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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.

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AIAA Announces Section Award Winners
(Including reports links)

The AIAA has announced its 2017–2018 Section Award winners. The Section Awards honor particularly notable achievements made by member sections in a range of activities that help fulfill the Institute’s mission. The Institute believes that vital, active sections are essential to its success. Section awards are given annually in five categories based on the size of each section’s membership. Each winning section receives a certificate and a cash award. The award period covered is June 1, 2017–May 31, 2018.

The Greater Huntsville Section is in the Very Large Section category, and received the following awards:
(Links to reports supporting the awards are in parentheses.)

Outstanding Section Award - Third Place
Click for Section Report
Communications Award - Second Place
Click for Communications Report
Membership Award - First Place
Click for Membership Report
Public Policy Award - First Place
Click for Public Policy Report
STEM K-12 Award - Third Place
Click for STEM K-12 Report
Young Professional Activity Award - First Place
Click for Young Professional Report

Congratulations to 2017-2018 Section Chairman Dr. Naveen Vetcha and the Section Council

Click here to see the AIAA press release with the winners of all awards.

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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.

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Section Members Attend Inauguration of Dr. Mike Griffin
Members of the Greater Huntsville Section attended the inauguration of Dr. Mike Griffin as the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering ... more
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Section Members at Oshkosh
Members of the Greater Huntsville Section attended the world’s largest aviation gathering, the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture in Oshkosh ... more
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HATS 2018 Professional of the Year Awards
The Greater Huntsville Section participated in the Huntsville Association of Technical Societies 2018 Professional of the Year (POY) Awards dinner ... more
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Section Participates in KMDQ Open House
The Greater Huntsville Section participated in the Huntsville Executive Airport (MDQ) Open House on June 2, ... more
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Ken Philippart Scratches His Warbird Itch at the AirPower Tour
The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) AirPower History Tour visited Huntsville Executive Airport (MDQ) from May 24 – 27 ... more
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Greater Huntsville Section 2018 Annual Awards Dinner
The Greater Huntsville AIAA Section held its 66th Annual Awards Dinner on May 18, 2018 ... more
Click here to see the Awards Dinner program, containing even more information.
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Section Participates in Wings Over Columbus Air & Space Show
The Greater Huntsville Section exhibited at the Wings Over Columbus Air & Space Show ... more
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Section Celebrates Rosie the Riveter Day
The Greater Huntsville Section participated in a ceremony to honor women’s contributions to winning World War II ... more
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Congratulations to the Section's 2018 Award Recipients
Ed Pruett Young Professional of the Year Award: Mr. Brandon Stiltner
Earl Pearce Professional of the Year Award: Dr. Kurt Polzin
Konrad Dannenberg Educator of the Year Award: Dr. D. Brian Landrum
Undergraduate Student of the Year Award: Mr. Nathaniel A. Long
Graduate Student of the Year Award: Mr. Paul A. Kovacic
Martin Schilling Award: Dr. Naveen Vetcha
Holger Toftoy Award: Mr. David Trent
Hermann Oberth Award: Dr. Roy J. Hartfield
Robert L. Sackheim Scholarship Award: Mr. Jared Jones
Alabama Science and Engineering Fair Winners:
Ms. Mary Alice Jouve
Mr. Jeremiah C. Davis
Mr. Riley Jordan
North Alabama Regional Science and Engineering Fair Winners:
Mr. Jack Gregory Revera
Mr. Jeremiah C. Davis
AIAA Space Systems Technical Committee Section Essay Contest Winner:
Ms. Taylor Honeycutt
Click here to download Awards Dinner program.

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Announcement of the Section's 2018-2019 Officers and Directors
Chair: Major Alex Jehle
Vice-Chair: LTC Greg Simpson
Secretary: Ms. Julie Mason
Treasurer: Ms. Kathryn Crowe
Vice-Chairman, Mobile: Mr. Allan Lang
Immediate Past Chair: Dr. Naveen Vetcha
Education Director: Mr. Demetrius Bell
Honors and Awards Director: Dr. Joe Majdalani
Pre-College Outreach/K-12 STEM Director: Dr. Jim Parsons
Communication Director: Ms. Caroline Lang
Membership Director: Ms. Theresa Jehle
Liaison to Student Branches: Ms. Brittani Searcy
Young Professionals & Career Enhancement Director: Mr. Nishanth Goli
Special Projects Director: Mr. Patrick Dees
Public Policy Director: Mr. Chris Crumbly
Webmaster: Dr. Arloe Mayne
(All but Mr. Crumbly, Dr. Vetcha, and Dr. Mayne were elected this year)

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Dr. Ed Kraft's Luncheon Presentation Available for Download
"Digital Engineering – a Disruptive Transformation of Aerospace and Defense Tools, Processes, and Culture"
Click here to download presentation.

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Section Volunteers at Galaxy of Lights
For the first time ever, AIAA Greater Huntsville served as the volunteer organization running the Galaxy of Lights for the evening ... more
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Engineers' Week 2018 Kick-Off Social
The Greater Huntsville Section kicked-off its celebration of 2018 Engineers Week with a social on February 18 ... more
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Section Members Celebrate AIAA's 55th Birthday
The Greater Huntsville Section celebrated the 55th anniversary of the founding of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics ... more
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AIAA Members Win 2017 ESSSA Awards
Two Greater Huntsville Section members were recently recognized with prestigious awards from the Jacobs ESSSA contract group. ... more
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Greater Huntsville AIAA Section and the Experimental Aircraft Association
Announce First Flight Commemoration Essay Contest Winner

The winner is Miss Charlotte Brown, daughter of AIAA Senior Member Jill Brown.
Her essay is titled "How the Wright Brothers Solved the Four Forces of Flight"
The contest runner up is Joseph Strickland, son of AIAA Senior Member Matt Strickland.
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Congratulations to Section Member Professor Joseph Majdalani
Joseph Majdalani, Professor at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, has been awarded the AIAA Abe M. Zarem Educator Award. This award recognizes the faculty advisor of the winner of the Zarem Award for Distinguished Achievement, reflecting Dr. Zarem’s belief that the guidance of faculty members is fundamental to the success of student research. Professor Majdalani is the Greater Huntsville Section Honors and Awards Director and an AIAA Associate Fellow.

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Congratulation to Section Members Named AIAA 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.” The Greater Huntsville Section's 2018 AIAA Associate Fellows are:

Ms. Sheree Gay (US Department of Defense)
Dr. Wallace Kirkpatrick (DESE Research, Inc.)
Ms. Robin Osborne (ERC Inc./Jacobs ESSSA/NASA MSFC)
Dr. James Parsons (Dynetics, Inc.)
Mr. Myron Pessin (Lee and Associates)
Mr. Ronald Porter (Seabrook Solutions, LLC)
Dr. Adrian Sescu (Mississippi State University)
Mr. David Weeks (Radiance Technologies)

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Read about the Section's 2016-2017 Activities in the Annual Report
Click here to download the Section's 2016-2017Annual Report.

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Photo by Arloe Mayne

2018-2019 Chairman
MAJ Alex Jehle

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 PRE-COLLEGE STEM OUTREACH page covers several activities, such as Engineer's Week, Yuri's Night, our Scholarship Program, and the Section's Space Program.

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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