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The 2017 AIAA AVIATION Forum was held 5-9 June at the Sheraton Downtown Hotel in Denver, CO. In addition to technical presentations, the Conference included five Plenary Sessions, Forum 360 Sessions, a Complex Aerospace Systems Exchange, a Cybersecurity Symposium, the Demand for Unmanned Symposium, the Transformational Electric Flight Workshop and Expo, several ITAR Restricted Sessions, and the Rising Leaders in Aerospace Program. Over 2600 persons attended the Conference, during which over 2000 technical papers/presentations were delivered. Ten Award Recognition Lectures were given during the Conference, two of them by members of our own Dayton-Cincinnati Section. Dr. Jack Benek, Director of the Computational Sciences Center at AFRL gave the presentation “Chimera: A Journey” while receiving the Applied Aerodynamics Award, and Dr. Miguel Visbal, CFD Technical Advisor of the Aerospace Systems Directorate at AFRL gave the presentation “Prediction, Understanding and Control of Complex Unsteady Flows: Progress and Challenges”, and received the Fluid Dynamics Award. Many members of our Section participated in Technical Committee meetings, Discussion Groups, and Working Groups which convened during the Conference as well as serving as Chairs for Technical Sessions.
2017 Dayton-Cincinnati Aerospace Sciences Symposium
On 1 March 2017, the 42nd AIAA Dayton-Cincinnati Aerospace Sciences Symposium was held at Sinclair Community College. The one day conference consisted of 44 Technical Sessions, which were attended by more than 275 participants. Our Section is grateful for the efforts of Drs. Markus Rumpfkiel and Carl Hartsfield, 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 170 abstracts were submitted, many by members of Dayton-Cincinnati Section. A highlight of the Symposium, was the Keynote Address titled “McCook Field: Birthplace of American Military Air Power”, delivered by Dr. Tom Crouch. This presentation helped celebrate the 100th Anniversary of McCook Field, the predecessor of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Dr. Crouch is Senior Curator of the Aeronautics Department at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, a distinguish author, a recognized authority on the Wright Brothers and American aviation, and an AIAA Fellow. As part of the Symposium, the two candidates for AIAA President-Elect, Drs. John S. Langford and Vigor Yang were invited to give presentations detailing their positions. A Special Award Presentation was also made to recognize Dr Roger Kimmel as the AIAA Region III Engineer, for his contributions to the HIFiRE project.

Dr. Tom Crouch
Dr. Tom Crouch

2017 AIAA SciTech Forum

The 2017 AIAA SciTech Forum was held 9-13 January at the Gaylord Texan Hotel and Convention Center in Grapevine, TX. This event marks the largest single site AIAA Conference, which attracted over 3700 attendees. The Conference consisted of 403 Technical Sessions, 7 Plenary/Keynote Sessions, 11 Forums, 6 Special Sessions/Events, 1 Recognition Lectureships, 2 Recognition Lunches, and 7 Educational Events. Over 2,000 presentations were delivered during the week. On 7-8 January, 4 Short Courses and 1 Workshop were held prior to the Conference. One of the Special Events was the 2017 Associates Fellow Recognition Ceremony and Dinner, which was held on 9 January to acknowledge those members who were installed as new Associate Fellows The class of 2017 included the following 13 members of the Dayton-Cincinnati Section: Edward Alyanak, Jamie Bestard, Jonathon Burt, Daniel Garman, Ryan Gosse, Christopher Greek, Matthew Grismer, Naibo Jiang, John Murphy, Tim Ombrello, Eric Swenson, Aaron Tucker, and James Weber. Congratulations to these individuals for a well-deserved honor.

One of the most inspiring events of the Conference was a Plenary Presentation given by Dr. Dava Newman, the Deputy Administrator for NASA, entitled “Innovation to Enable NASA’s Journey to Mars. Dr. Newman is a truly exceptional individual. She had been a championship basketball player before becoming a Professor at MIT at a very young age. She has circumnavigated the Earth, and once held the world speed record for a human-powered hydrofoil. Her presentation included a number of highly motivational NASA generated videos.

Champaign Aviation Museum and B-17 Restoration Tour

On Saturday 15 October 2016, members, friends, and family of the Dayton/Cincinnati Section met at the Champaign Aviation Museum at Grimes Field Airport in Urbana, OH to be given a tour of the Museum and the B-17 restoration project. Approximately 50 people attended the event, which lasted over two hours. Volunteers of the restoration project provided many details and a wealth of information. The World War II era B-17 bomber was one of over 12,700 that were built, and was recovered after crashing outside of Talekeetna, Alaska in 1951. Attendees were provided with details of the crash (mostly caused by human error), the 2005 recovery effort (with a slide show), and information regarding obtaining a complete set of plans and drawings for the restoration. Two of the volunteers, now in their 90’s, had served in World War II. One as the flight engineer on a B-17 (completing 35 missions), and the other as a turret gunner on a B-24. It was an unexpected treat to have them share some of their stories with us. After more than 10 years of effort on the project, it is estimated that about 50% of the work has now been completed. The ultimate goal is to return the B-17 to flying status, and not serve only as a museum piece. Because Urbana, OH is the seat of Champaign Country, the bomber has been dubbed “The Champaign Lady”. As a token of gratitude for the tour, and to assist the restoration effort, the Dayton/Cincinnati Section presented a check of $500 to the Champaign Aviation Museum.

Tour group

Mayor Nan Whaley
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley spoke to a group of 17 AIAA and IEEE members at a Wednesday afternoon luncheon and town hall. Mayor Whaley discussed many of her initiatives, including improvements to the education system, strategic partnerships with Cincinnati and the region, and workforce development. Mayor Nan Whaley photo

For the Mayor's biography and more information, visit the City of Dayton

Mr. Barth Shenk

Mr. Shenk discussed the history and current testing of an Aerial Reconfigurable Embedded System, a VTOL flight module capable of cargo transport and medical evacuation. Twenty-four members gathered to share in the excitement as this new technology nears testing.

Read more about the DARPA ARES Program here

Event on the Calendar

AIAA AVIATION 2016 Conference

The AIAA AVIATION 2016 Conference was held 13-17 June 2016 at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington D. C. The Conference consisted of 303 Technical Sessions, 7 Plenary/Keynote Sessions, 10 Forums, 4 Special Sessions/Events, 5 Recognition Lectureships, 8 Best Paper Awards, and 2 Recognition Lunches. Over 1700 Technical Presentations were delivered during the 4½ day event, which was attended by more than 2000 participants. The Conference included Forum 360, which consisted of 9 panel discussions on topics of programs, systems, policy, operations, applications and platforms. Also part of the Conference, was the Demand for Unmanned Symposium, hosting 7 panel discussions and 5 sessions of invited speakers. The 6th AIAA CFD Drag Prediction Workshop and Regional Leadership Conference were also held in conjunction with the Conference. In a related event, the 2016 AIAA Fellows Dinner was held on 14 June 2016, during which 24 new Fellows and 3 new Honorary Fellows were recognized.

NMUSAF 4th Hangar Grand Opening

I'm proud to report that everyone that signed-up to help showed up and made our booth a GRAND SUCCESS!!! We had a constant stream of visitors and everyone had a great time; all the way to the end we had people coming up picking up literature and best of all making a project or two or three!

In addition to the straw-rocket design-build-launch, we added paper airplane and paper helicopter making activities, even a few Space Shuttles and Space Planes and 757's! We also tried out the "rocket balloon" propulsion demo and launched a balloon into the air! Based on the number of straws used, we must have generated over 400 rockets!

Attendees enjoyed themselves and had a chance to see the awesome displays in the new 4th Hangar as well as the existing areas 1, 2, & 3.

-- Dr. Jose Camberos

Social at a New Beavercreek Brewpub
New owners Tony Griffin and Brian Young hosted members of the local community at an open house for their new brew pub. The space is currently under renovation. While official opening will not occur for several more months, they hosted a happy hour and tours. Seven AIAA members attended to socialize, see the huge kitchen, and catch the vision
2016 Annual AIAA/ASME Awards Banquet

The Section year concludes with our annual awards banquet, co-hosted with ASME Dayton. The event includes a social, dinner, and an awards ceremony honoring all of our local and national award winners. During the social our High School (Science Fair) and middle school essay winners are invited to present their work to our professional and YP members. The demographic is composed of mostly Young Professionals (DCASS winners) and Professionals (Longevity, Associate Fellows and Fellows, National Award, and Section Award winners). The social allows award winners to meet each other and participate in informal networking before the meal and award presentations.

In addition to the typical awards presentations, the Dayton-Cincinnati Section kicked off its scholarship fund with an announcement and presentation of the initial donations. The scholarship will support students entering the aerospace field or related science fields.

The event has always been co-hosted with the Dayton ASME section. AIAA performs most of the planning and has more awards to distribute. The event typically has about 100 attendees.

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