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AIAA GHS Field Trip to Southern Museum of Flight
Nine members of the AIAA Greater Huntsville Section toured the Southern Museum of Flight ... more
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NASA Retirees Jim Splawn and Jack Stokes Discuss Work with Neutral Buoyancy Simulator
On July 18th, AIAA Greater Huntsville Section hosted a professional lecture on neutral buoyancy testing in human spaceflight ... more
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Charles Smith Named Recipient of the 2022 Robert L. Sackheim Scholarship
The recipient of the 2022 Robert L. Sackheim Engineering, Science, & Math Scholarship is Charles Smith. The $1000 scholarship is given in memory of Bob Sackheim ... more
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Greater Huntsville Section Awards Dinner
The AIAA Greater Huntsville Section hosted an awards dinner honoring three years of awardees on May 22nd, 2022 at Huntsville Botanical Garden. ... more
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GH and RM Section Members Speak to ASA Summer Interns
On June 8th AIAA members from Greater Huntsville (GH) and Rocky Mountain (RM) Sections spoke to the Aerospace States Association’s (ASA) summer interns about career in Aerospace. ... more
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Announcing the Section's 2022-2023 Officers and Directors
Chair: Dr. Tracie Prater
Vice-Chair: Mr. Mark Becnel
Secretary: Mr. Len Naugher
Treasurer: Mr. Alan Lowrey
Vice-Chair, Mobile: Open
Immediate Past Chair: Ms. Theresa Jehle
Education Director: Mr. Sean Kenny
Honors and Awards Director: Dr. Joe Majdalani
Pre-College Outreach Director: Ms. Robin Osborn
Marketing Director: Mr. Denver Powell
Membership Director: Dr. Robert Tramel
Liaison to Student Branches: Mr. Ian Slamen
Young Professionals Director: Mr. Christopher Kitson
Special Projects Director: Dr. Linda Krause
Public Policy Director: Mr. Tom Hancock
Liaison to Professional Societies: Ms. April Potter
Governance Advisor: Dr. Matthew Hitt (Appointed by Council)
Webmaster: Dr. Arloe Mayne
(All but Mr. Kenny, Ms. Osborn, Mr. Slamen, and Dr. Mayne were elected to their positions this year)

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Section Hosts Professional Lecture with Challenger Learning Center
The AIAA GHS section’s May professional lecture featured Challenger Learning Center, a nonprofit focused on STEM education ... more
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AIAA GHS 2022 Annual Award Recipients

Each year the Greater Huntsville Section solicits nominations for its Section awards. These awards are a wonderful way to recognize the accomplishments and achievements of colleagues and co-workers. The Section received several qualified nominations for the 2022 Annual Awards. The Honors and Awards Committee headed by the Honors and Awards Director, Chip Kopicz, appointed a team of judges who evaluated the nominations and selected the 2022 award recipients.

The award recipients will be recognized at the GHS Annual Council Installation and Awards Dinner.

We proudly announce the recipients of the 2022 AIAA GHS Annual Awards:

1) The Hermann Oberth Award is presented to a Section member in recognition of outstanding individual scientific achievement in the field of astronautics or for the promotion and advancement of the aeronautical sciences. A bust of Professor Hermann Oberth and a framed certificate are presented to the recipient.
2022 Recipient - David Hitt

2) The Holger Toftoy Award is presented to a Section member in recognition of outstanding technical management in the fields of aeronautics and astronautics. An engraved plaque is presented to the recipient.
2022 Recipient - Thomas Williams

3) The Konrad Dannenberg Educator of the Year Award is presented to a Section member in recognition of outstanding service to education and promotion of math and science within the community. The award is named in recognition of Konrad Dannenberg, a German-American rocket pioneer who was an avid proponent of education, an active member of the AIAA and an inspiration to the aerospace community.
2022 Recipient - Mohammed J. Khan

4) The Martin Schilling Award is presented to a Section member in recognition of outstanding service to the Section, such as major contributions to its growth, technical programs, or administrative functions. The award is named for the Section's founding president, Dr. Martin Schilling.
2022 Recipient - Tracie Prater

5) The Earl Pearce Professional of the Year Award is presented to a Section member in recognition of extraordinary dedication, creativity, and leadership while engaged in professional work or activity within the aerospace community. The award is named in recognition of Earl Pearce who was on the Section's Board of Directors and served as Supernumerary for many years. An engraved plaque is presented to the recipient.
2022 Recipient - William Knuth

6) The Ed Pruett Young Professional of the Year Award is presented to a Section member of 35 years of age or younger who has demonstrated extraordinary technical skill and dedication in the practice of the Aerospace Engineering profession. The award is named in recognition of Ed Pruett who was on the Section Board of Directors and served the Section for many years. An engraved plaque is presented to the recipient.
2022 Recipient - Paul Kovacic

7) The Student of the Year Award (undergraduate) is presented to a Section undergraduate student member in recognition of notable technical accomplishments, active engineering research, outstanding service to AIAA student section, or active STEM outreach in the local community. An engraved plaque is presented to the recipient.
2022 Recipient - Sean Bowerfind

8) The Student of the Year Award (graduate) is presented to a Section graduate student member in recognition of notable technical accomplishments, active engineering research, outstanding service to AIAA student section, or active STEM outreach in the local community.
2022 Recipient - Guarav Sharma

Congratulations to the Section's 2022 Award Recipients

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Section Hosts First Academic Quiz Bowl
This spring the AIAA Greater Huntsville Section (GHS) hosted its first-ever academic quiz bowl tournament for Alabama schools. ... more
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Lecture on NASA’s Imaging X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE)
AIAA Greater Huntsville Section hosted Janice Houston, the former lead systems engineer for IXPE, ... more
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Section Members Participate in 2022 Congressional Visits Week
During the week of March 14th section members from Alabama participated in the institute’s annual Congressional Visits meetings. ... more
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Section Sponsors Valentine's Day Contest
This year AIAA GHS invited professional members, children of members, and students sponsored by our educator associates to submit aerospace themed Valentine’s Day cards. ... more
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Section Hears Lecture On NASA and the ‘Long’ Civil Rights Movement
Dr. Brian Odom, the acting NASA chief historian, spoke to AIAA GHS ... more
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AIAA GHS January Professional Lecture: Astro Access
AIAA GHS hosted a panel discussion on accessibility in human spaceflight with the nonprofit AstroAccess. ... more
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Section Attends Chamber of Commerce Holiday Reception
The Greater Huntsville Section returned to the Huntsville Madison County Chamber of Commerce’s Holiday Social in 2021 ... more
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Member Recognition Dinner at Monte Sano Lodge
AIAA GHS hosted a member recognition event on December 13th at Monte Sano State Park Lodge. ... more
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2021 First Flight Commemoration Drawing Contest
2021 First Flight Commemoration Drawing Contest Winners ... more
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Blue Origin’s Club for the Future
The AIAA Greater Huntsville Section’s December professional lecture featured Josef Reinke, director of Blue Origin’s nonprofit Club for the Future. ... more
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Building Community: Huntsville Tinsel Trail
The AIAA Greater Huntsville Section is lighting up the holiday season this year with its participation in Huntsville's Downtown Tinsel Trail. ... more
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Section November Lecture with Eric Cole
The AIAA Greater Huntsville section was honored to have Eric Cole of Missile Defense speak at our monthly professional lecture for November. ... more
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AIAA Members Get Up Close with Historic Aircraft
Greater Huntsville Section members had a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with an historic US Navy jet on November 4, 2021. ... more
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Rocket Science at STEAMfest 2021
GHS, with the generous sponsorship of ERC, contributed to an exciting day of interactive science at STEAMfest 2021. ... more
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Greater Huntsville Section Attends Artemis on the Square
The Greater Huntsville Section attended Artemis on the Square, a celebration of NASA’s Artemis program, in downtown Huntsville on Saturday, November 6th . ... more
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Section Hears Lecture on Planetary Protection
The October professional lecture for the AIAA Greater Huntsville Section featured Dr. Chelsi Cassilly, a planetary protection microbiologist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. ... more
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Section Goes On Ghost Walk
The AIAA Greater Huntsville Section went on a guided Ghost Walk of Downtown Huntsville on October 17th. ... more
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Ginger Barnes Speaks to Section
The AIAA Greater Huntsville section was honored to have Virginia (Ginger) Barnes speak at one of our fall professional lectures on September 21st. ... more
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AIAA Announces Class of 2022 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 2022 class of Associate Fellows are:

Andrew M. Crocker - Dynetics (a Leidos Company)
Robert Harris - CFD Research Corporation
Jody Singer - NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
George Story - NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Richard E. Tuggle - PeopleTec/U.S. Army Reserve
Naveen Vetcha - Engineering, Research, and Consulting, Inc. (ERC)
John Vickers - NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

Congratulations to these members on their recognition.

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

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AIAA Returns to the 2021 Space & Missile Defense Symposium
The Greater Huntsville Section returned as an on-site exhibitor for the 2021 Space & Missile Defense Symposium from August 10 – 12, 2021 at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Alabama. ... more
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2020-2021 Section Awards Announced

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has announced its 2020–2021 section awards winners. The section awards honor particularly notable achievements made by member sections in a range of activities that help fulfill the Institute’s mission. Section awards are GreatererDinnerDinnerDinnered on the size ofx each section’s membership. The Greater Huntsville section is in the Very Large category.

The Greater Huntsville Section received the following awards for 2020-21:

Outstanding Section Award: Second Place
Communications Award: Second Place
Membership Award: Third Place
Public Policy Award: First Place
STEM K-12 Award: Second Place (Tie)
Outstanding Activity Award: Honorable Mention

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August Lecture with Dr. Kimberly Robinson
The Greater Huntsville Section rebooted its monthly professional lecture series on August 19th with an event at InnerSpace Brewery. The event, which commemorated Women’s Equality Day, featured Dr. Kimberly Robinson, CEO of the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville. ... more
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2021 Armed Forces Celebration Luncheon
The Greater Huntsville Section participated in the 2021 Armed Forces Celebration Luncheon at the Von Braun Center on August 4. ... more
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Greater Huntsville Section at AirVenture 2021
Section members attended the world’s largest aviation gathering, the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin from July 25 - 31. ... more
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Alabama Quiz Bowl State Championships
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Greater Huntsville Section (AIAA GHS) recently partnered with the Alabama Scholastic Competition Association (ASCA) to help save the State Championships for Alabama Academic Quiz Bowl from inevitable cancellation during the COVID-19 pandemic. AIAA GHS did this by hosting the two large, traditionally in-person tournaments — one for middle school and one for high school — through Zoom sessions anAan online buzzer system. ... more
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Webinars Available for Viewing

 In this 2-hour seminar held on April 14th, three researchers in the field of in situ resource utilization (ISRU) technology development discuss their past and current research. Click to learn about and access the webinar.

The AIAA GHS celebrated Women's Heritage Month 2021 on March 31st by hosting a talk with the section's first chairwoman, Wanda G. Reece. Click to learn about and access the webinar.

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Read about the Section's 2019-2020 Activities in the Section Award Report
Click here to download the Section's 2019-2020 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.

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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 departed Section members by placing a memorial brick in the Saturn courtyard outside the Davidson Center. 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 departed members with these memorials.  To make a donation in support of the memorial bricks program please go to http://www.hsv-aiaa-events.org/MemorialBricksDonations.html All donations will be used to support the Section's program for providing memorial bricks at the US Space and Rocket Center for departed members, so please be generous with your support.

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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 2019 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 Congressman Mo Brooks receives a Section Coin
from Chair Greg Simpson after speaking at a Section Luncheon.

 

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Dr, Martin Weisskopf of NASA MSFC discusses NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory 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 Arloe Mayne

John London at ULA after Section tour of the facility.


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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