Section Leaders Attend Non Profit University 2019
Members of the Greater Huntsville section attended the 6th annual Non Profit University (NPU) at the Von Braun Center on June 18 ... more
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June Luncheon - Contextualizing Alabama and the Moon Landing
Brian Odom, NASA Marshall Historian, was invited as a speaker to the luncheon on June 19th ... more
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Armed Forces Luncheon Participation
The Greater Huntsville Section participated in the 2019 Armed Forces Celebration Luncheon at the Von Braun Center on June 26. ... more
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Section Supports Human Exploration Rover Challenge
On April 12th-13th, the AIAA Greater Huntsville Section once again supported NASA’s annual Human Exploration Rover Challenge ... more
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Section Members Recognized at HATS Banquet
The Greater Huntsville Section participated in the Huntsville Association of Technical Societies (HATS) 2019 Professional of the Year (POY) Awards Banquet on June 20 ... more
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Fourth Annual Next Gen Symposium
Do you like to present technical work to your peers in the industry and receive feedback? Do you like to hear from distinguished personalities from the aerospace industry? ... more
Learn about last year's Next Gen Symposium here
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2019 Congressional Visits Day
The 3rd Wednesday of March is a special day for AIAA and our members. This is the one day set aside for Congressional Visits Day (CVD) each year. ... more
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Section Member Takes Flight in Historic Aircraft
That’s All Brother, the historic C-47 that was the lead aircraft of 800 to drop paratroopers in the World War II invasion of Normandy, visited Birmingham ... more
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Read about the Section's 2018-2019 Activities in the Section Award Report
Click here to download the Section's 2018-2019 Section Award Report.
The Section Award Report includes worksheets describing our activities in Programs, Management, Communications, Membership, Career & Professional Development, Young Professionals, Technical Activities, Honors and Awards, Public Policy, Section - Student Partnership, STEM K-12, and Outstanding Activity. This information is the basis for the selection of AIAA's annual section awards.


Greater Huntsville Section 2019 Annual Awards Dinner
The Greater Huntsville AIAA Section held its 67th Annual Awards Dinner on May 17, 2019 ... more
Click here to see the Awards Dinner program, containing even more information.
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Announcement of the Section's 2019-2020 Officers and Directors
Chair: LTC Greg Simpson
Vice-Chair: Mr. Nishanth Goli
Secretary: Ms. Erin Pierson
Treasurer: Mr. Dylan Stapp
Vice-Chairman, Mobile: Dr. Carlos Montalvo
Immediate Past Chair: MAJ Alex Jehle
Education Director: Dr. Erik Nielsen
Honors and Awards Director: Dr. Joe Majdalani
K-12 Outreach Director: Dr. Ragini Acharya
Communication Director: Open
Membership Director: Ms. Theresa Jehle
Liaison to Student Branches: Ms. Brittani Searcy
Young Professionals Director: Ms. Lauren Fisher
Special Projects Director: Mr. Patrick Dees
Public Policy Director: Ms. Alix Villanueva
Liaison to Professional Societies: Mr. Scott Prichard
Webmaster: Dr. Arloe Mayne
(All but Dr. Majdalani, Ms. Jehle, Ms. Searcy, Mr. Dees, and Dr. Mayne were elected this year)


Prof. Joseph Majdalani, Auburn University

Section Member Joseph C. "Joe" Majdalani Honored with AIAA J. Leland Atwood Award
"For significant contributions to the aerospace engineering profession through sustained technical achievements in the field of propulsion and memorable student development experiences."
From the AIAA Bulletin


VoY Recipient (L) and Apogee Recipient (R)

Section Members Receive Jacobs Awards
Two Greater Huntsville Section members were recently recognized with prestigious awards from the Jacobs Space Exploration Group contract group at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. ... more
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Section Members and Guests at the Planetarium

Section Organizes Planetarium Show
Friday, March 29th, the Greater Huntsville Section organized a private planetarium show for AIAA members and guests at the Wernher Von Braun Planetarium located in Monte Sano State Park in Huntsville, AL. ... more
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March 2019 Edition of Section Newsletter Now Available
The March 2019 edition of Telemetry, the Section's newsletter is now available online. Read about recent events and activities in which the Section has participated.
On the menu bar near the top of the page, click on Resources, Library, Section Newsletters to see the March 2019 edition of Telemetry.


Young Professional Brunch with Dr. Jan Davis

Read About the Sections Engineers Week Activities
The Greater Huntsville Section participated in a variety of Engineers Week events, ranging from the Huntsville E-Week Awards Banquet to a YP brunch with Dr. Jan Davis.
Read about them here.
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2018 Greater Huntsville Section Ornament

Greater Huntsville Section Attends Chamber of Commerce 2018 Holiday Open House
The Greater Huntsville Section participated in the 2018 Huntsville and Madison County Chamber of Commerce Holiday Open House on December 6, 2018 at the Chamber of Commerce Building in downtown Huntsville. ... more
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Senator Shelby Addressing Chamber of Commerce Breakfast

Section Members Attend Senator Shelby Breakfast
Members of the Greater Huntsville Section attended the Washington Update Breakfast featuring U. S. Senator Richard Shelby on February 4, 2019. ... more
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Skeet and Carlton cutting the cake (photo by of Alan Lowrey)

Section Celebrates AIAA 56th Birthday
The Greater Huntsville Section celebrated the 56th anniversary of the founding of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics at a birthday social on January 31. AIAA was created on January 31, 1963 through the merger of the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences and the American Rocket Society. ... more
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Greater Huntsville Section Volunteers Gather Before Heading to the Gates

Section Volunteers at Galaxy of Lights
Following the Section’s successful first ever participation at the Galaxy of Lights in 2017, on December 5, 2018, the Section again staffed the ticket booths and directed traffic at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens’ Galaxy of Lights ... more
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Section Members Named 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 Class of 2019 AIAA Fellows includes the following members of the Greater Huntsville Section:

Dr. James A. Keenan - U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center
Mr. Mark S. Miller - Dynetics, Inc.

Click here to see the press release announcing the 2019 Fellows and Honorary Fellows.


Initial Group of Memorial Bricks at US Space and Rocket Center

Memorial Bricks Program
In 2017 the Greater Huntsville Section of the AIAA instituted a program to honor deceased Section members by placing a memorial brick in the Saturn courtyard outside the Davidson Center when a member dies. The initial group of memorial bricks is shown in the picture above. Given that the current cost of such a brick is $150, this program is beyond the Section's ordinary budget. For this reason, funds are solicited to allow us to continue honoring our deceased members with these memorials.  To make a donation in support of the memorial bricks program please go to http://www.hsv-aiaa-events.org/MemorialBricks.htmlAll donations will be used to support the Section's program for providing memorial bricks at the US Space and Rocket Center for deceased members, so please be generous with your support.


AIAA Student Branch Founded at The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Congratulations to the newly chartered Student Branch at UAB, and their Chairman Mr. Jordan Whitson. This is the culmination of several years' efforts by personnel of UAB and AIAA, especially the Greater Huntsville Section.


AIAA Announces Class of 2019 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.”

Members of the Greater Huntsville Section in the 2019 class of Associate Fellows are:

Mr. Mike Bangham - Bangham Engineering Inc.
Ms. Allison Cash - PeopleTec, Inc.
Mr. Robert Champion - NASA MSFC
Mr. Scott Claflin - Aerojet Rocketdyne
Mr. Jeffery King - Teledyne Brown Engineerning, Inc.
Dr. Lisa Monaco - Jacobs Tidewater Operations Group
Mr. Peter Paceley - Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc.
Dr Ernest Wu - Engineering, Research, and Consulting, Inc.

Congratulations to these members on their recognition.

Click here to see the AIAA press release naming all new Associate Fellows.


Photo by Arloe Mayne

2019-2020 Chairman
LTC Greg Simpson

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 clicking on the items in the bar at the top or by clicking on the underlined blue links.

The About Us item has a pull-down menu leading to information about the Section's awards program, AIAA membership, general information about the Section (including points of contact), and a directory of the Section's officers and directors.

Photo by Arloe Mayne

Bob Jones High School AFJROTC
Color Guard at 2018 Awards Dinner.

Update Your Data

Go to AIAA.org 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

Photo by Wes Mayne

2016-2017 Vice-Chair Dr. Naveen Vetcha (L) presenting Section coin
to Dr. Arloe Mayne at Emeritus Member recognition dinner.

The STUDENT BRANCHES page lists the Student Branches in the Section's geographic area, with links to their Faculty Advisors.

Photo by Arloe Mayne

Alabama Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey receives a plaque
from Section Chair Kurt Polzin after speaking at 2016 Awards Dinner.


Photo by Arloe Mayne

Greg Laue of ManTech discusses the
James Webb Space Telescope Sun Shield
at a Section lunch.


The MOBILE page has information about the activities, points of contact, etc. of the Section's chapter in the Mobile area.



The SCHOLARSHIPS page describes our annual scholarships, and provides information about the most recent recipients of the scholarships.

Photo by Arloe Mayne

Past Chairman Mr. Alan Lowrey, Honors and Awards Director Dr. Joseph Majdalani, and AIAA Executive Director Mr. Dan Dumbacher before 2018 Awards Dinner

Prof Hermann Oberth and Dr. Wernher von Braun
at 1961 ARS Awards Banquet



The GHSV EMAG page contains articles, writeups, etc. about Section activities.



The LINKS list at the top of the first column provides links to other websites, documents, etc. which might be of interest.

Photo by Alan Lowrey

The Section's entry in the 2017 Carts4Hearts Fund Raiser.

Under About Us on the menu bar is a pull-down menu which provides information about:
- The Section's annual Awards and the most recent recipients
- The different grades of AIAA membership and how to Join AIAA
- An overview of the Greater Huntsville Section
- Section Officers, with contact information

Section challenge coins are available at a reasonable price. Check with any Section officer about obtaining one.

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