PNW AIAA Awards Banquet June 22, 2016

Please join us for our Annual Pacific Northwest AIAA Awards Banquet at Ivar’s Salmon House on 22 June 2016 where our Distinguished Lecturer will be Dr. Mark Lewis, Director of IDA’s Science and Technology Policy Institute, a federally funded research and development center. 

Dr. Lewis’ team provides analysis of national and international science and technology issues for the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the White House, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, among others.

Prior to taking charge of STPI, Dr. Lewis served as the Willis Young, Jr. Professor and Chair of the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland. A faculty member at Maryland for 24 years, Dr. Lewis taught and conducted basic and applied research. From 2004-2008 Dr. Lewis was the Chief Scientist of the U.S. Air Force. From 2010 to 2011 he was President of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Dr. Lewis also served as a member of the Air Staff and principal scientific adviser to the Chief of Staff and Secretary of the Air Force providing assessments on a wide range of scientific and technical issues affecting the Air Force mission.

Dr. Lewis attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautics and astronautics, Bachelor of Science degree in earth and planetary science (1984), Master of Science (1985) and Doctor of Science (1988) in aeronautics and astronautics.

Dr. Lewis’s awards include the Meritorious Civilian Service Award and Exceptional Civilian Service Award and he was also recognized as the 1994 AIAA National Capital Young Scientist/ Engineer of the Year, IECEC/AIAA Lifetime Achievement Award, and is an Aviation Week and Space Technology Laureate (2007). Dr. Lewis also received the AIAA Dryden lectureship in 2014.

Dr. Lewis will be presenting:

Hypersonic Flight: Progress and Challenges on the Way to High Mach Systems
For many decades, aerospace engineers have been proposing various types of craft that could fly in excess of five times the speed of sound, in the realm of hypersonic flight. A number of research and development programs in the United States and around the world have tackled this last aviation frontier, most with limited success. However, in the past decade there have been a number of recent program successes, including NASA’s X-43, the Australian HyShot, the U.S. Army’s AHW, and most recently the USAF’s X-51, that are finally turning laboratory speculation into practical flight vehicles. This talk will review some of the technical challenges that have been solved, the research problems that remain, as well as the general applicability of hypersonic vehicles to a wide range of missions in the air and into space.

Buffet Menu at Ivar’s Salmon House Includes: Mixed Green Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette, Mesquite Cornbread Muffins with Honey Lavender Butter, Alder Grilled Coho Salmon, Alder Grilled Breast of Chicken,  Alder Grilled Flank Steak, Vegetables and Potatoes, Cookies and Brownies, Coffee, Tea and Soda

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Call for nominations: PNW AIAA Engineers of the Year

Do you know of a PNW AIAA member who has made significant contributions to our industry?  Or a young engineer who has exceled in our industry?  Or perhaps a member who has a passion for introducing aerospace to students?  If so, the PNW Section would like to recognize them at our annual end of the year banquet.  Nominations are now being accepted for Engineer of the Year in the three categories of Industry, Young Engineer and STEM Advocate.  The following links provide the nomination forms and criteria.  Send any questions or comments to  We look forward to your nomination!

Nomination PNW-AIAA_Young-Engineer-of-the-Year_2016
Nomination PNW-AIAA_Industry-Engineer-of-the-Year_2016
Nominations Guidelines – 2016

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May 2016 Technical Dinner Meeting: Anthony M. Waas

Register for the May 2016 Technical Dinner Meeting

Thursday, May 26, 2016 at the University of Washington
211 Guggenheim Hall
Seattle, WA 98195

Professor Anthony WaasRegister for the May 2016 Technical Dinner Meeting with Dr. Waas who will be presenting: “Multi-scale modeling of the deformation response of composite structures”. Please join us and other colleagues on May 26, 2016 at the University of Washington, Guggenheim Hall.

Description: Lightweighting (or weight reduction) is significant across a variety of industries that deal with vehicle technologies. Several new candidate structural materials are being evaluated for this purpose. Of these, many offer the possibility of automation in the manufacturing cycle, leading to further reduction in costs. In this talk, experimental results on the deformation response, damage development and failure of carbon fiber, glass fiber and kevlar fiber 3D Textile composites (3DTC) and pre-preg based carbon fiber laminated composites are used as the basis for developing multi-scale predictive mechanics model of deformation response. Results from two different types of 3DTCs and two different pre-preg based systems will be used to illustrate the advantages of the proposed computational modeling strategies.

About Professor Waas:

Since early 2015, Professor Anthony M. Waas has been chair of the University of Washington’s William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics and holds the Boeing-Egtvedt Chair. He is the 2016 winner of the AIAA Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Award for pioneering contributions in the development of methods for progressive damage analysis of materials and structures.

The award honors Waas’ pioneering contributions to the development of innovative, experimentally validated computational methods for progressive damage analysis (PDA) of polymer and hot ceramic composite materials and structures. His contributions to the field of composite materials and structures have led to the development of state-of-the-art computational methods and software tools for PDA of aerospace structures. He has developed tools for assessing the effects of modifications on compressive strength of fiber-reinforced composites, and his work has demonstrated the importance of micromechanics as a basis for developing robust computational methods, leading to the development of new Schapery theory.

He is best known for his modeling tools in assessing compressive strength, damage tolerance and durability of aircraft composites. Finding ways to make structures lighter has been a central theme in his research. He also works with auto and aerospace industries in the use of textile composites, nanomaterial composites and 3-D printed structures.

His other honors include a 2013 Outstanding Research Award from the American Society for Composites, a 2012 Royal Aeronautics Society Literature Award, a 2006 AIAA Sustained Service Award, the 2006 David Liddle Research Award from the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan and the 1995 Ralph Teetor Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers

He earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology. He is a fellow of AIAA and ASME.

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NewSpace 2016 Conference Preview at WeWork South Lake Union

Space Entrepreneurs, in conjunction with the Space Frontier Foundation and sponsored by the City of Kent, are proud to bring you this very special NewSpace Conference preview event.

Where: WeWork South Lake Union, 1st floor

When: Saturday, April 23rd at 1:00 pm

What: A panel discussion surrounding the current space entrepreneurship environment, where the opportunities lie, and what the future might hold. We welcome:

• Ariane Cornell of Blue Origin 

• Joe Landon, Chairman of the Space Angels Network

• Jeff Feige, Chairman of the Space Frontier Foundation

• Chris Richins, Founder of RBC Signals

This event is a special sneak preview of the NewSpace conference – its format, some of the speakers, and topics.  In addition, the Space Frontier Foundation will be offering discounted conference attendance for event attendees.

Register now!

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2016 PNW Section End of Year Banquet

 The annual PNW-AIAA banquet (open to both members and non-members) will be held on Wednesday evening, June 22nd in Seattle, WA.  More details regarding location and speaker will follow in the April newsletter.  The banquet is a great opportunity to network and meet next year’s Council members.
A separate announcement will describe the nominations process for Section awards.  Members are encouraged to recognize colleagues’ contributions to our industry.
If you would like to be involved in planning for this exciting event (including selection of awardees), or have any questions, please send an email to
We look forward to seeing many of you in June!
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2016 AIAA Region VI Student Paper Conference

2016 AIAA Region VI Student Paper Conference
Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR | April 1-3, 2016

Conference Website

The Student Paper Conference is an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to present their research on aerospace topics. Judges are needed to judge the student presentations which will be held on April 2nd and possibly April 3rd, depending on the number of papers received. The conference is also an opportunity for students to connect with professionals in aerospace fields.

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NASA Sky for All Challenge

NASA has launched a world-wide challenge to seek concepts and technologies to contribute to a breakthrough airspace design and concept of operations that will allow the air vehicles of 2035 to safely and efficiently participate in dense and diverse traffic.

The estimates are that, twenty years from now, 10 million manned and unmanned vehicles may traverse the U.S. airspace every day. The Ab Initio (clean slate) Design element of the NASA Safe Autonomous Operations Systems (SASO) Project is asking innovators to cast aside the restraints of current transportation models and develop concepts and technologies for a clean-slate, revolutionary model for the airspace of the future.

The top three submissions will receive a cash award from the overall prize pool of $15,000, in addition to tremendous exposure and support for their design concept.

You may visit the Sky For All challenge page to find out more and to register as an innovator. Entry to compete is free. Last date for submission is February 26, 2016.

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Register now for the LEAM STEM Challenge Fly-Off Event at the Museum of Flight!

Join us on April 9th for the Lindbergh Electric Airplane Flight Stem Challenge to compete with teams from other schools and districts. Students in grades 6-12 are invited to register in teams of up to 4 to participate in the competition and sit in on the STEM Careers panel.

More information can  be found at the following site:

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Check out the PNW AIAA Calendar for upcoming events!

The next couple of months are starting to look busy! Take a look at the calendar for more information on exciting upcoming events including:

AIAA SciTech Conference 1/4-1/8
LEAF STEM Challenge Workshop 1/9
PSEC Engineer’s Fair 2/6
PNAA Annual Conference 2/9-2/11
EYH Conference 3/25
Washington Science Olympiad 4/16


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The 2015 Technical Symposium is this Saturday!

2015 PNW AIAA Technical Symposium
Northwest Aerospace at the Forefront of Innovation
There is still time to register for the 9th annual Pacific Northwest AIAA Technical Symposium: “Northwest Aerospace on the Forefront of Innovation”. The Symposium will be held at the Future of Flight Aviation Center at Paine Field near Seattle on November 14, 2015.
Keynote speaker will be Dr. Paul Bevilaqua who joined Lockheed Martin as Chief Aeronautical Scientist and became Chief Engineer of Skunk Works. A plenary session will feature a presentation from Dr. Rostislav Spektor, a research scientist and the Electric Propulsion and Plasma Science Section Head at The Aerospace Corporation and is also the Chair of the AIAA National Electric Propulsion Committee.
Our goal is to include the entire aerospace ecosystem in a Symposium that will influence, motivate, excite, embolden, provoke, spark and inspire interest in creative new alternatives,new perspectives, and future innovations in aerospace and astronautics.
We hope you can join us on November 14, 2015. (Registration and breakfast open at7am.)
William Van Valkenberg
TS-15 Chair
More information:
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