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Young Professionals Symposium to be held October 20-21
Click here for announcement and registration information.

Lunch and Learn With Pumpkin Blast Team
Thursday, October 13, 2016 | 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
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Photo by Alan Lowrey

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
Click here to read article.
Click here to see Table of Contents for all eMag articles.

Read eMag Article About Celebration of Life Social for Al Reisz
Held at US Space and Rocket Center
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Click here to see Table of Contents for all eMag articles.

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 eMag Article About Old Hickory Loock and Dam Tour
with Tau Beta Pi Chapter.

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Click here to see Table of Contents for all eMag articles.

Read eMag Article About Section Members Honored At
AIAA Spotlight Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C.

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Click here to see AIAA News Item about the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala.
Click here to see Table of Contents for all eMag articles.

Congratulations to Section Members Attaining Membership Anniversaries

25-Year Anniversaries  

Eric Blades

Joseph Majdalani

Jeffrey S Elder

William S Meredith

William J Emrich, Jr.

Harry J Nichols

Carolyn S Griner

Semih M Olcmen

Joseph P Hale, II

Theron E Ruff

Edward B Kiker

John (Phil) P Sumerall

David Weeks

40-Year Anniversaries

Walter E Hammond
David A Leonard
James S Wilbeck
Bruce D Willis

Commander Earl Pearce, U. S. Navy (retired) and wife Clara
at the 2012 Greater Huntsville Section Awards Dinner

Section Member and AIAA Senior Member Emeritus
Earl Pearce passed away on August 6, 2016

Earl began his career as a fighter pilot in the US Navy, with over 500 carrier landings. He had been the Fiscal Officer for the non-medical side of the University of Alabama in Birmingham, and was an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department from 1980 to 1990. Earl was an AIAA member for over 50 years and his Emeritus Membership was celebrated in February of 2016. Earl served as the Section's Supernumerary for many years, and the Greater Huntsville Section's Professional of the Year Award was named in his honor.

AIAA Young Professionals Symposium to be Held by Greater Huntsville Section
Abstract deadline extended to 11:59PM on Thursday, September 1st
Symposium date: October 20-21, 2016, at Dynetics Solution Complex
Click for symposium flyer
Click for symposium call for papers
Click for abstract submission form
Click here for additional information

Read eMag Article About Section Participation in
the Association's Professional of the Year Dinner

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Click here to see Table of Contents for all eMag articles.

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

Section Trip to Atlanta Warbird Weekend
& Flying Tigers 75th Anniversary, September 23 – 25, 2016

Stay tuned for final details on registration and our itinerary.
Click here to download announcement
Click for event website

Dr. Olsoni receives Section coin
from Vice Chair Dr. Naveen Vetcha

Dr. John Olson, VP - Space Exploration Systems Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems
Was presented with Section coin in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of aerospace engineering through space and aeronautics policy, and leading challenging space exploration projects. Section Vice Chair Naveen Vetcha made the presentation to guest speaker Dr. Olson at the Space and Missile Defense Working Group's July monthly meeting.

eMag Article about the 2016 Armed Forces Celebration
and 75th Anniversary of Redstone Arsenal Dinner now available

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Click here to see Table of Contents for all eMag articles.

Congratulations to Section member Mr. Todd May,
Director of NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

For being named to receive the AIAA von Braun Award for
Excellence in Space Program Management for 2016.
The citation for the award reads:
“For meritorious performance in managing
the development of America’s future launch system
to send human and scientific exploratory missions
to deep space objectives including Mars.”


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

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

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.

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

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


9/29/2016 6:00 PM   Volunteer Appreciation Social 
To thank our volunteers from the SMD Symposium and the Moontown Fly-In, the section is hosting a pizza and drinks social for our members who helped with these events. Volunteers attend for free. Others may attend and purchase their own food and refreshments.
9/29/2016 7:00 PM   UAH Student Branch Meeting with Guest Speaker John Cranston Attachment
UAH AIAA student branch's September meeting is this Thursday. Mr. John Cranston will be speaking on the James Webb Space Telescope and the life size replica YOU CAN HELP BUILD! See below and attached flyers for more information. If you have any questions...
10/1/2016 12:00 AM   Announcement of New Associate Fellows 
AIAA HQ releases list of newest Associate Fellows
10/1/2016 12:00 AM   Engineer of the Year Award Nominations Due 
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...
10/1/2016 12:00 AM   AIAA Award Nominations, 3rd Qtr Due 
Please nominate deserving section members for these awards: - Aeroacoustics Award - Aerodynamic Measurement Technology Award - Aerodynamics Award - Aerospace Communications Award - AIAA / AAAE / ACC Jay Hollingsworth Speas Airport Award - AIAA Foundation...
10/1/2016 10:00 AM   Pumpkin Blast 2016 
Cheer on the Greater Huntsville Section's team as they compete in the 3rd annual Pumpkin Blast.
10/6/2016 5:30 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...
10/12/2016 7:00 PM   "An Introduction to Soaring Flight" by Scott Manley, SSA 
Scott Manley from the Soaring Society of America presents a short history of gliding and it's evolution into "soaring" flight, including launch methods, sustained flight, landing challenges, and the performance capabilities of modern sailplanes....
10/13/2016 5:30 PM   UAH Propulsion Research Center 25th Anniversary Dinner 
AIAA members are invited to celebrate the 25th anniversary of UAH's Propulsion Research Center. To register, go to
10/14/2016 7:30 AM   UAH Propulsion Research Center 25th Anniversary Symposium 
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