About Us

SAWE LogoThe Society of Allied Weight Engineers is an international organization whose purpose is to promote the mass properties discipline and provide members and industry a medium for exchanging practices and experiences with the objective of fostering a higher degree of quality in mass properties control. Regular chapter meetings, regional and international conferences, plus an array of technical papers, reference books, industry standards and training curriculum provide mass properties engineers and industry that opportunity to learn, collaborate, create, and broaden the capability of the mass properties engineer, organization or program.  The Society is organized into 22 chapters with members from across the United States, Brazil, Europe, United Kingdom, and Canada.

 

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What is Mass Properties Engineering?

What is Mass Properties Engineering?

Think for a moment about the latest new milestone in technology in the news today….an innovative new fuel-efficient car, the next-generation fighter jet for the US Air Force, the newest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier for the 21st century, a new high resolution imaging satellite, an advanced unmanned underwater vehicle for our national defense, the first commercial cargo tranportation vehicle to service the International Space Station, or the world’s largest commercial airliner ……what do they all have in common?  

They all rely on mass properties engineering for their success. Mass properties refers to the prediction, determination, management, and tracking of weight, moments, centers of gravity, moments of inertia, and products of inertia for any new technology --- critical factors in its performance and capabilities. Mass properties engineering, also known as weight engineering, is the technical discipline that balances the weight and moment of every component involved in the design of a product to ensure that it performs its function in a safe, efficient, and economical manner. Behind just about every technological achievement is a successful investment in mass properties engineering.

Who are Mass Properties Engineers?

Mass Properties Engineers are creative thinkers who use math and science to solve problems. They come from a variety of backgrounds…..aerospace engineering, ocean engineering, automotive engineering, naval architecture, materials engineering, mechanical engineering, math or physics, to name a few. Still others come from operational backgrounds in the military, or other technical fields like teaching or production. However, they all share a common interest in making things work by successfully integrating the efforts from many diverse technical disciplines and blending them into an effective solution for all. 

Is Mass Properties Engineering the right field for YOU?

Do you…

  • See problems as opportunities?
  • Like to work as part of a team?
  • Desire to be an integral part of the latest technology?
  • Want to use science and technology to make the world a better place?
  • Excel at balancing attention to detail with the vision of a successful product?
  • Desire to participate in all phases of a successful new product…from concept development, to detail design, to construction and fabrication, to product testing, through product deployment and operation?
  • Aspire to make a meaningful contribution by developing practical solutions to new challenges? Can you picture yourself as a Mass Properties Engineering professional?
  • Great careers with some of the largest and best known technology organizations in the world
  • Competitive salaries and benefits
  • Personal satisfaction of doing worthwhile work
  • Working side-by-side with talented people from a multitude of technical backgrounds
  • Work in a creative professional environment
  • Leadership opportunities in vital military and commercial programs 

What is SAWE?

The Society of Allied Weight Engineers is an international, professional, nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion, practice, and innovation of the field of mass properties engineering. Founded in 1939 by a small group of weight engineers in the aviation industry, SAWE has grown to represent all facets of mass properties engineering in all industries. Some of the major industries represented are military and commercial aviation, automotive, military and commercial shipbuilding, and space technology. Members range from Government professionals in the US Navy or NASA to leaders in the largest technology and defense companies in the world.

With more than 550 individual members, 14 corporate partner and company members, and 21 chapters thoughout the US and overseas, including Canada, Central Europe, and the United Kingdom, SAWE members are at the forefront of this specialized technical field and are commited to making it a valuable, highly recognized contributor to any new technology program.

SAWE is where experienced professionals in mass properties engineering join with new entrants to the field to advance the science of mass properties engineering to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

How can SAWE help YOU?

 

Purpose

The purpose of the Society of Allied Weight Engineers (SAWE) is to provide the opportunity to:

  • Promote the importance of mass property control
  • Identify and recognize industry mass properties leaders
  • Share and present best mass properties practices across varying industries
  • Exposed industry to OEM’s, service and product organizations that contribute to effective mass property control
  • Collaboratively maintain and generate industry standards
  • Create and provide mass properties training
  • Mentor to promote employment and leadership opportunities and experiences
  • Collaborate and create something new for the mass properties discipline
  • Capture and socialize industry and public opinion

 

History

1941 SAWE Logo The Society of Aeronautical Weight Engineers was organized in 1939 in Los Angeles, California, and was incorporated as a nonprofit organization April 2, 1941. As membership grew to include engineers associated with shipbuilding, land transportation, and other allied industries and technologies, the Society name was changed on January 1, 1973 to the Society of Allied Weight Engineers, Inc.

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Charter Members

Charter Members

  * H.J. Anderson   * W.H. Decker   * M. Huber   * E.L. Payne
  * J.R. Anderson   * W.R. Downs   * M.D. Hunnex   * A.A. Pierce
  * J.E. Ayers, Sr.   * E.T. Fahlen   * G.V. Johnson   * J.C. Reams
  * B.F. Bauer   * E.S. Fife   * L.F. Kernkamp   * J.V. Rich
  * L.C. Bjorn   * F.A. Ford, Jr.   * T.R. Kugler   * C.H. Richart
  * M. Boe   * R.E. Foster   * O.S. Limbaugh   * D. Rose
  * R.D. Bond   * J.H. Gunning   * E.J. Marsh   * E.A. Rossman
  * J.E. Brown   * L.R. Hackney   * W.A. Martin   * C.H. Schramm
  * R.O. Clark   * L.S. Hamilton   * C.T. Mulcher, Jr.   * W.A. Semion
  * A.W. Courtial   * C.J. Henkel   * R.A. Mundhenk    * W.H. Strand
  * J.A. Crabtree   * R.W. Hill   * W. Nagy   * V.H. Trotter
  * E. Davis   * O.E. Hopler, Jr.   * E.M. Nash   * S. Vye

Deceased (*)

Leadership

Executive Director
Bill Boze
Society of Allied Weight Engineers, Inc.
bill.boze@sawe.org

 

President
Damian Yañez
Gulfstream Aerospace
president@sawe.org

 

Executive Vice President
Melissa Gray
United States Air Force
executivevp@sawe.org

 

Senior Vice President
Fred Brown
Huntington Ingalls Industries
seniorvp@sawe.org

 

Vice President - Publications
Nicholas E. Marickovich
Huntington Ingalls Industries
publications@sawe.org

 

Vice President - Technical
Robert Zimmerman
Retired
technical@sawe.org

 

Vice President - Training
Dan Rowley
Northrop Grumman
training@sawe.org

 

Vice President - Vendor Relations
Clint Stephenson
Boeing
vendor@sawe.org

 

Vice President - Internet Operations
Greg Ray
Boeing
webmaster@sawe.org

 

Vice President - Standards and Practices
Douglas Fisher
Collins Aerospace
standards@sawe.org

 

Vice President - Academic Affairs
Dr. Donna Gerren
University of Colorado Boulder
students@sawe.org

Membership

Membership of the Society consists predominantly of those engaged in mass properties engineering or in work, which contributes to the advancement of this specialized branch of engineering. 

Benefits

Members of all membership grades receive the following tangible benefits:

  • Three issues of the Weight Engineering Journal
  • Four issues of the SAWE Newsletter
  • Access to members only content through the SAWE website
  • Update Membership information and renew membership online
  • The Conference Announcement and discounted conference registration
  • The opportunity to take specialized training classes
  • Participate in develoment of SAWE Recommended Practices and Standards
  • 10 free downloads of technical papers or recommended practices*
  • Discounts for all SAWE publications and textbooks
  • Free SAWE Weight Engineers Handbook updates and revisions

Through the facilities of widespread chapters, the Society also offers to members, and to industry, a medium for the pooling and exchange of data and experience at local and regional levels, fostering a higher degree of efficiency in mass properties engineering topics. Regular chapter, regional and international meetings provide an opportunity for mass properties engineers to meet and to discuss mutual problems, procedures and specifications, thus broadening their individual horizons and becoming better informed.

* SAWE Members get ten free products downloads each year included with your membership. Current year conference papers are not included in free downloads. For more information, see FrequentlyAsked Questions.

 

Member Grades

The membership is classified as follows:

Honorary Fellows shall be persons who have achieved eminence in mass properties engineering, or who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of the Society, and who have been elected to Honorary Fellowship by a three-fourths vote of the Board of Directors. Honorary Fellows shall be Life Members of the Society without payment of dues.

Fellows shall be persons who have achieved distinction in mass properties engineering, or who have materially contributed to the advancement of the Society, and who have been elected to Fellowship by a three-fourths vote of the Board of Directors.

Members shall be persons who, at the time of application, are engaged in mass properties engineering or are engaged in related commercial, financial, or manufacturing fields which maintain relationship with mass properties engineers.

Student Members shall be undergraduate students attending accredited schools or universities and who are in good academic standing. Student Members shall be automatically transferred to member grade upon graduation or entering industry. Student members shall be eligible to vote or hold office only in a Student Chapter. 

Retired Members shall be persons who, during their professional career, were members of the Society.

Lifetime Members shall be those individuals who choose to pay 15X the current Members rate at the time of renewal.

Corporate Membership shall be any organizations interested in the professional practice of mass properties engineering and in promoting the Society.  In order to realize the mutual benefits the SAWE maintains a comprehensive corporate support structure.  This allows for the involvement of companies and corporations of all sizes at the level that best suits their needs.  Involvement consists either of a Company Membership in the Society, or a Corporate Partnership.  The details of each are outlined in Corporate Membership.  


Corporate Partnership Program

Join or Renew Corporate Partnership

Below is a detailed description of the Corporate Partnership Program.  A presentation summarizing the purpose and benefits of the program is available to share with your company leadership, and can be accessed here: 
Welcome to SAWE - Corporate Partnership Presentation

 

Opportunities Through the SAWE

An SAWE Corporate Partnership helps gain you access to the global engineering community. With chapters around the world, members whose companies read like a “Who’s Who” of advanced technological development, and yearly International and Regional conferences, the SAWE gives you a ready platform to access, dialogue, influence and collaborate with partners and markets around the world.

The SAWE also maintains ties with academia and research institutions, creating a forum to interact with, develop, and support the next generation of engineers, as well as be involved with the latest research developments.

Your Employee, Our Member

As a member of our organization, your employee is just as important to us as they are to you. Through the SAWE, we offer extensive opportunities for their professional growth and the development of their careers through networking, education, and participation.

Writing technical papers for SAWE conferences, involvement in our chapters, serving as a Society officer, or membership on our committees, these varied opportunities for professional development boost your employee’s growth, technical abilities, and maturity. Our broad-based Training Program, either online, at conferences, or at your company, gives further opportunities for formal education and development. And all the while they are networking with a global community of committed, enthusiastic, highly educated professionals. Growing your employees through the SAWE directly grows your company.


 

Tier Company Partner Gold
CP-2
Company Partner Silver
CP-1
Company Member Level 2
CM-2
Company Member Level 1
CM-1
  Diamond Emerald Ruby Pearl Exhibitor Break
Cost $15,000/yr $6,000/yr $1,500/yr $1,000/yr   $10,000 $5,000 $2,500 $1,600 $2,500 $550
Logos & Signage
Logo on  Website Header Image            X          
Logo on sponsor signage / rotating powerpoint           X X X X    
Logo in Conference Announcement PDF           X X X X    
Ad in Conference Announcement PDF Full page 1/2 page                  
Logo on SAWE Conference Website + Registration site X X       X X X X X X
Logo on all Conference Presentations            X X        
Technical Session - Company Presentation X X X X   X X X   x  
Conference Website and App
Splash page on conference app launch           X          
Virtual Sponsor Page           X X X X    
Virtual Exhibitor Page X X               X  
Virtual Break Sponsor Page                     X
Push Notification from Conference App                     1/break sponsored
Exhibitor Hall
Exhibition Space X X       X       X  
Booth Location on Exhibitor Hall Map           X       X  
Break Sponsorship Sign                     X
Registration
Registration 6 packages X                    
Registration 4 packages           X          
Registration 3 packages             X        
Registration 2 packages   X           X      
Registration 1 packages                 X    
Training Class  1-day 1 Registration X                    
Conference Proceedings
Receipt of the Annual Conference proceedings (technical papers, presentations and exhibitor information) as a download from SAWE website for the Company Library.  X X X X   X X X X X  
List of Conference Attendees and Emails X X       X X X X X  

Additional Corporate Partner, Company Member Benefits

Tier Company Member Level 1
CM-1
Company Member Level 2
CM-2
Company Partner Silver
CP-1
Company Partner Gold
CP-2
SAWE "Weight Engineering" Journal
Complimentary copy of the SAWE "Weight Engineering" Journal for their Company Library X X X X
Either a complimentary half page color ad in one edition of the "Weight Engineering" Journal or one 3 month ad on the SAWE website     X  
Complimentary full-page color ad in each edition of the "Weight Engineering" Journal as well as on the SAWE website for that year       X
Technical, Standards & Practices
Open access to the technical library of over 3000 papers presented at past conferences.  100 paper downloads free 200 paper downloads free X X
Open access to all current SAWE Standards and Practices for Mass Properties Control.  X X X X
No. member(s) on the Standards and Practices Committee for development of Recommended Practices and Standards      1 2
Advertising
Listing on the SAWE website at www.sawe.org at the appropriate level of support 

X

 

X

X X
Ten percent (10%) discount on annual advertising rates in the “Weight Engineering” Journal and/or on the SAWE website.  X X X X
Complimentary Job Postings for Open Mass Properties Engineering Positions on SAWE Website       X
Board of Directors
One (1) seat on the Board of Directors (BoD).       X X X
with discussion privileges   X X X
with voting privileges     X X
SAWE Membership and Training
Complimentary SAWE Individual Memberships       1 3 5
Eligibility for On-Site Group Training Courses at a reduced rate  5% 5% 10% 15%

 

 



 

 

Comparison of Corporate Member Support Levels Company
Member
Level 1 
Company
Member
Level 2 
Corporate
Partner
Silver
Corporate
Partner
Gold 
CM-1
$1000 
CM-2
$1500 
CP-1
$6000 
CP-2
$15000 

Receipt of the Annual Conference proceedings (technical papers, presentations and exhibitor information) as a download from SAWE website for the Company Library. 

* * * *

Opportunity for company presentation during technical tracks at the International Conference

* * * *

Complimentary copy of the SAWE "Weight Engineering" Journal for their Company Library

* * * *

Listing on the SAWE website at www.sawe.org at the appropriate level of support 

* * * *

Open access to the technical library of over 3000 papers presented at past conferences. 

(1) (2) * *

Open access to all current SAWE Standards and Practices for Mass Properties Control. 

* * * *

Eligibility for On-Site Group Training Courses at a reduced rate 

5% 5% 10% 15%

Ten percent (10%) discount on annual advertising rates in the “Weight Engineering” Journal and/or on the SAWE website. 

* * * *
One (1) seat on the Board of Directors (BoD).       * * *
with discussion privileges   * * *
with voting privileges     * *

No. member(s) on the Standards and Practices Committee for development of Recommended Practices and Standards 

    1 2
Complimentary SAWE Individual Memberships       1 3 5
Complimentary 3 day Conference Exhibit Space     * *
Complimentary Conference 3-day Registration     2 6
Complimentary Registration to a 1-day Conference Training Class       *
Complimentary Job Postings for Open Mass Properties Engineering Positions on SAWE Website       *
Color Ad in the International Conference Program     ½ Page full page

Either a complimentary half page color ad in one edition of the "Weight Engineering" Journal or one 3 month ad on the SAWE website

    *  

Complimentary full-page color ad in each edition of the "Weight Engineering" Journal as well as on the SAWE website for that year

      *
Notes:
(1) Company Members - Level 1 receive up to 100 paper downloads for free.
(2) Company Members - Level 2 receive up to 200 paper downloads for free

Our Committees, Where the SAWE Happens

Primarily focused on our annual International conference, the SAWE makes available to all members valuable networking opportunities through our committees. These promote professional development, technical exchange, and foster ongoing relationships. SAWE committees include:

  • Executive Committee
  • Board of Directors
  • Technical Committee
  • Standards and Practices Committee
  • Standing Committees
  • Appointed Committees

Executive Committee

The SAWE Executive Committee consists of all elected and appointed officers of the Society. They act as a Steering Committee to guide and carry out the President’s vision.

Board of Directors

Each chapter of the SAWE maintains a Chapter Director as one of its officers. The Director is the primary liaison between the chapter members and the SAWE Executive Committee. Together with the Executive Committee, the Chapter Directors form the Board of Directors (BoD), who are the governing body of the Society responsible for setting policy, voting on business, and overseeing our finances. The Board meets once a year prior to the annual International conference.

Technical Committee

The SAWE Technical Committee is responsible for developing the technical program at our annual International conference. This team seeks out authors and presenters involved in the latest developments and current state of MPE. This free and open technical exchange is the heart of the SAWE’s mission and charter. Our Technical Tracks define the breakdown and focus of the committee members.

    • Integrated Product Design
    • Product Life Cycle Management
    • Marine Systems Design
    • Ground Systems Design
    • Flight Technology – Manned
    • Flight Technology – Unmanned & Space
    • Advanced Design Characterization
    • System Verification

Standards and Practices Committee

The SAWE Standards and Practices Committee (SPC) is responsible for developing the documentation that will define the process of MPE for current and future generations. Our standards and practices are applicable not only to engineers, but also to managers and planners who are responsible for developing the schedules and manpower staffing needs for programs. Through involvement with this work, you can directly affect the efficiency, structure and direction of your company.

Standing Committees

In addition to the Technical and S&P Committees, other Standing committees of the SAWE help carry out our day-to- day work and keep our operations functioning, as well as help with outreach to students, academia, and the global engineering community. Our Standing committees include:

    • Academic Committee
    • Awards Committee
    • Conference Planning Committee
    • Constitution Committee
    • Financial Planning Committee
    • Membership Committee
    • Operations Manual Committee
    • Projects Committee

Appointed Committees

At any time, the International President may choose to appoint special temporary committees to carry out specific tasks. Work on these committees can be especially valuable to younger members as a short-term responsibility, to help give them experience with and a voice in the development of our Society and the MPE profession.

 

SAWE Conferences

The SAWE sponsors an annual International conference and up to three (3) Regional conferences each year. These forums allow for discussions of the current and future state of MPE both throughout our global organization as well as in more localized companies, areas and chapters. Regional conferences help feed papers and discussion points to the International, and presentations and material from the International can become a topic for workshops or discussions at the Regional level, for the benefit of members who could not attend the larger venue.

Your involvement at the International level not only grants you access to our membership as well as papers and ideas from the global engineering community, but also to students and members of academia. The International conference also affords you a speaking platform to market wares or share ideas directly with that community.

Special Attention, Personal Support

The SAWE is the leader in MPE around the world. We recognize that your goal is to be a leader in your industry. As part of your support of our organization, we endeavor to support you in reinforcing your position and furthering your business goals. Our staff will personally work with you to ensure your satisfaction and provide services designed to grow our Society and drive your business.

  • Ensuring easy access to SAWE benefits and services, as well as our full resources.
  • Coordinating being a conference exhibitor, whether at an International or Regional level.
  • Making use of our Training Program, whether at our conferences, online, or as personalized onsite training.
  • Assistance with submitting papers, access to our online technical database or involvement with our S&P work.
  • Ensuring smooth and open access to our SAWE leadership or committees as needed.

 

Corporate Partnerships in the SAWE

In order to realize the mutual benefits as previously outlined, the SAWE maintains a comprehensive corporate support structure. This allows for the involvement of companies and corporations of all sizes at the level that best suits their needs. Involvement consists either of a Company Membeship in the Society, or a Corporate Partnership. The details of each are outlined in the following.

Company Member

Company Members (CM) constitute the initial level of formal organizational support with the SAWE. Company Members have two options for involvement with the SAWE. The CM support level includes the following commensurate benefits.

Company Member – Level 1: Support Level $1000
At the CM-1 level, Company Memberships include the following:

  • Receipt of the International Annual Conference proceedings (technical papers, presentations and exhibitor information) as a download from SAWE website for the Company Library.
  • Opportunity for company presentation during technical tracks at the International Conference
  • Complimentary copy of the three (Fall, Winter, Spring) editions of the SAWE “Weight Engineering” Journal for their Company Library.
  • Listing on the SAWE website at www.sawe.org as a Company Member.
  • 100 free Technical Paper downloads from the technical library of over 3000 papers presented at past conferences.
  • Open access to all current SAWE Standards and Practices for Mass Properties Control.
  • Eligibility for onsite group Training courses, priced at a 5% discount. Current course offerings are:
    • Aircraft Weight and Balance Course
    • Ship Inclining Experiment
    • Introduction to Naval Architecture
    • SAWE RP 7: Mass Properties Management and Control of Military Aircraft
    • Aircraft Weight Estimating and use of SAWE RP 8: Weight and Balance Reporting forms for Military Aircraft
    • Marine Weight Control and Weight Estimating Methodology
    • Automated Weight and Balance System (AWBS) Software Training
  • Ten percent (10%) discount on annual advertising rates in the “Weight Engineering” Journal and/or on the SAWE website.

Company Member – Level 2: Support Level $1500
At the CM-2 level, Company Memberships include the following:

  • Receipt of the International Annual Conference proceedings (technical papers, presentations and exhibitor information) as a download from SAWE website for the Company Library.
  • Opportunity for company presentation during technical tracks at the International Conference
  • Complimentary copy of the three (Fall, Winter, Spring) editions of the SAWE “Weight Engineering” Journal for their Company Library.
  • Listing on the SAWE website at www.sawe.org as a Company Member.
  • 200 free Technical Paper downloads from the technical library of over 3000 papers presented at past conferences.
  • Open access to all current SAWE Practices and Standards for Mass Properties Control.
  • Eligibility for onsite group Training courses, priced at a 5% discount. Current course offerings are:
    • Aircraft Weight and Balance Course
    • Ship Inclining Experiment
    • Introduction to Naval Architecture
    • SAWE RP 7: Mass Properties Management and Control of Military Aircraft
    • Aircraft Weight Estimating and use of SAWE RP 8: Weight and Balance Reporting forms for Military Aircraft
    • Marine Weight Control and Weight Estimating Methodology
    • Automated Weight and Balance System (AWBS) Software Training
  • Ten percent (10%) discount on annual advertising rates in the “Weight Engineering” Journal and/or on the SAWE website.
  • One (1) seat on the Board of Directors (BoD). This position may comment on all business that comes before the Board, but is not accorded an official vote in Board proceedings.

 

Corporate Partner

Corporate Partners (CP) take on a substantially higher level of organizational support, which entitles them to a host of additional benefits and services. CPs have two options for involvement with the SAWE.

Corporate Partner – Silver Level: Support Level $6000
At the CP-1 level, Corporate Partnerships include the following:

  • Receipt of the International Annual Conference proceedings (technical papers, presentations and exhibitor information) as a download from SAWE website for the Company Library.
  • Opportunity for company presentation during technical tracks at the International Conference
  • Listing on the SAWE website at www.sawe.org as a Corporate Partner.
  • Three (3) complimentary memberships in the SAWE, which includes 3 separate copies of the International Conference proceedings and “Weight Engineering” Journals.
  • Open access to the technical library of over 3000 papers presented at past conferences.
  • Open access to all current SAWE Practices and Standards for Mass Properties Control.
  • Eligibility for onsite group Training courses, priced at a 10% discount. Current course offerings are:
    • Aircraft Weight and Balance Course
    • Ship Inclining Experiment
    • Introduction to Naval Architecture
    • SAWE RP 7: Mass Properties Management and Control of Military Aircraft
    • Aircraft Weight Estimating and use of SAWE RP 8: Weight and Balance Reporting forms for Military Aircraft
    • Marine Weight Control and Weight Estimating Methodology
    • Automated Weight and Balance System (AWBS) Software Training
  • Choice of one (1) complimentary half-page color advertisement in one edition of the “Weight Engineering” Journal, or one three-month advertisement on the SAWE website.
  • One (1) seat on the SAWE BoD with full voting rights.
  • One (1) member on the Standards & Practices Committee for the purpose of directing the development of Recommended Practices and Process Standards.
  • Complimentary Conference Exhibit Space with two (2) 3-day Registrations
  • Color ad in the International Conference Program

Corporate Partner – Gold Level: Support Level $15,000
At the CP-2 level, Corporate Partnerships include the following:

  • Receipt of the Annual Conference proceedings (technical papers, presentations and exhibitor information) as a download from SAWE website  for the Company Library.
  • Opportunity for company presentation during technical tracks at the International Conference
  • Listing on the SAWE website at www.sawe.org as a Corporate Partner.
  • Five (5) complimentary memberships in the SAWE, which includes 5 separate copies of the International Conference proceedings and “Weight Engineering” Journals.
  • Open access to the technical library of over 3000 papers presented at past conferences.
  • Open access to all current SAWE Practices and Standards for Mass Properties Control.
  • One (1) Onsite Group Training Course at a 15% discount. Current course offerings are:
    • Aircraft Weight and Balance Course
    • Ship Inclining Experiment
    • Introduction to Naval Architecture
    • SAWE RP 7: Mass Properties Management and Control of Military Aircraft
    • Aircraft Weight Estimating and use of SAWE RP 8: Weight and Balance Reporting forms for Military Aircraft
    • Marine Weight Control and Weight Estimating Methodology
    • Automated Weight and Balance System (AWBS) Software Training
  • A complimentary full-page color advertisement in each edition of the “Weight Engineering” Journal as well as on the SAWE website for that year.
  • One (1) seat on the SAWE BoD with full voting rights.
  • Two (2) members on the Standards & Practices Committee for the purpose of directing the development of Recommended Practices and Process Standards.
  • Six (6) complimentary 3-day Conference Registrations including:
    • Complimentary Conference Exhibit Space with two (2) 3-day Registrations
  • Complimentary Registration to a 1-day Conference Training Class
  • Complimentary Job Postings for Open Mass Properties Engineering Positions on SAWE Website
  • Color ad in the International Conference Program
 
For questions regarding Corporate Membership, please contact SAWE Membership

To join or renew your Corporate Partnership, please click here.

 

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Corporate Partnerships Application

SAWE Corporate PartnershipCorporate Membership is open to any organizations interested in the professional practice of mass properties engineering and in promoting the Society. In order to realize the mutual benefits the SAWE maintains a comprehensive corporate support structure. This allows for the involvement of companies and corporations of all sizes at the level that best suits their needs. Involvement consists either of a Company Membership in the Society, or a Corporate Partnership. The details of each are outlined in Corporate Membership.

Join the SAWE

Thank you for considering membership in the SAWE.

Individual Membership Grades and Fees:

  • Member - $80.00 
    • New members get 50% off the first year
  • Retired Member - $40.00
  • Student Member - Free (Pending collegiate verification)
  • Lifetime - $900

New Members:

 

Indiviual Membership Application:

 

Renew Membership:

Organizations or Companies

To Join or renew your Corporate Partnership, please see the Corporate Membership Application or contact SAWE Membership.

 

Corporate/Company Members

SAWE Corporate/Company Members:

For more information about company membership, visit the Corporate Partnership page. 

 

Corporate Partner Silver (CP-1)

 

Altair Engineering, Inc.
Troy, Michigan, USA
http://www.altair.com

 

Huntington Ingalls Industries
Newport News, VA
https://www.huntingtoningalls.com/

 

Intercomp Company
Aircraft Scale Division
Hamel, Minnesota, USA
http://www.intercompcompany.com

 

Lockheed Martin
Bethesda, Maryland, USA
http://www.lockheedmartin.com

 

Raptor Scientific
Berlin, Connecticut, USA
https://raptor-scientific.com

  

Company Members Level 2 (CM-2)

Schenck USA
Deer Park, NY, USA
https://www.schenck-usa.com

 

Spirit Aerosystems - Belfast, UK
Belfast, United Kingdom
http://www.spiritaero.com

 

Company Members Level 1 (CM-1)

ATR Aircraft
BLAGNAC Cedex, FRANCE
atr-aircraft.com

 

BAE Systems
Farnborough, UK
https://www.baesystems.com/en/home

 

B&A Software AS (ShipWeight/MassTrack)
Aalesund, Norway
www.shipweight.com

 

Fluor
Sugar Land, Texas, USA
http://www.fluor.com

 

Israel Aerospace Industries
Ben Gurion International Airport, Israel
http://www.iai.co.il

 

Saab AB, Saab Aerosystems
Ostersund, Sweden
http://saabgroup.com

 

SAWE By-Laws

The CONSTITUTION

of the

SOCIETY OF ALLIED WEIGHT ENGINEERS, INC.

consists of

The ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION and the BY-LAWS

Revision May 2016

 

Antitrust Compliance Policy

The following Antitrust Compliance Policy was approved by the 2014 SAWE Board of Directors and will be voted on by the SAWE membership for incorporation into the SAWE Constitution and By-Laws.


ANTITRUST COMPLIANCE POLICY
OF THE SOCIETY OF ALLIED WEIGHT ENGINEERS

 

Statement of Policy

It is the policy of the Society of Allied Weight Engineers, heretofore referred to as the SAWE, and its membership to strictly comply with all laws and regulations that apply to activities conducted under the auspices of the SAWE including federal and state antitrust laws.  Society members, officers, and staff are expected to conscientiously adhere to antitrust laws.  The SAWE will neither knowingly permit nor condone anti-competitive behavior, whether willful or inadvertent, in connection with any SAWE activity.  The officers and the Board of Directors of the SAWE commit to fully comply with federal and state antitrust laws in the United States and competition laws of other countries that may apply. 

The antitrust laws seek to preserve a free competitive economy in the United States and in commerce with foreign countries.  As a general rule, competitors may not restrain competition among themselves through understandings or agreements as to the price, the production, distribution or nature of their products or services, or other agreements, whether written or not, that unreasonably restrict fair competition.  They may not act in concert to restrict the competitive capabilities or opportunities of their competitors, their suppliers, or their customers.  However, it is recognized that antitrust laws are often unclear in terms of applicability to any given conduct.  Whether or not an antitrust violation exists depends solely on the specific conduct and the facts involved in each instance.  Given that penalties for the violation of antitrust laws can be severe, it is the intent of the SAWE to conscientiously avoid any activities that may be construed as improper. Since the activities of the SAWE do, by design, involve meetings and activities of competitors and regulators, it is incumbent on the SAWE to ensure that no action or activity of the SAWE or its members represents an unreasonable restraint of competition.

 

Responsibilities for Antitrust Compliance

The programs of the SAWE are carefully designed and monitored on an ongoing basis to ensure compliance with antitrust laws.  Every Society member, whether organizational or individual, has a duty and responsibility under this policy and the law to avoid and prevent antitrust violations.  Every member of the SAWE needs to understand basic antitrust laws, to recognize areas of potential antitrust risk, and to overtly object to and refuse to participate in any activity that poses antitrust risk until that risk can be properly assessed and cleared by legal counsel or other qualified advisor.  Given the severity and cost of legal defense, this policy of the SAWE is designed to avoid even the appearance of questionable activity. 

General Antitrust Guidelines

As the antitrust laws prohibit anticompetitive agreements or understandings, it is important to know what behavior is indicative of anticompetitivness. While it is not possible to provide a complete list of all the specific activities that could be interpreted to amount to an antitrust violation, well recognized areas of risk include the following:

  • Discussions about controlling or influencing current or future prices (for purchase or sale), controlling or influencing price increases or decreases, or the stabilization of market prices.
  • Discussion of what constitutes a “fair” profit level.
  • Procedures for establishing selling prices, cash discounts, or credit terms.
  • Control of sales levels, inventory levels, or timing of sales.
  • Allocation or division of markets or geographical divisions of markets among competitors.
  • Agreements, recommendations or suggestions that members refuse to deal with certain other persons or firms, in other words some type of boycott.
  • “Hallway” or “hospitality room” discussions involving the discussion of business matters pertaining to fair trade.  All meetings should be “on the record.”
  • Whether or not the pricing practices of any competitors or industry member are unethical, or constitute an unfair trade practice.
  • Agreements limiting or restricting advertising.
  • The collection, exchange or dissemination of any individual cost data or other information regarding pricing methods including fees charged for services or products. Papers or other materials presented at SAWE meetings or programs may refer to costs and other economic data provided that such information is not accompanied by any suggestion, express or implied, that prices or fees should be uniform.

Guidelines for Society Meetings

To avoid even the appearance of impropriety, as well as to avoid inadvertent violation of antitrust laws, all meetings of the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and the Standards and Practices Committee, should be conducted in accordance with the following guidelines:

  • A written agenda should be prepared and distributed in advance of each meeting.  Any agenda issue will potential antitrust implications will be reviewed and discussed by the President, the Executive Director, and others as they deem appropriate.  Additions to the agenda having potential antitrust implications should be postponed until legal counsel or other qualified advisor can be present. 
  • Accurate, detailed meetings minutes of every meeting will prepared and reviewed by the appropriate committee chairperson. 
  • In the event of concern regarding potential antitrust implications of a discussion, that discussion must be discontinued pending assessment by legal counsel or other qualified advisor. If any member or non-member has a concern about potential antitrust implications of discussion during a meeting, he or she shall interrupt discussion and state that concern immediately and that aspect of the discussion shall be terminated pending further review and resolution by Society officers or legal counsel.  Conversations involving discussion of matters in violation of this policy will not be tolerated and violating parties may be dismissed from the meeting by the chairman.

These guidelines should be followed in all meetings of the SAWE including the International Conference, meetings of individual chapters of the SAWE, and in any telephone or online conferences conducted under the auspices of the SAWE. 

Conclusion

This policy of the SAWE requires that all officers, staff, and members of the SAWE be vigilant to avoid behavior which may raise suspicions of illegal collusion.  It is not intended to, in any way, discourage the Society’s legitimate and pro-competitive activities such as the development of voluntary standards and best practices, the evaluation of relationships between producers, suppliers, and regulators, or any certification and/or training programs to benefit the industry in general .   This policy has been prepared for general reference only.  It is intended to inform Society leaders and members of basic antitrust principles to assist them in acting responsibly in the conduct of Society business activities.  It is not intended to be a substitute for competent legal advice.  It is a standing recommendation that interested parties confer with competent legal counsel concerning significant legal issues involving fair trade practices.

 

Committees

Our Committees, Where the SAWE Happens

Primarily focused on our annual International conference, the SAWE makes available to all members valuable networking opportunities through our committees. These promote professional development, technical exchange, and foster ongoing relationships. SAWE committees include:

  • Executive Committee
  • Board of Directors
  • Technical Committee
  • Standards and Practices Committee
  • Standing Committees
  • Appointed Committees

Executive Committee

The SAWE Executive Committee consists of all elected and appointed officers of the Society. They act as a Steering Committee to guide and carry out the President’s vision.

Board of Directors

Each chapter of the SAWE maintains a Chapter Director as one of its officers. The Director is the primary liaison between the chapter members and the SAWE Executive Committee. Together with the Executive Committee, the Chapter Directors form the Board of Directors (BoD), who are the governing body of the Society responsible for setting policy, voting on business, and overseeing our finances. The Board meets once a year prior to the annual International conference.

Technical Committee

The SAWE Technical Committee is responsible for developing the technical program at our annual International conference. This team seeks out authors and presenters involved in the latest developments and current state of MPE. This free and open technical exchange is the heart of the SAWE’s mission and charter. Our Technical Tracks define the breakdown and focus of the committee members.

  • Integrated Product Design
  • Product Life Cycle Management
  • Marine Systems Design
  • Ground Systems Design
  • Flight Technology – Manned
  • Flight Technology – Unmanned & Space
  • Advanced Design Characterization
  • System Verification

Standards and Practices Committee

The SAWE Standards and Practices Committee (SPC) is responsible for developing the documentation that will define the process of MPE for current and future generations. Our standards and practices are applicable not only to engineers, but also to managers and planners who are responsible for developing the schedules and manpower staffing needs for programs. Through involvement with this work, you can directly affect the efficiency, structure and direction of your company.

Standing Committees

In addition to the Technical and S&P Committees, other Standing committees of the SAWE help carry out our day-to- day work and keep our operations functioning, as well as help with outreach to students, academia, and the global engineering community. Our Standing committees include:

  • Academic Committee
  • Awards Committee
  • Conference Planning Committee
  • Constitution Committee
  • Financial Planning Committee
  • Membership Committee
  • Operations Manual Committee
  • Projects Committee

Appointed Committees

At any time, the International President may choose to appoint special temporary committees to carry out specific tasks. Work on these committees can be especially valuable to younger members as a short-term responsibility, to help give them experience with and a voice in the development of our Society and the MPE profession.

Podcasts

SAWE Podcasts

1. NASA’s Amanda Cutright: Youth and Leadership

Amanda Cutright"The Society provides a big group of experts that have been doing [mass properties] for years as well as some new people.  So its definitely been a vital resource for me being new to mass properties having come from the design side of the task and being new into mass properties management and control."

Amanda Cutright earned her degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech, and her masters degree in engineering management from Old Dominion University.  Her job at NASA  has included working on Pad Abort I as a mass properties engineer.  She’s the person responsible for determining the module's mass and weight, and also its center of gravity or balance.  Amanda credits SAWE for a wealth of information she says she can’t get elsewhere.  In this audio interview she provides Liz Bulkley with some background information on her work and life.

Recorded at the SAWE International Conference in Seattle Washington in May 2008.

[swf file="amandacutrightmix.mp3"]
Running time: 8:37 

See more about Amanda Cutright including videos here:
NASA Edge

The Module Is Gone, but the Job Continues for Cutright (NASA)

Two NASA eClips videos featuring Amanda Cutright:

NASA eClips Launchpad

Scroll to:
Launchpad: Mass Properties

Launchpad: Flight Test Articles

SAWE Podcasts produced for the SAWE by:
BulkleyMedia

2. Jeff Cerro: The Relationship Between Government and Industry

Jeff Cerro"Under acquisition reform, it's become up to the professional societies to maintain standards. So that is one of our primary functions in the government industry world is to join the government requirements with industry capabilities and work together to come up with new documents that can be used to standardize the weights engineering process."

As the chair of SAWE’s Government Industry Committee, Jeff’s worked to advance the standards that the Society uses.  He’s a Structures Engineer at NASA Langley Research Center in Virginia and discusses the factors that can affect the relationship between government and industry with Patrice Gallagher.

Recorded at the SAWE International Conference in Seattle Washington in May 2008.

[swf file="jeffcerromix.mp3"]
Running time: 8:24

See some of Jeff Cerro's work:
3201. Structural Weight Estimation for Launch Vehicles
Sizing Structures and Predicting Weight of a Spacecraft, Langley Research Center

 

SAWE Podcasts produced for the SAWE by:
BulkleyMedia

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Audio icon Download Jeff Cerro Podcast (mp3)7.7 MB

3. Laura Guth: Engineer, Former Pilot, and Sea Rescuer

Laura Guth"It was like the cavalry coming over the hills…the ship was a 98-foot crabber… in 30-knot winds and 30-foot seas and the seas are in the ice so it looks like frozen margarita -- that brash ice, crashing over the deck every once in a while.  Fortunately my flight mechanic was a surfer.  Unfortunately, the captain fell, the engineer stopped to help him and a wave crashed over (the deck), and that wave washed them overboard."

Laura Guth is the system Engineering IPT lead for AgustaWestland-Bell for the VH71 program.

She’s a relatively new member of SAWE and before working on helicopters, she worked in them.  Laura was the U.S. Coast Guard pilot who flew the helicopter that rescued the crew of the Alaskan Monarch.  The event has been televised numerous times, and was recently depicted in the PBS SAVAGE SEAS television series.  Laura tells Patrice Gallagher that the dangerous rescue was in many ways just another day on the job.

Recorded at the SAWE International Conference in Seattle Washington in May 2008.
[swf file="lauraguthmix.mp3"]
Running time: 12:16

See more about Laura Guth here:
PBS:  Savage Seas

 

SAWE Podcasts produced for the SAWE by:
BulkleyMedia

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Audio icon Download Laura Guth Podcast (mp3) 11.23 MB

4. Dudley Cate

Jeff Cerro"The press for innovation is as great as ever, and what it tends to mean is that…the more a design is reaching into the unknown, the less our historically based methods are able to directly deal with those issues…what I colloquially call the 'new and different'."

Dudley Cate is a SAWE Fellow and describes himself as a Professional Weights Engineer.  He has more than 30 years behind him with the Naval Air Systems Command and consults on mass properties issues.  Dudley has watched and participated in the evolution of recommended practices over the course of many years, and is a frequent instructor at SAWE’s Annual and Regional conferences. In this podcast/interview he tells Liz Bulkley about the changes he’s seen in the field of mass properties beginning in the mid 20th Century and into the 21st century. 

Recorded at the SAWE International Conference in Seattle Washington in May 2008.

[swf file="dudleycatemix.mp3"]
Running time: 14:29

Dudley Cate's SAWE Courses:
Principals of Mass Properties Management & Control for Military Aircraft – SAWE RP 07
Aircraft Weight Estimating and Use of RP8 for Weight Allocation

 

SAWE Podcasts produced for the SAWE by:
BulkleyMedia

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Audio icon Download Dudley Cate Podcast (mp3) 13.26 MB

5. Udo Koch: International Member Spotlight

Jeff Cerro"It's very important to have the support from them (senior management).  It's more important that they not only support us as engineers, they have to see it also; what is necessary to do."

Udo Koch is one of the Society’s many international members.  He’s a weight engineer from Hamburg, Germany, where he works for Industrie Hansa.  The company is mostly involved with Airbus and automotive companies.  Udo joined the Society in 2004 and is a lifetime member.  Liz Bulkley spoke with him at SAWE’s 67th Annual Conference in Seattle about the ways he integrates his SAWE education with his work at Industrie Hansa in Hamburg.

Recorded at the SAWE International Conference in Seattle Washington in May 2008.

[swf file="udokochmix.mp3"]
Running time: 7:34

 

SAWE Podcasts produced for the SAWE by:
BulkleyMedia

AttachmentSize
Audio icon Download Udo Koch Podcast (mp3)6.94 MB

Awards

Fellow

Fellows shall be persons who have achieved distinction in the field of Mass Properties Engineering or who have materially contributed to the advancement of the Society.

Honorary Fellow

Honorary Fellows shall be persons who have achieved eminence in Mass Properties Engineering or who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of the Society.

Richard Boynton Lifetime Achievement Award

Richard Boynton, both personally and through his company, Space Electronics, has been a long-time supporter of and contributor to the Society of Allied Weight Engineers.  As a prominent colleague and personal friend of many members, the Society instituted an award in 2010 to honor his contributions and legacy as a member of this organization. This ongoing award will keep Mr. Boynton’s legacy alive as an inspiration for our members long after the ending of his remarkable career.  The Richard Boynton Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to a member of SAWE that has demonstrated extraordinarily strong and sustained support of the SAWE over a significant number of years.

Ed Payne Award

The Ed Payne Award is presented to young engineers, under the age of 35 at time of application, who have made significant contributions to the SAWE or the mass properties engineering profession.

L. R. "Mike" Hackney Award

The L. R. "Mike" Hackney Award is given to the author or authors of the best technical paper presented at the conference. Papers are judged for technical content, originality, usefulness, value, clarity, style, and form. Balloting is by each member of the Technical Committee.

Special Merit Award

Occasionally an award is given due to the significance of an achievement or the exceptional merit of a technical paper.

SAWE Scholarship

The SAWE has also established a scholarship fund for engineering students with the principal growing by donations from individuals, chapters, and corporations as well as by sale of our popular Introduction to Weight Engineering textbook. To date, the Society has established endowments at three universities; each provides $1,000 scholarships annually. The first such scholarship was endowed at the University of Texas at Arlington by the Texas Chapter in 1989. The Society has also endowed permanent annual scholarships at West Virginia University in 1999 and at Wichita State University in 2000. In addition, a scholarship award of $1,000 has been given annually since 1994 to an engineering student interested in mass properties engineering at a university within the geographic area of the annual International Conference. The SAWE chapter that hosts the annual International Conference selects the university receiving this annual scholarship money.

The SAWE introduced a scholarship program in 2002 for children and grandchildren of SAWE members who plan to continue their education in college. This program annually distributes scholarships to children of SAWE members. Scholarships are offered for full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited four-year college or university in a curriculum of the student’s choice.

Frank Fong Scholarship

The SAWE/Frank Fong Memorial Scholarship was established by SAWE and the family of SAWE past-President Frank Fong in 2005. The requirement are the same as the SAWE Scholarship but is dedicated toward students enrolled in a technical course of study (e.g. engineering, physics, mathematics, computer sciences, etc.).

Scholarship Application Form ] Applications for 2022 are being accepted until April 30, 2022

Donate to the SAWE Scholarship Fund ]

 

Fellows

Fellows are persons who have achieved distinction in the field of Mass Properties Engineering or who have materially contributed to the advancement of the Society.

Fellows

Year of election shown in parenthesis.
Deceased (*) 

  R. Aasen (2006) * L.A. Duffey (1971)   U. Kueper (2012)   R.P. Saunders (1977)
  B.L. Anderson (2002) * L. Edington (1994) * B.M. Lake (1986)   J.C. Salvaggio (2004)
* J.L. Anderson (1982) * M.P. Erhard (1974)   S. Larson (2009) * J.W. Schiermeier (1969)
* J.M. Arnold (1969)   C. Filioppulos (2006)   J.B. Leotta (1997)   R.F. Schliesser (1970)
* C.L. Baer (1969) * F. Fong (1980)   L.J. Linner (1998)   A.H. Schmidt (1989)
  R.E. Baum (1984) * B.H. Fowler * J.G. Lotta (1977)   T.M. Schultz (2005)
  M.R. Becker (1971)   R.L. Fox (2000) * L. Lucero (1988)   A. Schuster (2005)
* C.E. Beddoes (1974)   W.A. Fox (2005) * I.O. MacConochie (1992)   P.W. Scott (2000)
* C.E. Belknap (1969) * J.E. Fuller (1971)   G.S. Mathews (1991) * E.I. Seiden (1976)
* R.L. Belt (2002)   Dr. D. Gerren (2017)   G.W. Maijala (2006)   W.H. Sellner (2001)
* G.W. Benedict (1972)   F. B. Gattis (2000)   N. Marickovich (2019) * R.A. Shinn (1999)
  I.A. Bennett (2018) * W.J. Giesler (1986)   M. Mascaray-Rufas (2010) * C.F. Smith, Jr. (1974)
* R.L. Benson (1969)   R.A. Gilchrist (2015)   G. Mastinu (2015)   H.R. Smoot (2015)
  R.A. Bird (2016)   R.J. Gilliam (2001)   R.D. Maxwell (1988) * R.J. Spivy (1988)
  P.D. Borden (1999)   R. Gonzalez-Gonzalez (2013)   D. McCloud (2012)   R.S. St. John (1987)
  C. Bower (2012) * T.J. Graham (1990) * J. McLaughlin (1979)   R.N. Staton (1987)
  C. Bowser (2007)   V. Graham (2011) * E.I. Miller (1983)   C.D. Stephenson (2018)
  R. Boynton (1992)   C.B. Griesinger (1994)   J.C. Mitchell (1972) * W.S. Strand (1973)
  W. Boze (2008)   W.T. Griffiths (2010) * P.M. Mitchell (2009) * E.K. Straubinger (1983)
  A.P. Brooks (2008)   J.M. Gutierrez-Zazua (2010)   J.E. Mullen (1975) * G.J. Strom, Jr. (1987)
  F.C. Brown (2021)   D.L. Hansch (2017)   M.K. Myers (1996)   G. Sudarsan (2013)
  P.M. Brown (2010)   J.T. Hargrave (1999)   J.H. Nakai (1998) * R.H. Swan (1974)
  J.W. Burns (1999) * G.E. Henning (1973)   M. Notarangelo (2009)   R.J. Taylor (1984)
* W.E. Caddell (1986)   K.W. Higham (1992)   B.H. Oman (1987)   D. Tellet (2007)
  D.S. Cash (2021)   R. Hook (1975)   E.R. Oguzhan (2009)   A.P. Tilley (1993)
  D.M. Cate (1991)   B. Huber (2001)   T.E. Oole (1982)   A.N. Titcomb (2007)
* B.E. Catterson (1985)   R.J. Hundl (2011)   D. Petersen (2022)   G.E. Tschabold (2006)
  D.J. Cekal (2007)   R.N. Jensen (1983)   E. Peterson (2004) * J.L. Valentine (2002)
  J.A. Cerro (2008)   C.L. Jodry (1990)   W. L. Peterson (2000)   R.C. Vandyk (2017)
  J.W. Chapman (1973)   F.W. Johnson (1986)   J.L. Pierson (1996)   R. Watkins (2014)
  W.M. Childers (2010)   R.E. Johnston (1981)   M.M. Post (1969) * B.L. Walker (2001)
* R.M. Chrisco (1992)   A.R. Kampschafer (1969)   G. Previati (2021) * D.J. Weiler (1987)
  D. Cimino (2004)   R. Kelm (2003)   A.J. Primozich (2011) * J.T. Werner (1978)
  R. Clapp (2008)   P.L. Kennedy (2013) * C.R. Pullen (1969)   B. Wiegand (2022)
* B.B. Coker (1975) * P.H. Kern (1983)   G. Ray (2015) * J.S. Wisniewski (1978)
* L. Crook (1970)   V.J. 'Whidy' Kiskunas (2015)   M.A. Redmond (2003)   R.W. Wood (1989)
  A.M. Cutright (2019) * R. Kleinhans (1972)   Glen T. Richbourg (1999)   D.Yañez (2020)
  R.L. Crossen (1975)   R.V. Knaus (1972)   R.W. Ridenour (1989) * W.B. Yinger (1969)
  E.W. Davis (2009)   T.A. Koonce (2003)   A.C. Robinson (1969) * W.F. Young (1982)
  M.M. Davis (1971)       D.T. Rowley (2018)   R.L. Zimmerman (2008)
* T.L. Davis (1986)       C.Rosenberger (2018)    

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honorary Fellows

Honorary Fellows are persons who have achieved eminence in Mass Properties Engineering or who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of the Society.

Honorary Fellows

Year of election shown in parenthesis.
Deceased (*)

  C.D. Akey (1999)     Sir A.H.R. Fedden   * E.A. Langleben (1960)   * J.W. Schiermeier (1972)
* J.M. Arnold (1979)   * E.S. Fife   * J.G. Lotta (1983)     T.M. Schultz (2010)
  C.O. Bailey   * F. Fong (1988)   * L. Lucero (2000)     A. Schuster (2011)
* Dr. H.W. Barlow   * H.B. Fowler (1971)     E.R. Oguzhan (2019)   * E.I. Seiden (1981)
  R.E. Baum (1992)     R.L. Fox (2003)   * I.O. MacConochie (2002)     W.H. Sellner(2007)
* L.D. Bell     W.A. Fox (2016)     G. Maijala (2016)   * D.L. Smith (1956)
* R.L. Belt (2004)   * J.E. Fuller (1976)     M. Mascaray-Rufas (2017)     H.R. Smoot (2022)
* G.W. Benedict (1974)     F.B. Gattis (2004)   * J.R. McCarty (1959)   * R.J. Spivy (1995)
* R.L. Benson (1974)   * F.C. Geiselhart   * J. McLaughlin (1984)   * W.H. Statler
  C. Bower (2018)   * W.J. Giesler (1993)   * J.F. Michel (1965)     R.N. Staton (1994)
  R. Boynton (1998)     C.B. Griesinger (2000)   * J.C. Mitchell (1983)   * R.H. Swan (1985)
  W. Boze (2014)     W.T. Griffiths (2015)   * J.J. Morgan (1966)   * M.F. Taylor
  A.P.Brooks (2012)   * L.R. Hackney   * L.S. Mull     R.J. Taylor (1996)
  E.M. Brown (1965)   * C.A. Hangoe (1959)   * R.A. Mundhenk     D. Tellet (2022)
  P.M. Brown (2015)     J.T. Hargrave (2005)   * G.G. Munroe (1969)   * A.J. Thiebolt
  D.M. Cate (2010)   * C.L. Heckard   * F.J. Myer     A.N. Titcomb (2013)
  J.A. Cerro (2013)   * E.H. Heinemann     J.H. Nakai (2006)   * J.L. Valentine (2008)
* R.M. Chrisco (2001)   * Dr. W.B. Herbst (1997)   * J.K. Northrop   * D.R. Watson
* B.B. Coker (1978)     R.J Hundl (2018)     T.E. Oole (1997)   * G. Weiss (1956)
* J.A. Crabtree   * F.E. Hyatt   * E.L. Payne (1963)     A.J. Wells (2009)
  R.L. Crossen (1989)   * H.L. Jensen, Jr. (1965)   * R.F. Pence   * J.T. Werner (1981)
  M.M. Davis (1975)     C.L. Jodry (1998)     E. Peterson (2009)   * F.H. Wetmore (1962)
  C. Deganahl     R.E. Johnston (1984)     J.L. Pierson (2002)   * G.R. Williams (1969)
* K.E. Dental (1969)   * A.S. Karadimos (1972)     A.J. Primozich (2017)   * J.S. Wisniewski (1980)
* L.A. Duffey (1973)   * A. Kartveli   * C.R. Pullen (1971)     R.W. Wood (1996)
  G.L. Duvall (1968)   * O.A. Kelly, Jr. (1967)     R.W. Ridenour (1992)   * W.F. Young (1986)
* M.P. Erhard (1977)         * A.C. Robinson (1975)     R.L. Zimmerman (2014)
                     

 

 

Richard Boynton Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

Richard Boynton, both personally and through his company, Space Electronics, has been a long-time supporter of and contributor to the Society of Allied Weight Engineers. As a prominent colleague and personal friend of many members, the Society instituted an award in 2010 to honor his contributions and legacy as a member of this organization. This ongoing award will keep Mr. Boynton’s legacy alive as an inspiration for our members long after the ending of his remarkable career. The Richard Boynton Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented annually (if warranted) to a member of SAWE that has demonstrated extraordinarily strong and sustained support of the SAWE over a significant number of years.

Year of election shown in parenthesis.
Deceased (*)

  Year Name Chapter
  2010 Richard S. Boynton Boston
  2011 R. E. Johnston San Fernando Valley
  2012 W. H. Sellner Central European
* 2013 I. O. MacConochie Hampton Roads
  2014 R. L. Fox Los Angeles
  2018 R. W. Ridenour St. Louis
  2022 D. Tellet Hampton Roads

 


Ed Payne Award Winners

The Ed Payne Award is presented to young engineers, under the age of 35 at time of application, who have made significant contributions to the SAWE or the mass properties engineering profession.

 

YEAR NAME CHAPTER
1971 Robert "Jim" Taylor St. Louis
1972 R.S. "Roger" St. John Texas
1973 NONE  
1974 NONE  
1975 NONE  
1976 NONE  
1977 R.P."Rudy" Jaseniuk San Diego
1978 R.E. "Ernie" Stephens Atlanta
1979 T.E. "Tom" Oole Kitty Hawk
1980 NONE  
1981 G.W. "Gary" Balthrop San Diego
1982 NONE  
1983 NONE  
1984 NONE  
1985 F.L. "Fred" Burkhart San Diego
1985 L.J. "Larry" Linner Atlanta
1986 J.T. "John" Hargrave Los Angeles
1987 C.B. "Cathy" Griesinger Los Angeles
1987 G.J. "Gregory" Burch Baltimore/Washington
1988 D.E. "Daniel" McCrary Atlanta
1989 K.H. "Kelvin" Klink Seattle
1990 S.B. "Stephen" Dyess Philadelphia
1991 T.T. "Tuan" Ong Texas
1992 L.A. "Leah" Snell Gulfport
1992 A.V. "Andy" McGill San Diego
1993 B.B. "Berlin" Benfield Texas
1994 A.M. "Ada" Lester Hampton Roads
1994 E.R. "Errol" Oguzhan Texas

 

YEAR NAME CHAPTER
1995 L.R. "Luis" Carus Los Angeles
1996 K.D. "Kevin" Henthorn Arizona
1996 G.T. "Glen" Richbourg San Francisco
1997 R.N. "Randy" Thornhill Hampton Roads
1998 A.P. "Andy" Brooks Texas
1998 T.A. "Tom" Koonce San Fernando Valley
1999 G.J. "Gayl" Miller St. Louis
1999 B.L. "Brett" Anderson Wichita
2000 NONE  
2001 E. "Eric" Peterson Member At Large
2002 NONE  
2003 V. "Vic" Graham Wichita
2004 NONE  
2005 D.L. "Darren" Mc Cloud Wichita
2006 NONE  
2007 NONE  
2008 E. "Erin" Burgess San Fernando Valley
2008 R. "Ruben" Gonzalez-Gonzalez Central Europe
2008 A.J. "Primo" Primozich Kitty Hawk
2009 K.M. "Kristen" Terry Rocky Mountain
2010 D.L. "Dave" Hansch Hampton Roads
2010 R. "Richard" Preciado San Fernando Valley
2011 Amanda M. Cutright Hampton Roads
2011 Rick Watkins Houston
2012 NONE  
2013 NONE  
2014 George Shpati Canada
2014 Aaron Wheeler Texas

 

YEAR NAME CHAPTER
2015 Ben Palmar  
2015 Casey Regan Seattle
2016

Elizabeth Cercado

Seattle
2016

Vera Beatriz Gomide de Paula

Brazil
2017 April M. Tang Canada
2017 Andrew S. Walker Mojave
2018 Brian Huber Texas
2018 Lori Sandberg Houston
2018 Simone Umbach Central Europe
2020 Melissa Gray Kitty Hawk
2021 Peter Stubbers Southeast Region

 

 


Mike Hackney SAWE Best Paper Award

SAWE BEST PAPER AWARD

In 1968, an award was initiated for the author or authors of the best technical paper presented at the SAWE International Conference. The papers are judged for technical content, originality, usefulness, value, clarity, style, and form.

From 1968 to 1985 the award was sponsored by Revere Corporation and the winning author(s) were presented with what used to be described as a "loving cup." Hence, during this period, the award was called "The Revere Cup."

After 1985, The Revere Corporation decided, for reasons not known to this writer, that they would no longer sponsor this award.

In 1986 and 1987, the award was known simply as the SAWE International Conference Best Paper Award and consisted of an engraved plaque furnished by the Society.

From 1987 to 2001, the award was sponsored by and the plaque furnished by General Electrodynamics Corporation (GEC).

At the 1988 Board of Directors meeting, the name of the award was changed to "The L.R. "Mike" Hackney SAWE Best Paper Award. Mr. Hackney was one of the individuals who, in 1941, originally organized The Society of Aeronautical Weight Engineers. (The name of the Society was changed later to the Society of Allied Weight Engineers.)

In 2001, other companies indicated that they would like to sponsor the award. The Board of Directors decided that if we gave the sponsorship to only one company, we risked alienating other companies and losing their support. To solve this problem, the Board of Directors decided to eliminate all specific item or function sponsorship by a single company.

Since 2001, the award has consisted of a plaque furnished by the Society. However, the name has remained "The L.R. "Mike" Hackney SAWE Best Paper Award.

All the winners of this prestigious award are shown below:

Year Paper No Paper Title Authors
1968 670 Determination of Weight, Volume and Cost for Tankers and Cargo Ships Roger P. Johnson - The Rand Corporation
Henry P. Rumble - The Rand Corporation
1969 761 High Lift Devices, A Weight and Performance Trade-Off Methodology Karl L. Sanders - Ryan Aeronautical Corporation
1970 860 Merchant Ship Weight Estimation T. Lamb - Maryland Shipbuilding & Drydock
1971 882 Preflight Balance Error Analysis for Dual-Spin Satellites J. P. Lagana - Hughes Aircraft Company
J. G. Lotta - Hughes Aircraft Company
1972 937 The Area Ratio Method Paul W. Scott - Douglas Aircraft Company
1973 981 Fuselage Structure Weight Prediction David M. Simpson - Hawker Siddley Aviation, Ltd
1974 1021 A Procedure for Calculating the Weight of Wing Structures with Increased Service Life Wolfgang Schneider - VFW-Fokker GMBH
1975 1044 Weight Effects of Structural Material Variation L. E. Lewis - LTV Aerospace Corporation
R. S. St. John - LTV Aerospace Corporation
1976 1100 Survivable Fuel Systems A. J. Holten - AFFDL
R. R. Sorrells - Vought Corporation
1976 1108 Optimization of Liquid Propellant Tank Bulkheads D. Lee Browning - General Dynamics Convair
1977 1164 Weight Estimation of Composite and Monolithic Spherical Pressure Vessels C. K. McBaine - Rockwell International Space Division
1978 1242 The Impact of Active Control Technology on Structures Helmut Zimmerman - VFW-Fokker GMBH
Otto Sensburg - MBB-GMBH
1979 1303 Structual Design of Free-Flying Solar-Reflecting Satellites John M. Hedgepeth - Astro Research Corporation
Karl K. Knapp - Astro Research Corporation
Laurence A. Finley - Astro Research Corporation
1980 1386 A Design Analysis Technique for Evaluating Size and Weight of V/STOL Lift Fans Paul F. Piscopo - Naval Air Propulsion Center
Rodger S. St. John - Vought Corporation
1981 1432 Potential Benefits of Integrated Active Controls Systems for Current Technology Commercial Transports John D. Brown - Boeing Commercial Airplane Company
Charles J. Thomas - Boeing Commercial Airplane Company
1982 1497 Missile Body Weight Prediction J. R. Atkinson - Vought Corporation
R. N. Staton - Vought Corporation
1983 1565 The Contribution of the Composite Material Constituents to the Laminate Structural Weight Russel G. Maguire - Boeing Commercial Airplane Company
1984 1578 A Sensitivity Analysis for Composite Structure Weight Russel G. Maguire - Boeing Commercial Airplane Company
1985 1689 Straining for Weight Savings in Advanced Composites Larry J. Linner - Lockheed California Company
1986 1693 The Cost Effectiveness of Weight Reduction by Advanced Material Substitution Paul W. Scott - Douglas Aircraft Company
1987 1760 Sizing Missile Guidance Systems Jerry Pierson - LTV Missiles Division
1988 1840 Loadability Considerations in Preliminary Design Paul W. Scott - Douglas Aircraft Company
1989 1901 Derivation of a Fuselage Weight Estimating Relationship Paul W. Scott - Douglas Aircraft Company
1990 1939 How to Calculate and Minimize Errors When Performing Multiple Instrument C.G. Measurements Greg (Spike) Jones - Lockheed Missiles and Space Company
1991 2020 Weight Estimating Guide for Advanced Composites J. Wayne Burns - LTV Aircraft Products
1992 2090 Advanced Composites Sizing Guide for Preliminary Weight Estimates J. Wayne Burns - LTV Aircraft Products
1993 2172 Introduction to Stealth Aircraft Weight Penalties J. Wayne Burns -Vought Aircraft
1994 2228 Aircraft Cost Estimation Methodology and Value of a Pound Derivation for Preliminary Design Development Applications J. Wayne Burns -Vought Aircraft
1995 2283 Wing Primary Structure Weight Estimation of Transport Aircraft in the Pre-Development Phase Roland Kelm - Daimler Benz Aerospace Airbus GmBH
Martin Läpple - Daimler Benz Aerospace Airbus GmBH
Michael Grabietz - Grabietz Engineering
1996 2329 Method for Balancing VTOL/VSTOl Aircraft Karl L. Sanders - Aeronautical Engineer, Consultant
1997 2352 Hidden Errors in Turbine Blade Moment Measurement and How to Avoid Them Richard Boynton - Space Electronics, Inc.
1997 2406 Advanced Fuselage Weight Transportation for the New Generation of Transport Aircraft Roland Schmidt - Daimler Benz Aerospace Airbus GmBH
Martin Läpple - Daimler Benz Aerospace Airbus GmBH
Roland Kelm - Daimler Benz Aerospace Airbus GmBH
1998 2444 Mass Properties Measurement Handbook Richard Boynton, Space Electronics Inc
Kurt Wiener, Space Electronics Inc
1999 2459 The Moment of Inertia of Fluids Richard Boynton, Space Electronics Inc
2000 3001 Technology Evaluation Via Loss Management Models Formulated in Terms of Vehicle Weight Bryce Roth, PhD Candidate, Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. Dimitri Mavis, Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology
2001 3156 Standard SAWE Mass Properties Calculation Software and Algorithms Richard Boynton, Space Electronics Inc
John Nakai, Lockheed Martin Astronautics
Kurt Wiener, Space electronics Inc
George Strom, Retired
2002 3237 Obtaining Optimal Results with Filar Pendulums for Moment of Inertia Measurements David Lyons, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
2003 3310 SUMMASSPROPS - An Excel VBA Solution for Summing Mass Properties Robert Zimmerman, Lockheed Martin Astronautics
2004 3325 Mass Property Measurement in the X-38 Project Wayne Peterson, NASA Johnson Space Center
2005 3360 Are You Sure - Uncertainty in Mass Properties Engineering John Nakai, Lockheed Martin Astronautics
Robert Zimmerman, Lockheed Martin Astronautics
2005 3367 Inclining Experiment Sensitivity Analysis Using Excel Simulation Tools David Tellet, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)
2006 3384 Measuring Weight and Center of Gravity Using Load Cells Brad Hill, The Boeing Company
2007 3430 Systems Weight Estimation Enhanced Method for Early Project Phases Isabel Banel-Caule - Airbus-France
2008 3460 Using a Two-Plane Spin Balance Instrument to Balance a Satellite Rotor About Its Own Bearings Kurt Wiener - Space Electronics, LLC
Paul Kennedy - Space Electronics, LLC
Daniel Otlowski - Space Electronics, LLC
Brandun Rathbun - Space Electronics, LLC
2009 3468 Quantifying Uncertainty and Risk in Vehicle Mass Properties Throughout the Design Development Phase William Boze - Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding
Patrick Hester, Ph.D. - Old Dominion University
2010 3501 Simulation-based Transitional Stability Criteria for Submarines David Tellet, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)
2011 3521 Mass Properties and Automotive Vertical Acceleration Brian Paul Wiegand, P.E.
2012 3547 Implementation of a Tool Chain for Extended Physics-Based Wing Mass Estimation in Early Design Stages Feliz Dorbath, Björn Nagel, and Volker Golinick
2013 3569 Revisiting Seawater Density and its Impact on Submarine Design David Tellet, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)
2014 3620 Inertia Uncertainty Coordinate Transformation Adam M. Tahir and John H. Nakai
2015 3639 Weights Engineering of Historic Vessels Sean Kerry, CSC Advanced Marine Center 
2016 3660 Development of a Conceptual Flight Vehicle Design Weight Estimation Method Library Andrew Walker, Lockheed Martin
2017 3677 Considerations for Reviewing Ship and Submarine Weight Reports David Tellet, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)
2018 3700 On Techniques for Correcting Entrained Air Errors during MOI Measurement of Aircraft Control Surfaces Daniel Otlowski, Space Electronics, LLC
2019 3710 Application of the Law of Propagation of Uncertainties to a Weight and CG Measurement System Anjie Emmett, Analytical Mechanics Associates (AMA), Inc. / NASA Langley Research Center

 


Publication Award

Today’s SAWE Chapters are more likely to use e-mail or social networking to continually communicate among members than they are to publish a periodic Newsletter. For this reason, it has been decided to replace the Best Chapter Newsletter Award with an award for the Best Original Journal Article submitted by a member or chapter.

The rules for the Best Original Journal Article submittals are as follows:

  1. The article must be your work. Since it will be very difficult to impossible for “judges” to determine the originality of any article, you are on your honor.
  2. The article must be on some aspect of Mass Properties Engineering.
  3. The article must not have been previously published in Weight Engineering or as an SAWE Paper.
  4. Only one award will be made per year (May-April).
  5. Best is not synonymous with longest, i.e., keep the entries short enough to publish, but long enough to get your point across.
 For more information, contact the Vice President Publications, Robert Ridenour.

News

2022-2023 SAWE International Elections

March 21, 2022

SAWE Vote

2022-2023 SAWE International Elections are now closed. Voting ended April 15, 2022.   

[ Click here to vote ]

When you are asked for a Token Number, enter your SAWE Member Number without any dashes. Your SAWE Member Number is will be in the voter email or can be found by viewing your member profile. For more information on where to find your SAWE Member Number, click here.

 

 

 


2022-2023 Candidates for International Offices


President

William Boze

Damian P. Yañez

Candidate Experience:

After graduating in 1982 from the Missouri University of Science and Technology (MS&T) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering I took a job as a Mass Properties Engineer at McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Company in St. Louis, MO working on the Space Shuttle and a wide variety of missile, space and defense systems.  I subsequently completed my Master of Science degree in Engineering Mechanics from MS&T in 1991.  Through 24 years of company restructuring and a merger with The Boeing Company, I had the great fortune to work on the entire spectrum of aerospace products from small handheld combat weapon systems to manned and unmanned fighter jets, commercial aircraft, laser communications, hypersonic vehicles, etc.  During this time, I also created and managed the construction and operation of two mass properties measurements laboratories through which we verified the weight, CG, moments, and products of inertia of a wide range of complete vehicles and subsystems.

In 2000, three Boeing colleagues and I created a concept for a process management software to help streamline and improve product development projects.  With Boeing’s help we developed our concept into a commercial package and in 2005 spun-out our invention as our own company, Procelerate Technologies, Inc. in which I acted as Vice President of Products and Services.  After operating on our own for 5 years, we sold the company to a larger software company, and I continued in my role there till 2015 as the principal consultant for our aerospace and automotive customers such as NASA, DARPA, Nissan, Chrysler etc.

In 2015, I had the opportunity to return to my Mass Properties roots at Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation where I have combined my engineering and software experience to develop new tools for automating and managing mass properties calculations across multiple database systems.  I am also working with the next generation of MPE’s to pass along my experience.

Candidate Society Activities:

I am the current SAWE International President.  Since joining SAWE in 1982 (before I even knew what an MPE was) I have been passionate about creating tools that simplify and accelerate mass properties computations and improve the accuracy of our predictions.  Wherever possible I have shared my work with others in the SAWE through papers and presentations at the local and international level.  As part of the St. Louis Chapter, I acted as Director, President, Vice President and Handbook Committee Chairman where we created the first digitally formatted version.  Upon moving to Gulfstream, I acted as the Director of the Southeast Region Chapter, and I am once again leading a new effort to update the SAWE Handbook.  In 2020 I was honored with the title of SAWE Fellow and am actively supporting the Mass Properties Engineering Certification Committee.

Platform:

I would like the opportunity to continue my efforts as your current SAWE President to invigorate our Society and ensure that we successfully transition our knowledge to the next generation of Mass Properties Engineers.  I feel this can best be accomplished by actively working with our Chapters to give them the information and resources to grow their memberships.  I will also continue to work with our SAWE leadership team and company partners to help elevate the status of Mass Properties Engineering as a unique and critical discipline.

 


Executive Vice President

Melissa Gray

Melissa Gray

Candidate Experience:

I have been working for the United States Air Force since 2010, beginning my career as a co-op.  I graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and a minor in Mathematics.  In 2014, I graduated from the University of Dayton with a Master of Science in Materials Engineering degree.  My career as a civilian in the Air Force began in conceptual design, and I became the only Mass Properties Engineer in that office in 2015.  In 2019, I moved to the Air Force Life Cycle Management Engineering home office to become the Mass Properties Technical Expert in the Structures Branch.  Since this move, I am responsible for supporting all the Program Offices for USAF aircraft, the USAF Program Manager for AWBS (Automated Weight and Balance System), the USAF Equipment Specialist of the TO 1-1B-50, Aircraft Weight and Balance, and I am the only endorsed Mass Properties Subject Matter Expert for Airworthiness Section 5.5, Mass Properties.

Candidate Society Activities:

  • SAWE Member since 2014
  • 2018 SAWE President Award – For Significant Contribution to The Society for service as deputy for standards & practices
  • 2020 SAWE Ed Payne Award – Outstanding Young Engineer
  • 2019 – 2022 - SAWE Kitty Hawk Chapter Director
  • Deputy VP Publications since 2019
    • Responsible for Conference Announcements
    • SAWE Conference Attendee Hub facilitator
    • Editor for SAWE Journals
  • Began the SAWE Blog
  • Responsible for Monthly Bulletins
  • SAWE LinkedIn Facilitator

 


Senior Vice President

Fred Brown

Fred Brown

Candidate Experience:

I’ve worked at Newport News Shipbuilding in the weight engineering field for 21 years since September 1999.  Areas of work have ranged from new construction aircraft carriers, surface vessels and submarines, in service aircraft carriers to advanced concept studies. Responsibilities have increased from that of weight engineer to team lead to project lead. Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Norfolk State University in 1999 with Bachelor of Science degree (Concentrations in Marine Engineering and Industrial Management).

Prior to working at Newport News Shipbuilding, I served in the United States Navy as a Chief Petty Officer in the Submarine Force.  At that time, I was unknowing getting experience in the field of mass properties as a Ship’s Diving Officer.

Candidate Society Activities:

  • SAWE member since 1999.  Served the Hampton Roads Chapter as Director, Vice President, President and currently serving as Chapter Treasurer.
  • Served as the Budget Chair for the 2019 International Conference.  Worked for the Senior Vice President as the Finance Chair for the 2020 and 2021 International Conferences.
  • Currently serving as Senior Vice President.

Platform:

  • Membership:  We need to aggressively recruit and retain new members. 
  • Modernization:  We also need to ensure mass property engineers are at the forefront of the current transition from 2D drawings to model based engineering products.

 

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2021-2022 SAWE International Elections

February 17, 2021

SAWE Vote

2021-2022 SAWE International Elections are now open. Voting ends April 15, 2021. Click the link below to vote online.  

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When you are asked for a Token Number, enter your SAWE Member Number without any dashes. Your SAWE Member Number is will be in the voter email or can be found by viewing your member profile. For more information on where to find your SAWE Member Number, click here.

 

Click read more for candidate information.

 

 

 


2021-2022 Candidates for International Offices


President

William Boze

Damian P. Yañez

Candidate Experience:

 

After graduating in 1982 from the Missouri University of Science and Technology (MS&T) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering I took a job as a Mass Properties Engineer at McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Company in St. Louis, MO working on the Space Shuttle and a wide variety of missile, space and defense systems. I subsequently completed my Master of Science degree in Engineering Mechanics from MS&T in 1991. Through 24 years of company restructuring and a merger with The Boeing Company, I had the great fortune to work on the entire spectrum of aerospace products from small handheld combat weapon systems to manned and unmanned fighter jets, commercial aircraft, laser communications, hypersonic vehicles, etc. During this time, I also created and managed the construction and operation of two mass properties measurements laboratories through which we verified the weight, CG, moments, and products of inertia of a wide range of complete vehicles and subsystems.

 

In 2000, three Boeing colleagues and I created a concept for a process management software to help streamline and improve product development projects. With Boeing’s help we developed our concept into a commercial package and in 2005 spun-out our invention as our own company, Procelerate Technologies, Inc. in which I acted as Vice President of Products and Services. After operating on our own for 5 years, we sold the company to a larger software company, and I continued in my role there till 2015 as the principle consultant for our aerospace and automotive customers such as NASA, DARPA, Nissan, Chrysler etc.

 

In 2015, I had the opportunity to return to my Mass Properties roots at Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation where I have combined my engineering and software experience to develop new tools for automating and managing mass properties calculations across multiple database systems. I am also working with the next generation of mass properties engineers to pass along my experience.

 

Candidate Society Activities:

 

Since joining SAWE in 1982 (before I even knew what a mass properties engineering was) I have been passionate about creating tools that simplify and accelerate mass properties computations and improve the accuracy of our predictions. Wherever possible I have shared my work with others in the SAWE through papers and presentations at the local and international level. As part of the St. Louis Chapter, I acted as Director, President, Vice President and Handbook Committee Chairman where we created the first digitally formatted version. I am currently the Director of the Southeast Region Chapter and I am once again leading a new effort to update the SAWE Handbook. I was also honored recently with the title of SAWE Fellow and am actively supporting the Mass Properties Engineering Certification Committee.

 

Platform:

 

My goal as President is to continue the efforts of my predecessors to invigorate our SAWE and ensure that we successfully transition our knowledge to the next generation of Mass Properties Engineers. I feel this can best be accomplished by actively working with our Chapters to give them the information and resources to grow their memberships. I will also continue to work with our SAWE leadership team and company partners to help elevate the status of Mass Properties Engineering as a unique and critical discipline.

 


Executive Vice President

Rick Watkins

Darren Gamble

Current Position:

Head of Mass Properties, Spirit Aerosystems (Short Brothers PLC) Belfast (UK)

SAWE Roles :

  • Current Executive Vice-President
  • Current Chapter Vice-President (Canadian Chapter)
  • Past Canadian Chapter Director
  • Member of MPE Certification Committee
  • Member of Corporate Partner Steering Committee

Platform

Having completed my first year in the role of Executive Vice-President my knowledge of the challenges and rewards of working at the International level of our society has grown immensely. But what a year it’s been!! - who’d have thought this time last year what a roller-coaster ride we were about to embark on with the everyday norms being turned on their head. I’m proud to say the society has risen to the challenge of this ‘new norm’ and embraced the virtual world at all levels. In the year ahead I will continue to work with the SAWE Executive, Corporate Partners and Company Members to grow our society and ‘future proof’ it to ensure that knowledge is captured and shared. I will continue to attempt to increase membership at all levels and will focus on reaching out to all society members by further developing online collaborations between chapters and supporting those struggling chapters. Using the excellent Officer Training package that has been developed, I will train and develop our leaders of tomorrow as well as reaching out to our ‘at-large’ members with support and encouragement so they also feel ownership of our society. I ask for your continued support in my bid to continue the position of SAWE Executive Vice President.

 


Senior Vice President

Fred Brown

Candidate Experience:

I have worked at Newport News Shipbuilding in the weight engineering field for 21 years, since September 1999. Areas of work have ranged from new construction aircraft carriers, surface vessels and submarines, in service aircraft carriers to advanced ship concept studies. Responsibilities have increased from that of weight engineer, to team lead, to project lead.

Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Norfolk State University in 1999 with Bachelors of Science degree (Concentrations in Marine Engineering and Industrial Management).

Prior to working at Newport News Shipbuilding, I served in the United States Navy as a Chief Petty Officer in the Submarine Force. At that time, I was unknowing getting experience in the field of mass properties as a Ship’s Diving Officer (the highest qualification an enlisted man in the sub force can achieve).

Candidate Society Activities:

  • SAWE member since 1999
  • Served the Hampton Roads Chapter as Director, Vice President, President and currently serving as Chapter Treasurer
  • Served as the Budget Chair for the 2019 International Conference.
  • Worked for the SAWE Senior Vice President as the Finance Chair for the 2020 and 2021 International Conferences and 2020 Tech Fair

Platform:

  • Membership: We need to aggressively recruit and retain new members.
  • Modernization: We also need to ensure mass property engineers are at the forefront of the current transition from 2D drawings to model based engineering products.

 

 

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2020 Honorary Fellow, Fellow, Richard Boynton Lifetime Achievement Award, and Ed Payne Award

March 31, 2020

SAWE Awards

Nominations for Honorary Fellow, Fellow, Richard Boynton Lifetime Achievement Award, and Ed Payne Award (for Outstanding Young Engineer) are due April 15th, 2020. Chapter Directors are responsible to canvas their chapter membership for members worthy of these awards and to submit candidates to the International Awards Committee. These prestigious awards designate an elite group of contributors to the SAWE and the field of mass properties engineering. Please review the information below and the attached nomination forms as guidance. You may also refer to the SAWE Bylaws and Operations Manual. 

 

 

HONORARY FELLOW

Honorary Fellows shall be persons who have achieved eminence in mass properties engineering, or who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of the Society.  Honorary Fellows are typically elevated from the rank of Fellow, although that is not a requirement to be a Fellow for this award.

FELLOW

Fellows shall be persons who have achieved distinction in mass properties engineering, or who have materially contributed to the advancement of the Society.

RICHARD BOYNTON LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

The Richard Boynton Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to a member of SAWE that has demonstrated extraordinarily strong and sustained support of the SAWE over a significant number of years.

ED PAYNE AWARD

The Ed Payne Award is given to a young engineer (age less than 35 at the time of nomination) who has contributed significantly to SAWE or the mass properties engineering profession.

Any SAWE member may make an award nomination. Nominations should sufficiently describe the candidate’s background and contributions, and elaborate on details of award qualifications. Please give careful consideration in your nominations. Note that it is not a requirement that the nominee be an SAWE member for Honorary Fellow, Fellow, and Ed Payne awards.

Nomination forms / assistance are available from the committee chairman, Anthony Primozich, anthony.primozich@sawe.org.

2020-2021 SAWE International Elections

February 15, 2020

SAWE Vote

2020-2021 SAWE International Elections are complete. Voting ended April 15, 2020.  

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When you are asked for a Token Number, enter your SAWE Member Number without any dashes. Your SAWE Member Number is will be in the voter email or can be found by viewing your member profile. For more information on where to find your SAWE Member Number, click here.

 

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2020-2021 Candidates for International Offices


President

William Boze

John Hargrave

I’ve been an active SAWE member at both the International and chapter level since joining in 1981. The Society has been a vital resource of my career providing me with opportunities for professional growth, valued personal relationships, and rewarding challenges. SAWE has provided me access to an unparalleled worldwide community of diverse mass properties individuals with common goals, challenges, and technical strategies to continue promoting excellence in mass properties for our products and end users.

The past year as your SAWE President has been both challenging and rewarding. Our organization has addressed the priority objectives that I presented at the 2019 Board of Director’s meeting. And we continue to make progress on those objectives as well as others. It would be an honor to serve again as your next President.

2019 Priority Objectives and Status

Follow up Mass Properties Engineer Certification exploration initiatives with program development – on track for 2021 start

Enhance Training program to attract some of the engineering communities that have become inactive. – 2 new training courses, one more in development

Continue the valued committee telecoms and ongoing timely results – several each week, very effective and productive

Exploit ANSI accreditation of SAWE as standard developer. – released M-4 as our first ANSI Standard

Ensure the Hamburg International Conference is a great success. – actively planning details each week

Engage SAWE Chapters to help them activate leadership and promote membership participation – presentations, telecom addresses, attend meetings, emails, and other encouragement

Target Corporate leadership for improved support of SAWE – direct contact, strategy meetings, and Corporate Steering Comm.

 

SAWE Experience / Background

SAWE President May 2019-2020

Instrumental in starting the SAWE Training Program. Training Chairman

Co-chaired SAWE Southwest Regional Conference in Temecula in Feb, 2018

SAWE Board of Director member for many years, Technical Session chairman and author, Military Aircraft Workshop panelist and co-chair, Served on Awards Committee including chairman

Honorary Fellow, Fellow, Ed Payne Outstanding Young Engineer recipient

Northrop Grumman Corporate representative and member of the Corporate Steering Council

International Conference Host Committee – Facilities, Photography, and Hospitality

Volunteered twice to serve on Host Committee as a guest (San Fernando and Denver chapters)

Los Angeles Chapter – served as Director, President, Vice-President, Treasurer

Attended numerous International and Regional Conferences as well as chapter meetings for Los Angeles, and a few for San Diego, and Mojave Desert.

 

Mass Properties Career

SAWE President May 2019 to present. (retired from Northrop Grumman March 2019)

I have worked my entire career in mass properties engineering, beginning Jan 1980. Thirty-five years at Northrop Grumman and 3 years and Learfan.

Experience includes all phases of aircraft design: conceptual, preliminary, detail, flight test, and production. I have experience developing analysis tools, using weighing equipment, testing for validation, proposal development, database management, and leading projects.

 

Agenda

Implement initial SAWE Mass Properties Engineer Certification program

Continue SAWE Certification program development toward ANSI accreditation.

Enhance Training program to attract some of the engineering communities that have become inactive.

Engage SAWE Chapters to help them activate leadership and promote membership participation and mentoring

Reach out to Corporate leadership for improved support of SAWE

 


Executive Vice President

Rick Watkins

Darren Gamble

Current Position:

Head of Mass Properties, Bombardier Aviation (Short Brothers PLC), Belfast (UK)

 

Professional experience

Having completed secondary level education in 1987, I started a 3-year technical apprenticeship with the then Short Brothers PLC (the oldest aircraft manufacturer in the world.) In 1990 I was assigned to the Weights Department for a 6-week placement. I must have fallen into a parallel universe for a while as over 29 years later I’m still here!!

I have worked on a wide range of programs within that time ranging from our own aircraft to various Aerostructures packages for both Bombardier and other third-party companies at all stages of design evolution and beyond.

I really love the fact that Mass Properties Engineers are a social bunch and, in the majority of cases, ‘get-on’ with each other and support each other.

I also love the variety of the job and the wide range of interactions that we can have at all levels within the organization.

SAWE Experience

I joined SAWE in 2000 on the recommendation of the late Rex Chrisco from Learjet. I saw it as a way to get to know like-minded people with the same passions as myself and to learn from them. I was a ‘member-at-large’ for a few years before joining the Canadian Chapter (as their international member!!).

I really find that getting involved in the committee meetings etc. gave me a much better sense of ownership of the Society and highlighted the tools that were available (RP’s, training, papers etc.)

SAWE Roles

· Past Chapter Vice-President (Canadian Chapter)

· Current Canadian Chapter Director

· Member of MPE Certification Committee

· Member of Corporate Partner Steering Committee

Platform

To build on the work led by Clint, as previous Executive VP, and the team in working with our SAWE Executive, Corporate Partners and Company Members in order to address specific industry needs and further areas of the SAWE survey action plan, whilst (as a member of the steering committee) ensuring that the current Mass Properties Engineer (MPE) certification aligns with them. I will continue to work to grow our society and ‘future proof’ it to ensure that knowledge is captured and shared. I ask for your support in my bid for the office of SAWE Executive Vice President.

 


Senior Vice President

Errol R. Oguzhan, PE

The Senior Vice President for the Society of Allied Weight Engineers is a position that encompasses not only the planning and execution of our yearly International Conference but also oversees the Constitution and Operations Manual Committees. As a fellow member in this society we should elect someone to this position who will represent the members in drafting constitution or operational manual updates and make the International Conference accessible at a reasonable cost. I would like to continue to represent you as Senior Vice President.

My membership in the SAWE started in 1986 and I hit the ground running as Photography Chair for the SAWE 9th Annual Northeast Regional Conference. I haven’t stopped running since. I have held every office in the Texas Chapter multiple times almost every year since 1989, currently as Director. I have been involved with fourteen Texas Regional Conferences and I have attended eight more in my capacity as the SAWE Vice President – Training or Deputy VP Training. On the International level I have participated in fifteen International Conferences and was Chairman for the 2001 SAWE 60th and Co-Chairman for the 2018 SAWE 77th. There are very few people in our society who have chaired two internationals and few of those have also chaired five regional conferences as well. Additionally, with only one other person, we put together the first Texas Regional Training Conference held in 2015. This conference was a huge success and really got me thinking about our International Conference and how we, as a society, finance our yearly budget.

During the summer and early Fall of 2016, I chaired an International Conference Committee to discuss the international conference structure and cost. The goal was to look for ways to restructure the conference and reduce cost in an attempt to make the conference more accessible for members with or without company support and to return the main focus of the conference to technical interchange and member networking and engagement. A more reasonable conference registration could also increase company support. I would like to continue this work as your Senior Vice President. My goal was to reduce the cost of International registration from its current $900 to $1100 to a more reasonable range of $300 to $600, through conference restructuring, possibly smaller venues or utilizing universities, and working on creating alternate fund-raising sources in the form of Training conferences. Without future conference Chairman on board with this plan, the process is much more difficult to achieve. I would like more time to propose changes for the 2022 conference. I will work with the Central European Chapter on a successful SAWE 79 conference in Hamburg and with the Space Coast Chapter on a successful SAWE 80 in Melbourne Florida. A chapter bid is in work for the SAWE 81st in 2022.

 

 

2020 SAWE Scholarship Program

January 13, 2020

SaweScholarship

Each year the Society of Allied Weight Engineers, Inc. sponsors the SAWE Scholarship Program.

Applicants must be children* or grandchildren (age 25 and under) of members of the SAWE worldwide who have a minimum of one year of membership as of the application deadline date. Children of deceased members are also eligible.

*For purposes of this program, children are defined as natural and legally adopted children or stepchildren of members.

Applicants must be high school seniors or graduates who plan to enroll or students who are already enrolled in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited four- year college or university.

The program will utilize standard Scholarship America recipient selection procedures including the consideration of past academic performance and future potential, leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, statement of career and educational aspirations and goals, unusual personal or family circumstances and an outside appraisal. In no instance does any member of the SAWE or the Frank Fong family play a part in the selection of the winners.

The distribution of new awards for 2020 is $3,000. One (1) award will be given to a student majoring in a scientific field (e.g. engineering, physics, mathematics, computer sciences, etc.) from the SAWE/Frank Fong Memorial Scholarship Fund. There is no course of study requirement for the other two (2) awards from the Scholarship Fund for Children and Grandchildren. 

Awards are for undergraduate study only. Financial need will not be considered.

Awards are not renewable; however, students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.

Applications will be accepted starting February 15, 2020, and must be postmarked no later than April 30, 2020, 3:00 PM (Central Time).

 

2020 Applications are now closed.

 

2019 SAWE Membership Campaign

March 6, 2019
 

2019 SAWE Membership Campaign

 

It is time to renew your membership for the upcoming SAWE fiscal year running from May 1, 2019 through April 30, 2020.  Renewal or application for membership can be done on-line at the following links. Check with your Chapter Treasurer for more details or ways of renewing your membership.

 

Click here to renew your membership  
(Login required. See Frequently Asked Questions or contact us).

New Members: Join the SAWE

 

As a result of your membership this past year, the SAWE has been able to continue providing value to the mass properties engineering community, the industries they represent and to the service providers that enable mass properties engineers to ensure vehicles meet their performance and safety objectives.  Please take a moment to read SAWE President Bill Boze’s letter to all mass properties engineers to learn more. 

Now more than ever, the SAWE needs your continued support to address the risks and opportunities you helped identify from the industry wide health of mass properties engineering survey conducted in 2018.  So please invite your colleagues to read this email including the letters, and encourage them to renew, rejoin, or join SAWE for the first time.

Sincerely,
Clint Stephenson
SAWE Executive Vice President

 

2019-2020 SAWE International Elections

February 15, 2019

SAWE Vote

2019-2020 SAWE International Elections are complete. Voting ended April 15, 2019.  The nominees ran unopposed and were sworn in at the 2019 Conference awards banquet.

Click read more for candidate information.

 

 

 


2019-2020 Candidates for International Offices


President

William Boze

John Hargrave

I’ve been an active SAWE member at both the International and chapter level since joining in 1981. The Society has been a vital resource of my career providing me with opportunities for professional growth, valued personal relationships, and rewarding challenges. SAWE has provided me access to an unparalleled worldwide community of diverse mass properties individuals with common goals, challenges, and technical strategies to continue promoting excellence in mass properties for our products and end users.

I would like to be your next President.

SAWE Experience / Background

  • Instrumental in starting the SAWE Training Program. Training Chairman

  • Co-chaired SAWE Southwest Regional Conference in Temecula in Feb, 2018

  • SAWE Board of Director member for many years

  • Honorary Fellow, Fellow, Ed Payne Outstanding Young Engineer recipient

  • Technical Session chairman and author

  • Military Aircraft Workshop panel member

  • Northrop Grumman Corporate representative

  • Member of the Corporate Steering Council

  • Served on Awards Committee including chairman

  • International Conference Host Committee – Facilities, Photography, and Hospitality

  • Volunteered twice to serve on Host Committee as a guest (San Fernando and Denver chapters)

  • Los Angeles Chapter – served as Director, President, Vice-President, Treasurer

  • Attended numerous International and Regional Conferences as well as chapter meetings for Los Angeles, and a few for San Diego, and Mojave Desert.

Mass Properties Career

  • I have worked my entire career in mass properties engineering. Thirty-five years at Northrop Grumman and 3 years and Learfan.

  • Experience includes all phases of aircraft design: conceptual, preliminary, detail, flight test, and production.

  • I have experience developing analysis tools, using weighing equipment, testing for validation, proposal development, database management, and leading projects.

Agenda

  • Follow up Mass Properties Engineer Certification exploration initiatives with program development

  • Enhance Training program to attract some of the engineering communities that have become inactive.

  • Continue the valued committee telecoms and ongoing timely results

  • Exploit ANSI accreditation of SAWE as standard developer.

  • Ensure the Hamburg International Conference is a great success.

  • Engage SAWE Chapters to help them activate leadership and promote membership participation

  • Target Corporate leadership for improved support of SAWE

 


Executive Vice President

Rick Watkins

Clint Stephenson

Education

• BS Aerospace Engineering – Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

Experience

Clint Stephenson has 20 years of experience in Engineering, primarily in the Space Industry with a short foray into the Energy Industry. Clint’s experience encompasses development and sustaining mass properties engineering.

Society Activities

  • Joined SAWE in 2003

  • Served as Houston VP in 2004

  • Served as Houston Treasurer 2008-2010, 2012-2013

  • Served as Houston Director 2013-2018

  • Serving as Houston President 2005-2008, 2010, 2018-present

  • Became Lifetime Member in 2011

  • Served as International Operations Manual Chair 2014-2016

  • Served as International Conference Chair 2011, 2018

  • Served as Chair of Standards and Practices Offshore Committee 2017-2018

  • Developed SAWE survey 2017-2018. Ongoing efforts to develop the SAWE using results.

  • Serving as International Membership Chair 2016 – present

  • Awarded SAWE Fellow, 2018

  • Serving as International Executive Vice President 2018 – present

Platform

I have been increasingly active in the Society of Allied Weight Engineers since joining in 2003. In that time, I have seen our society evolve and become more streamlined. The SAWE must continue to evolve to meet the demands industries allied with us require. To help accomplish this, I will continue to work with our SAWE Corporate Partners and Company Members in order to address specific industry needs. As chair of the Corporate Steering Committee meetings, I have helped lead discussions with SAWE Executives, Corporate Partners, and Company Members addressing the SAWE survey action plan and how that feeds into the need for a Mass Properties Engineer (MPE) certification to increase product efficiency, reliability, and safety. I will work to determine our membership values and needs. I will encourage and solicit input and participation. I will work to grow our society by acting in support of the values and needs our membership demands. I ask for your continued support in my bid for a second term in the office of SAWE Executive Vice President.

 


Senior Vice President

Errol R. Oguzhan, PE

The Senior Vice President for the Society of Allied Weight Engineers is a position that encompasses not only the planning and execution of our yearly International Conference but also oversees the Constitution and Operations Manual Committees. As a fellow member in this society we should elect someone to this position who will represent the members in drafting constitution or operational manual updates and make the International Conference accessible at a reasonable cost. I would like to be your next Senior Vice President.

My membership in the SAWE started in 1986 and I hit the ground running as Photography
Chair for the SAWE 9th Annual Northeast Regional Conference. I haven’t stopped
running since. I have held every office in the Texas Chapter multiple times almost every
year since 1989, currently as Director. I have been involved with fourteen Texas Regional
Conferences and I have attended eight more in my capacity as the SAWE Vice President – Training or Deputy VP Training. On the International level I have participated in fourteen International Conferences and was Chairman for the 2001 SAWE 60th and Co-Chairman for the 2018 SAWE 77th. There are very few people in our society who have chaired two internationals and few of those have also chaired five regional conferences as well. Additionally, with only one other person, we put together the first Texas Regional Training Conference held in 2015. This conference was a huge success and really got me thinking about our International Conference and how we, as a society, finance our yearly budget.

During the summer and early Fall of 2016, I chaired an International Conference Committee to discuss the international conference structure and cost. The goal was to look for ways to restructure the conference and reduce cost in an attempt to make the conference more accessible for members with or without company support and to return the main focus of the conference to technical interchange and member networking and engagement. A more reasonable conference registration could also increase company support. I would like to continue this work as your next Senior Vice President. My goal would be to reduce the cost of International registration from its current $900 to $1100 to a more reasonable range of $300 to $600, through conference restructuring, possibly smaller venues or utilizing universities, and working on creating alternate fund-raising sources in the form of Training conferences. I will work to get the current draft version V of the Operations Manual approved by the board of directors if not accomplished by May. I will work with the Central European Chapter on a successful SAWE 79 conference in Hamburg while searching out our best location for SAWE 80 or 81.

 

 

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2019 SAWE Scholarship Program

January 13, 2019

SaweScholarship

Each year the Society of Allied Weight Engineers, Inc. sponsors the SAWE Scholarship Program.

Applicants must be children* or grandchildren (age 25 and under) of members of the SAWE worldwide who have a minimum of one year of membership as of the application deadline date. Children of deceased members are also eligible.

*For purposes of this program, children are defined as natural and legally adopted children or stepchildren of members.

Applicants must be high school seniors or graduates who plan to enroll or students who are already enrolled in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited four- year college or university.

The program will utilize standard Scholarship Management Services recipient selection procedures including the consideration of past academic performance and future potential, leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, statement of career and educational aspirations and goals, unusual personal or family circumstances and an outside appraisal. In no instance does any member of the SAWE or the Frank Fong family play a part in the selection of the winners.

The distribution of new awards for 2019 is $3,000. One (1) award will be given to a student majoring in a scientific field (e.g. engineering, physics, mathematics, computer sciences, etc.) from the SAWE/Frank Fong Memorial Scholarship Fund. There is no course of study requirement for the other two (2) awards from the Scholarship Fund for Children and Grandchildren. 

Awards are for undergraduate study only. Financial need will not be considered.

Awards are not renewable; however, students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.

Applications will be accepted starting February 15, 2019, and must be postmarked no later than April 30, 2019.

 

Apply Online

 

2019 SAWE Scholarship Winners

August 3, 2019

Each year the Society of Allied Weight Engineers, Inc. sponsors the SAWE Scholarship Program. Applicants must be children or grandchildren (age 25 and under) of members of the SAWE worldwide who have a minimum of one year of membership as of the application deadline date.

The Society of Allied Weight Engineers is proud to be able to provide tuition assistance to this year’s scholarship award recipients.

Grace Ruoff

SAWE Frank Fong Scholarship Award Recipient

Name: Grace Ruoff

School: University of Delaware

Degree Sought: Bachelor

Major: Construction Engineering and Management

Upcoming Academic Year: Sophomore

Sierra Oguzhan

SAWE Scholarship Award Recipient

Name: Sierra Oguzhan

School: Tarleton State University

Degree Sought: Bachelor

Major: Wildlife Science

Upcoming Academic Year: Junior

Madelaine Tedrick

SAWE Scholarship Award Recipient

Name: Madelaine Tedrick

School: Furman University

Degree Sought: Bachelor

Major: Chemistry

Upcoming Academic Year: Sophomore

SAWE Conference Scholarship Award Recipient

Name: Hannah Funk

School: Virginia Tech

Degree Sought: Bachelor

Major: Ocean Engineering

Upcoming Academic Year: Junior

 

 

2018-2019 SAWE International Elections

February 15, 2018

SAWE Vote

2018-2019 SAWE International Elections are now open. Voting ends April 15, 2018. Click the link below to vote online. This years election includes SAWE International Officers and proposed Constitution and By-Laws changes.

[ Click here to vote ]

When you are asked for a Token Number, enter your SAWE Member Number without any dashes. Your SAWE Member Number is will be in the voter email or card sent to all current members. For more information on where to find your SAWE Member Number, click here.

 

Click read more for candidate information and Proposed By-Laws changes.

 


2018-2019 Candidates for International Offices


President

William BozeWilliam Boze

SOCIETY ACTIVITIES

Society of Allied Weight Engineers

  • Honorary Fellow
  • Current President
  • Former Senior Vice President
  • Former Executive Vice President, two terms
  • Former SAWE Marine Vessel Government Industry Co-Chair
  • Former SAWE Academic Committee Chair
  • Former Deputy to VP Technical
  • 2010 International Conference Co-Chair

Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers

  • Former Member, Technical & Research Ship Design Committee and Weight Engineering Panel Chair
  • Former Naval Architect Advisor – Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School Student Chapter

Other

  • Former Member – Naval Technical Committee – American Bureau of Shipping
  • Former Member, Virginia Tech College of Engineering, Aerospace and Ocean Engineering Advisory Board

PLATFORM

Our industry wide mass properties survey conducted in January 2018 provided valuable insights communicated by mass properties individuals, some of whom are not SAWE members. The need for increasing awareness of the importance of Mass Properties with the Management and Project Offices is just one prevailing message conveyed. Veterans with decades of experience and knowledge retiring within the next 5 to 10 years requires recruitment and training for those who will succeed them. It is our obligation as a society to help promote the importance of mass properties and facilitate this transfer of knowledge to the succeeding generations. That requires leadership, engagement, mentoring and a strategic approach, all which I and the current SAWE Executive Board has displayed since May 2017. I personally believe this transference of critical knowledge is the opportunity and mechanism for a resurgence in SAWE participation. By exposing the results of this survey to our members, Corporate Partners, and Academia, we can execute a mitigation plan that addresses the risk and re-instills the values of our beloved society. Values like having a strong industry network, best practices presented in the form of new technical papers, plus industry standards and training built on those technical papers. But as we all recognize, it will take corporate awareness and support plus SAWE to help facilitate a solution to what faces the mass properties community and industries we represent.

 


Executive Vice President

Clint Stephenson

EDUCATION

  • BS Aerospace Engineering - Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

EXPERIENCE

  • Clint Stephenson has almost 20 years of Engineering experience, primarily in the Space Industry with a short foray into the Energy Industry. Clint's experience encompasses development and sustaining mass properties engineering.

SOCIETY ACTIVITIES

Society of Allied Weight Engineers

  • Joined SAWE in 2003
  • Served as Houston VP in 2004
  • Served as Houston President 2005-2008, 2010
  • Served as Houston Treasurer 2008-2010, 2012-2013
  • Served as International Conference Chair 2011
  • Became Lifetime Member in 2011
  • Serving as Houston Director since 2013
  • Served as International Operations Manual Chair 2014-2016
  • Serving as International Membership Chair 2016 - present
  • Serving as International Conference Head Co-Chair 2018 (also serving as local Vendor Chair, local Student Outreach Chair, local Technical Chair, and local Hospitality Chair)
  • Serving as Chair of Standards and Practices Offshore Committee since 2017
  • Developed SAWE survey 2017-2018 with intention of parlaying results into a plan to provide the Mass Properties Engineering community with what is at the forefront of their needs. 
    Presenting survey results at Southern California Regional Conference 2018. Submitting paper and delivering presentation at the Texas International Conference 2018.

PLATFORM

I have been increasingly active in the Society of Allied Weight Engineers since joining in 2003. In that time, I have seen our society evolve and become more streamlined. The SAWE must continue to evolve to meet the demands industries allied with us require, in order to provide the best product for the betterment of our World. To accomplish this, I will work with our SAWE Corporate Partners and Members in order to address specific industry needs. I will work to determine our membership values and needs. I will encourage and solicit input and participation. I will work to grow our society by acting in support of the values and needs our membership demands. I ask for your support in my bid for the office of SAWE Executive Vice President. I ask for your support in our bid to improve our World.

 


Senior Vice President

Ruben González-González

EDUCATION

  • Aerospace Engineering Degree – Polytechnic University Madrid (UPM)
  • Industrial Management Engineering Master Degree - Polytechnic University Madrid (UPM)

EXPERIENCE

2001 Airbus Mass Properties Engineering

  • 2007-2009 Rear Fuselages and Empennages Weight Estimation Focal point
  • 2010-2011 Future Projects Mass Properties coordinator
  • 2011 A350XWB Mass Properties Manager

SOCIETY ACTIVITIES

Society of Allied Weight Engineers

  • Fellow Member
  • Ed Payne Award
  • 2007 International Conference Host
  • 2017-2018 Senior Vice-President

Other

  • Society of Aircraft Performance and Operations Engineers - Member
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics – Senior Member

PLATFORM

During last year I have been honored serving SAWE as Senior VP and this has reinforced, even more if possible, my engagement and commitment with the vision of adapting ourselves and our mindset to more open and challenging world, keeping and reinforcing, at the same time, the values of our society.

We have reinforced the role of the Conferences launching a full review of the Operations Manual and we have updated the Call for Papers content including preferred topics guidelines based into requests from Industrial Committees collected during previous Conference. 2019 International, hosted by Hampton Roads chapter, Conference Committee has closed site selection in Norfolk, Virginia, and Central European Chapter will host 2020 International Conference in Hamburg, Germany.

 


Proposed SAWE Contstitution and By-Laws Change


The following changes to the Society of Allied Weight Engineers (SAWE) Constitution and By-laws have been approved by the SAWE Board of Directors. For these changes to be formally adopted, a majority vote is required by SAWE members. Therefore, the SAWE Executive Board needs all members to participate.

The SAWE Board of Director approved changes are summarized as follows:

  1. Academic Committee & Chair - Update and revise the Academic Board’s inclusion in the SAWE and change the title and responsibilities of the Academic Board Chair to Vice-President of Academic Affairs
  2. Secretary of Finance - Enable the Executive Director (ED) to appoint a Secretary of Finance
  3. Membership Registration - Include Online Application for membership registration or renewal via the SAWE website

The following provides the background for the prescribed changes:

 


Change 1 - Academic Committee & Chair

Update and revise the Academic Board’s inclusion in the SAWE and change the title and responsibilities of the Academic Board Chair to Vice-President of Academic Affairs.

As Documented:

Committees shall be formed to advise the officers of the Society and for transacting certain affairs of the society. The Academic Board (commonly referred to as the Academic Committee) is directly responsible for development and execution of all plans and programs that interface with the Society and the academic community. The chair is selected from the Academic Board’s previous year make-up by the International President.

Reality Today

The Academic Committee is more involved throughout the entire SAWE organization and, therefore, supports promoting the Academic Board Chair to a Vice-President position:

  • The Academic Board Chair is now included in the Technical Committee to assist the VP Technical Director in organizing and judging student paper submissions to the SAWE conferences.
  • It is planned to include the Academic Board formally in the site selection, conference announcements and program, and student inclusion in the SAWE international conference planning. The Academic Committee has already been active in student inclusion in the SAWE 2016 – 2018 international conferences.
  • Each year, the SAWE awards an annual local $1,000 scholarship to a student enrolled in an accredited engineering program regional to the International Conference. The selection process has been left to either the local universities or the local SAWE members. It is planned to involve the Academic Committee in the selection process, as it would establish a consistent method of evaluating applicants and awarding scholarship money.

The Academic Board (to be renamed Academic Committee) will remain as a Standing International Committee. This change, in turn, has led to a proposal to change the title and responsibilities of the Academic Committee Chair to Vice-President of Academic Affairs. It is like the way we revised the Standards and Practices Committee with the VP in charge of appointing and replacing his committee members when we changed the roll to a VP position.

Changing the Academic Board Chair to Vice-President of Academic Affairs would retain consistency of the various committee heads’ positions:

Committee Relation within SAWE Chair is:
Awards Internal Not a VP
Financial Planning Internal Not a VP
Membership Internal Not a VP
Projects External Executive VP
Technical External VP Technical Director
Standards & Practices External VP Standards & Practices
Academic External Not a VP

Many decisions regarding the Academic Committee are made at the Executive Board level (functions, personnel, duties and responsibilities, funding, etc.) and the Academic Committee Chair has no voting privileges. Changing the Academic Board Chair position to that of Vice-President of Academic Affairs would include this position on the Executive Committee, thereby giving a voice to the Academic Committee.

 


Change 2 - Secretary of Finance

Enable the Executive Director (ED) to appoint a Secretary of Finance.

As Documented:

The Executive Director shall maintain the funds and financial records of the Society and shall receive and disburse funds as directed by the Board of Directors

Reality Today

The burden on the SAWE Executive Director (ED) has become so great that duties associated with managing finances and financial records needs to be appointed to a new position that will be called Secretary of Finance. The Secretary of Finance will be appointed by the ED. This will allow the ED to delegate the day to day financial obligations and transactions to this new position. This will reduce the workload of the ED and allow for more oversight on strategic planning, marketing and administration of the society.

The concept was presented and discussed at the 2017 Board of Directors meeting held in Montreal, Canada with Kimberly (Kim) Brown appointed to the position on a trial basis ending in December 2017. She has now accepted the position beginning January 1, 2018 and the responsibilities have been formally transitioned to her.

 


Change 3: SAWE Membership Registration

Include Online Application for membership registration or renewal via the SAWE website

As Documented:

Applications for membership shall be made to the Treasurer of the Chapter of their choice, or to the Executive Director if no Chapter affiliation is reasonable or desired.

Reality Today

The internet and software has made it both economical for SAWE and convenient for SAWE members to apply for membership. Our Constitution & By-Laws need to recognize this technology for online registration via SAWE website.

 


SAWE Constitution and Bylaws Changes

Proposed Changes will occur in the following Articles:

Article III Membership

3. Application for membership- include online registration via SAWE website

Article IV International Organization

4. Officers

a) International Officers

Add Vice-President/Academic Affairs

5. Board of Directors

a) The Board of Directors shall consist of the following officers

Add Vice-President/Academic Affairs and renumber as necessary

b) Increase voting power of one (1)

Add Vice-President/ Academic Affairs

Article V Committees

2. International Committees

a) Standing Committees

(1) Change name from ACADEMIC BOARD TO ACADEMIC COMMITTEE

Revise wording as necessary to include the new VP/ Academic Affairs as the chairman in lieu of the chairman of the Academic Board

Article VI Duties OF OFFICERS

  1. International Officers
  • Executive Director.

Revise the duties to include appointment of a Secretary of Finance and delegate the daily and routine financial transactions and obligations to that position.

  • Add responsibility for new position of VP/ACADEMIC AFFAIRS

 


 

2017 Membership Campaign

February 28, 2017
 

2017 SAWE Membership Campaign

 

Free Membership (New and Reinstating Members):
New and reinstating members who sign up with the SAWE for the May 2017 to April 2018 fiscal year get membership FREE from now through April 30, 2017.  That is up to 15% of a membership year FREE.

Unemployed and Renewing ($30 savings):
Members who have become unemployed or remain unemployed are eligible to renew their membership at the retired rate.  The retired rate is $30.

Membership Reload ($20 savings):
Reinstate previous members with no reinstatement fee. Membership is $60.  Offer expires May 31, 2017.

Bonus Round Challenge:
The existing member to refer the most members through any of the above offers receives membership from May 1, 2017 to April 30, 2018.  The person applying for membership must note the existing member in the notes section of their application.  The bonus round challenge ends May 26, 2017. A minimum of three referred members is required for bonus offer eligibility.

Student Membership:
Student membership is FREE.  Make an effort to invite a student for the future of the SAWE.

 

Click here to renew your membership (Login required. See Frequently Asked Questions or contact us).

 

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2017-2018 SAWE International Elections

February 15, 2017

SAWE Vote

2017-2018 SAWE International Elections are now open. Voting ends April 15, 2017. Click the link below to vote online.

[ Click here to vote ]

When you are asked for a Token Number, enter your SAWE Member Number without any dashes. Your SAWE Member Number is will be in the voter email or card sent to all current members. For more information on where to find your SAWE Member Number, click here.

Click read more for candidate information.

 


2017-2018 Candidates for International Offices


President

William BozeWilliam Boze

SOCIETY ACTIVITIES

Society of Allied Weight Engineers

  • Fellow – Elected 2008
  • Honorary Fellow – Elected 2014
  • Current Senior Vice President
  • Former Executive Vice President, two terms
  • Former SAWE Marine Vessel Government Industry Co-Chair
  • Former SAWE Academic Committee Chair
  • Former Deputy to VP Technical
  • 2010 International Conference Co-Chair

Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers

  • Former Member, Technical & Research Ship Design Committee and Weight Engineering Panel Chair
  • Former Naval Architect Advisor – Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School Student Chapter

Other

  • Former Member – Naval Technical Committee – American Bureau of Shipbuilding
  • Former Member, Virginia Tech College of Engineering, Aerospace and Ocean Engineering Advisory Board

 

PLATFORM

My introduction to mass properties control in a vehicle acquisition program was when I was about 30 years old and assigned responsibility for mass properties in a program that was already underway. Two weeks after that assignment, I came face-to-face with a Rear Admiral who was demanding I explain not only how “his” acquisition program got into a weight crisis, but how I was going to lead the program out of that crisis. It was a stressful and unpleasant experience that I would not wish on my worst enemy. The good thing is, I and the program survived, and I never had to experience that again based on what I learned about effective mass properties control.

The industries we all represent today are challenged to reduce cost, increase contract performance, deliver quality, and, most of all, deliver safe products. We tackle this mainly by identifying our program and technical risks, and executing a formulated mitigation plan. One risk we all face today is our age demographics. Veterans with decades of experience and knowledge are retiring at an increasing rate. It is our obligation as a society, to help facilitate this transfer of knowledge to the succeeding generations. I believe this transference of critical knowledge is the opportunity and mechanism for a resurgence in SAWE participation. By addressing this opportunity collaboratively with our members, Corporate Partners, and Academia, we can execute a mitigation plan that addresses the risk and re-instills the values our beloved society. Values like having a strong industry network, best practices presented in the form of new technical papers, plus industry standards and training built on those technical papers. Regardless of the election outcome, I am already well along in my recommendation to the Board of Directors in May of a plan and mechanism which in my view can transfer that knowledge, restore our society values, and prevent some future program and mass properties leader from learning it the hard way at a cost to the program, or an assigned mass properties lead’s wellbeing.

 


Executive Vice President

Rick WatkinsRick Watkins

EDUCATION:

  • BS Aerospace Engineering – Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • MS Aerospace Engineering – University of Texas at Austin
  • MIT Sloan Executive Certificate – Management and Leadership

EXPERIENCE:

2006 – Present           Altair Engineering, Inc.

  • Applications Engineer
  • Sr. Account Manager
  • Regional Sales Manager
  • Sr. Business Development Manager – Enterprise Computing

2005 – 2006    Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.

  • Design Engineer II – 787 Dreamliner

2004 – 2005    Boeing Commercial Aircraft

  • Design Engineer II – 787 Dreamliner 

SOCIETY ACTIVITIES

Society of Allied Weight Engineers

  • Houston Chapter Member 2007-Present
  • Houston Chapter Secretary for 1.5 years 2006-2008 (partial year)
  • Houston Chapter President in 2009
  • International Conference Chairman from 2008-2011
  • Houston Chapter President in 2011
  • Ed Payne Award – 2011
  • Attended International Conferences in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Attended Regional Conferences in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • International Deputy VP Training 2012-2014
  • Fellow – Elected 2014
  • International Sr. Vice President 2014-2016

Other

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics - Member
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers – Member

PLATFORM

Since I joined the Society in 2007, I have been fortunate enough to serve in a number of offices at both the local and International level.  During this time, I have seen how the Society has enacted a number of different changes to our architecture with the aim of modernizing to better fit the needs of our mass properties engineering membership.  One part of that effort was to bring broader financial stability to the society.  Another was to better engage a younger generation of engineers.  As Executive Vice President, I will work to extend the parts of these efforts that work and remove the things that don’t.  In addition, I will work hand in hand with the other elected officers, the Executive Director and the Corporate Partners to bring our attention back to improving our impact on the Society membership.  Specifically, I will work to:

  1. Encourage effective ways to transfer knowledge between our more experienced members and our younger members,
  2. Provide better networking opportunities for everyone,
  3. Encourage innovation in new Society benefits and
  4. Deliver instruction and tools that improve our Members’ value and employment mobility (in other words: getting that new position you want, when you want it!)

I ask for your support in my bid for Executive Vice President and your continuing support as we seek better ways to improve the Society for all of us.

 


Senior Vice President

Ruben González-González

EDUCATION:

  • Aerospace Engineering Degree – Polytechnic University Madrid (UPM)
  • Industrial Management Engineering Master Degree - Polytechnic University Madrid (UPM)