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This committee supports technical activities that advance the relevant art, science and technologies required for the successful application of adaptive structures to aerospace systems. Adaptive Structures are structures that incorporate sensors, actuators, and processors to enable structural adaptation to changing operational and/or environmental conditions, thereby enhancing performance, stability, and/or safety.  Examples of structural adaptation may include shape or stiffness change and control of vibration, shock, acoustics or aeroelastic response.

Prospective members should have a background in one or more of the following research and development activities: subsonic and supersonic jet noise; fan and compressor noise; combustion and internal engine noise; propagation and attenuation of acoustic waves in ducts; sonic boom and/or atmospheric sound propagation; boundary layer and airframe noise; human response to aerodynamic noise; STOL, VTOL, and helicopter noise; general acoustics; propagation of sound through structures.

This committee is seeking members active in the development and application of aerodynamic deceleration systems and subsystems thereof for deceleration, stabilization, and controlled landing of personnel, equipment and aerospace vehicles. The committee has traditionally sponsored the biannual Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technology Conference and Seminar and periodically sponsors a weeklong shortcourse on the fundamentals of design of aerodynamic decelerator systems. Members must be able to actively participate in and contribute to approximately three committee meetings per year. Committee members are also expected to actively contribute to one or more of the teams of the committee and to serve as session chairs for the ADS conference.

Prospective members should be active as researchers or as managers of research programs associated with the development of advanced measurement techniques or with their application to aerodynamic research and development. Members are expected to have sufficient technical expertise to allow them to organize, chair and report original work in technical sessions regarding aerodynamic measurement technology, to author review articles summarizing and evaluating modern advances in the technology, and to present overviews of the related activities in the organization. Examples of the technologies emphasized include optical and spectroscopic techniques, flow visualization, laser velocimetry, advanced aerodynamic probes, advanced surface measurement methods for boundary layer transition, skin friction, heat transfer and pressure, and related methods for data acquisition, processing and presentation. Applications of interest include flight and ground testing of aerodynamic and propulsion systems with emphasis on measurements of the fluid dynamic aspects of the flow.

Prospective members should be active in the analysis, design, test or application of Electric Power Systems or elements of Electric Power Systems for aerospace use. Applications include those for aircraft, missiles and space systems. Power source and energy storage may be nuclear, electrochemical, solar, electromechanical, electro-magnetic, or thermal. All aspects of the energy conversion, power generation and storage processes, power management and thermal control are of interest. A goal is to maintain representation from aerospace prime contractors, government organizations (NASA, DOE, and DOD), government support and consulting organizations (FFRDC’s), the academic community and second tier power system suppliers both in the US and internationally. The objectives of the committee are: (1) provide guidance on aerospace power issues such as standards development; (2) keep the technical public informed on aerospace issues through conferences and classes; and (3) provide recognition for contributions to the aerospace power area.

The Committee examines the impact on the air transportation system of technological, operational, economic, environmental and political developments, and reports on these impacts through sponsored meetings, papers and articles in Aerospace America. The effects of both internal and external events on the system are evaluated. Committee membership is drawn from all areas of air transportation, with emphasis on systems-level rather than technology-level people. Prospective Air Transportation System Committee members should have expertise in one or more of the following areas: (1) application of systems analysis techniques to planning, evaluating and operating airlines, airports, and air traffic control systems; (2) forecasting of air transportation system changes to markets, airline characteristics, technology and operations; (3) planning and scheduling of airline fleets, crews and operations; (4) economic analysis of air transportation systems, including capital, operating and other costs, revenues and other sources of funds, and return-on-investment; (5) planning and design of airports and airport systems, particularly airside, terminal and landside integrated operations, and including capacity, noise and environmental impact factors; (6) analysis of the air traffic management systems, including procedures for increasing ground and airspace capacity, reducing delays, and conserving fuel; and (7) safety of air transportation, as affected by operating procedures, aircraft design and human factors.

Prospective members should have active interest in design, optimization and/or evaluation of air vehicle systems for either military or civilian applications. The committee emphasizes the importance of aircraft design as a vital segment of U.S. industry and defense. In this regard, members are tasked to organize, produce, present and publish documents that show the direction and state-of-the-art of aircraft design. The committee will organize and conduct conferences, lectures, discussion and assessment groups, and workshops to foster and improve the understanding of future aircraft requirements, technology needs, new opportunities, and efficient, effective processes for new aircraft designs. Additionally, the committee interfaces with other committees and groups to foster development of young aircraft designers and recognition of outstanding individuals and achievements in the field. The committee meets three times a year in various parts of the United States. Members must be able to actively participate in all meetings as well as support activities between meetings.

The Committee develops, promotes, and facilitates solutions-oriented programs for pilots, flight crews, flight dispatchers, and those associated with aircraft operations by encouraging a strong relationship between research and operations. The Committee sponsors panels, workshops, and technical sessions at AIAA-sponsored conferences including the annual Air Transportation, Integration, and Operations Forum held in conjunction with Aviation Week’s Aerospace Expo. The Committee desires members who actively represent the operational, research, consulting, or academic communities with strong backgrounds in flight operations, air traffic control, flight deck design, human factors, and/or flight safety and efficiency. Members should have a sincere interest in solving aircraft operational problems that arise from many sources: e.g., new air traffic management developments, new flight deck automation systems, evolution to “free flight” and self separation, emergence of uninhabited aerial vehicles (UAVs) in civil airspace, design and manufacturing developments associated with the flight deck, environmental constraints to flight operations and flight safety related issues arising from aircraft operations and accident investigations.

The committee is seeking prospective members who can represent the technical community and are engaged in analysis, design, research and development in applied aerodynamics of airborne and surface vehicles. Prospective members should be active in one or more of the following technical areas: (1) development, verification, and application of aerodynamic analysis and design techniques, (including computational, wind tunnel, and flight testing techniques and associated correlations); (2) aerodynamic research and configuration optimization for all classes of air vehicles and surface vehicles for which aerodynamics is a significant design discipline, such as transports, bombers, fighters, V/STOL aircraft, general aviation, missiles, launch and reentry vehicles, UAVs, ships, cars, and trains; and (3) configuration and conceptual aerodynamics research of advanced and innovative concepts, including all aerodynamic flight regimes and technical areas (cruise and maneuver, high angle-of-attack, low-speed/high-lift, weapons carriage and separation, and subsonic-transonic-supersonic-hypersonic speed regimes).

Prospective members should be currently active in one or more of the following disciplines: orbital mechanics and perturbation analysis; space trajectory design, prediction, estimation, correction, optimization, computation, and analysis; celestial mechanics, space navigation, optimal filtering, and orbit determination; space mission design and analysis; re-entry trajectories; and spacecraft attitude dynamics and estimation.

Our concerns are two-fold: how the aerospace environment affects aviation and space vehicle design and operations and how those operations in turn affect the aerospace environment. We are especially interested in the impact of, for example, icing, turbulence, and severe weather on aviation and space vehicle operations, space plasma environment and space weather on space systems, aviation-related pollution on the atmosphere, and aerospace operations on potential modification of the atmosphere. Our committee members have expertise in meteorology and climatology as applied to aviation and aerospace vehicle atmospheric design and operations and in space physics as applied to spacecraft interactions and design. Fields of competence include: atmospheric physics and chemistry, space physics and chemistry, aeronomy, space weather, radiative energy transfer, severe storm morphology, atmospheric and space environment modeling, meteorological measurement systems, satellite applications, atmospheric predictions, and the effects of the aerospace environment on aircraft and spacecraft performance.

We are interested in prospective members who are experienced in one or more of the following technical specialties: (1) aircraft flight performance, stability and control, handling qualities, and the influence of these factors on vehicle design; (2) manned or unmanned vehicle flight dynamics and performance during launch or entry into a planetary atmosphere; (3) projectile or missile dynamics, unsteady and high-alpha aerodynamics, (4) flight path selection and control, trajectory characteristics, trajectory optimization, maneuverability, energy management, etc.; (5) flight test research, system identification and parameter estimation, dynamic wind-tunnel model experiments and simulations.

The committee seeks members who are actively involved in the development and applications of free floating balloon systems for military, scientific and commercial uses; researchers, scientists and other operators are especially encouraged to join. Prospective members should have expertise in one of the major areas of design, fabrication, materials, structures, flight prediction, launch and recovery, and applications. Members must be able to actively participate in and contribute to approximately two committee meetings per year. The committee is open to U.S. and international members who meet the above requirements.

The Communications Systems Technical Committee focuses on the broad range of technical, programmatic and regulatory issues related to domestic and international commercial, government and military communications systems and networks and the communications aspects of satellite navigation systems. Such systems and networks include spaceborne, airborne and terrestrial elements. The scope of these issues includes: acquisition and transmission of voice, data and imagery; interfacing with terrestrial and space communications systems and networks; monitoring and control of space segments, systems and networks; and development and implementation of standards for the above. Committee members from industry and academe are typically involved in activities such as: development and evaluation of requirements; concept development for system and network architectures; systems and network modeling, analysis and simulation; design and development of systems and networks or component technologies and subsystems; and systems testing and evaluation. Applicable areas of expertise include: network, systems and communication theory and analysis; electromagnetic theory applied to antennas, transmission lines, devices and propagation; information and signal processing techniques and technologies; hardware and software research, design, development, implementation and testing; regulatory constraints (FCC, ITU, ISO, etc.); business case development and market forecasting; and related technologies such as launch vehicles and space qualification, reliability and quality control.

The committee focuses on the general areas of computer systems, computer hardware and technology, embedded computers and related technical topics as they apply to both the avionics and space aspects of the aerospace industry. Computer systems form one of the technology bases that most other TCs must utilize and thus we collaborate with other AIAA TCs and industry groups including a strong tie with the Software Systems TC. The membership of this committee represents the academic, industry and government communities with interest in the above topics. The committee is actively interested in new members with specific computer application knowledge as well as broad computer technical experience and backgrounds. Members must be able to support monthly one-hour telecons and at least two of the three meetings held each year. Members are strongly encouraged to present papers and provide technical input at each meeting and at a variety of committee supported conferences as well as to specific projects of value to the technical community. A strong attempt is made to create committee membership value via technical contacts across the industry plus direct technical information available during each meeting.

The committee is actively soliciting student members and industry, government and academic members who have aerospace design experience, including those involved in propulsion systems, flight structures, subsystems and design optimization. The committee's objective is to promote the development and dissemination of design technologies, processes, and computer aided enterprise solutions to assist the design engineer and manager in creating and defining practical aerospace products. The committee also promotes the importance of the design process in aerospace engineering education through collaboration with academia in student design competitions, curriculum development and research.  Prospective members should expect to actively participate in the affairs of the committee and of AIAA.

The purpose of the DATC is to provide a forum for the exchange of new knowledge in digital avionics among professionals and students in the fields of commercial, military and general aviation and space applications. The DATC supports the Digital Avionics Systems Conference (DASC), the Integrated Communication, Navigation and Surveillance Systems Conference, and the AIAA Infotech at Aerospace Conference. The DATC also provides scholarships, industry awards, and promotes understanding of standardization, integration, technological, and other issues & policies that are important to digital avionics systems.

This committee is engaged in the promotion of research, development, and space application of electric propulsion systems including thrusters, power electronics, and propellant feed systems. We are interested in both auxiliary and primary propulsion for satellites and spacecraft, as well as subsystems and systems optimization and new mission analysis. The committee is basically composed of representatives from each major institution having interest in electric propulsion. This includes government and private laboratories, aerospace companies, and universities, as well as some foreign representation. 

Prospective members are desired who are currently active in the field of energetic components or their system integration. The Energetic Components and Systems Technical Committee’s primary goal is to improve communication, education, and interaction among energetic component designers, suppliers, and system integrators. Our emphasis in energetic components and systems encompasses both civilian and military applications. Energetic components and systems contain explosive materials with high energy densities that provide directed energy, released in a controlled manner, to perform a variety of functions in applications ranging from aircraft, space vehicles, missiles, defense platforms, automotive safety, demolition, mining, and mineral production. Members with technical interests in this broad field including chemical, mechanical, electrical, and optical design; analysis and testing, manufacture, reliability, and safety are needed.

The committee seeks prospective members who are currently technically active in or support the flight testing of aircraft, missile, unmanned air vehicle, and spacecraft systems or sub-systems. Prospective members from industry, government, military services and academia should desire to advance flight test methodology, promote the importance of flight testing in system development and design, and promote the interchange of ideas and technical knowledge; especially concerning flight test safety. Additional members from the general aviation community, FAA, and space vehicle testing community, as well as international members, are desired and welcome. Members are expected to actively participate in, and contribute to, the projects and activities (such as symposia, conference sessions, position papers, etc) of the TC including attendance at two of the three meetings each year. Younger members are encouraged to apply.

The Fluid Dynamics Technical Committee (FDTC) represents members interested in the fundamental behavior of gases and liquids in motion and their desired control in contexts relevant to aerospace systems and applications.  These interests span the full range of Reynolds and Mach numbers.  Members explore fluid phenomena through the use of advanced experimental, theoretical and computational methods. Member interests may also include the development of new research methods as well as research in interdisciplinary areas such as bio-fluid flow, aeroacoustics, aeroelasticity, propulsion, aerothermodynamics, aero-optics, micro-fluidics and micro systems, electromagnetics, and heat transfer.  Prospective members should be technically active in fluid dynamics research and/or applications, and possess backgrounds that stress activity and experience in one or more specialty areas within the broad field of fluid mechanics.  A nominee's expertise can overlap with the current FDTC discussion and working groups or can include new areas of emerging significance. Members are expected to have sufficient technical expertise to allow them to organize and chair technical sessions, participate in discussion and working groups, and contribute to existing FDTC activities and/or new initiatives.  Nominees are encouraged to visit the FDTC website (, which provides an overview of the current FDTC activities as well as other information of interest to the prospective FDTC members.

The Gas Turbine Engine Technical Committee brings together experts from across the aerospace industry to advance the application of mechanical design, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics to the science and technology of air vehicle gas turbine engines and engine components.  We accomplish this by developing and sponsoring technical sessions at AIAA conferences; publishing technical communications, articles and reviews; conducting educational activities; and issuing awards that recognize special achievements. We also provide AIAA with authoritative technical opinions and public policy recommendations on subjects related to gas turbine engines.  GTE TC seeks a balanced membership from industry, academia and government, and the committee is currently seeking prospective members who have a strong background in complete engine systems, compressor and turbine systems, combustors and augmentors, auxiliary systems, and structures.

Prospective members are sought who are dedicated to the development of general aviation technologies and systems including support systems and airport and airways issues. The TC objective is to promote the technical development, growth and public understanding of general aviation. A well-balanced committee representing the general aviation technical community is desired.

This committee addresses and attacks specific technical issues that are of major importance to the ground testing community, resulting in the development of AIAA standards, guides, and recommended practices. We put the ‘T’ in TC, focusing on technical products in the areas of test techniques and methodologies, instrumentation applications and advancements, and the design, enhancement, calibration, and data quality of ground testing facilities. We also reinforce integrated modeling and testing, address test processes and management, and pursue innovations and advancements in ground testing. We promote ownership and strongly advocate camaraderie and team-building activities between members of the GTTC, as well as between the GTTC and other TCs, which allows the members a chance to interact and network in a more informal setting. Prospective members should be interested in doing technical work for AIAA and should have a background in industry, government, or academia relating to the field of aerodynamic or propulsion testing. Applicable disciplines may include testing in subsonic, transonic, supersonic, or hypersonic speed regimes as well as external and internal flow interactions.

The role of this committee is to advance technology and provide forums to address the broad aspects of guidance, navigation, and control (GN&C) of flight vehicles and the control of related aerospace systems. Committee members should have backgrounds and experience in one or more of the following fields: control and autonomy (theory and design); navigation, estimation, and tracking (theory and sensors); distributed and cooperative systems (estimation and control); intelligent/autonomous aerial systems (personal, UAS, micro/mini, and multi-rotor air vehicles) and path planning; space robotic systems (autonomous satellite servicing, debris removal, and planetary rovers); aircraft GN&C (including GN&C concepts in air traffic management); missile GN&C; and, spacecraft and launch GN&C. As GN&C technology and applications evolve, the committee will adjust its focus to stay in the mainstream of this technology area.  Prospective members should have a background in industry, government, or academia related to the field of GN&C. Prospective members should also plan to attend two meetings per year (in person) and be interested in reviewing and planning for the AIAA GN&C conference, volunteering on subcommittees related to awards selection (e.g., best paper and career awards) and educational initiatives, and serving as liaisons to other professional societies and technical committees.

The HSABP TC brings together experts in high speed air-breathing propulsion to provide opportunities to exchange research findings, ideas, disseminate knowledge, and network with colleagues from around the globe. We leverage the application of mechanical design, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, science and technology of systems that enable supersonic and hypersonic vehicle propulsion, including: Ramjets and Scramjets; Combined cycle systems and Unsteady propulsion devices e.g. pulse detonation engines, and pressure-gain combustion devices. We work to advance high speed air-breathing propulsion technology by: Developing and sponsoring technical sessions and other conferences of interest; Coordinating with other AIAA TCs and PCs and other technical societies to organize and promote joint sessions and activities; and Providing technical exchange and reviews, educational activities, and awards recognition of special achievements. We also provide AIAA with authoritative technical opinions and public policy recommendations on subjects related to high speed propulsion.

The Hybrid Rocket Technical Committee is actively involved with the development and application of hybrid rocket propulsion technologies and their subsystems. Prospective committee members should have interest in technical disciplines such as: grain ballistic performance, fluid flow analyses, fuel formulations, combustion process optimization, oxidizer injection & vaporization, ignition system sequencing & optimization, insulation, nozzle and motor case materials, and those issues associated with the design, implementation and optimization of complete systems. Members should have a strong desire to initiate and conduct projects to further the technology of hybrid rocket propulsion.


The goal of the HyTASP TC is to coordinate and promote the communication and dissemination of hypersonics knowledge base in the US and the world, which involves the design, analysis, testing and integration of hypersonic technologies and systems including air-breathing cruise vehicles, space planes, re-entry technologies, propulsion systems, thermal protection systems and fundamental experimental and numerical studies in hypersonics. The committee involves government, industry, and university members from all over the world working within the framework and charter of the AIAA. The members focus on the following tasks to achieve the goal of the TC: (1) coordinating and focusing hypersonics activities across the AIAA, (2) working with other US and international societies to enhance an awareness of hypersonics issues and opportunities, (3) organizing the International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference, (4) organizing short courses in hypersonics, (5) coordinating and promoting hypersonics education and outreach activities, and  (5) writing position papers to expose the technical community, government, and public to the importance and potential of hypersonic flight.

This Committee focuses on Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence (C3I) concepts, systems and technologies, considering both materiel and non-materiel capabilities. Prospective members should have background and active experience in command and control, communications networks and network-enabled capabilities, and decision-making and decision support.  Although the Committee’s focus is generally oriented toward military applications, there is a special need for members from industry, government and academic institutions with interest in the civilian equivalent of large command and control systems.  Current interests include command and control for irregular warfare, cyber operations and warfighting in the cyber domain, and the engineering of complex systems of systems; however, the Committee is seeking members with a wide range of C2-related interests and perspectives.  Prospective members should be able to commit to meetings held four times a year at various locations in the U.S. and to actively participate in the work of the subcommittees.

The application of mechanical design, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics to the science and technology of air vehicle propulsion and power systems integration, including: Installed performance and controls, Propulsion aerodynamics; inlet and nozzle systems, Power and thermal management and All aspects of propulsion system / air vehicle interface & certification.

The committee seeks to advance the state-of-the-science in Intelligent Systems and provides a forum to exchange knowledge and ideas, and to collaborate on latest research, development, design, analysis, and deployment of these systems for the airborne, space, and ground applications.  The committee seeks AIAA members from government, academia, and industry who are actively participating in all aspects of Intelligent Systems research and development.  Committee members’ interests include, but are not limited to: machine learning techniques, model-based and real-time reasoning, knowledge-based systems and knowledge engineering, artificial neural networks, fuzzy logic, evolutionary algorithms, planning and scheduling, human-machine interface, adaptive systems, expert systems, decision support systems, autonomous systems, hierarchical intelligent systems, and big data.

The AIAA Life Sciences and Systems Technical Committee is a group of scientists and engineers who are dedicated to the advancement of the science and technology that enables humans to live and work in space and other dynamic and extreme environments through the understanding of the effects of those environments on biological systems. Major discipline areas represented by the committee members include: Environmental Control and Life Support Systems, Medical Sciences and Systems, Biological Sciences and Systems, Human Factors Engineering, Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Systems and Techniques, Biotechnology Applications, and Astrobiology. Prospective members should have significant experience in one or more of these discipline areas. Members are also expected to have strong skills in communication, leadership, and innovation and a strong desire to contribute actively to the work of the committee.

Stimulate and apply the development of knowledge related to Lighter-Than-Air Systems for transport, communications, surveillance, optics, and utility applications and to disseminate such knowledge throughout the aerospace community. Emphasis shall be placed on the technical disciplines of low speed aerodynamics and control, propulsion, structures, economic analyses and new material developments, as they apply to airships, aerostats, hybrids and derivatives thereof.

This committee is interested in prospective members who have interests in all aspects of reaction propulsion for aerospace applications that utilize a heated gaseous or liquid working fluid as propellant.  These interests include not only the technical disciplines associated with the technologies of reactive propulsion such as fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, thermal chemistry, materials, heat transfer, and interests associated with the design, development, and certification of components and systems as well as those associated with propulsion systems integration. The purpose of the LPTC is to act as an open forum regarding the current status and emerging technology needs for liquid propulsion applications.

The committee is seeking member candidates who possess an active interest in an interdisciplinary approach to the modeling, development, testing, and evaluation of conventional and custom-design materials for aerospace, astronautics, and related fields. Members are needed that represent all aspects of the materials community including suppliers, developers, manufacturers, and end users. Nominations are invited from a broad cross-section of government research and development agencies, universities, and industry. Members must be capable and willing to actively participate in the activities of the committee and AIAA.

The scope of the MVCE TC is to explore the application of computer science to pre-processing, post-processing, and infrastructure in support of simulation in the aerospace community. The committee is actively soliciting industry, academic, and government members with experience in the development and application of tools, processes, and techniques for computational simulation. Engineering specialists and first-level managers are sought in particular.

The Microgravity and Space Processes Technical Committee seeks individuals with an interest and background in the physical and life sciences and related practical applications to explore the technical, economic, and programmatic issues associated with research and development conducted in zero- or partial-gravity environments. Research and commercial development programs include fundamental scientific studies with links to Earth-based applications and strategic research intended to support future space exploration. Specific areas of interest include fundamental physics, fluid physics and transport phenomena, combustion science and chemically reacting systems, biotechnology, and materials science. The committee is dedicated to advancing professional and public awareness of microgravity and space processing science as well as awareness of technology issues and opportunities.

This committee focuses on technologies associated with the design, development, operations, and utilization of strategic and tactical (including RPV's) missile systems. Prospective members should have broad overall technical backgrounds in systems management, an understanding of interrelationships among missile component subsystems, and/or an understanding of systems usage, support, and logistics. Candidate personnel should also have perspectives to help guide the direction, development, and operation of missile programs necessary to continued technological growth. The committee is organized specifically: (1) to plan and execute technical meetings and conferences to inform the AIAA membership and community about technical progress in tactical and strategic missile systems; (2) to advocate for students and young professionals to seek missile sciences careers; (3) to provide a forum where representatives of government and industry can jointly discuss topics of national interest in the missile and rocket fields; and (4) to provide a source of counsel on these system matters to the AIAA Publications Committee and to other TC's.

Prospective members should have technical backgrounds in the design, development, or use of ground based or in-flight simulators, the development or utilization of real time or non-real-time simulations, or the creation and use of simulation models for the research, development or training associated with aerospace vehicles or systems.

This TC provides a forum for engineers representing all major disciplines involved in the design of both aerospace vehicles and general consumer products who are interested in methods allowing tight integration and interaction between optimization and analysis methods. This makes the committee open to folks ranging from disciplinary specialists to design generalists. Consequently, the TC seeks members from industry, academia, and government whose professional background may include such diverse areas as: optimization, aerodynamics, structures, guidance and control, vehicle performance analysis, propulsion, materials, electromagnetics, CAD/CAM, modeling and simulation, visualization, computer science, and other related areas. As a unifying factor, prospective members should view their specialties as interacting parts in the design process, and should have an active interest in the ways in which their specialties interact with each other. Familiarity with and interest in the formal methodologies for system design based on analysis, deterministic and non-deterministic approaches, sensitivity analysis, and optimization is an asset for the TC.


Non-Deterministic Approaches (NDA) feature philosophies and methods for quantifying and mitigating the effects of uncertainties in engineered systems. NDA have been established as preferred methods for analysis and design with potentially high payoffs (e.g., cost and safety) in all aspects of aeronautics and astronautics including materials, structures, and design. The NDA Technical Committee seeks members interested in developing and applying these methods, both in traditional and emerging disciplines. Candidates should be active in this area as basic or applied researchers, or managers of programs, such that they can organize, chair, and report original work in technical sessions; review papers; and participate in committee activities.

The purpose of the Nuclear and Future Flight Propulsion Technical Committee (NFFPTC) is to provide an open forum for the discussion of the current and future technology needs for nuclear and advanced propulsion applications and developments. The membership has a broad representation from the nuclear and advanced propulsion community encompassing industry, government, and universities. The NFFPTC is interested in a number of advanced propulsion areas, including nuclear fission, nuclear fusion, high energy density chemical systems, antimatter-based concepts, solar sails, plasma sails, momentum exchange and propulsive tethers, and far-term breakthrough physics concepts with the potential to revolutionize spacecraft propulsion. These interests include not only the technical disciplines associated with the technologies of nuclear and future flight propulsion such as neutronics, plasma physics, fluid mechanics, classical and relativistic mechanics, electrodynamics, thermodynamics, thermal chemistry, materials, heat transfer, and their underlying disciplines, but also the design, safety, and implementation of complete systems. The latter include the disciplines associated with the design of unique components and supporting technologies as well as those associated with propulsion systems integration, testing, safety, and operations. Prospective members with an active interest in the areas of nuclear propulsion and advanced spacecraft propulsion concepts are encouraged to join and participate.

This committee is seeking prospective members who are active in fundamental and/or applied aspects of plasmadynamics and gaseous lasers, including laser devices, optical physics (including aero-optics), and systems, laser applications and diagnostics; directed energy technologies and applications; reactive non-equilibrium flows, high and low pressure plasma chemistry; plasma flow control; plasma-assisted combustion; MHD power generator gasdynamics, electrical phenomena, and diagnostics; space plasma diagnostics and applications; plasma diagnostics of controlled thermonuclear fusion experiments; laser or plasma interactions with materials or fluids, plasma processing, computational electromagnetics, computational magneto-aerodynamics, weakly ionized gases, and also plasmadynamic phenomena of any other applications in propulsion, power and energy conversion and cleanup.




The Pressure Gain Combustion Technical Committee (PGC TC) seeks to advance the investigation, development, and application, of pressure gain combustion technologies for improving propulsion and power generation systems and achieving new mission capabilities.  The PGC TC will do so through the mechanisms afforded by its position within the AIAA including: regular meetings to exchange open information, individual and coordinated conference activities with relevant TC’s, channels for raising awareness such as position or status papers, and educational/outreach efforts such as short and web-based courses.  The committee is made up of individuals from various disciplines and backgrounds, ranging from fundamental research to combustor design and the development of pressure-gain systems."

The purpose of the Product Support Technical Committee (PSTC) is to advance the technology, quality, and excellence of post-production aviation products and services by providing an international, industry-wide forum for networking and exchanging of best practices, and setting of standards. The main objectives of the PSTC are:
*To support knowledge development, cross communication and professional growth amongst suppliers and users of aviation products and services.
*To create feedback mechanisms between members of the PSTC and the AIAA for the exchange of product support expertise.
*To promote an understanding of regulations, technical systems, organizations and human factors affecting post-production aviation products and services.
*To expand the awareness of aviation products and services (examples: maintenance repair overhaul and modifications, ground support equipment, etc.)

This committee needs members with talent in one or more of the following technical areas: formulation of solid propellants, gas generants, and fuels for air-breathing combustors; combustion of liquid fuels and propellants; combustion of solid propellants, hybrid propellants, and gun propellants; combustion-generated pollution; aerothermochemistry, including non-equilibrium flow phenomena; combustion diagnostics; unsteady combustion and combustion control; gas-dynamic and chemical lasers; fire safety; fuel spray formation; and modeling of combustion and related processes, especially combustion-turbulence interactions. The committee consists of managers, engineers, and scientists from within government, academia, and both the defense and commercial aerospace industry. The committee is made up of individuals from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds, ranging from fundamental research to design, development, and production of combustion systems all over the world.


The Reusable Launch Vehicles (RLVs) will work to

          coordinate and focus RLV activities across the AIAA

          foster interaction and integration across technical disciplines

          assure timely dissemination of results from national and international R&D efforts supporting RLV development in appropriate forums

Candidates for the Sensor Systems and Information Fusion TC should be technical or technical management personnel currently involved with sensor systems, data or information fusion, or related technologies. The Charter of the Sensor Systems and Information Fusion Technical Committee (SSIFTC) is to foster the development, application, and operation of advanced sensor systems, information fusion systems, and networks of fusion and/or sensor systems throughout the aerospace community. The committee promotes the advancement of sensor and fusion systems by facilitating information exchange (via technical correspondence and conferences), and by providing informed positions on emerging sensor and fusion system issues.Sensor Systems technologies are broadly defined to include sensor-based systems utilized for (1) acquisition and interpretation of remote sensing or in-situ measured imagery or other data forms, (2) measurement and definition of physical, electromagnetic, electrical, chemical, biological or other related data characterizing terrestrial, oceanographic, atmospheric or extraterrestrial phenomena and effects, (3) measurement and acquisition of inertial sensing data and (4) applications of nanotechnology and advanced micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) devices as primary sensors in the Sensor Systems defined above and in other related technology areas.  Information Fusion technologies are broadly defined to include (1) data association, (2) kinematic estimation, (3) target tracking, (4) navigation, (5) ranging techniques, (6) track or emitter identification, (7) image-based fusion, and (8) resource management, both on a single platform and across multiple platforms.


The Small Satellite Technical Committee and its members have interests in all aspects of small satellites and related and supporting technologies, applications and missions. This includes, but is not limited to, MicroSats, NanoSats, CubeSats, hosted payload satellite subsystems (propulsion, communications, ground support, etc), and related supporting systems and technologies. Our goal is to provide a forum for technical interchange amongst the community, those interested in small satellites and the aerospace community at large.  Our members promote informed decision making on all aspects of Small Satellites within AIAA, industry, education and government.   The committee meets three times a year in various parts of the United States. Members must be able to actively participate in all meetings as well as support activities between meetings.

SOFTC (Software TC) is looking for active members who want to be part of an authoritative and respected voice in all things aerospace software. It is interested in all facets of software. This includes but not limited to, Software, Software Engineering, Architectures, Tools, Techniques, Technologies, Processes, Standards, Education and Public Policy issues. SOFTC wants to have an international character and appeal by being relevant and attractive to all aerospace faring nations (India, China, Brazil, Russia, Korea, Israel, France and Germany etc.) and organizations (like Google, Cisco, Microsoft, ISRO, ESA, NASDA, NAL, InfoSys) because the aerospace systems developed for/by US DOD are no longer the prime movers of state-of-the art in our filed. It actively cooperates with IEEE and ACM. Most of our members are also active members in them.  SOFTC has an active “Angels” program, where deserving members (including international members) are encouraged and helped to advance their membership and win major awards. It also provides the mentoring opportunities (as both mentors and mentees). SOFTC uses the modern communication technology to make it possible for the members to make significant and meaningful contributions without disturbing their other responsibilities.

The Solid Rocket Technical Committee (SRTC) is seeking prospective members active in areas of education, research, design, testing, manufacturing and application of solid rocket systems. Individuals are desired with technical backgrounds related to solid propellants, nozzles, composite structures, design, risk and reliability, systems analysis, motor processing and integration of solid rockets into space, defense, and commercial systems. The SRTC is committed to nurturing and promoting professionalism and knowledge among those interested and engaged in the advancement of solid propulsion systems.

SATC is the AIAA committee for space architecture: the theory and practice of designing and building inhabited environments in space. Key focus areas for space architecture include safety, habitability, cost-efficiency, and human-systems performance in the context of extreme and unforgiving environments. The committee integrates diverse viewpoints: engineering and design expertise; aerospace systems/technologies and humanistic values; opportunities for inhabiting space and the history of terrestrial and vehicular architecture. SATC tracks global projects that develop space habitats and evolves standards; organizes sessions at three conferences every year; and issues best-paper awards in the field of space architecture. Prospective members should have a background in one or more fields applicable to space habitats: e.g., architecture, industrial design, life support integration, structural engineering, construction of habitats, or engineering disciplines for space habitats, vehicles, and facilities including terrestrial test facilities and analogues. 

Prospective members are sought who are active in the field of automation and robotics and have an interest in space applications of automation and robotics. The members of the Space Automation and Robotics Technical Committee (SARTC) have interests in technology development, research, applications, and missions relating to all aspects of space automation and robotics. The committee offers a forum for professionals to share the latest developments in space automation and robotics and strives to maintain AIAA as a recognized leader in this technology area. SARTC members’ interests also extend to the relationship of space applications to human-machine interfaces, terrestrial automation and robotics, related international activities, technology roadmaps and space program policy. Prospective members should be able to commit to meetings held two times a year at various locations in the U.S. and also available via web dial-in.

The SCTC will foster development of human space colonization, including: (A) space tourism; (B) space base operations in orbit, in transit, and on planetary surfaces; (C) robotic/automated and human space exploration and data needs; (D) use of insitu Space Resources; (E) human colonization in space; and (F) Mars and other planetary terraforming activities. The TC will also promote development of: (A) informed positions; (B) forums for communication, networking, and policy development; (C) creation and distribution of educational materials; and (D) development of technical interchange and awareness on emerging issues. The TC will also promote leadership in developing: (A) mission justifications; (B) assessments of environmental, legal and science ethics; (C) identification of technical issues; (D) identification of social issues; (E) implementation criteria; and (F) space colonization methods and a credible timetable.

The Space Logistics Technical Committee actively participates in and promotes the technologies and disciplines associated with providing manned and unmanned space logistical support activities both insitu and on orbital trajectories associated with earth and other celestial bodies. Included are earth-based and space-projected infrastructures of facilities, equipment, maintenance and repair, depot retrofit and refurbishment, inventory control and supply, education and training, personnel, transportation as well as other traditional logistic support elements and operations. As appropriate, the technical committee members interface and work with other professionals through inter and intra society, institute, committee and organization working relationships to explore, develop and disseminate core space logistic technologies commensurate with the needs of users and providers in the government, industry and academia. Members should be well grounded in related areas of logistics, systems, planning, engineering, economics, servicing, support operations and management. In addition, they must desire to be active in contributing to the accomplishment of goals in the areas of committee sponsored meetings, studies, papers, reports, symposia, workshops and technical disciplines.

The Space Operations and Support Technical Committee focuses on a number of cross cutting disciplines which draw from many aspects of operations and seeks members that are active practitioners of these disciplines.  The committee is concerned with all aspects of civil, military, and commercial space operations and support, including direct and supporting operations, the systems and software affecting operations, and space operations and risk management. The committee addresses all space operations, including manned and unmanned space operations from low Earth-orbit to planetary and deep-space exploration systems. It is involved with all phases of mission operations, including pre-launch and launch activities, early mission commissioning activities, on-orbit activities, cruise and encounter activities, post-landing activities, and end-of-life operations. The committee likewise addresses space related operational support activities, including new technology infusion, training, servicing, mission planning, flight dynamics, telemetry transmission, command and control, and data handling, processing, analysis, and storage. The committee spreads the word regarding space through involvement in student competitions and incorporating challenging concepts of operations into STEM Education opportunities. We seek to improve all these aspects of space operations by increasing the exchange of knowledge among those actively engaged in space operations, documenting the results, and making those results available to the broader space systems community through our subcommittee activities and our annual Improving Space Operations Workshop.

The Space Resources Technical Committee (SRETC) will foster:

1.     Development of space resources, including: (a) resources from the Moon; (b) resources from Mars; (c) resources from asteroids and other objects in the Solar System; (d) commercialization of space resources

2.     Development of: (a) informed positions; (b) forums for communication, networking, and policy development; (c) creation and distribution of educational materials; and (d) development of technical interchange and awareness on emerging issues to our members, the AIAA, industry, academia, the general public, the federal and foreign governments; and Leadership in developing: (a) mission justifications; (b) assessments of environmental, legal and science ethics; (c) identification of technical issues; (d) identification of social issues; (e) implementation criteria; and (f) space resource utilization methods and timetables for action.


This technical committee seeks to promote informed decisions about space systems. As such it is concerned with the objectives, the technological, operational and economic feasibility, and the major issues regarding the complete space systems, as well as the communication of this information. It has a corresponding concern with the content and quality of education in space system engineering. Its charter also includes the promotion of Space Science within the AIAA. As appropriate, it and other AIAA committees work together regarding related technologies, disciplines, meetings, papers and reports. Members should therefore have experience in space system engineering, including requirements, concept formulation, design, analysis, critical technologies, standards, subsystem integration, interface definition, development, test and evaluation, deployment, manned and unmanned operations, and program management. Members should also have strong skills in communication, leadership and innovation, with equally strong desires to contribute actively to committee affairs.

This committee seeks to promote concepts, missions, and technologies related to the development of space-tether systems. These systems include, but are not limited to, electrodynamic propulsion, momentum-exchange propulsion, formation flying, electrostatic propulsion, engineering and scientific missions, and space elevators. Topics of interest include tether system design; observation, modeling, and control of tether dynamics; safe operation of tether systems; methods for tether deployment and retrieval; methods for tether-payload rendezvous; ground-based experimental demonstrations; interactions between tethers and other space objects; characterization of the mechanical characteristics of new tether materials or structures; effects of the space environment on tether materials; methods for improving capabilities for tracking and propagating tethered systems; tether designs for survivability; operational controllability of tether systems for maximum performance; efficient charge collection/emission physics for electrodynamic systems; and high-voltage systems and interactions for electrodynamic and electrostatic tethers.

This committee is actively involved with piloted and robotic space transportation systems. Membership includes representatives from the United States, Canada, Europe, and Japan. A balanced United States membership from government agencies, industry, and universities is desired. Prospective committee members should have interdisciplinary experience in all areas of space transportation. Members are expected to actively participate and contribute to TC projects and activities, and attend at least two of the three committee meetings each year.


This committee is seeking candidates from academic, industry, and government organizations who are actively involved in the development, application, and/or promotion of spacecraft structural systems that operate in space based environments.  Prospective members should have particular interest in the design, analysis, fabrication, and testing of those lightweight structural systems that can be ground tested only in a simulated zero gravity condition, and are subjected to launch loads, deployment loads, and the space environment.  Members should be willing and available to contribute actively to at least one of the subcommittees, review abstracts for the annual Spacecraft Structures Conference at SciTech, and attend the annual committee meeting at SciTech.  Members will be encouraged to identify and champion emerging relevant technologies through subcommittee formation, forum organization, and publication coordination.

Committee members represent academic, industry, and government organizations and are actively involved in the study, advancement, and application of structural dynamics. This committee supports technical activities (primarily the annual SciTech Forum) that advance the relevant art, science, and technologies required for the successful application of flexible structures to air and space platforms. Committee members have expertise in at least one of the following major areas (linear and/or nonlinear): acoustics, aeroelasticity, structural dynamics, and vibration – related to either analysis or testing. Members must also be willing and able to actively participate in, and contribute to, two committee meetings per year. The committee is open to U.S. and international members who meet the above requirements.

This committee is actively seeking candidates from academic, industry, and government organizations who are actively involved in the study, advancement, and application of structural analysis and design. The following technical backgrounds are required for prospective members: (1) structural design or analysis of aircraft, helicopters, missiles or spacecraft; (2) advanced materials applications; (3) computer-aided and knowledge based analysis and design; (4) continued airworthiness of in service (military or commercial) aircraft; (5) academic-aerospace, structural engineering. Members must be willing and able to actively participate in and contribute to committee activities, including two committee meetings per year and assisting in abstract review for SDM conferences. A publication record and past participation in SDM conferences is desirable.

This committee promotes the development of survivability as an aerospace design discipline, including both the assessment (analysis and testing) of survivability and the development of technologies to improve survivability for fixed and rotary-wing aircraft and space systems. Aerospace survivability refers to the capability of a system to avoid and/or withstand hostile environments, manmade and otherwise (e.g., orbital debris, micrometeorites, bird strike). Susceptibility and vulnerability are the two pillars of survivability. Susceptibility is the inability of an aerospace system to avoid the hostile mission environment. Vulnerability is the inability of an aerospace system to withstand the man-made hostile environment. Other essential elements of survivability are crashworthiness and reparability (i.e., the ability to rapidly repair a damaged system). Aerospace survivability addresses threats that include weapons encountered in combat, adverse climatic conditions, and other environments hostile to an aerospace system (natural and manmade).

Modern market forces are driving an evolving approach to the systematic, and sometimes disruptive, optimization of the life-cycle processes. To support this trend, the committee activities are focused on process development and improvement methodology, complex system development in today’s world, professional growth, dissemination of knowledge, and education. We are seeking members from aeronautics, space, software, ground, and support systems disciplines from among the private industry, government, and academia that will work with us to move forward the state-of-the-art in this important discipline. Members are expected to actively participate in, and contribute to, the projects and activities (such as symposia, conference sessions, position papers, etc) of the TC including attendance at one of the two meetings each year. Young and International professionals are particularly encouraged to apply.

The Terrestrial Energy Systems Technical Committee has concerns that future energy supplies may be inadequate to support a modern industrial society. The committee charter is focused on enhancing the application of Aerospace Power Technology to terrestrial applications. Special interest is the areas of dual-use technology as well as hazardous waste, waste management, fume and dust control, solid and liquid waste, combustion, power generation and transportation. The committee seeks members with interest in the application of current and advanced technologies to the solution of problems in terrestrial energy systems. All facets of energy use are addressed: production, storage, distribution, used hardware, conservation, environmental effects, and economics.

The Thermophysics Technical Committee is internationally focused on the enhancement and promotion of Thermophysics based technologies throughout the University, Private Industry and Government sectors. Prospective members who are active in one or more of the following technical areas are sought: (1) thermophysical properties of solids; (2) spacecraft and aircraft thermal control, thermal design, and thermal analysis; (3) planetary thermophysical characteristics; (4) radiative transfer and light scattering; (5) heat transfer aspects of aerospace oriented chemical, nuclear fission and fusion, power conversion, and energy storage and transmission systems; (6) thermal insulation and isolation; (7) heat pipes; (8) rocket plume radiation; (9) detection of environmental pollutants by radiative transfer techniques; (10) contamination and/or degradation of thermal control and optical surfaces; (11) thermophysics flight experiments; (12) ascent and entry heating; (13) vacuum aspects of nuclear, power conversion, and energy storage and transmission systems; (14) remote sensing of thermal properties; (15) conduction/contact resistance; (16) nonintrusive diagnostics; (17) computational methods in thermophysics; (18) convection heat transfer; (19) laser irradiation effects; (20) heat transfer in plasmas; and (21) aerospace thermal applications of cryogenic technology.

The committee is actively looking for industry, academic, and government members who have experience in the design and analysis of vertical takeoff and landing (V/STOL) aircraft consisting of either fixed or rotary wing configurations and their propulsion/control systems. Also experience in: (1) ground or flight testing of operational applications, (2) operational requirements, or (3) familiarity with regulations governing operation for military or commercial systems would qualify. The committee sponsors or co-sponsors the biennial International Powered Lift Conference, developed and sponsors a week-long short course entitled V/STOL Fundamentals, and is active in supporting aircraft design competitions. The V/STOL Aircraft Systems T.C. is interested in attracting experienced and new to the industry members who will support these and other TC activities and who will consistently maintain an active role in carrying out the committee's charter to generate, enhance and disseminate V/STOL technologies.

Desires qualified and experienced engineers, scientists, program managers and government officials active in the discipline of weapon system lethality, or effectiveness, and its related subdisciplines. Interested university students are also encouraged to join as associate members. The committee is engaged in developing and promoting the science and technology of predicting, measuring, evaluating, and improving the lethality, or effectiveness, of weapon systems. It is organized specifically to: 1) encourage multidisciplinary interaction and synergism; 2) provide a forum for technical interchange among the professional community; 3) promote informed decision-making on all aspects of system lethality within AIAA, industry and government; 4) encourage and promote publication of technical papers; 5) publish AIAA position papers and articles; 6) offer and sponsor short courses; 7) provide a liaison with other AIAA TCs, local AIAA sections and other related professional organizations and societies; and 8) recognize significant contributions to the advancement of the understanding of system lethality and its related technologies. Members should be active in the management, design, analysis, test or application of technologies related to weapon system lethality assessment, validation and/or verification. A goal is to maintain balanced representation from aerospace prime contractors; support contractors; government organizations, agencies and laboratories; weapon system program offices; the military services (including users); and academia. As with other AIAA TCs, the Weapon System Effectiveness TC is interested in attracting only members who are free to actively and consistently participate in committee responsibilities and who have a strong interest in promoting the understanding of weapon system lethality issues and technologies.




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