February 2017

Associate Fellows Dinner Class of 2017 AIAA Associate Fellows Honored

A large group of formally dressed adults posing for a photo in a banquet hall.
Class of 2017 Associate Fellows Credit: AIAA

The Class of 2017 AIAA Associate Fellows were recognized at the AIAA Associate Fellows Recognition Ceremony and Dinner on 9 January at the Gaylord Texan, Grapevine, TX, in conjunction with AIAA SciTech Forum.

Return to the Table of Contents

Award Announcements AIAA Announces its Class of 2017 Fellows and Honorary Fellows

AIAA has selected its Class of 2017 AIAA Fellows and Honorary Fellows. The induction ceremony for the new Fellows and Honorary Fellows will take place at the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala on 3 May at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.

“The work and leadership of AIAA Fellows and Honorary Fellows consistently ensures that today’s aerospace dreams become tomorrow’s realities,” said AIAA President Jim Maser. “They are individuals who have each shown a tireless dedication to shaping the future of aerospace. AIAA congratulates the members of the Class of 2017 Fellows and Honorary Fellows on their selection.”

Honorary Fellow is the highest distinction conferred by AIAA, and recognizes preeminent individuals who have had long and highly contributory careers in aerospace and who embody the highest possible standards in aeronautics and astronautics. The 2017 Honorary Fellows are:

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 2017 Fellows are:

For more information on AIAA’s Honors Program, or the AIAA Honorary Fellows or Fellows Program, please contact Patricia A. Carr at 703.264.7523 or triciac@aiaa.org.

Return to the Table of Contents

Section News 10th Annual AIAA Pacific Northwest Section Technical Symposium: Innovations in Aerospace and Beyond

A speaker at a nasa conference presents on
Dr. Mark Moore (NASA Langley Research Center) presenting the plenary opening keynote presentation on Electric Propulsion and Emerging Aviation Market Opportunities. Credit: AIAA Pacific Northwest Section

On 19 November 2016, the AIAA Pacific Northwest (PNW) Section hosted its 10th annual PNW AIAA Technical Symposium—with the theme “Innovations in Aerospace and Beyond”—at the Future of Flight Aviation Center in Everett, WA. Since 2007, the symposium has become one of the highlights of the year for local members, especially for those who are unable to participate in a national AIAA event.

This year’s symposium was kicked off by John Thornquist, director of the Office of Aerospace, Washington State Department of Commerce, who highlighted the importance of the aerospace industry in the region. Mr. Thornquist was followed by Dr. Mark D. Moore, senior advisor for On-Demand Mobility and principal investigator for the Scalable Convergent Electric Propulsion Technology Operations Research X-Plane (SCEPTOR) at NASA Langley Research Center. Dr. Moore captivated the audience with his keynote on emerging opportunities for electric propulsion for intra-urban on-demand air travel.

The symposium continued in three parallel sessions, two of which comprised technical presentations from Dr. Roger Myers, former executive director of Advanced In-Space Programs at Aerojet Rocketdyne for many years and a space technology and business consultant with 29 years of hands-on leadership experience, discussing novel propulsion technologies enabling low-cost space missions; Dr. Behçet Açıkmeșe, associate professor in the William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Engineering Department, University of Washington, explaining optimization for guidance and control of autonomous aerospace vehicles; Dr. Roger A. Parker, CTO of AirMarkets Corporation, describing revenue management for the air charter industry; Jeanne Yu, director of Technology Integration for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, on innovation toward sustainable aviation; and William Van Valkenberg, vice president of SmartSky Networks, LLC, describing SmartSky Networks’ High Bandwidth Wi-Fi in the Sky.

The third parallel track—organized by AIAA PNW’s Young Professionals council members—was the Rising Leaders forum, which is always very popular with students and early-career professionals. This track started with a keynote from Kristina Hayek, U.S. Instructional Design and Development Manager for Hexcel Corporation, on “7 Tips to Take Your Career Sky High” and was followed by a lively discussion with the participants on items such as how to keep motivated when the going gets tough or what you can do to prepare yourself for the career you want. A returning session under the Rising Leaders track is the speed mentoring, during which the symposium participants get a chance to talk one-on-one with the speakers and other industry leaders.

Lunch included an inspiring presentation by Vera Mulyani, CEO, lead architect and founder of “Mars City Design” and president of Mars City Foundation, who challenged the audience to think about what life on Mars would look like, what things or experiences we might miss from our home on Earth, and what an architect should think of when designing a city on Mars. Ms. Mulyani’s presentation was followed by Dr. Nicholas Patrick, Human Integration Architect, Blue Origin, at the keynote luncheon presentation on the current status of Blue Origin’s New Shepard spaceflight program, as well outlook onto their New Glenn’s orbital launch system.

The luncheon presentations were followed by two presentations on parallel tracks. A panel discussion, “To Live and to Love on Mars” involving Ms. Mulyani and Dr. Rachelle Ornan-Stone, a researcher/designer at heart in Sales and Marketing at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, that gave those in the audience who dream of going into space one day hope that this might actually become reality for ordinary people. Others attended a presentation by Dr. Bruce J. Holmes, vice president and executive director, Skytelligence Group at SmartSky Networks, LLC, on connected cockpits and the future of apps for aviation.

The rest of the afternoon included a keynote presentation by Brien Seeley, MD, on regional sky transit (the future mass market for electric aircraft) and panel discussions with Dr. Bruce J. Holmes, Mark D. Moore, and Brien Seeley discussing what the future may hold for on-demand mobility and David Shaw, CEO and founder of Global Business Analysis/Cyber Security for Critical e-enabled Systems, on managing risk in a dynamic cyber environment. A discussion followed on cybersecurity in aviation with David Shaw and Russ Syphert, who recently joined Global Business Analysis after a 12-year career in the military that included work as an intelligence analyst at the National Security Agency. The 2016 technical symposium concluded with a keynote presentation by Kourosh Hadi, Boeing’s director of Commercial Airplane Product Development, on the challenges and opportunities in commercial aviation innovation.

The program provided a full day of insights into the many ways in which innovations in aerospace in the Pacific Northwest are redefining technological boundaries, creating new and improved aircraft, and expanding exploration opportunities in all aspects of flight and space travel. Most of the presenters have been engaged in significant scientific research, the discovery of new inventions, or the development of innovative new concepts in aerospace. Further details about the 2016 symposium may be found at http://pnwaiaa.org/2016-technical-symposium/; the full program is available at http://pnwaiaa.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/2016_Technical_Symposium_Program.pdf.

The AIAA PNW Section is proud to see how this event has evolved. In 2007, a group of young professionals within the PNW Section decided to organize an event for our local membership that would encourage young people to pursue careers in aerospace, reinforce their enthusiasm, expand their horizons, and give the leaders in the industry a forum for sharing their knowledge and experience. Our first symposium was a two‐day event at the University of Washington, with Joe Sutter, the father of the 747, as our keynote speaker. While over the years the topics have become more diverse, with an increasingly significant role for the space industry, the intent of that first symposium continues as evidenced by the positive reactions of the more than 100 students and professionals who attended!

The section looks forward to the next edition of the PNW AIAA Technical Symposium, which will take place on 11 November 2017. We thank the many volunteers from the PNW-AIAA Council as well as this year’s sponsors who made the 2016 symposium a reality for our AIAA membership.

Return to the Table of Contents

Publications Information Dr. Hanspeter Schaub Appointed As New Editor-In-Chief Of The Journal Of Spacecraft And Rockets

On 12 January 2017, AIAA President James Maser formally appointed Dr. Hanspeter Schaub as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets (JSR).

Dr. Schaub holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University. Currently Schaub is the Alfred T. and Betty E. Look Professor of Engineering in the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder. His research interests include spacecraft proximity flying, charged astrodynamics including touchless actuation of space debris, redundant attitude control using momentum exchange devices, autonomous attitude control and mission support, as well as astrodynamics software research tool developments. He is also the Director of the Autonomous Vehicle Systems Laboratory doing research in attitude control, as well as relative motion sensing and dynamics and control of aerospace systems. He is an AIAA Associate Fellow and a Fellow of the American Astronautical Society.

Dr. Schaub is an exceptional aerospace engineering researcher, educator, and leader. He is a prolific author of journal and conference papers, and he is the primary author, along with John Junkins, of the popular textbook, Analytical Mechanics and Space Systems, published in the AIAA Education Series and winner of the Summerfield Book Award. He has served as an associate editor for the Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, and other journals, and is an editorial advisory board member for the AIAA Education Series.

Hanspeter Schaub was selected from an exceptional pool of applicants, and becomes the tenth editor-in-chief of the journal. The Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets was among the journals established by AIAA in 1964, following the merger of the Institute of the Aerospace Sciences and the American Rocket Society, in an effort to ensure that significant application papers had an appropriate outlet for publication. Since its inception, JSR has filled a specific and continuing need in the community of aerospace-related archival journals. Schaub succeeds Dr. Robert Braun, who has served as editor-in-chief of JSR since 2014.

During the editor search process, one enthusiastic recommendation on Schaub’s behalf noted that if selected for the position, his “exceptional professionalism, passion for his work, and dedication to the task will further enhance the reputation and impact of JSR.” Looking toward the future, it is clear that Dr. Schaub’s ability to think creatively and work collaboratively will serve to enhance the quality, rigor, and reach of JSR.

Return to the Table of Contents

Award Announcements Lyne Wins First Place in IAC Student Conference

Christopher T. Lyne, from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, and winner of the 2016 AIAA Foundation Abe M. Zarem Award for Distinguished Achievement in Astronautics, has also won first place in the Graduate Division of the 67th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) Student Paper Competition for his paper “Design and Test of a 10N Hydrogen-Peroxide Monopropellant Thruster.”

“Our project focused on the design of a ten newton hydrogen-peroxide reaction control thruster, which was developed for attitude control in low altitude rocket flight for the 2016 NASA Student Launch,” Mr. Lyne said. “I’m excited and humbled to receive the Pierre Contensou Medal for first place in this year’s International Astronautical Congress student paper competition, as well as the Abe M. Zarem Award from AIAA earlier this year. I’m happy that a green thruster is coming back to prominence in today’s world where renewability and sustainability are so important.”

The Zarem award also recognized Mr. Lyne’s faculty advisor, Amrutur V. Anilkumar, professor of practice of aerospace engineering and professor of practice of mechanical engineering at Vanderbilt University. Both Mr. Lyne and Dr. Anilkumar were honored during an awards luncheon at AIAA SciTech Forum in January.

Return to the Table of Contents

February 2017 AIAA Bulletin