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  • Voting Now Open for Section Elections

    The 2019 AIAA Northwest Florida Section Elections is now open for voting. Voting will close on Monday, May 13. 

    In addition to voting for Section Council members, the election also includes a vote on the ratification of revised Section Bylaws. The changes in the AIAA Constitution voted upon by the entire AIAA membership 3 years ago have made the Bylaws of the Northwest Florida Section (and all Sections across the Institute) outdated and out of compliance as they refer to the old AIAA Bylaws and the structures of the past AIAA governance model, which no longer exist under the new AIAA Constitution. Copies of the current and revised Section Bylaws are in the ballot link.

    Your vote will be recorded in this section inbox, and copies will be sent to members of the election tellers committee (Kevin Diggs and Judith Sherrill) for tallying.

    Thank you for your continued membership in AIAA.
  • Nominations Open for Section Council (Deadline: April 12)

    The AIAA Northwest Florida Section seeks nominees for all Council positions (position descriptions are at the end of the announcement):
    • Chair
    • Vice Chair
    • Secretary
    • Treasurer
    • Program Chair
    • Technical Chair
    • Membership Chair
    • Career Enhancement/Young Professionals Chair
    • Education/Pre-College Outreach Chair
    • Honors & Awards Chair
    • Public Policy Chair

    These are great leadership development opportunities. Those elected will be responsible for planning and executing actions and activities sponsored by the Section.  

    Nominations are due Friday, April 12. Self-nominations are not permitted. Nominees must be AIAA members (students and educators are allowed, too!) and in the Section. Nominees may only be nominated for one position.

    Please send nominations to the Nominating Committee (Ryan Sherrill and Daniel Bradley) and the AIAA NWFL inbox:
    • ryan.sherrill.1@us.af.mil
    • danLbradley@outlook.com
    • nwfl.aiaa@gmail.com

    In the nomination, please include:
    • Nominee's name
    • Position to which nominee is being nominated
    • Nominee's email address and phone number (if known)

    The voting window is planned for Monday, April 15 to Monday, May 6. New council members will be installed at the Section Banquet tentatively planned for the evening of Tuesday, May 14 at Lulu's in Destin.

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    POSITION DESCRIPTIONS

    The Chair shall be the chief executive officer of the Section. The Chair shall be a voting member of all committees, except for those noted in these bylaws. The Chair shall preside at all meetings and functions with outside agencies. The Chair shall make an annual report through the annual report process as defined by READ, submitted to the appropriate Regional Director of AIAA and the AIAA Staff Liaison on or before the due date specified in the READ policies and procedures.

    The Vice Chair shall act in the place of the Chair in any case of the Chair's inability to act. The Vice Chair shall transact, at the direction of the Chair, any business that could be within the power of the Chair to transact.

    The Secretary shall maintain the minutes of the meetings of the Section and shall be the custodian of all Section records not specially assigned to others. The Secretary shall keep a full and correct list of the membership and addresses of the members. The Secretary shall submit a copy of the minutes of all meetings of the Section to the Regional Director and the applicable Staff Liaison.

    The Treasurer shall keep an accurate record of all funds received and disbursed. The Treasurer shall make all required financial reports and such expenditures as may be authorized by the Section Council or by the bylaws of AIAA as implemented under Article VIII of these bylaws.

    The Program Chairperson shall be a voting member of the Council and shall oversee the planning, organization, and execution of all Section meetings.

    The Technical Chairperson shall be a voting member of the Council and shall be responsible for bringing technical activities to the Section.

    The Membership Chairperson shall be a voting member of the Council and shall be responsible for the Section membership promotion and retention programs.

    The Career Enhancement/Young Professionals Chairperson shall be a voting member of the Council and shall be responsible for the planning and implementing of programs and activities that can assist an engineer's career. Although these programs and activities are  intended for the entire Section membership, special emphasis shall be to attract and involve younger members.

    The Education/Pre-College Outreach Chairperson shall be a voting member of the Council and shall be responsible for the planning and implementing of educational programs and activities for the Section. He/she shall be responsible for interaction with local schools through the planning and implementing of programs and activities to promote the science and engineering professions.

    The Honors & Awards Chairperson shall be a voting member of the Council and shall be responsible for promoting and recognizing excellence within the Section through local, regional and national recognition.

    The Public Policy Chairperson shall be a voting member of the Council and shall be responsible for Section public policy activities, speakers bureaus, interface with public officials, and contact the Institute National Public Policy Officer.

    The Communications Chairperson shall be a voting member of the Council and shall be responsible for maintaining the Section's website and social media presence.
  • Registration Open for Emerald Coast SFTE/AIAA/SETP Southeast Secton Symposium

    Emerald Coast SFTE / AIAA / SETP Southeast Section Symposium 
    Doolittle Institute, Niceville, Florida

    1 March 2019 - Technical Sessions

    The Society of Experimental Test Pilots, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the Society of Flight Test Engineers are pleased to announce that the Southeast Section Symposium will be held on 1 March 2019. The Technical Symposium and Luncheon will be held at the Doolittle Institute on Friday, 1 March beginning at 0815 until 1700. Mark Jones, Ryan Sherrill, and Dave Wright are co-chairs for this event.

    Registration is free for the Symposium. Breakfast and lunch are available for a fee.
  • ShockWave Tactical UAS ™ Public Safety Drone

    Pegasus Aerospace of Destin, Florida reports developing the ShockWave Tactical UAS, the world’s first TRUE tactical public safety drone. This system is exclusively designed for government, law enforcement, school resource officers, and private security firms use. ShockWave Tactical UAS will be a game changer and most importantly will save lives.
  • Essay Contest - Space Systems TC

    The AIAA Space Systems Technical Committee is hosting its annual national essay contest. This year's theme is the Space Force proposed by President Trump and his administration. Essays are due to nwfl.aiaa@gmail.com by March 31. Essays must discuss the key advantages and disadvantages of having a Space Force. and an organizational restructuring with the Department of Defense. See the linked poster for additional contest details.

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