SAWE has a goal of expanding our relationships with Academia. To achieve this each chapter is being asked to provide a name and email address of a chapter member that would act in the capacity of a University Academic Liaison by September 27th.
If you are interested in volunteering for this role please contact our Chapter Director, Jeff Cerro at jeffrey.a.cerro at nasa.gov.
SAWE-HR as a member of the PEC, brings you this opportunity to hear distinguished speaker Dr. John Anderson at the annual PEC (Peninsula Engineering Council)/ RJEC (Richmond Joint Engineering Council) On October 3rd in Williamsburg.
Dr. Anderson is a familiar figure in Hypersonic Aerodynamics to many in this area, and will speak in general about his association with NASA Langley.
Several of our SAWE HR members are quite excited to note that NASA’s new crewed access to space capability will undergo an Ascent Abort test on July 2nd.
NASA Television will broadcast launch and prelaunch activities for the Ascent Abort-2 flight test of the launch abort system for NASA’s Orion spacecraft, which will help pave the way for Artemis missions with astronauts to the Moon and then Mars.
Details are available here on how to view a NASA broadcast of the event.
SAWE HR involvement in this program was also captured in several papers at the recent International Convention, including the Best Paper provided by Anjie Emmett:
Best Paper #3710: Application of the Law of Propagation of Uncertainties to a Weight and CG Measurement System – Anjie Emmett
Presentation: Ascent Abort 2 (AA-2) Integrated Flight Test Vehicle: How Mass Properties are Used to Manage Flight Test Objectives – Amanda Cutright
Student Paper S3730: Path of a Future Engineer – Brittany Johnston
We are sorry to note that SAWE Hampton Roads member Mac MacConochie passed away on June 20th of this year, 2019. Mac was a Richard Boynton SAWE Lifetime achievement awardee as well as a Peninsula Engineer of the year. He shared an active engineering career with us, starting at NASA in 1962. His passion for weight engineering helped sustain our chapter vitality and inspired us with his insights. He was an active participant at local and International SAWE meetings, often accompanied by his wife Corinne “Sissy”, and family. His work demonstrated how a lifelong interest in that as well as broader technical and human interests, contributed to a full life, and a better one for us for knowing him.
A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 3, 2019 at Grace Episcopal Churchyard in Yorktown, Va. and there will be a Celebration of Life at 3 p.m. Sunday, August 4, 2019 at Grace Community Church in Charlottesville. All are welcome ( details at: https://www.hillandwood.com/obituary/ian-macconochie )
Note: In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, P. O. Box 400256, Charlottesville, VA 22904.
On Saturday, February 24, 2018, the Peninsula Engineers Council held its annual Engineer of the Year Banquet at the Embassy Suites hotel in Hampton, VA. This year’s winner was none other than our own Jeff Cerro, from NASA Langley Research Center.
It was a great night and the SAWE HR Chapter was able to secure its own table for the evening. Amanda Cutright gave a great introduction for Jeff and Jeff also gave a great acceptance speech.
All of the SAWE congratulates Jeff on his award and he is well deserving.
This was the second year in a row that the SAWE has nominated and won the PEC Engineer of the Year award. There have been 3 other winners from the SAWE Hampton Roads chapter, including last year’s winner, Alan Titcomb in 2017, Bill Boze, our SAWE International President, and Ian McConochie. Also, Alan’s wife, Eileen, has won the award as well through a different society. As you can see below, we have been in good company both years
On February 22/23, 2018, the Hampton Roads Chapter of the SAWE supported the Peninsula Engineers Council (PEC) Career Day event at NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC). This is an annual event that provides an opportunity for local high school students to learn about careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
The SAWE mans a technical society table to discuss the mass properties discipline and related career fields with them as well as provide an opportunity to interact with us and see the models, posters, and videos we bring with us as well.
On Thursday, Nick Marickovich, Amanda Cutright, and David Cash manned the table and on Friday, Amanda, Jeff Cerro, Anjie Emmett, and Dave Covington did as well. Amanda, Jeff, Anjie, and Dave all work at NASA, so this year we were really able to show off mass properties in the aerospace industry. When the event is held at Newport News Shipbuilding, there is a focus on the marine industry.
The students also get a chance to perform hands-on activities and here presentations as part of the main program during the morning.
Additional pictures of the day can be seen on the PEC Website when the photos are posted.
In December 2017, the Hampton Roads Chapter met for it’s annual holiday social gathering at the Park Lane Tavern in Hampton, Virginia. A time to socialize and catch up with each other, the chapter avoids technical presentations for these events. We had a great time and a couple of us got to sit in the “King” chairs as the Park Lane is an English Pub style restaurant and tavern, a favorite among us. A good time was had by all and it’s always nice to relax and catch up with each other one last time at the end of the year before the holidays.
On November 2, 2017, Bill Boze, the SAWE International President, gave a presentation titled “Mass Properties Discipline – Risk and Opportunity” to the Hampton Roads chapter of the SAWE. It was very informative and has been given to others as well including at the International Conference in Montreal, Canada, at the Texas Regional Conference, and at meeting of the newly formed San Diego Chapter.
Congratulations to Jeff Cerro on being selected as SAWE’s nominee for the Peninsula Engineer’s Council Engineer of the Year Award! Jeff’s dedication to professionalism is supported by his service to the SAWE and the Hampton Roads Chapter. Along with being an Honorary Fellow of the SAWE, his numerous technical achievements, publications and NASA accommodations illustrate how well deserved this nomination is.
The voting will take place over the next month, were nominees will be evaluated based on their technical achievements in engineering, leadership, community service and service to the profession.