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Read eMag article on Ken Philippart's presentation "An Engineer at War"
about his experiences while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan

Click here to see eMag article about the presentation.
Click here to see the Table of Contents for all Emag articles

Read about University of South Alabama
Student Branch kickoff event

Quadcopter photo of USA Student Branch
provided by Prof. Carlos Montalvo

October  Issue of Section Newsletter Now Available
Click for October 2015 Issue of Telemetry
Click to see back issues of Telemetry

Congratulations to the Newly-Established Student Branch
at the University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama

Dr. Carlos Montalvo is the Faculty Advisor.
Click here to see eMag article on formation of USA Student Branch.
Click here to see the Table of Contents for all Emag articles

14 October 2015 Short Course Presentation by Wes Mayne Available for Download
Acoustics Overview and Aerospace Acoustic Test Systems Short Course Presentation, Redux
Click to download
Other Downloadable Presentations from 2015-2016 Activities
1. "Reno Racers - Simulating Speed", Seminar by Michael Dunning
Click here to download seminar material
Click here to download "Oshkosh: The Spirit of Aviation" (narrated by Harrison Ford)
2. Structural Dynamic Analysis of Rocket Engine Turbomachinery Short Course Presentation: 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

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

Mentorship Program for Young and Aspiring Aerospace Professionals Initiated
Click here to download information and application form for Mentors.
Click here to download information and application form for Mentees

Congratulations to 2016 Greater Huntsville Section 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. AIAA formally will honor and induct the class January 4, 2016,
in conjunction with the AIAA Science and Technology Forum in San Diego.

The Greater Huntsville Section's 2016 Associate Fellow Class comprises:
Leandro Barajas
Eric Blades
Andrew Brown
Jason Cassibry
William Emrich
Thomas Giel
Thomas Hancock
Keith Hollingsworth
Michael Houts
Phillip Ligrani
Gregory Olsen
Aloysius Reisz
Christopher Singer
Brian Thurow
Robert Tramel
Bruce Willis

See the Chairman's Take on the 2015-2016 Section Year Thus Far
Click here to download September View from the Chair.

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

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.

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

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

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.


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. 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


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  Huntsville Area Rocketry Association
  EAA Chapter 190


11/30/2015 5:00 PM   AIAA YP Conference PlanningNew 
If you are interested in helping plan the conference please contact Jayme Berstell ( and Matt Statham (
12/2/2015 5:30 PM   Watts for Tots eventNew 
Come and make a difference in a child’s Christmas and help modify toys. The modification allows a child with special needs to simply press a switch and activate the toy. Equipment and toys will be provided, but feel free to bring your own tools. Pizza...
12/3/2015 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...
12/10/2015 7:00 PM   YP Event - Huntsville Havoc Hockey GameNew 
We are approaching the end of the year. Before it's all over, come join us for some fun one more time before an exciting 2016 year comes. We are having a social event at the Huntsville Havoc game on Thursday, December 10, 2015. The game starts...
12/14/2015 5:00 PM   Section Council event - Santa's Workshop 
Assembling and wrapping toys for less fortunate children. Any Section Member Welcome (Spouse/significant other and children are also welcome). RSVP to
12/17/2015 12:00 AM   First Flight Commemoration 
The first heavier than air, controlled powered flight occurred on December 17, 1903. We are planning an activity for middle/high school students to commemorate.
1/4/2016 12:00 AM   SciTech 2016New 
1/7/2016 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...
1/11/2016 5:15 PM   Section Council meeting 
Please let Kurt Polzin ( ) and Neal Allgood ( ) know if you plan to attend (for building access purposes).
1/31/2016 12:00 AM   AIAA Birthday 
AIAA was founded on 31 January 1963.
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