For me, the recent SAWE conferences have given me renewed drive to go back to work and continue to earn my paycheck, but with increased personal investment in my career, my company, and my SAWE Family. Getting to listen to very interesting technical presentations, network with a like-minded group, engage our Exhibitors, and see growth of our profession first hand is an opportunity worth the personal investment of time and finances. You might be surprised by the response of your management when you build a solid business case for why they should invest in their future by promoting your participation in the SAWE. Resources for this exist on our website. Use The Welcome to the SAWE pitch as a baseline, https://www.sawe.org/system/files/Welcome_to_SAWE_Company_0.pdf. Use the 2018 SAWE Industry Survey results at https://www.sawe.org/blog/2018/08/12/sawe-survey-results/. Review tips for justification of attending a conference at https://www.sawe.org/conferences/conferencetips. INSPIRE the future by digesting Rod Van Dyk’s article in the 2018 Fall Journal, https://www.sawe.org/members/journal/fall_2018.
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Dear Mass Properties Engineering Industry participants,
The SAWE recently conducted an industry survey with the ultimate objective of stimulating increased collaboration between Academia, SAWE Company Members and Corporate Partners, society members, and the SAWE Executive Board toward a common objective of addressing the current risks and opportunities.
Summarized results are available here.
Please use this forum to discuss the results and the direction of our society.
Paper 3699 “The Health of Mass Properties Engineering in Aerospace, Marine, Offshore, Land Vehicles, and Allied Industries – Results of a 2018 Industry Survey” with the detailed results can be downloaded from the SAWE document ordering and downloading database at https://www.sawe.org/papers/3699.
Please take the initiative to proactively participate in our Society of Allied Weight Engineers resulting in the betterment of our World through open collaboration.
SAWE Executive Vice President
I thought I would start a thread on a topic of conversation, In Service Weight Control, from recent SAWE events. After a platform is put into operation, configuration changes take place throughout operation. This must be kept track of for safe and successful operation.
What related experiences can you share?
I’ll start. I perform Integrated Mass Properties analysis on the International Space Station (ISS). I gather inputs from the International partners on Visiting Vehicles coming and going. I gather inputs from our International partners on modules. I gather inputs from our Configuration team as changes are made, for example moving Orbital Replacement Units (ORUs) from their storage location on ISS to their new location to support continued operation. I verify the inputs make sense and question everything that doesn’t.
When you put it all together, you have analysis of the ISS at any given point in time needed to operate the ISS as it orbits our Earth every 90 minutes.
Consider sharing your experiences here, at a local chapter meeting, in a presentation / paper, and/or at a conference.
I am hoping this will be a catalyst to increased technical discussion.
Early every calendar year, the SAWE Awards Committee emails chapter Directors in search of nominations for the Richard Boynton Lifetime Achievement, Honorary Fellow, Fellow, and Ed Payne Outstanding Young Engineer awards. The awards recognize exceptional young engineers as well as those who have contributed to the advancement of the society. The Awards Committee announces the winners at the yearly Awards Banquet held at the end of the International Conference. The winners announced at the Irving, Texas conference that just concluded include : Robert W. Ridenour (Saint Louis) – Richard Boynton Lifetime Achievement award, Clint Bower (United Kingdom) – Honorary Fellow award, Robert Hundl (Houston) – Honorary Fellow award, Ian David Bennett (Canada) – Fellow award, Claudia Rosenberger (Central European) – Fellow award, Dan Rowley (Los Angeles) – Fellow award, Clint Stephenson (Houston) – Fellow award, Brian Huber (Texas) – Ed Payne Outstanding Young Engineer award, Lori Sandberg (Houston) – Ed Payne Outstanding Young Engineer award, and Simone Umbach (Central European) – Ed Payne Outstanding Young Engineer award. Congratulations!
Congratulations to Matthew Knickerbocker of the University of Colorado Boulder for winning the scholarship awarded by the SAWE Texas 2018 International Conference. As a Junior studying Aerospace Engineering, some of his accomplishments to date include attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant with the United States Air Force, interning as an Engineer with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, making the Deans list since 2016, and being inducted into Sigma Gamma Tau, the national aerospace engineering society. Matthew intends to continue his studies to earn his BS and MS degrees. He aspires to specialize in aerodynamics and aircraft design to become an aerodynamicist on a modern aircraft program. Kudos Matthew. You are highly deserving of this award. The SAWE looks forward to your continued high level of success.
Please reserve your room for the SAWE Texas 2018 International Conference by the April 13, 2018 at 5 PM Central time cutoff time to get the SAWE rate and help us meet our contract requirement with the Sheraton DFW. Navigate to https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action?id=1708024280&key=21B77EF2 and book your room today. T-4 weeks until ignition!
We will once again have a membership drive for the last quarter of the 2017-2018 fiscal year beginning February 1. The reinstatement fee of $20 to renew membership for the remainder of the year will be waived. In addition, the reinstated member and new or renewing members will have their membership end date extended to April 30, 2019.
SAWE is going to try a new policy to help curb the workload of the Executive Director, Ron Fox, and the Secretary of Finance, Kim Brown. Beginning February 1, 2018 membership renewal and new or reinstated membership should be done online from our website (https://www.sawe.org/about/membership/application).
If the Chapter Treasurer or his designee wishes to collect fees, it becomes the responsibility of the chapter to compile the records for means of collection and for the distribution of the funds either to or from the Secretary of Finance.
Ron Fox, Executive Director
Kim Brown, Secretary of Finance
Clint Stephenson, Individual Membership Chairman