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  • Next Phoenix Section Meeting Oct. 10

    We had a great Zoom session on Oct. 5 featuring Moriba Jah explaining his work in the realm of space situational awareness. For more info on his work, check out his new project at https://www.eyesonthesky.org and also his new webcast at http://bit.ly/moribasvoxpopuli

    We have our next general meeting set for Tues. Oct. 20 at 7 pm Arizona time.
    Guest Speaker: Glenn Kuller
    Subject: Hypersonics
    Date - Tue. Oct. 20

    Zoom link and additional details will be sent later.

    Mike Mackowski

    Phoenix Section Chair
  • Sept. 29 Event Rescheduled

    Our general meeting planned for Sept. 29 is being rescheduled to Monday, Oct. 5 at 5:00 pm Arizona time. Watch your email for the Zoom link.

    We still plan to have Moriba Jah as our guest speaker. We have arranged for him to give a presentation at our first general meeting of the 2020-21 season. His presentation will be on how space operators need to manage orbital traffic jams.

    Mike Mackowski
    Phoenix Section Chair

  • September 2020 Events Coming Soon

    I hope everyone had a pleasant, if hot, summer and is looking forward to cooler temperatures and traditional Fall activities. That would include your AIAA Phoenix Section getting back to hosting some activities. For the time being they will continue to be on-line and we are actually trying to take advantage of that. Section programming via Zoom means we can have guest speakers from anywhere in the country and attendees don’t need to drive to somewhere potentially on the other side of town.


    We have some general plans for events in the next couple of months. You may have noticed a new columnist in the Aerospace America magazine, Moriba Jah, who is a noted expert in the field of space situational awareness. He has offered to be our first guest speaker, and we are working on a career planning event with the student branch at ASU, and a fun Young Professional event. Dates and times are still in work, but we hope to have these between now and the end of October.


    We are still looking for input from you regarding ideas for programing. While we can’t plan on tours or in-person events for a while yet, do you want more technical presentations, career planning events, loosely run social hang-outs, or something else? Please let us know. We need to know what members would actually attend.


    Keep an eye out for more email communications soon with details on these upcoming events. We are also looking for new people to get involved. If you would like to help or have suggestions, please contact us by replying to this email.

    Meanwhile stay safe out there.

    Mike Mackowski

    Phoenix Section Chair


  • January 24, 2020 Get Together


    I hope your new year is off to a great start! Let’s try to get a big turnout for this Friday’s happy hour in the Biltmore area. We’ll be kicking off 2020 with a get-reacquainted session at a Chicago-themed sports bar this Friday (Jan. 24) after work. It’s a couple blocks east of Hwy. 51 on the south side of Highland. Turn on 20th St. and pull into the parking area adjacent to the restaurant. It’s free for customers.

    This will be an informal happy hour from 5 pm to 8 pm (or thereabouts) at the Half Moon Windy City Sports Grill, 2121 E Highland Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85016. We have the “Platinum Room” reserved and Happy Hour offers will be in place. I checked the place out last week. The food is good, it’s a nice sharp atmosphere and we have a back room all to ourselves. You’ll be able to order off the menu or just drop by and say hi.  Check it out:



    Drop by and meet some other AIAA members and swap stories about what everyone is up to. We can dream up some new events and hear about what we already have planned, or just chat about work, the aerospace industry, or whatever else, like maybe football. It would be great to see many of you there!

    Michael Mackowski

    Chair, Phoenix Section AIAA


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