Hello fellow mass properties engineers,
I just wanted to share with you that I had lunch recently with Suzanne Beckstoffer, the President-Elect of the International Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (the Marine version of AIAA). The objectives of that lunch were to compare and discuss challenges common within engineering organizations and professional societies, plus explore a potential relationship that could benefit both societies and its members.
I elected to have this exchange first with SNAME as opposed to AIAA or other professional societies because I had been a member of SNAME for nearly 40 years. Plus, Suzanne periodically worked alongside me over the years at Huntington Ingalls Industries. In addition, Suzanne was also mentored by the same person as I when we both entered the company a few years apart (yes, Darth Vader – See SAWE Winter Journal). We were reminded of that mentoring by Vader when we both were discussing how we learned the true value of being an active professional society member.
Anyway, Suzanne and I agreed to pursue a relationship between our societies, and she intends to next bring with her their Executive Director to our next meeting. I’ll be looking to do likewise.
Bill Boze, SAWE President