The Society of Allied Weight Engineers (SAWE) goals are to promote mass properties engineering as a specialized discipline and to provide a means for those interested in mass properties engineering to work together to further their professional goals. Since its inception in 1939, the SAWE has grown to include 22 chapters located in the United States, Brazil, Canada, Central Europe, India, and the United Kingdom and has members from over 22 countries. The Society promotes technical interchange between its members through international and regional conferences, the Weight Engineering Journal, specialized training, technical papers and a growing number of professional publications.

76th International Conference on Mass Properties Engineering

Weight Engineering - Fall 2016

Volume 76 - Fall 2016 - No. 1

2016 Winter Journal


Training Classes
Special Events
Conference Opening Speaker
Technical Tracks
Standards/Practices Workshops
Exhibitors and Sponsors
From the Host’s Point of View
Honors and Awards
Conference Registrants and Guests
Minutes of BOD Meeting
Development of a Conceptual Flight Vehicle Design Weight Estimation Method Library
by Andy Walker
In Memorium - Robert Chitwood
In Memorium - Anne Ljone
President's Message
Thank You Note
Good Leaders Ask Dumb Questions by Walt Grassl
SAWE Corporate Partners
Index of Advertisers
Chapter Reports

SAWE Members may download the PDF version of the Fall 2016 Weight Engineering Journal for free. Log-in to your membership account is required. For more information about how to setup or access your membership account, please view our Frequently Asked Questions.


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Call for Papers and Instructions to Authors

The SAWE is actively soliciting papers and presentations for the following Regional and International Conferences.

2017 SAWE International Conference - Sponsorship Opportunities

76th Annual International Conference on Mass Properties Engineering
May 20-25, 2017
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Hotel Omni Mont-Royal

The Society of Allied Weight Engineers (SAWE) provides opportunities to connect with engineers and industry professionals from large and small companies from around the world. SAWE conferences and technical publications support a wide range of industries including aerospace, defense, government, marine, automotive, airline and other related industries. The SAWE is focused on:

  • Providing a means for those interested in mass properties engineering to work together to further their professional goals.
  • Promoting recognition of mass properties engineering as a specialized discipline in the entire spectrum of professional engineering.
  • Serving as a medium for the exchange of current mass properties related techniques and state of the art improvements in the profession.
  • Promoting the design and manufacture of optimum weight equipment, development of new materials, and improvements in the state of the art.
  • Encouraging members to promote continuous improvement in the interrelations between mass properties engineers for mutual benefit.
  • Publicly recognizing any person or organization that significantly enhances the professionalism of the Society or develops new technology that improves the state of the art of mass properties engineering efficiencies.
  • Promoting the inclusion of mass properties engineering in the curriculum of study in institutions of higher learning.
  • Providing training for those working in the field of Mass Properties.


Individuals Needed for Industry Committee for Ground Vehicle Mass Properties

February 8, 2016


The SAWE is restarting the Ground Vehicles Standards and Practices Industry Committee and are trying to identify those who are interested in discussing a revision to SAWE’s Recommended Practice No. RP-5 “Mass Properties Control System for Wheeled and Tracked Vehicles”. We would like to hold an in-person meeting, a Go-To-Meeting, or a combination of both at the SAWE Annual Conference on May 24th or 25th to discuss the requirements and direction of this document moving forward. Please use this contact form if you wish to participate, so that we may ensure appropriate meeting accommodations are available at the conference.

Please forward this to anyone who may be interested in ground vehicle Mass Properties Control (i.e., truck, tanks, buses, farm equipment, ATV, motorcycle, cars, trams, etc.). Membership in SAWE is not required for participation on this committee, and we would like to include input from all of the areas within this group.