Message from new Honorary Fellow

Our SAWE Constitution classifies different levels of membership (Honorary Fellow, Fellow and Benefactor) and assigns the responsibility of presenting nominations and coordinating other awards distributed by other SAWE Offices and committees to the SAWE Awards Committee.  It is one way that we as mass properties professionals and service providers recognize individuals who have materially contributed to the advancement of mass properties and our society. During the Awards Banquet at the International Conference, the Awards Committee Chair presented this year’s award recipients.  One of the recipients was Robert Hundl from Fluor, who was unable to attend the conference due to conflicts. Following the conference, Robert sent the SAWE President, Executive Vice President, and Executive Director an email thanking SAWE for bestowing the title of Honorary Fellow. But his message said more, which I (Bill Boze) as President found inspiring.  So with Robert’s permission, I share his message with all of you in the hopes it will inspire you as well, and relay Roberts’s appreciation to the society.

SAWE,

I would like to thank you for bestowing the Honorary Fellow title upon me.  As many of you know, I have been involved in SAWE for many years (since 1992).  I have had the pleasure to know many of the great SAWE Fellows and Honorary Fellows that have become before me.  Sadly some are no longer with us.  Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the Texas conference this year due to timing issues, but Clint met me before I flew back to England and presented the award to me.  Thanks Clint.

Some SAWE members may look upon achieving Fellow or Honorary Fellow as completing a goal – they check the box, and then disappear only rarely to be seen or heard.  However, many of the greats have continued to offer support and guidance to the society well past receiving any honor or award.  I hope to someday belong to this latter group.  I feel that with the honor, comes responsibility and duty to the organization, no less then when pursuing the honor. While no one can guarantee what the future may bring, we can step out the door and take the journey together to see where it takes us.

Once again, thank you very much for this honor.

My humble regards,

Robert Hundl

SAWE Honorary Fellow

 

Call to the SAWE Membership – Academic Committee Needs your Help!

The Academic Committee is gathering all available materials regarding Classes, Presentations and Papers for Students (college-level) and Ideas for Student Projects and Events. The intent is to build a SAWE library of resources pertaining to introductory mass properties and introduction to the SAWE.  It is also the SAWE President’s desire to leverage existing work towards developing a Mass Properties training certification program for academic and newly assigned mass properties engineers.

Initially, these currently available materials will be able to be used by any SAWE member for a SAWE Chapter or local university outreach meeting, or for inspiring ideas for Chapter or local school events. Some of the very interesting and diverse materials we have so far include:

  • Introduction to the SAWE – Whidy Kiskunas
  • SAWE University Outreach Presentation – Casey Regan
  • Why Mass Properties Engineers Matter – Robert Zimmerman
  • The Value of Mass Properties Engineering  Roger Belt
  • Weight & Mass Properties Engineering for Aircraft Design – Whidy Kiskunas & Rod Van Dyk; Based on material originated by Casey Regan
  • The Secret Life of the Center of Gravity  Robert Zimmerman & Kristen Terry
  • Mass Properties Engineering as a Systems Engineering Discipline – Robert Zimmerman
  • Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering; Course NAME 581: Introduction to Ship Design – Andy Schuster

These resources will be available in the SAWE Group Office folder.  If you or your SAWE Chapter have any material you would like to contribute to our library, please contact me (V.P. of Academic Affairs) at Donna.Gerren@Colorado.EDU.  Let’s hope we can provide a wealth of information useful to our membership for SAWE meetings and outreach activities. Thank you very much for your contributions!

Donna Gerren

SAWE Executive Director Job Opportunity

The Society of Allied Weight Engineers is encouraging our members to step forward and be considered for the appointment as our next Executive Director. Our current Executive Director, Ron Fox is in his fourteenth year in this capacity and has announced his intention to resign, effective at close of business following the Board of Directors meeting on May 18, 2019.

If you are interested in this opportunity or would like to learn more about what the job would entail, please go to https://www.sawe.org/jobs/sawe to learn more.  You will find a timeline of events, job criteria, and more.

Technical Input on In Service Weight Control

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.

Thanks.

Clint.

SAWE 2018 Awards

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!

Scholarship Award, SAWE Texas 2018 International Conference

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.

hotel room nights for the International conference, reserve ASAP, SAWE block

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!

President of SAWE and President-elect of SNAME Meet

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.

Regards,

Bill Boze, SAWE President

2018 SAWE Southwest Regional Conference

This conference was both more work and more fun than I expected. In late 2017 John Hargrave and Yi-Ling Tam from the LA chapter attended a meeting of the San Diego chapter and pitched the idea of putting on a regional conference in early 2018. Our San Diego chapter just restarted in 2017 – we have a small membership and only held a few meetings up to that time. “We can do this together!” John said. “It’ll be fun!” Yi-Ling said. “Ok, I’m in!” I said.

A little cheerleading and arm-twisting later, John and I are co-chairing weekly meetings of an enthusiastic conference committee. I’d never done anything like this before, so when I say “co-chairing” I mean I’m riding in John’s wake. In less than 8 weeks, our conference went off with barely a hiccup. I learned a lot and I’d probably do it again. In a few years.

The conference, hosted by the LA, San Diego and Mojave chapters was held March 8-10 at the Temecula Creek Inn in Temecula, California. The location was perfect – a small resort hotel in a beautiful area close to LA and San Diego. The food was great, the facilities and staff were excellent and the weather was lovely – other than raining on my golf game.

We had roughly 50 attendees split between the technical session and training class on Friday, and about two dozen people at training on Saturday. Most came from the local region, but some flew in from as far away as Europe. John tells me that is an excellent turnout for a regional.

The technical session chaired by John Nakai included seven technical presentations, four exhibitor presentations, and a panel discussion. I thought the panel discussion on cross-industry Standards and Practices hosted by Andy Shuster was informative and a welcome break from a day of lectures. Bill Boze and Clint Stephenson gave a tantalizing outbrief of their mass properties survey and they enlisted the whole audience in data mining. (You all took the survey, didn’t you? https://www.sawe.org/survey/) I thought the audience participation was a great way to drive interest and engagement with the topic. In a brief and touching speech, Megan Derrig put out a request for artifacts in remembrance of Jim Valentine, who had recently passed (megan.derrig@lmco.com). Finally, Errol Oguzhan invited us all to the 2018 international conference in Dallas – less than two months away!

Dan Rowley organized a generous training program. A class on the Automated Weight and Balance System (AWBS) was held by Harold Smoot on Friday. Two new classes were on Saturday: “Designing the Aircraft of the Future” with Andy Walker and Jerry Pierson, and “Materials and Mass Properties” with Victor Hillyard. Also on Saturday, a ShipWeight user’s session was held by Bruce Hays.

I’d like to thank our exhibitors Intercomp (who was also a sponsor), ShipWeight, Ensinger and i.e. Solutions, and our break sponsors Morf3D and Space Electronics for their generous support.

Many thanks to our hard-working conference committee, particularly to John Hargrave for keeping a steady hand on the tiller and to Ron Fox for being a great mentor.

Thanks also to the presenters and attendees. If you were an attendee I hope you were inspired to create and present a paper of your own next time. It may take some work, but it’s tremendously rewarding.

For those planning or considering a SAWE Regional Conference, here are some lessons learned from the conference committee:

The planning committee was in place and weekly teleconferences were held starting two months ahead of the conference date. That felt about the minimum amount of time to get everything done – but only because we stayed focused on the actions. Each meeting had an agenda and minutes with actions were taken. Webex or other live image sharing could have helped, but was not critical. Some committee members had difficulty communicating and sharing documents via email, possibly due to workplace firewalls. This could have been avoided with better use of Group-Office on the SAWE website.

We had good engagement from committee members and all had clear responsibilities. Committee members should be empowered to make decisions and recruit help from outside the committee as needed. Having two co-chairs to spread the load and Ron as mentor was a big help.

Ensure that all needed computers, projectors, screens, power cables, extension cords, data cables and data cable adapters (e.g. HDMI to VGA as needed) for all training, technical sessions and registration have been sourced and will work together. Consider making this the responsibility of an audio-video focal on the planning committee. We didn’t and had to scramble to recover.

The hotel facility in Temecula was the right location, the right size, had the right facilities and had good food and a great setting. Hotel staff was courteous and willing to work with us to make last-minute adjustments. An on-site visit to the facility during planning is a must.

Schedule training to start after the conference opening remarks. All attendees should have the opportunity to attend the opening.

Training instructors and the technical session host should arrive early for their class/ session to get the audio visual checked out, hooked up, and ready to go. Assume some adjustments will be required.

Use one computer to show all technical presentations. All presentations should be pre-loaded. Alternately, the computer should have a connection to SAWE Group-Office and all presentations uploaded to Group-Office (ensure that the hotel has an internet connection in the conference room). It couldn’t hurt to have all presentations both on the technical session host’s computer and in Group-Office, just to be sure. What if the host forgets his laptop?

Make sure that the scheduled times in Regonline, on the SAWE website announcement and in the program are accurate.

The committee discussed placing a tip jar in the hospitality suite to raise money for the scholarship fund. Nobody took the action and it was not done, but I think it’s a good idea for a future conference.

Apparently Regonline has a badge feature. We never noticed until after the conference. It may help future planners.

Use Regonline’s “aborted registration attempt” feature to identify people who tried to register but stopped before completion. They may need some help to sign up.

Getting exhibitors and sponsors takes a long time and is a group effort. Have a draft program to show potential exhibitors and sponsors so they can clearly understand what they are paying for.

Reach out to the International officers for advice and help.

Thank your exhibitors and sponsors, the host facility, conference committee and attendees!

Doug Fisher