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2016 DCASS
On 2 March 2016, the 41st AIAA Dayton-Cincinnati Aerospace Sciences Symposium was held at Sinclair Community College. The one day conference consisted of 41 Technical Sessions, which were attended by more than 250 participants. Our Section is grateful for the efforts of Drs. Ryan Schmidt and Markus Rumpfkiel, who served as Executive Chair and Deputy Chair respectively, as well as many other Section members (too numerous to mention) who provided support for the Symposium. Over 150 abstracts were submitted, many by members of Dayton-Cincinnati Section. . A highlight of the Symposium, was an interesting and inspiring Keynote Address delivered by Lt. Col. Tucker “Cinco” Hamilton from the USAF Test Pilot School.
AIAA SciTech 2016 Conference
The AIAA SciTech 2016 Conference was held 4-8 January 2016 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego, CA. The Conference consisted of 467 Technical Sessions, 4 Plenaries, 7 Forums, 6 Recognition Lectureships, 6 Educational Events, 2 Recognition Lunches, and the 2016 Associate Fellows Recognition Dinner. Over 2300 Technical Presentations were delivered during the 4½ day event, which was attended by more than 4000 participants. This ranks as the largest such conference ever sponsored by the AIAA. Many presentations (too many to count), were given by affiliates of the Dayton/Cincinnati Section. Of the 149 members who were elevated to Associate Fellow status at the Recognition Dinner, 3 were from our own Dayton/Cincinnati Section. Congratulations to new Associate Fellows Drs. John Doty (University of Dayton), Faure Joel Malo-Molina (AFRL, now Raytheon), and Xiaowen Wang (AFRL). During the Conference, Mike List presented the annual Dayton/Cincinnati Section report to AIAA National via telecon. Educational events held in conjunction with SciTech included The 2nd AIAA Aeroelastic Prediction Workshop, short courses on Systems Requirements Engineering and Guidance of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, and tutorials on Structural Dynamics of Rocket Engines and General Standards and Architecture.
Jared Needle -- Origami Artist
Jared Needle presented an interesting history of origami along with an impressive array of modern techniques, examples, and anecdotes. His mind-blowing array of artwork was very inspiring. But isn't this just an artform? Why would engineers be interested? Jared covered that, too! From flat-folding emergency structures to automobile impact-absorbing crumple zones to solar arrays and giant space telescopes, the relevance of this math-based artform is astounding.
Please check out Jared on Flickr or Facebook to see some of his fantastic artwork. Don't forget to join us at our next social!
AIAA/ASME Dayton-Cincinnati Awards Banquet
This was a Social Event where we honored all of our award winners from the previous year. We attempt to intermingle our High School (Science Fair) winners with our mostly Young Professional (DCASS) winners, with our Professional (Longevity, Associate Fellows and Fellows, National Award, and Section Award) winners. We do this partly through a social in which our Science Fair winners put up their displays and talk to the rest of the attendees. Everyone is allowed time to meet the other award winners and enjoy themselves before the meal and award presentations. We have always cohosted this event with the Dayton ASME section with AIAA performing more of the planning and having more awards to distribute. This year we had nominally 105 attendees. The event was publicized via our newsletters and our website as well as by word of mouth at earlier events as well as by having flyers posted at various offices. All the award winners are also formally invited. It is also broadcast as part of the DCASS conference along with the Call for Section Awards.
iSpace Space Family Day
There is no other event in Cincinnati like this… it’s all about getting students excited about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Hands-on activities had kids of all ages experimenting, watching, touching, and creating. After a very busy day last year at this event, this year we combined Forces with the “Midwest Propulsion Group of Cincinnati to provide a full rocket experience to the students. Students were able to inspect small scale (2 meter) rockets and larger scale rocket components, and talk to engineers about how they work. Then they could build a “straw rocket” of their own and launch it at some targets. Our “ask the engineer” and “hands-on” activities were manned with volunteers from the section for the entire event. About 300 students designed, built, and launched a straw rocket and tried to hit targets with them. The event was promoted on our website and in our newsletters as well as through the many other organizations that participate at this event.
Space Fest at the National Museum of the USAF
This was a new event for us this year. Space Day was a free, full family fun day for the community, with dozens of hands-on aerospace activities. The day also included a 5k fun run, a 1k kid’s fun run, and presentations from two astronauts. The AIAA section provided our straw rocket design/build/fly activity. In all, the kids (young and old) made and launched about over 200 straw rockets. The organizers thanked the AIAA team profusely for participating in Space Fest 2013, and commented that the straw rockets were very popular. The official door count for the event was 6,350. Museum officials estimate that this number is about 20% below the actual number of visitors, due to errors inherent in the system. More info at
Magellan Aerospace Corporation
An amazing tour was provided by Mr. Keith Wyman, showing off the extensive engineering and manufacturing capabilities of what many still call "Aeronca."  More information about Magellan Aerospace can be found on the web at
Aeronca Inc. is a major supplier of engine and nacelle components, aero-structures, and missile control surfaces for the military and for original equipment manufacturers in the United States and Europe, as well holding STC and PMA certificates for replacement cowl door structures for Boeing 737 -300, –400 and -500 aircraft. Aeronca also maintains FAA Certified Repair Station facilities for aftermarket support of its manufactured products.

Founded in 1928 as the Aeronautical Corporation of America at Lunken Field in Cincinnati, Aeronca was the first U.S. Company to produce and market a truly light airplane for the general aviation market. The Aeronca C-2 aircraft opened up flying to the public and helped make the company a major force in the general aviation market. The company moved operations to its current location in Middletown, Ohio in 1940 and changed its name to Aeronca in 1941.

Dr. Aspi Wadia
Dr. Wadia is presently Chief Consulting Engineer – Aerodynamics at GE Aviation in Cincinnati, Ohio and our sections’ most recent AIAA Fellow. In his 29-year career at GE Aircraft Engines, he has been the manager for turbo-machinery aerodynamics, engineering systems program leader for large military engines and he discussed the history of fan aerodynamics technology evolution over the last twenty-five years. He focused on many of the GE engines that he has been involved with balanced by research on fans performed by other engine manufacturers. He outlined the history of fan development starting with shrouded fans on the CF6-80C2. Fan blade material technology developments were then discussed. With the rapid increase in fuel costs in the eighties, Dr. Wadia discussed aviation industry’s response with un-ducted fans (UDF), prop fans and counter rotating fans (CRISP). Wide chord fans (composite blades, hollow metal blades) followed by high flow swept blade technology demonstration and commercialization. He concluded with some multi-stage fan technology evolution and future trends in fan design.
AIAA Distinguished Lecturer, L. Scott Miller --- Shadow Craft – A World of Secret Flight
This event was coincident with the 3rd annual student Flight Handling Competition and was co-sponsored by the Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP), the Society of Flight Test Engineers (SFTE), and the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) The U-2, SR-71 Blackbird, B-2 Spirit Bomber, and F-117 Stealth Fighter are some now high-profile examples of once hidden efforts of aircraft development in America. Are there more secret aircraft hiding in the shadows? What goes on in "Area 51" and what specifically has happened or might now be happening in the secret or "black" world? What new technologies and missions are associated with these planes, where are they built and based, and how many are operational? The presentation summarized many rumors and review publicly available evidence that suggests the existence of secret aircraft projects. The viability of the rumors and evidence were discussed and some additional ideas were offered.
Midwest Propulsion Group
On 16 March 2013, the Dayton/Cincinnati Section held its March Council meeting at the Midwest Propulsion Group (MPG) facility in Blue Ash Ohio. MPG is a turbine engine and rocket engine club. MPG’s membership is comprised of scientists and engineers from AFRL, GE Aviation and other local companies. It also includes students from University of Cincinnati and other propulsion enthusiasts. Many of its members are AIAA section members. Approximately 10 Dayton/Cincinnati members attended this meeting. Two students from Wright State University attended. MPG gave the section a tour of the facility. During the tour, MPG started and ran a turbine engine rebuilt by the group and test fire two rocket motors they had built. This was a STEM and YP event.
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