83rd SAWE Conference Information

83rd International Conference


Welcome to our 2024 Virtual Conference

May 20th - 22nd, 2024

The Society of Allied Weight Engineers (SAWE) is excited to welcome you to attend our 83rd Annual Conference on Mass Properties Engineering which will be held virtually this year to accommodate all those global members who are unable to travel to an in-person conference due to cost or schedule constraints. Use the buttons below to learn all the details of what is in store for you during our three days of webinars. Don't miss it!

President's Message

Robert Hundl - President


Robert Hundl
SAWE President
Fluor Corporation


On behalf of the Society of Allied Weight Engineers I want to extend a cordial invitation to our 83rd Annual International Conference being held virtually for the 3rd time. Our conference planning committee has assembled a great line up of topics and papers for you:

  • Learn about today’s latest technologies, techniques, and programs.
  • Participate in development and updates of mass properties industry standards.
  • Experience problem solving in forum discussions.
  • Meet vendor representatives and get acquainted with products essential to our jobs.
  • Talk informally with customers, competitors, and suppliers.
  • Review development of the new Mass Properties Engineer Certification Program.
  • Learn first-hand about the latest SAWE activities and programs,

SAWE’s technical sessions, standards and practices workshops, and forum discussions address the many needs of our members across the military aircraft, commercial aircraft, airline, space, marine, offshore, land vehicles, and allied industries represented by our society.

The virtual conference is designed to enhance your knowledge and capabilities in a technical, comfortable, and fun atmosphere. At our conference you will be rewarded with a valuable experience, renewing and strengthening your understanding of mass properties, and improving your abilities to generate top performance products in a safe, efficient manner. Holding this conference virtually allows us to reduce your costs (lower registration, no travel expenses, less time away from the office) allowing for greater participation from our mass properties communities from around the globe.

We look forward to seeing you (virtually) there!

83rd International Conference Program


Day 1, May 20th, 7am - 1pm PDT - Technical

  • Opening and Keynote Address
  • Technical Paper Presentations - Dual Tracks
  • Sponsor Presentations

Day 2, May 21st, 7am - 1pm PDT - Standards and Practices

  • Opening Session
  • MPE Certification Workshop
  • Industry Working Sessions
  • Summary Session

Day 3, May 22nd, 7am - 1pm PDT - Technical and Awards

  • Technical Forum
  • Technical Paper Presentations - Single Track
  • Sponsor Presentations
  • Awards Ceremony

Click on the image to the left to view or download the official Conference Program. Check back periodically for updates.

Technical Papers

The following technical papers will be presented at the conference;

List of Papers

Paper No.TitleAuthor/s
3796Why Belong to a Professional Society like SAWEWilliam Boze
3797Why Incentives MatterDaren Evans
3799A Quick Start Guide to Using Excel VBARobert Hundl
3800Methods for Mass Estimation of Cryogen Hydrogen Tanks for A320-Aircraft SizeFabian Peter
3801Wing Design with regard to Mass and DragHussein Mahfouz
3802Aircraft Mass Growth & Reduction FactorsProf. Dr.-Ing. Scholz +Students
3803Mass Estimation of Folding WingsProf. Dr.-Ing. Scholz +Students
3804Methods for Operating Empty Mass Estimation in the Aircraft DesignProf. Dr.-Ing. Scholz +Students
3805Measuring Reaction Points during Aircraft Weighing using an Inexpensive LaserDamian Yañez
3806SAWE Handbook Section 2.2 Solid Properties Excel FormulaeRobert Zimmerman
3807Why Measure?Robert Cipoli
3808Implementing Effective Weight Management Strategies in Shipyards: A Practical ApproachRunar Aasen
3809Practical Limits of PrecisionDoug Fisher
3810Inertia EstimatingAndreas Schuster
3811Parametric Weight Substantiation and Uncertainty Quantification for Aircraft DesignAndrew Walker
3812Empirical Model for Initial Weight Estimation of UAVsSerdar Avsar
PresentationSAWE Career Initiative UpdateDirk Petersen
PresentationSAWE Certification WorkshopDirk Petersen


Keynote Speaker

John Saiz
Industrial Fellow
IfM Engage University of Cambridge


Innovation in High-Risk Environments: Lessons Learned from Leading Moon-shot Projects

“It’s human nature to stretch, to go, to see, to understand.  Exploration is not a choice really, it’s an imperative.”

-  Michael Collins (Apollo 11 astronaut)

Meet John Saiz, the former Chief Technologist at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, and learn about the challenges and uncertainty of “moon-shot” projects. Or, as many call these types of projects today - disruptive innovation, quantum leap, or radical innovation.

John’s 25+ years at NASA spanned the Space Shuttle, International Space Station, and Orion Programs. As an Industrial Associate with the University of Cambridge Institute for Management Black Belt™ with the Innovation 360 Group, John collaborates with organizations to improve their innovation capabilities.

In this keynote address, John will share his insights and lessons learned dealing with the challenges of managing innovation in complex technological programs while also managing risk and uncertainty.


Standards and Practices Day

Join us as we work together to develop and update our standards and recommended practices.  The day will open with some remarks by our Vice President - Standards and Practices, followed by a workshop to help us continue to develop our Certified Mass Properties Engineer program. We will then divide up into separate industry breakout sessions to discuss the current standards that are in-work, and plan future activities. At the end of the day, we will rejoin the main meeting for a summary from each group.

It is important for everyone to be involved in shaping the standards we deliver to the world, so don't miss your opportunity to have a say the results.  You will be glad you did!

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Sponsor Information

The table below lists opportunities that are available for sponsorship at the conference.

Use this link to discover: Why should I become an SAWE Virtual Conference Sponsor?

Virtual Conference Sponsorship Benefits


Virtual Presentation Guidelines

Forum Etiquette

  • Minimize crosstalk not related to the session before and after sessions.
  • Assume people need additional context. During forums this can be done by introducing someone and their background and having the moderator call on people that they know have experience related to the topic.
  • If your camera is on, try not to seem distracted.
  • Close or minimize other windows on your computer and limit your multitasking.
  • Silence your phone.
  • Wear business casual attire.

Camera View

  • Try not to have a lot of mess or clutter in view of your camera. In most cases blurring your background is a good idea.
  • Do not use artificial scenes or "beachy backgrounds". If you wish to use something as a backdrop, a plain gradient serves nicely. Remember that Teams will crop your background, so less is more.

Web Camera

  • Check your camera before enabling your feed.
  • Know your camera angles! Your camera should be at eye level or just above it. Similarly, your camera should be vertically in line with where you plan to have the window with the meeting on the screen. If your camera is on screen and the meeting is on another, or to the side, you will be turning your head to look at that screen and the viewers will get a great shot of the side of your head.
  • Ideally use an external camera and put some light behind the camera. A basic store-bought camera and a ring light is more than sufficient.
  • If you must use a built-in laptop camera, know your angles! These tend to be angled up from below your face. This can put focus on your chin and show a fair bit of your ceiling. Mitigate this by elevating your laptop on a stand.
  • If you need to process your feed (crop, pan, zoom, color adjust, light adjust, etc.) use whatever software came with your camera.  If you have a Logitech camera, try Logitech Capture.


  • Check your levels before joining a call. Especially if you don't make many voice calls from your computer, open your system's sound settings panel and verify that the bars are moving when you speak. Call a friend and sample your microphone or use a voice recorder to check how you sound.
  • Use automatic gain settings. Teams and most video conferencing programs do this by default. If it's enabled, you should see the mic volume slider move itself in the sound settings panel as the program adjusts to your speaking volume. This means you don't need to shout or whisper; you can speak comfortably and normally, and your listeners should hear you just fine.
  • Use a headset! Generally, the built-in microphones are low quality and have a tendency to pick up ambient sound. Headsets bring your microphone closer to your mouth and usually have a foam cover to reduce popping or breathing sounds.
  • If you can't use a headset, at least use headphones! As a rule you should avoid taking meetings on speakerphone or using a laptop's built-in speakers and built-in microphone. If two people on a call have microphones that can hear their speakers, you will create feedback, and everyone will feel embarrassed for you.

Computer Configuration

  • Mute system sounds - we don't need to know you got an email when you're presenting.
  • Use a hard-wired connection. It uses a decent amount of bandwidth to send and receive streaming video and this helps prevent any hiccups in your signal.
  • Enable "Presentation Mode" - On Windows, there's something called Presentation Mode. It's not necessary, but it mutes system notifications, sets your wallpaper to a default, and disables sleep timers.


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