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July 2016 Brown-Bag Lunch Scheduled
Speaker: Ms. Patty Popour, President, NDIA-TVC
Topic: Aligning STEM Education Investment with Community Needs
Click here to download the lunch announcement, including location, registration information, etc.

Armed Forces Celebration and
75th Anniversary of Redstone Arsenal

Kicks off on Friday, June 24 and runs to July 1.
All AIAA members and guests are invited to participate.
Events range from a formal proclamation signing to a car show,
free concerts and the Armed Forces Celebration dinner.
(Note: Some events require access to Redstone Arsenal).
Click here to download the schedule of events.
For more information click here.

Pumpkin Blast Competitors Solicited
Help design, build, and compete; info at Pumpkin Blast
Email team captain Colin Moynihan with questions or to volunteer.

eMag Article about the 2016 Awards Dinner now available:
Awards, Scholarship, Science Fair Winners, etc.
(See all of the pictures taken at the event)
Click here to read article.
Click here to see Table of Contents for all eMag articles.

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

Outgoing Chairman Polzin's final View from the Chair Available
Click here to download May View from the Chair.

Congratulations to 2016 Greater Huntsville Section Award Recipients
Undergraduate Student of the Year: Mark C. Koren
Graduate Student of the Year: Dr. Matthew A. Hitt
Ed Pruett Young Professional of the Year Award: Dr. Naveen Vetcha
Earl Pearce Professional of the Year Award: Mr. James D. Moore, Jr.
Konrad Dannenberg Educator of the Year Award: Dr. Eldon Triggs II
Martin Schilling Award: Dr. Kurt Polzin
Holger Toftoy Award: Mr. Gary Lyles
Hermann Oberth Award: Dr. Winfred A. Foster
AIAA Sustained Service Citation was presented to Dr. Joseph Majdalani
Click for more information on Awards page
Click to see Awards Dinner Program

Congratulations to Greater Huntsville Section 2016-2017 Officers and Directors
Council Members Were Presented at the Annual Awards Dinner
Chairman - Brandon Stiltner
Vice-Chairman - Dr. Naveen Vetcha
Secretary - John Dankanich
Treasurer - Dr. Robert "Bob" Tramel
Vice-Chairman, Mobile - Robert "Bob" Coke
Communications - Erin Walker
Education - Jesse Jones
Honors & Awards - Dr. Joe Majdalani
Immediate Past Chairman - Dr. Kurt Polzin
Liaison to Student Branches - Brittani Searcy
Liaison to Professional Societies - Nishanth Goli
Membership - Candice Dalton
Pre-College Outreach - Dustin Poisson
Public Policy - Robert La Branche
Special Projects - Dr. Traci Prater
Young Professionals - Tamara Statham
Webmaster - Dr. Arloe Mayne

May  Issue of Section Newsletter Now Available
Click for May 2016 Issue of Telemetry
Click to see back issues of Telemetry

20 April Presentation by Dr. Frank Curran on
"Arc Jets and Electric Propulsion" Available for Download

Click to download Dr. Curran's presentation.
Click to see other downloadable presentations.

AIAA Young Professionals Symposium to be Held by Greater Huntsville Section
October 20-21, 2016, at Dynetics Solution Complex
Click for symposium flyer
Click for symposium call for papers
Click for abstract submission form

Congratulations to Section Member Mrs. Robin Osborne,
Recipient of the 2016 AIAA Engineer of the Year Award

The AIAA Engineer of the Year Award is presented to a member of AIAA who,
as a practicing engineer, has made a recent, individual contribution
in the application of scientific and mathematical principles
leading to a significant technical accomplishment.
Click to see AIAA announcement on the award

Kay Ivey, Lt. Governor of the State of Alabama
to Receive the 2016 AIAA Public Service Award

The Public Service Award honors a person outside the aerospace community
who has shown consistent and visible support for
national aviation and space goals.

Congratulations to 2016 Greater Huntsville Section AIAA Fellows
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.
The induction ceremony for the new Fellows and Honorary Fellows
will take place in Washington, D.C., on June 15,
at the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala.
The Greater Huntsville Section's 2016 Fellows are:

Steve Cook, Dynetics
Mark Whorton, Teledyne Brown Engineering

Section coins still available for $7.00 per coin.
Click to learn about the coins
Click to order coins

Congratulations to Section member Dr. John Hanson of NASA's George C. Marshall Space Flight Center
for being named the 2016 recipient of the national AIAA de Florez Award for Flight Simulation

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

2015-2016 Pictorial Organization Chart Available on-Line
Click here to see this year's Officers and Directors.

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

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.

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.


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


  Marshall Space Flight Center Home Page
  US Army Space & Missile Defense Command / Army Forces Strategic Command
  Missile Defense Agency
  Air Force Research Laboratory
  Rocket City Tau Beta Pi Alumni Chapter
  AFCEA Huntsville Chapter
  Air Force Association Tennessee Valley Chapter 335
  Association of Old Crows
  The Association (Huntsville Association of Technical Societies)
  North Alabama NSBE Professionals
  Huntsville Area Rocketry Association
  EAA Chapter 190
  Southern Museum of Flight


7/1/2016 12:00 AM   Section Financial Report Due 
7/1/2016 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...
7/7/2016 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...
7/15/2016 12:00 AM   AIAA Fellow Nomination References Due 
7/15/2016 5:30 PM   Space Exploration Celebration 2016 (still to be confirmed) 
Space Exploration Celebration July 15, 2016 Current and former space program workers and space enthusiasts are invited to attend the Space Exploration Celebration July 15, at the Davidson Center for Space Exploration’s Saturn V Hall. This informal...
7/20/2016 12:00 AM   Apollo 11 Landing Anniversary 
First lunar landing July 20, 1969
7/21/2016 11:30 AM   "Aligning STEM Education Investment with Community Needs" --Ms. Patty Popour, President NDIA-TVC Attachment
Ms. Patty Popour from NDIA will speak on the initiative to develop a STEM strategy for the Huntsville community and target unique needs for our area. See attachment for details.
8/4/2016 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...
8/16/2016 8:00 AM   Space & Missile Defense Syposium 
The section will exhibit a booth during the symposium.
8/17/2016 8:00 AM   Space & Missile Defense Syposium 
The section will exhibit a booth during the symposium.
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