Member News Richardson Awarded Honorary Fellowship to RAeS
Donald W. Richardson, Ph.D., whose membership in AIAA has spanned 69 years from student to past president to Honorary Fellow, has recently been awarded an Honorary Fellowship in the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) of the United Kingdom “in recognition of the outstanding and lasting contributions he has made to the aerospace industry over a long and exceptionally distinguished career. His specific accomplishments include directing research that led to the development of the concept of area navigation which has now been implemented world-wide as the air traffic control standard. He has also directed the research that integrated rotary wing aircraft into our primarily fixed-wing air traffic control system.”
Dr. Richardson’s degrees in aeronautical engineering (B.S., Georgia Institute of Technology, 1951; M.S., Newark College of Engineering, 1958; Ph.D., California Coast University, 1978) led to a career in human factors, aircraft design, and air traffic control, including three patents for aircraft cockpit display systems. A licensed commercial pilot with instrument, multi-engine and seaplane ratings, he supplemented his engineering career as a research pilot for the FAA, concentrating on air traffic control operational systems. He is a retired Vice President of SAIC, where he was responsible for all corporate civil aviation activities. His election to the Presidency of AIAA (2004–2005) and the Council of the RAeS (2012–2015) reflect the respect in which he is held by colleagues and peers across the international aerospace community of which he is an eminent and distinguished member.
Dr. Richardson and his wife Kathleen Watkins-Richardson operate Donrich Research, Inc., based in West Palm Beach, which is a woman-owned small business with capabilities in technical aerospace issues, business strategy, and conflict resolution. In addition, Dr. Richardson serves on the Advisory Board of the FAU (Jupiter campus) Lifelong Learning Society.
The RAeS has been honoring outstanding achievers in the global aerospace industry since 1909, when Wilbur and Orville Wright received the Society’s first Gold Medal. The list of Honorary Fellows includes other notables such as Donald Douglas, Igor Sikorsky, Winston Churchill, Theodore von Karman, Norm Augustine, and Alan Mulally.
STEM Activities Paxton Students Have Fun with STEM at Science Night
The K–12 STEM Outreach Committee would like to recognize outstanding STEM events in each section. Each month we will highlight an outstanding K–12 STEM activity; if your section would like to be featured, please contact Supriya Banerjee (1Supriya.Banerjee@gmail.com) and Angela Diggs (Angela.Spence@gmail.com).
Paxton School students from pre-K to high school were engaged in exciting STEM activities at the 29 November Science Night, coordinated by AIAA Educator Associate Heather Stewart. The science-themed night was held in conjunction with a home basketball game and students had the opportunity to participate in various science activities throughout the night’s game, including piloting a flight simulator with the assistance of Major Justin “Astro” Elliott, a U.S. Air Force test pilot; launching straw rockets with AIAA Associate Member Dr. John Fay, a scientist with the U.S. Air Force Lifecycle Management Center at Eglin Air Force Base; and trying their hand taking photos with a thermal imaging camera with Rob Wilson, an engineer with FLIR.
In addition, students operated Sphero robots, got their hands dirty with oobleck, attempted to knock cups off a cheerleader’s head with an air cannon, made aerospace artwork out of Wikki Stix, and even took science selfies. Students collected tickets for completing STEM lessons (two if they brought a parent along!) and over 550 tickets were entered into the halftime drawings.
The AIAA Northwest Florida Section provided STEM professionals to teach students and donated a Sphero robot to give away at halftime. FLIR provided a STEM professional and donated a thermal imaging camera as a prize.
AIAA Foundation Generation STEM
With support from the Lockheed Martin Corporation, the AIAA Foundation hosted its third Generation STEM event in conjunction with the 2017 AIAA SciTech Forum in Grapevine, TX. The program hosted more than 250 middle-school students in an effort to inspire and motivate the next generation of aerospace professionals. Students had the opportunity to hear about an aerospace career from Lockheed Martin’s CTO and member of the AIAA Foundation Board of Trustees, Dr. Keoki Jackson. The students also engaged in mini-design competitions and challenges, viewed engaging demonstrations from various aerospace companies, learned more about aerospace careers, and discovered aerospace findings that are impacting everyday life. For more information and to engage in the AIAA Foundation, please visit www.aiaafoundation.org.
AIAA Senior Member Hoult Died in November
Charles P. Hoult passed away on 23 November 2016. He was 82 years old.
Mr. Hoult was educated at MIT and UCLA. In 1958 Charles Hoult was initiated into the sounding rocket business as a freshly commissioned U.S. Air Force Second Lieutenant assigned to Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratory in Bedford, MA. After leaving the service in 1961, he continued his sounding rocket work at AFCRL until 1968. His AFCRL responsibilities included systems engineering for, and flight test of, new sounding rockets.
His experience covered the spectrum of sounding rockets from Nike-Cajun through Aerolab Argo D-4. From 1968 to 1971 he worked on the Aerobee and Astrobee sounding rocket families while employed by Space General in El Monte.
From 1971 through 1973 he was employed by Space Vector Corp., Canoga Park, working on the Aries guided sounding rocket and various guidance and attitude control systems. As a consultant he continued to work on sounding rockets until 1977.
After 1977 he worked for The Aerospace Corp. and TRW (later part of Northrop Grumman), until his retirement in 2007. During these 30 years he supported the Titan launch vehicle and various classified satellite and missile defense projects.
Starting in 2006 he returned to sounding rockets, accepting an appointment as Mentor in the Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department at California State University, Long Beach. Most recently, he served as an Adjunct Professor in the same Department.
Mr Hoult was a member of AIAA, the Planetary Society and the Air Force Association. His sounding rocket publications include 17 papers on mission planning, structural loads, trajectory dispersion and postburnout attitude.
AIAA Associate Fellow Parker Died in January
Charles D. Parker Sr., 79 passed away on 4 January.
Mr. Parker was an active participant in the nation’s space program from the Apollo program onward. He worked as a design engineer manager for many years on several NASA manned space programs.
Throughout this time, he was an active participant in AIAA, being an active AIAA member since 1978 in the Cape Canaveral Section. Mr. Parker held numerous positions at the local section level. He served as Secretary and Treasurer before assuming the role as Section Chair.
He also served as a member of many of its committees for well over a decade of combined service. He chaired the Honors and Awards Committee for two years, where he was instrumental in creating the Section Outstanding Member Award, the Membership Committee for one year, the Nominating Committee and the Teller Committee for two years each. Mr. Parker was the Section Newsletter Editor for three years, for which the Section received the 1st place award for communication in 1999. He was one of the core group who revitalized the Section after two years of near dormancy.
A member of a design engineering AIAA Technical Committee for three years, he co-authored two publications that were published by AIAA, describing preferred practice in spacecraft system design and formulation of power requirements. In 2011, Mr. Parker received the AIAA Sustained Service Award “For sustained service to AIAA in the promotion and encouragement of activities relating to Aeronautics & Astronautics in Brevard County, Florida.”
AIAA Associate Fellow Hardaway Died in January
Lisa Hardaway, a program manager at Ball Aerospace, died on 24 January. She was 50 years old.
Dr. Hardaway earned her B.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering Sciences from the University of Colorado Boulder.
Dr. Hardaway’s career at Ball Aerospace spanned more than 20 years and over a variety of leadership roles. She was the Technical Manager for the Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3. She later served as the Program Manager for the New Horizon’s Ralph instrument, which helped capture the first-ever images and data of Pluto and its moons on the mission’s ten-year, three-billion-mile journey.
Dr. Hardaway served as the Chief Engineer for the Orion relative navigation system, and most recently served as the Program Manager for several scientific instrument programs. She was renowned for her leadership, dedication, passion and technical excellence both within Ball and among partners and colleagues around the world. Earlier in her career, she was a structural and mechanical engineer for the International Space Station, FA 18-E/F fighter jet program, NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory, and Deep Impact programs.
For her work, Dr. Hardaway was named 2015–2016 Engineer of the Year by the AIAA Rocky Mountain Section. She also won the 2015 Leadership Award from Women In Aerospace.
AIAA Fellow Roshko Died In January
Anatol Roshko passed away on 23 January. He was 93 years old.
Dr. Roshko received a BSc degree in engineering physics from the University of Alberta in 1945. After service in the Royal Canadian Artillery, he became a student at what is now the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories of the California Institute of Technology (GALCIT), where he earned his M.S. (1947) and Ph.D. (1952) degrees. Dr. Roshko spent the rest of his professional career at GALCIT, first as a research fellow (1952–1954) and senior research fellow (1954–1955), then as an assistant professor (1955–1958), associate professor (1958–1962), and professor (1962–1985). He was named von Kármán Professor in 1985, and retired in 1994. From 1985 to 1987, Dr. Roshko served as acting director of GALCIT.
Dr. Roshko made contributions to problems of separated flow, bluff-body aerodynamics, shock-wave boundary-layer interactions, shock-tube technology, and the structure of turbulent shear flows. With aerodynamics researcher Hans Liepmann, he coauthored the widely used textbook Elements of Gasdynamics, published in 1956.
Among his many awards were the 1976 AIAA Dryden Lecture in Research Award, the 1998 AIAA Fluid Dynamics Award, and the 2009 AIAA Reed Aeronautics Award. Dr. Roshko was a fellow of AIAA and the American Physical Society.