Mr. Aloysius Reisz (left) receiving
2011 Greater Huntsville Section Oberth
Award from Dr. Michael Griffin
With regret, we relate that Section Member and AIAA Associate Fellow
Aloysius Reisz pased away on July 21, 2016
Mr. Reisz was the President and CEO of Reisz Engineers. He had been a member of AIAA
since 1989, and was a licensed professional engineer in Kentucky and
Alabama. He worked with the von Braun Team on the Saturn V rocket in the
Apollo program, and continued to be active in propulsion work. He
was a mechanical engineering graduate of the University of Kentucky, and
was active in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Section Luncheon Scheduled for 10 August
Speaker: Mr. Tony Lindeman, Senior Systems Engineer, Integrated Thought Corp.
Topic: Dealing with Complexity- A Short Primer on Systems Thinking
Click here to download announcement
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.
Tour of Old Hickory Dam, Lock and Powerhouse in Old Hickory, TN on August 13
Rocket City Alumni Chapter of Tau Beta Pi has invited Greater Huntsville Section members to participate
Click here to download tour request form
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.”
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.
Pumpkin Blast Competitors Solicited
Help design, build, and compete; info at
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
May Issue of Section Newsletter Now Available
Click for May 2016 Issue of Telemetry
Click to see back issues of Telemetry
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
and space goals.
Congratulations to 2016 Greater Huntsville Section
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
Click here to download PowerPoint Viewer (PPT