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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.

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

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

Engineers' Week Awards Banquet Scheduled for 25 February
AIAA Distinguished Lecturer Dr. R. C. Winn to speak
Click to download announcement

Earl Pearce Emeritus Luncheon Celebrating 50 Years in AIAA
To be held at Southern Museum of Flight, 6 February
Click to download announcement.

Read review of AIAA history in eMag article.
Click here to read the review.
Click here to see the Table of Contents for all Emag articles

Electric Propulsion Flight Systems Short Course Scheduled for 26 January
Instructor: Dr. Frank Curran
Click to download announcement.

See the Chairman's Take on the Section at Year-End
Click here to download December View from the Chair.

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

Read about University of South Alabama
Student Branch kickoff event

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

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

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.

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

Vice-chairman Brandon Stiltner thanks Chris Singer
after his presentation at a Section lunch.

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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  Association of Old Crows
  The Association (Huntsville Association of Technical Societies)
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  Huntsville Area Rocketry Association
  EAA Chapter 190
  Southern Museum of Flight


2/15/2016 12:00 AM   Nominating Committee Submits Slate 
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2/21/2016 12:00 AM   Engineer's Week 
2/22/2016 5:30 PM   Short Course - Cryogenic Fluid Management 
Short Course on Cryogenic Fluid Management by Noah Rhys of Yetispace.
2/25/2016 5:30 PM   AIAA-Hosted DiscoverE E-Week Dinner 
Banquet for Huntsville area technical societies to celebrate Engineer's Week (Feb. 21-27). Speaking at the event will be AIAA Distinguished Lecturer Dr. Robert Winn, delivering the presentation "The Collapse of Big Blue".
2/26/2016 3:00 PM   Paper Airplane Contest 
3/3/2016 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...
3/8/2016 12:00 AM   AIAA DEFENSE 2016 
3/14/2016 5:15 PM   Section Council meeting 
Please let Kurt Polzin ( ) and Neal Allgood ( ) know if you plan to attend (for building access purposes).
3/16/2016 12:00 AM   Congressional Visits Day 
4/7/2016 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...
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