntsville Section will host an information session to assist our members with the Associate Fellow nomination process. Section members and Associate Fellows John Dankanich, Chip Kopicz, and Ken Philippart...
1/11/2018 5:30 PM   Greater Huntsville Section Council Meeting 
Monthly business meeting of section council but all members are welcome to attend.
1/13/2018 8:00 PM   AIAA get together at Nashville Symphony's Earth -- An HD Odyssey  
On Saturday, January 13, 2018, at 8:00 p.m.The Nashville Symphony will present The Earth -- An HD Odyssey. This program, originally performed by the Houston Symphony, presents breathtaking images from the International Space Station accompanied by John...
1/15/2018 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.
1/23/2018 11:30 AM   AIAA January Luncheon Attachment

What: AIAA Greater Huntsville Section monthly luncheon

When: Tuesday, January 23, 11:30 am - 1 pm

Where: Dynetics Solutions Complex (see directions and map in the attached flyer)

Invited Speaker: BG (USA, ret.) Robert L Stewart

Topic: Aeronautics...

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