The Society of Allied Weight Engineers (SAWE) 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.

2018 SAWE International Conference on Mass Properties Engineering

77 th SAWE Inernational Conference
on Mass Properties Engineering

May 5-10, 2018
Irving, Texas, USA 


Conference Announcement

2018 SAWE International Conference Announcement (click to view)

Conference Program

2018 SAWE International Conference Program

Table of Contents Page

President’s Invitation
Co-Chairmen’s Invitation
VP Vendor Relations Invitation
Corporate Partners
VP Technical Director’s Invitation
Technical Forum 
Hotel Layout
Opening Speaker
ShipWeight User Group Meeting
VP SnP’s Invitation
SnP Luncheon Speaker
Training Program
General Information
Host Committee
Registration Information

Training Classes

Guest/Family Tours

Networking Events





Hotel Reservations

Sheraton DFW Airport Hotel
4440 West John Carpenter Freeway
Irving, Texas 75063
(972) 929-8400

Our room block has been reserved at the Sheraton DFW Airport Hotel. Rooms are available to our group two days pre- and post-conference from Friday, May 4 through Friday, May 11, based on hotel availability. The special conference room rate is $149 plus 15% local and state taxes per night. Sheraton Reservations can be made online at the link below or at 1-888-627-8190, use our group name – Society of Allied Weight Engineers – SAWE. The cutoff date for our guaranteed room block is April 13, 2018

Online Hotel Reservations


February 15, 2018


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.


Volume 77 - Winter 2018 - No. 2

2018 Winter Journal



The Value of Mass Properties Engineering by Roger L. Belt
Statistical Mass Properties Predictions for a Production Program by Ricardo Roy
A Mentoring Odyssey by Robert Zimmerman
Methods to Evaluate the Mass Properties of a Scale Aircraft by Eetu Kohtanen, University of Georgia, R. Benjamin Davis, University of Georgia
In Memoriam - Jim Valentine
President's Message
Index of Advertisers
SAWE Corporate Partners
Texas Regional Highlights
SAWE Adopts New Media Strategy

Printed versions are available from

SAWE Members may download the PDF version of the Winter 2018 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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77th Annual International Conference on Mass Properties Engineering
May 5-10, 2018
Irving, Texas, USA
Sheraton, DFW Airport Hotel

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.



January 29, 2018

Kim and Pat Brown suggest a donation to the Scholarship Fund in lieu of flowers after the tragic loss of their daughter, Geena, to an auto accident on January 27, 2018

You may donate to the SAWE Scholarship Fund using the following link:

Donate to SAWE Scholarship Fund


January 12, 2018


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

Papers solicited deal with current issues and recent advances in Mass Properties and related engineering disciplines. Our Technical sessions will cover the following topics:

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


Since 1939, the Society of Allied Weight Engineers has been promoting recognition of mass properties as a specialized discipline. The principal means for accomplishing this objective is the annual conference for presentation of papers and discussion of engineering standards and recommended practices. Papers and reports are published and distributed.


Abstracts should include the paper title, author's name, position and company affiliation. They should be 250 - 350 words in length and should contain a statement of the problem or objective, the method of approach, and a summary of conclusions. The abstract should not deal with specific data. To submit abstracts or for more information, please use our contact form.



Volume 76 - Spring 2017 - No. 3

2017 Spring  Journal



Weight and CG Curtailment by Patrick Brown
Advanced Lightweight 3D Structures (AL3DS) Manufacturing Design Concept by Max L. Feldman, Jonathan Sobol, and Dr. Donna Geren
Integrated Product Design and Weight Engineering by Dhiren Verma
Weight Distribution for On-Shore Modules by Robert J. Hundl
In Memorium – Burton L. Walker, Jr
SAWE Corporate Partners
Chapter Reports
Journal Cover Material Needed
Index of Advertisers

Printed versions are available from

SAWE Members may download the PDF version of the Spring 2017 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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We are running very short of cover photographs for the cover of Weight Engineering, the Journal of the SAWE.

We have used aircraft photos on the last three issues and need to have some variety, i.e., ships, rockets, satellites, ground vehicles, etc.

Each photo should be accompanied by a short (one paragraph) write-up to go on the Table of Contents page. If you wish, a longer article on the subject of the photograph can be sent to be used in the Journal.

We will consider all contributions. Thanks for your help.


Robert W. Ridenour
International Vice President/Publications