Standards and Practices: Missiles and Space Second Quarterly Meeting on Friday, June 04, 2021

Please join Jeff Cerro and Richard Manning for the second quarterly 2021 Standards and Practices Missiles & Space committee for a Zoom meeting on Friday, June 04th starting at 8 am Pacific, 11 am Eastern, 1700 Central European time. We expect the meeting to last an hour. The agenda highlights of the meeting are:

  • Setting the agenda for Missiles & Space for the SAWE International Conference in October
  • Updating the committee on the progress on the Missiles & Space Recommended Practices (RPs)
    • RP-A6, Coordinate Systems: Moving on to the Committee Draft.
    • RP A-16, Mass Properties Measurement: Figures redone, what’s next?
  • Presenting a special topic:  H2 for Sustainability — What does it mean to the M&S Mass Properties Engineering (MPE) community?

Registration in advance is required for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Please note that to join the meeting, you MUST use the Zoom desktop client or mobile app. You will not be able to join using the web client.

Standards and Practices: Military Aircraft Industry Subcommittee Meeting: May 18, 2021

All are welcome to join the Standards and Practices Committee Military Aircraft Industry Subcommittee for a Zoom meeting on May 18th from 10:00 – 12:00 PM US Eastern Daylight Time. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss:

  • Preparations for the SAWE International Conference in October
  • Solicit presentations and volunteers to develop presentations for the Military Aircraft session at the International Conference
  • Short Topic – Recent Experience in Out-of-Tolerance Weighing Results of US Navy Aircraft

Registration in advance is required for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Please note that to join the meeting, you MUST use the Zoom desktop client or mobile app. You will not be able to join using the web client.

Beware of ZoomBombing

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 SAWE 79th Conference on Mass Properties Engineering is now on Social Media!

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

Texas Chapter needs volunteers for SAE Aero Design West, April 4-5, 2020

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.

79th SAWE International Conference on Mass Properties Engineering – Announcement is online

Just a quick note to inform you that the conference announcement is now available for download and review on the conference webpage:

Start making your plans for Hamburg, Germany!

SAWE Group Office Update


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:

Group Office Login Page

And the main landing page looks different:

Group Office Main Page

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:

Group Office Help

Please let us know at or feel free to share a comment to the blog if you can’t find something or have trouble getting around.

SAWE using ZOOM for online meetings. And you can too!

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 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 to try it out and sign up for an account. We did some testing before making the switch from 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.