Here’s a fun article. Got me thinking about new mission profiles from my #DJIMavicMini
With SAWE’s increased use of Zoom for online meetings, please beware of something called “ZoomBombing”. I’ve added some info on properly configuring your Zoom account to the SAWE Zoom Meetings page.
Please DO NOT publicly share any Zoom meeting details. This article outlines some vulnerable settings that allow internet trolls to sabotage Zoom meetings with something called ZoomBombing.
After you have created a personal Zoom account, here are some settings to help prevent this:
IF you have the need to publicly sharing Zoom links where they could be discovered by trolls, be sure to change screen sharing to “Host Only” before a call starts. Some tips for other ways to protect your Zoom calls include:
- Disable “Join Before Host” so people can’t cause trouble before you arrive.
- Enabling “Co-Host” so you can assign others to help moderate.
- Disable “File Transfer” so there’s no digital virus sharing.
- Disable “Allow Removed Participants to Rejoin” so booted attendees can’t slip back in.
The 2020 conference now has it’s own social media channels on Facebook and Instagram: sawe_conference_2020
Many thanks to Laura Bethge-Meyer from the Central European Chapter for taking the initiative to create these new social media feeds specifically for the upcoming conference in Hamburg!
Go follow on Instagram and “like” on Facebook: sawe_conference_2020
SAWE Executive Director, Bill Boze, has released a statement regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in regards to the 79th International Conference on Mass Properties Engineering. See the Conference webpage for more details.
The Texas Chapter will be supporting the SAE Aero Design West competition again this year by weighing each competitor’s airplane and payload during the event. See the Texas Chapter website for more details.
Just a quick note to inform you that the conference announcement is now available for download and review on the conference webpage: https://www.sawe.org/conferences/intl20
Start making your plans for Hamburg, Germany!
For active users of Group Office, you will notice things looking a little different the next time you log in. For starters the login page looks different:
And the main landing page looks different:
Group Office just went a system update to Version 6.4.106. The update generally affects the overall look and feel. However the same functionality exists from the previous version. There may be a few new features and you may experience a little bit different user interaction. Rest assured all the data is still there. If you get stuck or need help click on “Help” under your profile icon in the top right corner:
Please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org or feel free to share a comment to the blog if you can’t find something or have trouble getting around.
As some might have become aware, SAWE is now using a conferencing app called Zoom. We’re encouraging everyone to use this for SAWE meetings over Join.me or any other service. SAWE has purchased a pro license with 2 host accounts that will allow unlimited time and up to 100 people in an online meeting. Bill Boze is the main admin for this and can assign host role as needed.
However you don’t need to depend on Bill to schedule meetings or ask to host a meeting. There is a free version open to everyone with all the same features as the pro license, except the meeting length is limited to 40 minutes. The work around for this is to plan back to back meetings if you expect to need more time. If you want to hold a 1 on 1 meeting to screen share something, there is no time limit. If you have a need to host a recurring meeting for SAWE business, contact Bill to get something scheduled.
Go to zoom.com to try it out and sign up for an account. We did some testing before making the switch from Join.me and found that Zoom will work behind most company firewalls. There is a downloadable Zoom app for computer and mobile devices that will provide the best full-featured experience. If you can’t get the app installed the web based version should also work without issues.
I’m attaching some notes that Bill compiled on using Zoom. Some of these notes apply only to the advance features on the Pro license but still good to look thru. Give this tool a try and leave any feedback you might have in the comments.
The SAWE is proud to be able to confer recognition to our members via the presentation of awards. These awards are handed out at the conclusion of the International Conference at the Awards Banquet. The basic categories are: Membership Awards; Paper Awards; President’s Awards; and Publication Awards.
There are four categories of Membership Awards, which are determined by a multi-step process that begins with a person receiving a nomination for a award and continues with an assessment by the Awards Committee consisting of Honorary Fellows. The Awards Committee presents the year’s prospective awardees to the Board of Directors, who vote on each nominee, and then those who receive the Board of Directors approval are revealed at the Awards Banquet and receive their Award.
This year, we honored three individuals for their continued and sustained service to the SAWE. The Board of Directors approved the elevation of two members to Fellow and one to Honorary Fellow.
Fellows are those who have achieved Distinction in Mass Properties Engineering or who have Materially Contributed to the advancement of the Society. .
The first member elevated to Fellow was Ms. Amanda Cutright. Amanda was co-chair of the 78th Annual SAWE Conference, was an SAWE Outstanding Young Engineer in 2011, nominated for Outstanding Young Engineer of the Year by the Peninsula Engineering Council in 2012 and INCOSE in 2013. Ms. Cutright was the mass properties lead for the Orion MPCV Pad Abort 1 Flight Test and has been lead system engineer on multiple programs. She has authored 3 papers, including one SAWE paper, and starred in an SAWE podcast.
The Board of Directors also approved the elevation of Mr. Nicholas Marickovich to Fellow. Nick works at Newport News Shipbuilding where he has received two Shipbuilding Excellence Awards (2011 and 2018), and in a feat of endurance has hiked over 2000 miles on the Appalachian Trail and written a paper describing the mass properties aspects of this endeavor. Mr. Marickovich has served in the Hampton Roads Chapter as Secretary and Director. More significantly, Mr. Marickovich served as Deputy Vice President of the SAWE for Publications, and has now taken over the role of Vice President – Publications.
Honorary Fellow Awards
Honorary Fellows are those who have achieved Eminence in Mass Properties Engineering or have made Outstanding Contributions to the advancement of the Society.
This year, Mr. Errol Oguzhan was raised to Honorary Fellow status. Errol has chaired/co-chaired two SAWE International Conferences, in 2001 and 2017. Mr. Oguzhan was instrumental in integrating Training into the International Conference curriculum and is a major reason for many mass properties practitioners to come to conferences. Mr. Oguzhan chaired a committee that is looking at ways to increase technical interchange while lowering costs to members who attend or would like to attend conferences. Mr. Oguzhan is our incoming SAWE Senior Vice President.
The SAWE evaluates every paper submitted, and assigns a numerical rating to each paper. This numerical rating is used to determine which paper or papers deserve special commendations. For Student Papers, the top three papers receive a cash prize along with their certificates. Other paper submissions vie for the Best Paper Award, named for founding member Mike Hackney. In special cases, a Special Merit Award may be given for an outstanding paper. This year, in Norfolk, two papers were granted Special Merit Awards.
First Prize – $1,000
University of Colorado Team – Marcos Mejia, Alexander Sandoval, Alexis Sotomayor, Ashley Montalvo, Brandon Santori, Brindan Adhikari, Colin Chen,Junzhe He, Michely Tenardi, and Quinter Nyland – Paper S3725 HERMES: Hazard Examination Reconnaissance Messenger for Extended Surveillance
Second Prize – $750
NASA Space Habitat Intern Team – Maxwell Devoe (University of Albany), Ariel Tokarz (Georgia Institute of Technology), and Samuel Park (University of California San Diego) – Paper S3726 Toolchain Integration for Space Habitat Design
Third Prize – $500
NASA Intern – Brittany Johnston (Old Dominion University) – Paper S3730 Path To Be An Engineer
Mike Hackney – Best Paper Award
Anjie Emmett – Paper 3710 Application of The Law of Propagation of Uncertainties To A Weight And CG Measurement System
Special Merit Award
Colin MacFarlane and Manuela Bucci – Paper 3719 Modernising Ship Stability: Lightship Evolution Diagnostics With In- Service Stability Measurements
Special Merit Award
Giorgio Previati and Federico Ballo – Paper 3727 Trifilar Pendulum: Non-Smalloscillations And Calibration
Zimmerman – VP Technical
The VP-TD authored several blog and journal entries with the expressed intent on encouraging the SAWE membership to continue to excel and inculcate the Mass Properties message within their communities and companies. A new, easy-to-use PowerPoint Template was issued to bring uniformity and readability to our visual presentations – for this I would particularly like to thank Mr, Doug Fisher of the San Diego Chapter for his excellent aid in developing this template. Other authoring duties were shared with Honorary Fellow Alan Titcomb in distilling the results of the Mass Properties Survey into a concise presentation that can be used by our members to help receive backing for mass properties activities within their organizations. Also assisted me with writing the letter to the over 200 leaders of industry and government organizations informing them of what SAWE was doing to address the risks and opportunities in mass properties discipline. In appreciation, SAWE President would like to recognize his service to the organization and mass properties community.
SAWE as the Director of the Southeast Chapter. As one of the original authors of the 2000 revision to the SAWE Engineering Handbook, Damian saw the need to once again step up and upgrade this key document. By converting the decades-old handbook text and tables to the current Standards and Practices’ MS Word Template, he improved the accuracy, legibility and consistency of the Handbook, and made it much more conducive to future upgrades. His efforts also provided a mentoring opportunity to get new members involved with SAWE, and to familiarize them with our SAWE technical resources. Damian acted as the project leader, chief editor of the entire document, and conversion author for several sections. This effort involved hundreds of hours of his personal time. Damian also recruited other members to assist in this endevour:
- Peter Stubbers
- Ross Campbell
- Dell Ruff
- Thomas Tanner
- Luis Alberto Lopez
We look forward to Damian and his expanding team’s final result planned for release next May of 2020, where we will fully acknowledge the completed efforts of this team’s two-year commitment. In appreciation, SAWE President would like to recognize Damian’s leadership and service to the organization and mass properties community.
Yi-Ling Tam and John Hargrave
President Bill Boze appointed this special committee as a result of the 2018 Mass Properties Survey, with Yi-Ling Tam as the chair and John Hargrave as the co-chair. In December 2018, Yi-Ling and John attended a two-day American National Standards Institute (ANSI) seminar to learn what was required to achieve ANSI accredited personnel certification, in accordance with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 17024 standard.
The committee was expanded in February to include: Clint Stephenson, Andy Schuster, Dan Rowley, John Nakai, Jeff Cerro, Robert Zimmerman, and Darren Gamble. With Yi-Ling’s and John’s leadership, they and their committee
- Reviewed and assessed the ANSI/ISO requirements.
- Performed a gap analysis revealed that about 150 new policies/procedures would be required to be written
- Created a certification scheme to ANSI/ISO requirements
- Established sub committees
- Conducted a 2019 marketing survey of our community of SAWE members & partners
- And briefed us at this conference on Monday of their activity and plan going forward.
The SAWE President would like to recognize their service to the organization and mass properties community.
Best Website award: Los Angeles Chapter
The LA Chapter website had good aesthetics, had been updated recently, and all the links presented were functional. A good example for any chapter getting ready to start or update their website.
Best Journal Article: Making a Thriving Career in Mass Properties Engineering, by Robert Zimmerman
This article appeared in the Winter 2019 edition of Weight Engineering (Vol 78 Issue 2). This very well written, highly recommended article contained advice for the Mass Properties Engineer at any stage of their professional life.
Every year the SAWE conducts an International Conference on Mass Properties Engineering. This is a major undertaking and requires support from our officers, the host committee, and from our Corporate Partners, Conference Sponsors, and Vendors. Our Vendors and Sponsors host booths and give presentations during the conference. These presentations allow conference attendees to experience the products and services our vendors and sponsors provide to the Aerospace, Marine, Offshore, Land and Allied industries.
However, only a small proportion of SAWE members are able to attend a conference. Therefore, these presentations reach only a small portion of their potential audience. Starting with the just concluded 78th International Conference on Mass Properties Engineering held in Norfolk Virginia in May, the SAWE will be making these presentations available to all who visit our website. It is our sincere desire that these presentations will aid our members in making decisions as to what products and services they choose to enhance their company’s products and the members’ capabilities as mass properties practitioners.
The 2019 Vendor and Sponsor presentations are available on the SAWE website at:
Please visit this page and learn what resources are available for your own use as an engineer and for your projects which require mass properties control.