The 2014 AIAA Atlanta Aerospace Leader of the Year Award was awarded to Shan Cooper, Vice President and General Manager of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Marietta, in recognition of her contributions in the advancement of military aviation. Ms. Cooper spent time last year with several of our professional and student members to talk about careers in the aerospace industry. The award was accepted on her behalf by Neal Carignan (in picture), Chief of Staff for Ms. Cooper.

On April 3, 2013, AIAA hosted a Combustion Lab Tour. The combustion lab, named after Prof. Ben T. Zinn, is part of the Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Jeff Jagoda first gave a brief overview of the lab, including details on the construction of the lab and the research conducted here. Then, while Dr. Jagoda guided AIAA young professionals and students inside and outside the lab building, he was introducing the function of the facilities and their capabilities for different experiments.

Air Force Plant Number 6: The Bell Bomber factory in 1944.

Credit to Joe Davis for finding this link to a promotional movie about The Bell Bomber factory. It was made in 1944 by Bell Aircraft and show's the early days of what's now Lockheed Martin in Marietta. USAF not only created an aircraft factory, they also created a sub-culture affecting housing, education, shopping, recreation and socialization. Do you remember when Hwy 41 was a two lane road? Can you imagine seeing Hwy 41 & AF Plant 6 surrounded by fields, pastures & farmland? Ever seen a dual assembly line for an aircraft the size of a B-29? Take a look at the link below.

AIAA Atlanta Mourns the Death of 36-Year Member, Robert J. "Bob" Chambers

It is with great sadness that we announce that Robert J. “Bob” Chambers, 64, longtime member of AIAA and devoted council member, passed away on April 26, 2013 from complications of a stroke caused by reaction to a prescription medication.

Recap of April Meeting on the Gulfstream G650

Our guest speaker was Kurt Erbacher, vice president of the G650 Program at Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. He gave an informative and entertaining overview of the Gulfstream operation, product line, and in particular the flagship G650.
The main Gulfstream plant in Savannah now employs more people than Lockheed in Marietta. A full order book suggests that this will continue to be the case. The G650 production facility was purpose-built for this aircraft, assembling parts from many domestic and overseas suppliers. Much of the assembly work is automated.

Georgia Space Industry - A Call to Action

AIAA Atlanta would like to pass on the following message from Bob Scaringe, Chairman of the GA Space Working Group, in reference to the following AJC article: http://www.ajc.com/news/business/georgia-bids-to-land-spacex-base/nW53t/.

Photo of Guest Speaker at March Joint Dinner Meeting With ASM

On March 19, 2013, AIAA held a joint dinner meeting with ASM at the Georgia Tech Institute of Paper Science and Technology, 500 10th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30332 (10th and Hemphill); Seminar Room #114. The guest speaker was Gail Tverberg, a writer and speaker on issues related to "energy and our future," including the connection between oil shortages and the economy. She has accepted an appointment as Director of Energy Economics at the Space Solar Power Institute. Her presentation was about "Space Solar Power – Rebuilding our Energy, Economy and Environment".

International Space Apps Challenge at Kennedy Space Center April 20-21

AIAA Atlanta would like to promote the following event. Here is a message from David J. Miranda, International Space Apps Challenge Team, Kennedy Space Center:

Video of STEM Panel Discussion Available

The January dinner meeting featured a great STEM panel discussion. If you could not make it, a video of the discussion has been posted to YouTube: http://youtu.be/FN2BhNDGZUs

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