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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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Section Luncheon Announced for 23 January
Speaker: "Shuttleman" Scott G. Phillips
Author of Remove Before Flight
Topic: What it means to be part of the World’s Greatest Workforce
Click for announcement, including registration information.

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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Dr. Andy White's Luncheon Presentation Available for Download
"Aerospace & Defense Industry Projections &
Business Acumen for the A&D Engineer"
Click here to download presentation.
Click here to see what other presentations are available.

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's Exceptional Service Award Presented to Ken Philippart
On November 8th, Lt. Col. Kenneth Philippart (Ret) was awarded Greater Huntsville Section’s Exceptional Service award. This award is given to a section member who has shown dedication and service going above and beyond expectations to support the section. ... more
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Section Participated in One Table Lunch
The Greater Huntsville Section participated in Huntsville’s first One Table Thanksgiving lunch on November 21. The gathering was planned by Causeway, a nonprofit group ... more
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Section Salutes Military and Veterans
The Greater Huntsville Section saluted its military and veteran members during the month of November, leading up to Veterans Day, including a private tour of the US Veterans Memorial Museum in Huntsville . ... more
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UAH Space Hardware Club's SRR and PDR Supported by Section
The Greater Huntsville Section supported the University of Alabama – Huntsville Space Hardware Club’s Systems Requirement Review (SRR) and Preliminary Design Review (PDR) for the club’s Project Mercury rocket ... more
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Section coins available for $8.00 per coin.
Click to learn about the coins
Click to order coins

Section Members Attend Presentation by MSFC Director
Members of the Greater Huntsville Section attended a presentation by NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) Director and AIAA Associate Fellow Todd May. Mr. May was the featured speaker at the November breakfast meeting of the Huntsville Chapter of the National Space Club. ... more
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November Issue of Section Newsletter Now Available
This is Newsletter Editor Gabe Xu's last edition of Telemetry.
Thanks, Gabe, and welcome to the new Editor, Kelly Burnham.
Click for November 2016 Issue of Telemetry
Click to see back issues of Telemetry

Section Members Attend Wings of Freedom Tour; Take B-25 Flight
Section members admired, toured and took pictures of the venerable aircraft, which included B-17G Flying Fortress Nine O’ Nine, B-24J Liberator Witchcraft, B-25J Mitchell Tondelayo and TF-51D. Ken Philippart flew in the B-25J ... more
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8 November Presentation by B-52 Pilot
Col Russell (Russ) Lewey, USAF (Ret) Available for Download

"The B-52, Boeing’s Stratofortress, a Half-Century of Excellence"
Click to download Col Lewey's presentation.
(File size issues precluded inclusion of video segments.)
Click to see other downloadable presentations.

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

Greater Huntsville Section Participated in Moontown Grass-Field Fly-In
The Greater Huntsville Section participated in the Annual Grass Field Fly-In at Moontown Airport (3M5) on September 17, 2106. This marked the third consecutive year that AIAA has participated in the fly-in ... more
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Section Members Attend Talk by SR-71 Pilot
Members of the Greater Huntsville Section attended the Pass the Torch Lecture “Flying the SR-71 Blackbird” by Lt Col (retired) Ed Yeilding... more
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AIAA Pumpkinauts Compete in 2016 Pumpkin Blast
On Saturday October 1, our Pumpkin Blast team – the Greater Huntsville AIAA Pumpkinauts - won 3rd place in the adult category ... more
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Read About Ken Philippart's B-17 Flight in GHSV eMag
(A birthday present from his wife, Lisa!)
Click here to read article.
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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

eMag Article About Emeritus Recognition for Dr. Arloe Mayne Available
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Greater Huntsville Section Receives Awards from AIAA for 2015-2016 Year
In the Very Large Section category, the Section received the following awards:
Outstanding Section Award – 1st Place
Communications Award – 1st Place
Membership Award – 1st Place
Public Policy Award – 1st Place
Young Professional Activity Award – 1st Place
Career & Professional Development Award – 2nd Place
STEM K-12 Award – 3rd Place
Click here to see AIAA Press Release about the AIAA Section Award Winners.
Click here to download the Section Annual Report and learn about what was done this year.

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 Arloe Mayne

The Section's entry in the 2014 Pumpkin Blast


by Arloe Mayne
 8/6/2015 4:03 PM


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  Huntsville Area Rocketry Association
  EAA Chapter 190
  Southern Museum of Flight


1/23/2017 11:30 AM   January Luncheon, "What it means to be part of the world's Greatest Workforce" by "Shuttleman" Scott G. Phillips Attachment

What: AIAA Greater Huntsville Section - Luncheon Seminar

When: Monday, Janaury 23, 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: "Suhttleman"...

1/23/2017 5:00 PM   Meeting of The Association (formerly known as HATS) 
Section's Liaison to Professional Societies officially represents the AIAA Greater Huntsville Section but all are welcome to attend.
1/31/2017 12:00 AM   AIAA Birthday Celebration 
AIAA was founded on 31 January 1963. This year's commemoration event is TBD.
2/1/2017 12:00 AM   Nominating Committee Appointed NLT 
In accordance with Bylaws Article V1.2, last date to appoint NC for elections
2/1/2017 8:00 PM   "General Aviation & Big Data (Part 1)" by Mike Busch 
Presenter: Mike Busch Do headwinds occur more frequently than tailwinds? Do piston airplanes designed in the 21st century have better engine cooling than those designed in the 20th? Do odd-numbered cylinders run hotter than even-numbered ones? Mike...
2/2/2017 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...
2/8/2017 7:00 PM   "Exploring the Zenith 750 Cruzer Design in SOLIDWORKS" by Sebastien Heintz, Zenith Aircraft Co. 
Presenter: Sebastien Heintz, Zenith Aircraft Co. Shortly after EAA announced free access to SOLIDWORKS 3D computer-aided design software for EAA members at the 2016 convention, Zenith announced the availability of a streamlined SOLIDWORKS design...
2/11/2017 12:00 AM   Carts4Hearts 5K Race to Benefit Downtown Rescue Mission 
The Greater Huntsville Section will field a team in this Iditarod-style, fun race to collect food, clothing and donations for the Downtown Rescue Mission. Details will go out soon on how all members can get involved.
2/15/2017 12:00 AM   Nominating Committee Submits Slate 
IAW Bylaws Article VI.2
2/19/2017 12:00 AM   Engineers Week 
Details on the section activities will be forthcoming
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