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I intend to continue and build upon the
progress made by Mike Griffin and Jim
Albaugh in helping AIAA to evolve and adapt
to ensure we remain relevant to aerospace
professionals and students. In particular,
I would like to focus on ensuring that top
leadership of our members’ organizations see
the value of AIAA and explicitly support and encourage their employees’ or
students’ active participation in the vast array of activities that AIAA offers.
By continuing to collaborate with the aerospace community and clearly
communicating our value, we can continue to broaden our reach and
elevate ourselves and the aerospace industry in general.
President of James G. Advisors, LLC. Prior to that, Vice President of
Corporate Strategy and Development at GenCorp. Served as President of
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR) Inc., a division of Pratt & Whitney;
President in 2006, and was responsible for the design, manufacturing
and performance of power and propulsion systems. President and Chief
Operating Officer of the start-up firm, Space Exploration Technologies,
which was selected by NASA to demonstrate delivery and return of cargo to
the International Space Station. Served as President and General Manager
of the Sea Launch Company, an international partnership that launches
commercial communications satellites; Under his leadership, Sea Launch
became one of the premier heavy-lift launch services in the world, earning
the company a reputation of reliability and affordability in a challenging
international market. Strong background as an aerospace engineer with
extensive experience in program management, design and engineering
leadership: Beginning with the Boeing Delta and Evolved Expendable
Launch Vehicle programs in structural design, became lead of advanced
studies in systems integration. Transitioned from Chief Engineer of Delta
III to Chief Engineer of Sea Launch (1998). Before joining McDonnell
Douglas (now Boeing) (1980s), was a research fellow at NASA Lewis (now
Glenn) Research Center. B.S. and M.S. in Engineering from the University
of Akron. Master’s in Business Administration from the University of
California at Los Angeles.
A IA A B o a rd of D i re c tor s 2 0 1 5 E l e c t i on s
James (Jim) Maser
AIAA Activities and Honors
AIAA George M. Low Space Transportation Award (2000). Associate
Fellow (2010). Chair of the AIAA Corporate Membership Committee and
Co-Chair of the AIAA Aerospace Today and Tomorrow Event (2010–2012).
Executive Chair of the 49th Joint Propulsion Conference (2013).
Other Activities and Honors
Named “One of 10 Who Made a Difference in Space” by SpaceNews
(2011), Engineer’s Council’s Robert H. Goddard Space Propulsion Pioneer
Award (2012). Served on the Space Foundation Board of Directors (2011–
present); Member of the California State University Northridge College of
Business Advisory Committee (2010–present).
A IA A B o a rd of D i re c tor s 2 0 1 5 E l e c t i on s
Vice President-Elect, Education
K. Ravindra
Richard Wlezien
(Associate Fellow)
AIAA has a long tradition of setting excellence
in all aspects of education from K–12
outreach to highly specialized technical
conferences. AIAA aerospace textbooks are
becoming increasingly popular not only
for their technical content but also for their
affordability for students. Our primary task is
to maintain and improve upon the services we provide to the community
in an era of rapid progress in digital communication. Many professionals
provide countless number of hours as authors, editors, reviewers, and
organizers. We must continue to encourage, nurture, and recognize their
services. I will continue to support and enhance professional development
activities capitalizing on modern technological tools to make them more
affordable and accessible. I will strive to increase student and professional
membership, and extend the visibility of AIAA internationally.
Associate Dean at Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology
at Saint Louis University since July 2012. Served as interim dean (July
2010–June 2012). Served as the department chair of Aerospace and
Mechanical Engineering at Parks College (1996–2009), and as Associate
Dean and Interim Chair (2009–2010). Ph.D., in Aerospace Engineering
from The Pennsylvania State University, a Master of Engineering degree
in Aeronautical Engineering from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore,
India, and a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) from
the National Institute of Engineering, Mysore, India. Diverse teaching
experience includes a number of courses in aerospace and mechanical
engineering stems. His research interests are in fluid dynamics, active
control of structures, and engineering education. He is a registered
professional engineer in New York State.
AIAA Activities and Honors
Associate Fellow. Member of the Academic Affairs Committee of AIAA.
Organized many technical sessions related to aerospace education in AIAA
conferences. Faculty advisor to student chapter of AIAA for many years.
Other Activities and Honors
Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and a
member of American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). Member
of Indo US Collaboration for Engineering Education consortium (IUCEE).
Published several technical papers in fluid dynamics, active control of
structures, and engineering education. Served in various capacities in the
Aerospace Division of ASEE and the Saint Louis section of ASME. Received
the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE) faculty of the year
award (February 2011).
The members of AIAA work in a field not
bound by earthly limits. We fly into the
clouds and to other worlds and beyond. Our
chosen profession is exciting, and we must
bring that perspective to the next generation.
AIAA is unique in its ability to bring together
researchers, technologists, and managers from
industry, government, and academia to pursue a shared aerospace passion.
I have had the unique opportunity to split my career between these three,
and I intend to draw upon their collective strength. It is precisely our
ability to share skills and focus that I will bring to the position of Vice
President-Elect, Education.
AIAA must expand the scope of our student activities to provide strong
STEM education support, as well as integrate students from other
disciplines. We will evangelize aerospace and attract an increasingly diverse
group of students to our profession. The aerospace enrollment across our
universities is growing, but we are falling short in attracting these students
to AIAA.
The biggest challenge facing AIAA today is capturing students as
undergraduates and encouraging them to continue with AIAA throughout
their aerospace careers. With the graying of our workforce, retention of
talented students is increasingly critical. It will be my priority to focus
AIAA educational activities on undergraduate retention and professional
development. In doing so we must attract the next generation to AIAA,
their future professional home. We must not waver on our commitment
to quality education. It is critical that we continue to play a role in ABET
accreditation and ensure that all the undergraduates across the aerospace
programs meet the high standards that our profession demands.
B.S. (1974), M.S. (1976), and Ph.D. (1981), Mechanical and Aerospace
Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology. Professor and Vance and
Arlene Coffman Endowed Department Chair of Aerospace Engineering at
Iowa State University (2010–present). Over 40 years aerospace experience.
Professor and Chair, Tufts University (2006–2010); Director, Fundamental
Aeronautics, NASA Headquarters (2002–2006); Program Manager, Tactical
Technology Office, DARPA TTO (1999–2002); NASA Langley Aerospace
Technologist, Program Manager Aircraft Morphing, Head Measurement
Science and Technology Branch (1992–1999); Associate Professor IIT
(1990–1992); Senior Scientist, McDonnell Douglas Research Laboratories
AIAA Activities and Honors
Fellow AIAA (2006); AIAA St. Louis Young Professional Award (1985);
Associate Editor, AIAA Journal (1995–1998); Member ADCA, (2010–
present); Member, Emerging Technologies Committee (2011–present);
Member, Public Policy Committee (2008–2012); Member, Fluid Dynamics
Technical Committee (1998–2000); Member, Aeroacoustics Technical
Committee (1989–1992); Student Branch Advisor, Iowa State University
(2014–present); Student Branch Advisor, Illinois Institute of Technology
(1990–1992); Program Committee, Shear Flow Control Conference (1997,
1989), Aeroacoustics Conference (1992, 1989).
Other Activities and Honors
NASA Exceptional Service Medal (2006); IIT MMAE Alumni Recognition
Award (2005); NASA Group Achievement Award (2005); NASA TGIR
Award (2004); Aviation Week and Space Technology Laurel (2003);
Popular Science Best of What’s New Award (2003, 2002); NASA Continual
Improvement and Reinvention Award (1996); 2 NASA Group Achievement
Awards (1995).
Vice President-Elect, Public Policy
John Rose
(Associate Fellow)
National limitations on conference attendance
by government employees persist and present
a continuing threat to the Institute’s health.
Continuous engagement at all levels is
essential to expand national and state-level
initiatives with policy and decision makers
to further the understanding of the benefits
of aerospace technologies and ensure essential resource allocations, grow
innovative research and provide workforce stability. Now in my 40th
year of active service to the Institute, I bring experience, knowledge and
demonstrated successes from activities across all levels of the Institute from
local section to the national level and have been an active and available
mentor. I have chaired national conferences and fostered coordination
on common interests across other professional societies including the
Directed Energy Professional Society (DEPS), SPIE, IEEE, and the Optical
Society of America (OSA). I successfully championed formation of the
Directed Energy Systems Program Committee. Extending its reach
through the Institute’s public policy efforts in Congressional Visits Day
and ongoing frequent engagement with representatives and their staffs
led to the formation of the Caucus for Directed Energy in the U.S. House
of Representatives — and is my model for continuous engagement with
policymakers and staffs at the national and state level. Completing my
second (and final) three-year term as Vice President of the Board of
Directors of DEPS for Public Policy, I totally commit my attention, energy,
experience, and resources to vigorous and full-time pursuit of those public
policy issues most critical to the future of the Institute and pledge to deliver
a focused, integrated public policy approach to provide the highest value
and return to you the members.
Private consultant. Five decades of multidisciplinary engineering
experience. B.S. (1969), M.S. (1972) Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Ph.D.
(1990) Air Force Institute of Technology. Retired USAF officer with duty
as flight test officer, Assistant Professor of Aeronautical Engineering at the
USAF Academy, Logistics Engineer (AFOTEC), and Program Manager
for all SDI Space Based Laser Technology Programs (Air Force Weapons
Laboratory). SETA to DoD and DARPA programs (1990–2004); Raytheon
Engineering Fellow (2004–2014).
AIAA Activities
Elected AIAA Fellow (2012); Distinguished Lecturer (2014–2015);
Sustained Service Award (2013); Chair, Directed Energy Systems Program
Committee (2006–); Plasmadynamics & Lasers TC (1996–2010); Weapons
Systems Effectiveness TC (2003–); National Chair, 2009 Biennial Forum
on Weapon Systems Effectiveness; Emerging Technologies Committee
(2005–); Technical Chair for Plasmadynamics & Lasers, 42nd ASM, (2004);
Professional Member Education and Workforce Development Committee
(2010–); New Initiatives Subcommittee (2006–); Public Policy Committee
(2010–); author of 2011 AIAA public policy issue on acquisition reform;
Arizona, NM, and Colorado delegations Congressional Visits Days Captain,
orchestrating dozens of annual congressional visits (2006–2013); Tucson
Section Regional Activities Coordinator (2011–2014), Public Policy
Coordinator (2014–); Rocky Mountain Section Treasurer, Vice Chair, and
Chair (1976–1979); Student Section Advisor, U.S. Air Force Academy
(1976–1979); author and coordinator for MOU between AIAA and DEPS
Other Activities and Honors
Board of Directors, Directed Energy Professional Society (2009–2015);
Defense and National Security Committee Chair, National Photonics
Initiative (National Academy of Science/SPIE; 2013–present).
Public policy plays a vital, but often
overlooked, role in the health and future of
our industry. Most people tend to associate the
support of public policy with “lobbying.” But at
AIAA, public policy is about advocacy. It is the
responsibility of the Public Policy Committee
(PPC) to be the voice for AIAA members when
it comes to legislative and policy issues. Only by channeling the voices of
its 35,000+ members can its message be heard. As Vice President-Elect,
Public Policy, I intend to strengthen, and where necessary, evolve that
message so that in challenging times like these, there is no ambiguity as to
the important contribution that AIAA’s public policy activities have on our
industry. I plan on achieving these goals by:
Increasing the participation of the PPC and its members in AIAA’s
national forums as well as at the regional and local level through
Public Policy focused tracts and sessions.
Support and encourage member participation in public policy events
such as Congressional Visits Day (CVD) and at the local level through
AIAA involvement in state aerospace days and forums.
Simplifying and strengthening AIAA’s public policy message
by working with our members and committee’s to identify key,
RELEVANT issues, then partnering with elected officials to address
Making AIAA the “Go To” association for support to administration
and congressional staff by providing legislation impact and
expert testimony from across our highly skilled and experienced
Continue elevating the visibility of public policy within the Institute,
regions, and sections by supporting the inclusion of public policy
activities into the mainstream programs offered to our members.
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James A. Horkovich
Chief of Staff to the Vice President of Engineering for Boeing Defense,
Space & Security. Over 17 years of engineering and management
experience. B.S., M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Cal Poly Pomona. M.B.A.,
University of Southern California. Experience in defense, commercial, and
space programs from both a production and development perspective.
Member of Boeing’s Knowledge Management initiative team addressing
critical skills issues.
AIAA Activities and Honors
AIAA Public Policy Committee (PPC) Deputy (2013–present), Chair—PPC
National Security subcommittee (2006–present), Deputy Director—Public
Policy Region 6 (2007–present), AIAA Key Issue author: Cybersecurity
and UAV/UAS in NAS, AIAA Representative—California Assembly Select
Committee on Aerospace (2013–present), selected AIAA Congressional
Fellow (2009), AIAA Representative—California Aerospace Day
Sacramento (2010–2014) Special Service Citation—Region 6 CVD.
Session Chair—2011 Inside Aerospace Conference (cybersecurity tract).
Congressional Visits Day captain. Public Policy Speaker—Regional
Leadership Conference (2010– 2014). Space 2008 Tract Chair—Space
Policy and Economics. Orange County Section Chair (2004–2005,
2007–2008), Vice-Chair Education (2001–2004).
Other Activities and Honors
President, Southern California Robotics League—supporting FIRST
LEGO League in So Cal, Mentor and Tournament Coordinator—Southern
California FIRST Lego League, Space Flight Awareness Award (STS-98 &
104); NASA Group Achievement Awards—Wing Leading Edge Impact
Detection System & Wireless Data Acquisition System, Distinguished
Engineering Service Award—Orange County Engineering Council (2013).
A IA A B o a rd of D i re c tor s 2 0 1 5 E l e c t i on s
Director – At-Large
Brett Anderson
Ben Marchionna
(Associate Fellow)
(Senior Member)
Since 1963, AIAA has worked through its
members to advance the state of aerospace
science, engineering, technology, operations,
and policy to benefit our global society. Our
challenge is build on AIAA’s strengths with
a focus on improving the value provided to
our membership and industry. This means
developing opportunities to increase public awareness of the contributions
of the aerospace industry to our global economy.
Working with the talented and motivated engineers and aerospace
employees across the globe engaged in the Design, Build and Support of
aerospace products has driven home the diversity and global impact of our
chosen profession and its members. Those in our profession are motivated
by the highest of callings. “To bring people together”; “To protect those
who put their trust in us”; To push and strive against the boundaries of
gravity and air, to build something better.
Through my experiences as a part of the Technical, Membership, and
Educational Committees, as well as working with much of the leadership
in our organization, I’ve learned a great deal of what our members expect
from AIAA. While I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to serve in these roles, it
is more important that the experiences in those roles will allow me to be
a more effective advocate for a broad constituency. As the global economy
continues to change, our industry changes with it. The underlying goal
needs to be service to our membership and value to our society. Working
together we can ensure that AIAA maintains that focus. I look forward to
serving our members.
Twenty-five-year leader within The Boeing Company with experience in
development and production of commercial, defense, space, and R&D
products. Joined Boeing in Seattle, WA, on the 747 and 767 programs,
enjoying major development roles across the 737-Next Generation in
Wichita, KS; X-37 and R&D efforts in southern California; Space Shuttle
and International Space Station in Houston, TX; and F-15 program in
St. Louis MO, as well as leading several Aging Aircraft R&D efforts with
NASA, FAA, USAF, and Navy customers. Serving as a Senior Integrated
Product Team manager for the F-15 program since 2011, responsible for all
airframe, crew station, and crew systems products acquired from suppliers
across 37 states and international suppliers in 5 countries.
AIAA Honors and Activities
As the only candidate that is currently a member of the YP community, I
offer a new and unique perspective to the Board. And as your Director–atLarge, I will help advance the future of our Institute through focused and
persistent student and YP outreach. My passion for people, aerospace,
and professional development will serve both you and the Institute well in
achieving my goals, outlined as follows:
To architect, implement, and lead a new AIAA campaign that recruits,
engages, and retains student and YP members
To initiate and champion mentorship and membership development
programs that offer a clear path for technical engagement and
leadership development within the Institute
To spearhead the creation and delivery of extensive, innovative, and
accessible professional development resources
AIAA YPs are eager to become integrated into the AIAA fabric. I want to
develop and foster the organizational content, products, and structure that
will unlock that enthusiasm. I look forward to working with each of you as
we collectively advance the future of AIAA.
MSE in Product Development Engineering, University of Southern
California (2014). BSE in Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan
(2011). Currently, Research Engineer at Lockheed Martin Skunk Works
in Palmdale, CA. Previous experience includes flight test engineering
for F-35 program at Edwards AFB, aircraft design and aeronautical
engineering for multiple advanced development programs at the Skunk
Works, and systems engineering for F-35 program in Fort Worth, TX and
C-5M program in Marietta, GA. Undergraduate Research Assistant for
Autonomous Aerospace Systems Laboratory, University of Michigan.
AIAA Activities and Honors
Associate Fellow, Sustained Service Award (2004), ABET Councilor
and Accreditation Team Lead (2006–2011), Engineering Accreditation
Committee (2000–present), University Accreditation Evaluation Team
(2001–present). National Professional Member Education Committee
Chair (2004–2008), Emerging Technologies Standing Committee Deputy
Chair (2004–2009), Structures Technical Committee (2001–2012),
Member Education Activities Committee (2005–present), National Young
Professionals Committee Chair (2000–2003), Institute Development
Committee (2000–2003), Young Professional Committee (1998–2003),
Wichita Section Chair (1998–1999).
Senior Member (2008–present); AIAA Institute Development Committee
(2014–present); AIAA Governance Working Group (2014–present);
Section Chair, AIAA Antelope Valley (2013–present); YP Chair, AIAA
Antelope Valley (2012); President, University of Michigan AIAA Student
Branch (2008–2011); Member, Young Professionals Committee (2012–
present); Associate Member, Intelligent Systems Technical Committee
(2012–present); Keynote Industry Speaker, AIAA International Student
Conference (2013); Outstanding Student of the Year (2011), State of
Michigan AIAA Section.
Other Activities and Honors
Executive Vice President, Los Angeles County Air Show (2013–present);
Member, Industry Advisory Board, University of Michigan Aerospace
Engineering (2013–present); Engineering Leadership Development
Program (2012–present), Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company;
Distinguished Leadership Award (2011) and Mildred and Steele Bailey
Prize for Leadership (2011), University of Michigan College of Engineering;
Emerging Leader Award (2010), Epeians Engineering Leadership Honor
Society; Active in local K–12 STEM programs; Science Olympiad judge.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Space Flight Awareness
Award (2007). Society of Allied Weight Engineers: Fellow, International
Conference Chair (2004), Professional Development Instructor (2003–
2004), Vice President Technical Director (2002–2003), Technical Session
Chair (1996–2000), Vice President Wichita Chapter (1996–1998). Iowa
State University – Mech. Engr. Advisory Council (MEAC): Member (2002–
The future sustainability of AIAA is critically
dependent on an active and engaged young
professional (YP) base. AIAA has passionately
advocated the need for more YP outreach,
but membership among many local sections
is on a downward trend and we have not yet
seen a YP member nominated and elected to
the Board. The astounding success and legacy that our most experienced
colleagues have achieved will not be continued without an influx of
emerging scientists and leaders to carry on their work.
Other Activities and Honors
Director – At-Large (continued)
Karl Rein-Weston
(Associate Fellow)
(Associate Fellow)
Leveraging AIAA capabilities to accelerate
progress in achieving a sustainable spacefaring
civilization and developing the vast resources
of space. The AIAA assets include a diverse
and talented membership base, strong
visionary leadership, world-class publications,
conferences, and symposia. Developing the
resources of space affords unparalleled opportunities for dramatic increase
in the size of our industry beyond anything experienced to date.
M.Sc., Systems Engineering, The City University, London, UK; B.Sc.,
Physics, Imperial College, University of London, London, UK. 30+ years
in aerospace systems engineering (1977–1996 full time). Since 1996 has
been Senior Software Quality engineer in Oregon and part-time space
systems architect and business development adviser. Specialized in system
safety, software QA and range safety of spacecraft, including commercial,
planetary, and lunar missions since 1981. Developed proposals for lunar
space missions for the 1990 Space Exploration Initiative. I was a member
of the subcontractor teams for the Galileo and Magellan space probes, the
Space Station Freedom (SSF), experiments for Spacelab-MSL-1 and several
communications satellite projects (e.g., Intelsat-6, Olympus, HS-601,
HS-376, Inmarsat-2, Marecs). Safety Engineer for the NASA SSF Mobile
Transporter, and later the power system for NASA SFF, which became
ISS. One year on console at the ESOC in Germany, as Systems Engineer
for two Inmarsat geostationary communications satellites, Marecs-A
and Marecs-B2. Recognized expert in the NASA Payload Safety and the
USAF Range Safety processes, having achieved NASA/DOD approvals for
multiple spacecraft. Participated in an inter-agency committee to develop
federal software safety standards, principal author of NASA-GB-1740.13-96
NASA Guidebook for Safety Critical Software, referenced widely by other
U.S. government agencies. Worked space projects in all phases, from
conception, marketing, development, build-up, integration, test, through
LEOP and in flight operations.
AIAA Activities and Honors
Joined AIAA (1990). Assistant Secretary to the Ventura-Pacific Section
(1991–1992). Board member of Northern Ohio Section (1993–1995).
Elected Associate Fellow (1992). Attended AIAA Congressional Visits
Day in Washington, DC, for Pacific Northwest Section (2012). Fostered
collaboration between Pacific Northwest Section and Oregon chapter of the
National Space Society, including a joint lecture series. Assisting planning
another lectures series jointly with U.S. Park Service Pearson Airfield
Museum and Pacific NW Section.
Other Activities and Honors
Engineer in Training, California (1991). Regional director of the National
Space Society (NSS) (1994–1995) and operated an NSS computer bulletin
board on fidonet (1990–1992). Active in the following NSS Chapters:
Ventura County (CA), Cuyahoga Valley Space Society (OH), Oregon-L5;
as well as active in the California Space Development Council and
Midwest Space Development Corporation. 2-year term as a director of the
Moon Society, and later a 2-year term as its Vice President. Became Vice
President of Leeward Space Foundation, for PR and Programs (2010).
Docent Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum. Runs NASA Group on
Linkedin with over 15,000 participants.
AIAA has given me a privileged opportunity to
serve as chair of the Pacific Northwest Section,
Region VI, and to fulfill many officer positions
on the council. My continued participation to
make the Pacific Northwest Section an efficient
operation has resulted in yearly increases
in both membership and reserve funds. My
AIAA membership has proven to be a valuable asset not only in realizing
personal growth, but also in understanding where AIAA strengths lie.
I want to expand my involvement with AIAA by helping the Board of
Directors strengthen links between technical activities conducted within
regions and international conferences in which AIAA plays a significant
role. One such conference is the International Council of the Aeronautical
Sciences (ICAS). It offers valuable global networking to students,
educators, engineers, retirees, scientists and technical professionals. I
would like our diverse and dynamic membership to become more aware
of global opportunities available to them through avenues like ICAS and to
participate in activities that lead to international exposure.
If elected, I will serve as a proactive member of the Board of Directors and
will work to advance the goals set forth in the AIAA Strategic Plans. I will
engage with regional leadership to develop ideas that will strengthen the
value AIAA brings its members.
Holds three patents, is a Boeing Associate Technical Fellow, a Licensed
Professional Aerospace Engineer and a retired helicopter pilot. Has
MIT Sloan Executive Certificates in Management, Leadership, Strategy
and Innovation. Holds a Master of Science in aerospace (University
of Washington, Seattle) and a Bachelor of Science in aeronautics
(Loughborough University of Technology, UK). Boeing responsibilities
have included Project Manager Airspace and Operational Efficiency;
Boeing representative on the SESAR Industrial Support team in Europe
under EADS; Program Manager for Boeing 787 structural windows
development; Program Manager for Boeing 737 and 757 avionics; Manager
for Commercial Airplane standards; Consulting engineer for flight controls
of the Boeing V22 Osprey and for simulation testing at NASA Ames;
Design engineer for Boeing 747 autoflight control systems; Test engineer
for flight testing and simulator testing of control systems.
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Charles Radley
AIAA Activities and Honors
Gives AIAA-sponsored career presentations to students at high schools,
community colleges and colleges within the four states covered by the
AIAA Pacific Northwest Section, Region VI; honored by Pacific Northwest
Section with a special citation for leadership in spearheading this effort and
for representing AIAA on the Pathfinder Selection Committee in Seattle
(committee annually selects recipients of prestigious awards that honor
pioneering achievements in flying, engineering, education, operations,
manufacturing, and in an at-large category). AIAA Judge at Washington
State Science and Engineering Fair.
Other Activities and Honors
Gives technical presentations at symposia and workshops globally;
often a session chair at many of these events. Keynote speaker for the
first International Symposium on Aerospace Innovation hosted by the
University of Tokyo.
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Director – At-Large, International
Juergen Drescher
Christian Mari
(Senior Member)
As AIAA Director–At Large, International, I
will support significant new approaches for
promoting AIAA’s international outreach and
cooperation activities to address several high
priority challenges for achieving mutually
beneficial and sustainable results with other
aerospace societies worldwide in leading-edge
basic and applied aeronautical research as well as space exploration.
I will continue to solicit the help of the best and brightest minds in
academia, aerospace industry, and government to drive innovation and
enable solutions in important technology thrust areas by helping to set up
the necessary political conditions and policy requirements. These efforts
address high priority challenges for promoting AIAA’s leadership role in an
international aerospace research framework combining modern aviation,
space exploration, security, and transportation research concepts of the
future, including commercial space.
Biography Juergen Drescher has been Head of the Washington, DC Office
for the German Aerospace Center (DLR) since 2004. He is an M.D.,
Ph.D. specialist in Medical Biophysics with specialization in Pathological
Physiology. The DLR Washington Office is an MFGO and FFRDC
established as an interface between NASA Headquarters and the NASA
centers, NOAA, USGS, AFRL, DARPA, U.S. institutions and other federal
agencies in the fields of aerospace, energy, transportation, and security
research. As the Head of the Washington Office he reports to the Chairman
of the DLR Executive Board and represents a total of 31 research institutes
in the framework of DLR and the German Space Agency. Prior to this
position Dr. J. Drescher worked extensively on research in Pathophysiology
at the Medical School of the Humboldt University Berlin-Charite’ Hospital
and in Aerospace Medicine at the Institute of Aviation and Space Medicine
at DLR HQ in Cologne. He was actively involved in joint studies with
NASA, U.S. universities, the French space agency (CNES), the Russian
Institute of Biomedical Problems (IBMP), and the Cosmonaut Training
Center “Juri Gagarin,” as part of a program for international cooperation
by DLR. Dr. Drescher was the Principal Investigator in biomedical
experiments carried out on German and ESA long-term spaceflight
missions including the NASA Space Shuttle and Russian MIR space station
experiments. As a Co-Investigator in DLR’s Life Sciences research program
he has been involved in cardiovascular research onboard MIR and the ISS.
He is a member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and
Academician of the Tsiolkovsky Space Academy, Russia. Together with the
U.S. Space Foundation he founded the U.S.-German Aerospace Roundtable
(UGART) to foster the transatlantic bilateral scientific-industrial
cooperation between aerospace partner institutions and industry.
AIAA Activities and Honors
Member of the AIAA International Activities Committee.
Other Activities and Honors
Full Member International Academy of Astronautics: Life Sciences & Space
Policy; Academician of the ”Ziolkovsky” Space Academy, Russia; Member
of the AIAA International Activities Committee; Lecturer for the National
Defense University (NDU) – Industrial College; Lecturer at the Center for
Strategic International Studies (CSIS); Member of the Board of Directors
of the American Astronautical Society (AAS). Founder of the U.S.-German
Aerospace Roundtable UGART (Space Foundation / DLR).
I am running for this office because of
my passion for aerospace, specifically for
propulsion and energy technology. I want
to make a difference in AIAA’s international
positioning by helping AIAA become the
worldwide brand for Aeronautics & Space.
Having studied, taught, and worked in the
field for over 30 years, I offer my knowledge in technology research and my
worldwide connections to serve AIAA in the global aerospace community.
My international connections can bring exciting new opportunities for
combined meetings and technical exchange, working within and respecting
the limitations imposed by U.S. export laws. I am enthusiastically
committed to the challenge of further improving AIAA’s brand worldwide.
My involvement with the French equivalent of AIAA (the 3AF) and the
International Council of Aeronautical Sciences will help in this regard.
Although AIAA is extremely well regarded worldwide, the aerospace
community is now truly a global community. So we must attract even
more people from abroad to become AIAA members and to also be active
within the Institute. Toward this end, I will empower and coordinate all
the creative and highly skilled forces in our TCs and PCs for achieving
contributions by :
Sustaining a robust aerospace workforce and developing the next
generation of professionals worldwide.
Giving momentum to innovation and development of leading-edge
technologies through more effective international exchanges.
Expanding international involvement and cross fertilization
Improving the quality and breadth of AIAA events to attract more
people throughout the world and then increase efficiency of more
profit-driven conferences.
Encouraging the issuance of policy papers giving public and private
authorities key drivers for defining R&T and supporting the creation
of large-scale research initiatives.
Dipl. Engineer, Ecole Centrale de Lyon (1974); Ph.D., Numerical modeling
of laminar, transitional and turbulent boundary layer, University of
Lyon, Lyon, France (1977). Currently Chief Operating Officer of MessierBugatti, a SAFRAN Group Landing & Braking Systems Company and
CEO of Martin Baker France, the well-known ejection seats company for
military aircraft. Former Chairman and CEO of Teuchos, Engineering
Services Company of Safran. Served as Senior Vice President, Research
and Technology and Business Development Initiative, Snecma Group,
Previously appointed as Turbine Design Manager, Quality Vice President,
Human Resources Vice President, and R&T Programs Senior Vice
President of Snecma. Teaching Activities: Fluid Mechanics at Lyon
University, Ecole Centrale de Lyon, CNAM (Conservatoire National des
Arts et Métiers) in Paris for 15 years.
AIAA Activities and Honors
Fellow; Propulsion & Energy Forum, Executive Steering Committee
(2013–present); Director – International (2003–2009); RSAC Technical
Deputy Director, Region VII (2001–present); Member Corporate Member
Committee; Member, International Activities Committee; Member,
Technical Activities Committee.
Other Activities and Honors
Vice Chairman, 3AF (Association Aéronautique et Astronautique de
France); Member of the Board of Directors Program Committee Chairman
ICAS (International Council of Aeronautical Sciences), Chairman of the
Board, Ecole Centrale de Lyon; Chair at the Advanced Materials Institute,
Evry University; Knight of the Legion of Honor (France State). Spoken
languages: English, French, German, Russian.
Director – Technical, Aerospace Design and Structures Group
Achille Messac
(Associate Fellow)
As an active AIAA Technical Committee
member and chair for over ten years, I
understand the expectations of the Technical
Activities Committee (TAC) and the role of
the Aerospace Design and Structures Group
(AD&SG) within TAC. In addition to always
promoting AIAA’s vision to “be the shaping,
dynamic force in the aerospace profession,” I will assure that the AD&SG
is properly represented in all Board of Directors and TAC activities. My
extensive experience in the development of aerospace structures and
sub-systems, both in design and leadership roles, uniquely provides
the knowledge necessary to promote the AD&SG and aerospace design
activities in general. I will use this experience to recognize and act on
those areas and ideas that are important to the AD&SG and the goals of
its committees. I also recognize that I cannot be successful without the
support and participation of the group’s leadership and membership, and I
will encourage creative participation within and in support of the AD&SG.
I also believe that we must continue to support engineering education and
those related activities sponsored by AIAA. My experience on the Design,
Build, Fly competition organizing committee has shown me what AIAA
can do to successfully support education for the aerospace community,
and I will assure that AIAA and TAC continue to support these activities
as well as additional opportunities to promote student membership and
It has been a privilege to be active in technical committee and student
activities within AIAA. I sincerely look forward to the opportunity to
continue to serve AIAA by representing the Aerospace Design & Structures
Group as a member of the Board of Directors.
B.S.M.E. (1983) Texas A & M University; M.S.M.E. (2000) National
Technological University; Engineering Fellow, Raytheon Company with
over 30 years experience in the development, qualification and production
of weapon systems, with emphasis in airframes, structures and mechanical
sub-systems. Currently serving as Chief Engineer over the development
and production of multiple, international missile defense systems. Previous
leadership and management assignments have included Miniature Air
Launched Decoy (MALD®) Lead Engineer for International Development
(2011–2013), Proprietary UAS Chief Engineer (2009–2011), Griffin™ Real
Time Attack System Chief Engineer (2007–2009) and Joint Stand-Off
Weapon (JSOW) lead engineer (multiple assignments, 1992–2007).
AIAA Activities and Honors
Associate Fellow; Design Engineering Technical Committee (2004–
present, chair 2009–2011); co-editor for the 6th ed, AIAA Aerospace
Design Engineers Guide (2012); member of the Design, Build, Fly student
competition organizing committee (2006–present); Technical Chair,
SciTech Forum (Design Engineering, 2010–present); contributing editor,
Aerospace America Year in Review edition (multiple years)
Other Activities and Honors
Raytheon Engineering Honors recipient (2000); Team Member Recipient
of the David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award (2005, 2008); Team
Member Recipient of the William J. Perry Award (2009); Team Member
Recipient of the Raytheon Missile Systems Excellence Award (2005);
Raytheon Inventors and Authors Award (multiple patents); Raytheon
Missile Systems Student Design Competition organizer; Texas Instruments
Teaming for Excellence Award (1993); Texas Instruments President’s Award
(1992); Registered Professional Engineer (Texas)
AIAA is facing important challenges that
include its finance, its membership decline
and demographics, growing the initial
success of the new conference model, and the
shifting aerospace national and international
landscape. These challenges call for tactical
and strategic initiatives. I will work with the
AIAA Board, the TCs and the AIAA members and draw on my decades of
service to AIAA to help address these growing challenges. In my previous
positions as Chair of the Aerospace Department Chairs Association
(ADCA) and as Department Head, I have helped to significantly increase
AIAA students’ membership. I have also worked with our members to chair
successful conferences and productive TCs. I look forward to continued
and growing successes with these and the other challenges mentioned
above if elected.
The highly publicized failures of the Virgin Galactic spacecraft and of the
Antares rocket in October have put the space program at the forefront
of national discourse. The current challenges are distinct from those we
faced decades ago at the dawn of the aerospace era when the Cold War,
the national fiscal landscape, and the preeminence of U.S. science and
technology provided the framework to tackle grand challenges. This
century calls for new paradigms, and I would be honored to be part of the
developing solutions with you. Having already served as Deputy Director
has positioned me to serve successfully if elected.
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Russ Althof
B.S., M.S., Ph.D. from MIT in Aerospace Engineering (1981, 1982,
1986). Over three decades of experience in aerospace as student, Senior
Member of Technical Staff, Dean, Department Head, faculty, faculty
Senate President—at RPI, MIT, Syracuse University, Mississippi State,
Northeastern University, and Draper Laboratory. Taught in many areas
of aerospace and mechanical engineering. Led or participated in a broad
set to programs that include: Space Based Radar deployment dynamics
simulation; Control Structure Integrated Design; Structures and Dynamics
of Neutral Particle Beam; wind farm design; High Speed Civil Transport
optimal design; nondeterministic systems modeling and design; dynamics
and control simulations development for Space Shuttle and Space Station.
Institutional participants/sponsors included Hughes Aircraft, Lockheed,
NASA Langley, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the National Science
AIAA Activities and Honors
AIAA Deputy Director for Aerospace Design (2009–2014); AIAA Lifetime
Fellow (2007); MDO Award recipient (2010); AIAA Sustained Service
Award (2006); Chair of ADCA (2011–2013); Keynote Speaker MDO\
SDM (2011); MDO TC Chair (2000–2004); General Chair: AIAA MA&O
(2004) and AIAA MDO Specialist (2005) Conferences; MDO TC Member
(1995–2010); MDO Technical Chair: ASM (2000–2004) and ATIO
(2002–2003) Conferences; Hubble Space Telescope Report Reviewer (NRC,
2004); Editorial Board Education Series (2003–2006); Aerospace America
MDO articles (1996–1999); Associate Editor AIAA Journal (1999–2010);
Structural Dynamics TC (1992–1995).
Other Activities and Honors
ASME Fellow (2003); 70 journal; 130 conference articles; 35 invited
lectures; book entitled Optimization in Practice with Matlab by Cambridge
Press (Feb. 2015); ASEE Member; AAAS Member; Editorial Board
Member: SMO and OPTE Journals.
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Director – Technical, Aerospace Sciences Group
Jim Keenan
(Associate Fellow)
AIAA has encountered a challenging time in
its history. Investment in R&D has remained
stagnant or declined while new large-scale
engineering programs are not emerging to
engage the workforce. To overcome some
of these issues, the AIAA conference model
was modified to increase the visibility of the
aerospace profession and to provide opportunities for all of our members.
The first cycle of the New Event Model was completed during 2014.
My future goals are to strengthen AIAA and its technical and program
committees by:
Improvement of our new conference structure. During the next 3
years, I will continue to monitor the health of our AIAA technical
efforts and expand the Aerospace Sciences Group involvement in the
new forum structure, including identifying dynamic keynote speakers
and relevant panel sessions. The long-term goal is to increase
interest in AIAA participation of members who have moved to new
responsibilities in their aerospace career while maintaining our core
strength of world-class and leading-edge technical presentations and
papers. An increased and diverse group of conference attendees will
aid all members in networking opportunities.
Increasing our technical footprint to include emerging technologies
and aerospace systems. This will allow expansion into future areas
critical to aerospace technology, broaden our portfolio, and reduce
the impact of a fluctuating economy. As Director, I intend to expand
the scopes of conferences to include program and system sessions
while insuring that our current technical core remains intact.
Engaging new technologies to increase our young professional
participation. I will lead the effort to examine social sites and
electronic media to increase interaction of our members in
nontraditional formats.
West Virginia University: BSAE (1988), MSAE (1991); North Carolina
State University: Ph.D. (1994). Currently Aerospace Engineer for the
U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Research, Development, and Engineering
Center (AMRDEC) Redstone Arsenal, AL (2003–present). Responsible
for CFD development/usage and wind tunnel testing of U.S. Army
missile systems. Previously, Senior Member of Technical Staff at Sandia
National Laboratories, Albuquerque NM (2002–2003); Group Leader
CFD-FASTRAN development, CFD Research Corporation, Huntsville,
AL (1995–2002); Research Engineer, Micro Craft Technology/AEDC
Operations, Arnold AFB (1994–1995).
AIAA Activities and Honors
Associate Fellow & Lifetime Member (1987–Present). Director Aerospace
Sciences Group (2012–present), Deputy Director Aerospace Sciences
Group (2008–2012), Chair of TAC’s New Initiatives Subcommittee
(2010–2012). Member of Applied Aerodynamics TC (2003–2009), Chair
(2006–2008), Publicity & Publications Subcommittee Chair (2005–2006).
Member Thermophysics TC (1999–2002). AIAA Journal and Journal of
Aircraft reviewer (2008–2012). Reviewed abstracts, chaired sessions, and
presented papers at numerous national conferences.
Other Activities and Honors
Member of: Test Resource Management Center (TRMC) T&E/S&T High
Speed Systems Test Working Group; TRMC Hypersonic Test Capability
Focus Area; NASA Computational Aerothermal Working Group for
Space Shuttle Return to Flight (2005); NATO Research and Technology
Organisation (RTO) Applied Vehicle Technology 205 Working Group.
SBIR/STTR reviewer for U.S. Army, AFOSR, USAF, and OSD.
Director – Region II
Mark S. Whorton
(Associate Fellow)
AIAA and other engineering technical societies
face serious challenges in remaining relevant
in a rapidly evolving world. An important
success metric has been, and always will
be, membership vitality. In recent years the
fraction of practicing engineers who are
members of an engineering technical society
has steadily decreased. The reason is obvious. Most engineers today do
not consider the value of membership to be worth the cost of dues. Those
of us who have been very active in AIAA would disagree, but we are the
exceptions. A steadily increasing majority of practicing engineers consider
technical societies to be irrelevant to their career. I have been very active in
AIAA at the local, regional, and institute level for 37 years, and I can avow
that AIAA membership has had profound positive benefits. But we are in a
different environment now than we were in 1978, and new graduates today
have different needs. AIAA must continually adapt and evolve to meet
these needs.
My goal as Region II Director is to actively drive AIAA membership
revitalization at the grassroots level by identifying linkages between the
needs of both new and seasoned aerospace engineers and the programs
and products of AIAA. Progress toward this goal will require effective
communication with grassroots aerospace engineers (both AIAA members
and nonmembers), and translating the inputs into AIAA actions at the
Institute level to enhance member value.
B.S., M.S., Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech; 35-yr
engineering career with the General Electric Company; currently at
GE Power & Water in Greenville, SC (7 yrs), formerly at GE Aviation in
Cincinnati, OH (21 yrs), and GE Research and GE Gas Turbine Division
in Schenectady, NY (7 yrs). Positions held: Chief Consulting Engineer (3
yrs), Consulting Engineer (9 yrs), Principal Engineer (2 yrs), Engineering
Manager (7 yrs). Expertise: gas turbine heat transfer and secondary air
systems, gas turbine design, engineering education; 12 years adjunct
faculty at Union College and at the University of Cincinnati
AIAA Activities and Honors
Member since 1978, Fellow (2014), Associate Fellow (1993); Board of
Directors - Region III Director (2003–2008); Chair Associate Fellow Grade
Committee (2010–2013); Vice-Chair Ethics Committee (2013–2015);
Chair Dayton-Cincinnati Section (1992–1993); Chair Northeast New York
Section (1982–1987); General Chair Joint Propulsion Conference (2007);
Distinguished Service Award (2008); Sustained Service Award (2003);
Special Service Citations (1997, 2008, 2008); History TC (2004–present);
Emerging Technologies Committee (2004–present); Evolution of Flight
Committee (1998–2003); Deputy Director Region III (1995–2003).
Other Activities and Honors
ASME: member since 1973, Fellow (2002); Chair Cincinnati Section
(2007–2008); Chair Greenville Section (2010–2012); District F Operating
Board (2009–2014); IGTI Education Committee (1980–present, Chair
1990–1992); IGTI Heat Transfer Committee (1997–present); IGTI Aircraft
Engine Committee (2005–present); Dedicated Service Award (2012);
Other: Engineers and Scientists of Cincinnati (ESC) Herman Schneider
Distinguished Engineer Award (2007); Tau Beta Pi Lifetime member.
Active involvement in AIAA has been at the
core of my professional development and has
enriched my career in many ways. As Director,
Region II, I will build on the experience gained
through leadership at the Student Chapter,
Regional, Technical Committee/Conference,
and Technical Activities Committee levels
to more broadly serve the society and work to ensure that the society
continues to achieve the AIAA mission of serving the aerospace workforce
and advancing the state of the aerospace disciplines.
As Director, Region II, one of my primary goals will be to increase
participation in technical activities and AIAA programs to ensure
growth and vitality of the workforce and sustained health of the society.
Foundational to AIAA’s vision of shaping the aerospace profession is the
excellence of the society’s technical activities. I will work to ensure that
Region II constituents benefit from the value of society membership and
promote increased participation in the society at the local, regional and
national level. Region II members have a tremendous wealth of experience
to share with the students in the regional schools and universities and I will
work to build upon and enhance the excellent STEM activities underway in
the region.
Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, The Georgia Institute of Technology;
B.S. with Honors (1987) and M.S. (1989), Aerospace Engineering, The
University of Alabama; 25+ years technical leadership and management at
the NASA Marshall Space Flight System and Teledyne Brown Engineering
in the areas of dynamics and control of flexible space structures and GN&C
for spacecraft and the launch vehicles; Principal Investigator of an ISS
earth instrument pointing facility, NASA’s first solar sail propulsion flight
experiment called NanoSail-D; and an ISS microgravity vibration isolation
system. Currently the Chief Technologist at Teledyne Brown Engineering in
Huntsville, AL.
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John Blanton
AIAA Activities and Honors
AIAA TAC Strategic Technologies Committee Deputy Chair and Member,
AIAA New Initiatives Subcommittee (May 2011–present); Chairman of the
AIAA GN&C Technical Committee (May 2008–April 2010); Chairman of
the AIAA GN&C TC Advisory Committee (April 2010–present); General
Chair, AIAA GN&C Conference (Aug. 2005); Deputy Director, Region II –
Young Members (May 1989–May 1991); Chairman, University of Alabama
AIAA Student Chapter (Aug. 1986–Aug. 1987); General Chair, AIAA
Region II Student Conference (1987); Session/Area/Program Chair and
Student Paper Competition judge for multiple AIAA conferences.
Other Activities and Honors
Authored or co-authored 8 refereed journal articles, 50+ conference papers,
multiple NASA technical papers and 2 books; NASA Administrator’s Fellow
(2001); Distinguished Fellow of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics,
The University of Alabama (2003); University of Alabama Capstone
Engineering Society Board of Directors; University of Alabama Aerospace
Engineering and Mechanics Industrial Advisory Board; Who’s Who Among
Students in American Universities and Colleges (1987); multiple NASA
achievement awards; and 1 patent.
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Director – Region III
Daniel T. Jensen
(Associate Fellow)
As an AIAA member since 1987 while in
college, I have come to know that the strength
of AIAA is in its members. In my AIAA career,
I have observed the Institute at various levels:
student branch, state section and nationally.
If elected to Director – Region III, I would
be committed to working to strengthen the
Sections in Region III by collaboration, improving the sharing of best
practice and representing their interests within AIAA.
When serving as Indiana Section Chair and thereby involved in Region III
activities, I quickly became aware of the diversity of the sections in Region
III, the different strengths and challenges of each, and multiple examples of
best practice. As Director – Region III, I would be proud to lead the Region
into the future. Specifically, I would visit each section regularly, working
to understand the challenges they face, serving as liaison to the national
institute, and initiating collaboration with other sections in the region and
sharing of best practice throughout AIAA.
I would be honored to serve as Director – Region III, and continue to give
back to the institute that has been a key part of my professional life since
Currently the Head of Engineering for Services at Rolls-Royce Corporation
in Indianapolis. B.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1988, an M.S. in
Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1990 and
a Masters in Project Management from Penn State in 2008. Held positions
in aircraft performance (Swissair); aircraft aerodynamics, stability and
control, and propulsion installation (Boeing); and aircraft engine controls,
mechanical design, Product Lifecycle Management and engineering
management (Rolls-Royce).
AIAA Activities and Honors
AIAA member since 1987, former Indiana Section Chair, Lifetime
Associate Fellow, AIAA Special Service Citation, current Emerging
Technologies Committee Chair, member of Gas Turbine Engines Technical
Committee and Public Policy Committee.
Other Activities and Honors
First American to be named Technical Assistant to the Director Engineering and Technology for Rolls-Royce plc (1999). Serves as
the Secretary of the Allison Branch of the Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust.
Two patents; authored and co-authored a number of technical papers.
Received a Distinguished Alumnus award from the University Of Illinois
Department Of Aerospace Engineering (2013).
Director – Region VI
(Associate Fellow)
As Region VI Director I will work to provide
a strong value proposition for all AIAA
members: Professional, Student, and Educator
Associates. Section vitality is crucial to
creating value, as I learned from serving in
section and institute volunteer leadership
positions. Sections can be strengthened by
linking Institute leadership with section leadership and involving technical
committee members with section members. If re-elected as Region VI
Director, I’ll continue to encourage sections to actively develop programs
that meet the needs and interests of each section’s unique membership
demographics. Based on nearly 25 years of experience as the president
of a small aerospace company, I will increase the emphasis on business
networking, entrepreneurship, and small business synergy, starting at the
section level. I will advocate for educational activities, from K-12 STEM
Outreach through the university level. I will help Young Professionals
realize the value of AIAA – through design competitions and technical
events, as well as through leadership and management opportunities. I
believe that AIAA is an important part of the aerospace industry and that
the aerospace industry is an important part of country. It is imperative that
the section experience be meaningful, so that individuals realize the value
proposition of AIAA membership and continue their relationship with the
Institute over the long term.
B.S. Applied Mathematics, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo; MBA, Operations
Research, Pepperdine University. Author of Computer Systems Chapter in
Space Mission Engineering (replacement for SMAD), Author/Co-Author of
over 20 technical papers on plug-and-play applied to Guidance, Navigation,
and Control (GN&C). Currently: President, HRP Systems: technical/
program management, new business development, fiscal accountability.
Past employment: Northrop Aircraft Division, Microcosm, and TRW.
Worked on aircraft, spacecraft, missile programs: F-20, F-16, F-15, F-23,
X-47, prototype unmanned vehicles; TAOS 0, MISTI, UoSAT-12, DS-1,
TACSat-2/TACSat-3, PnPSat-AFRL, MSV; MMIII, Peacekeeper, Scorpius/
Falcon launch vehicles, all with an emphasis on avionics, flight software,
ACS, GN&C, and simulation. Other activities: Board of Directors for
Federation Head Start, Junior Achievement, comedy improvisation, scuba
diving, skiing.
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L. Jane Hansen
AIAA Involvement
Institute: Board of Directors (2012–2015) as Region VI Director; Chair,
STEM K-12 Outreach Committee/Active Member for over 10 years –
Participated in Education Alley (2011 chair), Passport to the Future
Teacher Workshops, Chair/Liaison Conrad Foundation Spirit of Innovation,
Conceived and initiated the Engineers as Educators Workshops; Active
Member of SAC for 10 years – Chair: Student Branch Chartering
Subcommittee 7 years, Co-Chair: AIAA International Student Paper
Conference 2010/2011/2012/2013; RLC Organizing Committee/speaker
6 years, liaison to RSAC and TAC for STEM K-12 and SAC. Los Angeles
Section: Section Chair, Education officer, STEM K-12 Outreach officer,
Advisory Board. Sacramento Section: Advisory Board, Educational officer.
Region VI: Deputy Director: STEM K-12 Outreach/Education/Technical;
Facilitated Region VI Student Paper Conference (2002–2010). Associate
Fellow (2007), two Special Service Citations, 25-year membership
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Summary of Goals
James (Jim) Maser
I intend to continue and build upon the progress made by Mike Griffin
and Jim Albaugh in helping AIAA to evolve and adapt to ensure we
remain relevant to aerospace professionals and students.
Vice President-Elect, Education
K. Ravindra
Building on AIAA’s strengths, I will strive to grow and nurture
educational outreach across the spectrum of constituencies from K–12
through working professionals.
Richard Wlezien
Support AIAA, attract diverse students to careers in aeronautics and
astronautics, and prepare them for professional life through AIAA
Vice President-Elect, Public Policy
James A. Horkovich
Vigorous pursuit of AIAA’s initiatives at the national, state and
local level to overcome policy barriers hindering technological
John Rose
Increase the impact and awareness of Public Policy, as well as member
participation, within AIAA and throughout the profession.
Director – At-Large
Brett Anderson
Refocus AIAA’s service efforts to ensure balance in how we serve both
our members and our society as members of the premier aerospace
Ben Marchionna
To advance the future of AIAA through focused and persistent efforts
in student and young professional recruitment, engagement, and
Charles Radley
Leveraging AIAA capabilities to accelerate progress in achieving a
sustainable spacefaring civilization and developing the vast resources
of space.
Karl Rein-Weston
We must continue to build AIAA’s strengths in aerospace science,
engineering, technology, operations, and policy to benefit our global
Director – At-Large, International
Juergen Drescher
Strengthen AIAA’s international recognition and participation and
stimulate thoughts on key issues facing the aerospace community from
next-generation aerospace professionals.
Christian Mari
My goal is to expand international alliances to make a difference in
AIAA’s international brand through interaction with the 3AF, ICAS,
European, and other nations’ institutes
Director – Technical, Aerospace Design and Structures
Russ Althof
Promote and advance the AIAA vision within the aerospace structures
design community and assure education activities support these goals.
Achille Messac
Help address key challenges: finance, membership decline/
demographics, maintain and promote initial success of new conference
model, and shifting aerospace landscape.
Director – Technical, Aerospace Sciences Group
Jim Keenan
Continue to aid our technical members exchange leading-edge
research while expanding AIAA’s footprint to include emerging
technologies and aerospace systems.
Director – Region II
John Blanton
Drive AIAA membership revitalization by supporting Section leaders
in both utilizing existing Institute programs and setting priorities for
new initiatives.
Mark S. Whorton
My goal is to promote the technical excellence and community of
aerospace professionals through effective regional activities and STEM
Director – Region III
Daniel T. Jensen
Strengthen the Sections in Region III through collaboration,
improving the sharing of best practice and representing their interests
within AIAA.
Director – Region VI
L. Jane Hansen
Increase member value by strengthening sections; connect the
Institute, TAC, and RSAC with sections and members; engage and
excite students.
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