Electric Airplane Challenge Fly-Off Capstone Registrations Now Open

PrimaryLogoWhat is the Electric Airplane Challenge?

The Electric Airplane Challenge is designed for students in grades 6-12.  Students teams are challenged to design, build, and fly an electric, tethered airplane that will carry the most cargo.

Where and when will the fly-off challenge be held?
This year’s competition will be held Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, WA.

For more information about the program, visit the STEM section of our website: http://pnwaiaa.org/electric-airplane-challenge/about_eac/.

Coaches and teams can get more information here: http://pnwaiaa.org/electric-airplane-challenge/challenge/.

Register teams online

Team coaches can register teams of up to four for $20.00 by going to our REGISTRATION PAGE.

Sign up as a volunteer

We need volunteers for the day of the event. If you’re interested in helping out, click here to find out more.

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Engineers Week—the only event of its kind—is a time to:

  • Celebrate how engineers make a difference in our world
  • Increase public dialogue about the need for engineers
  • Bring engineering to life for kids, educators, and parents
  • More than a week-long event, Engineers Week is a year-round commitment to making a difference.
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AIAA BoD Elections

Voting Information for 2015 AIAA Board of Directors Election

Attention AIAA Members, the 2015 AIAA Board of Directors election is now open, and will remain open until April 6, 2015 11:59 pm Eastern Time.

To view candidate information and cast your ballot online, visit www.aiaa.org/BODvote. You will be asked to log in using your AIAA username and password. Follow the online voting instructions.

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“Innovative Seattle” at the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI)

MOHAIThe Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), located at the Naval Reserve Building in Lake Union Park, collects and preserves the diverse history of Seattle, the Puget Sound region and beyond. Highlighting innovation and education, MOHAI enriches lives by sharing the individual and collective stories of our communities.

You are invited to join other AIAA Members/Non-Members and colleagues in participating in a private talk about “Innovative Seattle”.

This event is open to your family and friends, so bring them along!

Cost: $14 per person

Parking and public transportation information
* Parking validation is available for visitors using the AGC parking lot on 1200 Westlake Ave N.



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Seattle Math Fest 2014


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Seattle MathFest 2014 – Math like you’ve never seen it before!

Join 1,000 kids, families, and community members for Seattle MathFest 2014! Seattle MathFest is a community-wide celebration of elementary school families and math, hosted by Seattle-based nonprofit Zeno. This is a one-of-a-kind event where elementary students and their families play carnival-like math games, win prizes and have fun. While playing, students build their confidence in and enthusiasm for math. See the kids in your life experience math in a whole new way—in an atmosphere of adventure, learning and discovery!

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What Does Aerospace Have to do With It?

What Does Aerospace Have to do With It?

Join us for an evening at our September Technical Dinner hosted by the UW-AIAA at the University of Washington Campus (building location will be provided closer to the day of the event). Food and beverages will be provided by the PNW Section of AIAA.

Our featured speaker will be Dr. Carl Knowlen, Senior Research Scientist with the UW William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Dr. Knowlen will speak on “What Does Aerospace Have to do with It?”

Biography - Carl Knowlen received his Ph.D. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the University of Washington in 1991 and is currently a Senior Research Scientist with the UW William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a Part Time Lecturer.  He has a strong background in analytical modeling of gas dynamics, chemical kinetics, heat transfer and fluid flow systems and extensive experience in experimental techniques for internal ballistics, supersonic testing, cryogenic systems, rocket propulsion systems, and flow field diagnostics.  Dr. Knowlen’s research activities include:  space power systems, ram accelerators (in-tube ramjets), shock wave reactors (petrochemical pyrolysis process using supersonic flow of high enthalpy steam), cryogenic energy storage systems, vortex tube cryogenic air separation, microthruster propellants and technology, combustion and detonation properties of propellants, liquid coolant injection systems for supersonic turbojet engines, and ammonia manufacturing processes.  He has published over 120 articles in the proceedings of various technical meetings and refereed journals and is currently an Associate Fellow of the AIAA.

Join us! Register Today!

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2014 BGCKC Kids Auction


2014 BGCKC Kids Auction  

Accepting Donations for Event on Saturday, October 4, 2014

Are you a private pilot? Read on!

Dear PNWAIAA membership, in order to support our growing partnership with the North Seattle Boys and Girls Club, we are soliciting items for donation to the 2014 BGCKC Kids Auction on October 4, 2014.  The auction is one of the major fundraisers for the North Seattle club and the county and we would like to come up with at least one unique gift from the PNWAIAA that is sure to be a big hit with the crowd!  Items for auction could include wine or gift card baskets, unique Seattle experiences or a cool one-of-a-kind gift.  One item that we believe would be a crowd favorite – and unique to the aviation community – would be a flight aboard a private airplane, so if any pilots in the group would be interested in donating or know of an organization that would participate, please let us know.  Please contact the Boys and Girls Club Liaison if you are interested in donating or finding out more information about attending the auction.  Thank you!

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North Seattle Boys & Girls Club Speaks to City Hall (with PNWAIAA Liaison)

CityHallJoan (North Seattle Club Director) and Joseph (PNWAIAA-BGC Liaison and BGC Board Member) spoke at city hall yesterday.  The North Seattle Club is a finalist for a $20K Technology Matching Funds grant!

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OSU ESRA Team Wins 1st Place at IREC






REPORT FROM Michael VanderPutten and Ian Finn at Oregon State…Congrats!

Last month in Green River, Utah, the Experimental Sounding Rocketry Association (ESRA) held its 9th annual Intercollegiate Rocketry Engineering Competition (IREC). The competition challenges university students to design, build, and launch a rocket capable of ascending a 10 pound payload of sensors and experiments to a target altitude. This year, the basic category altitude was 10,000 feet AGL, with the advanced category rockets targeting 25,000 feet AGL. Points are awarded for flight performance, presentation, payload design, and the percentage of the rocket designed and built by students.

This was Oregon State University’s first year competing in the basic category of the competition, and they had high hopes for success. With the support of the OSU AIAA branch, industry sponsors from around the PNW, a team of around 10 undergraduate students, and twelve senior capstone members, the team was able to develop a very successful first attempt at a sounding rocket. Weighing in at just over 53 pounds, and with a length of 10 feet,Terminal Gravity was one of the larger rockets entered into the basic category. The team was able to test Terminal Gravity before launching with the help of the Oregon Rocketry club, and the landowners of the Brothers, OR launch site. During test launches, the rocket reached peak altitudes of 9,200 feet, and 10,800 feet, and had a few kinks to work out.

During competition, the OSU rocket flew beautifully, with a maximum altitude of 10,280 feet, and a flawless dual deployment recovery. The team was able to come away with a first place award from both the basic category, and the payload competition. Next year, the team hopes to compete in the advanced category, and begin development of a hybrid motor system for future rockets.

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2014 Engineer of the Year Nominations Now Open

Do you know of a PNW AIAA member who has contributed to our industry over the last year? If so, the PNW AIAA Section would like to recognize him/her.

Engineer of the Year awards are made in five categories. Click the links to view or download detailed description and nomination form:

  1. Industry Engineer of the Year
  2. Government  Engineer of the Year
  3. Young Engineer of the Year
  4. Aerospace STEM Outreach Engineer of the Year
  5. Educator of the Year

Click here for nomination guidelines.

Nominations are due by Monday, June 2, 2014. Awardees will be recognized at the annual Section Banquet on Thursday, June 26, 2014.

Contact with any questions.

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