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AIAA Author Kit

Your paper should be prepared according to AIAA Manuscript Preparation Kit. Please note that the paper can be no longer than 11 pages single column because this is a student competition.

Information for authors and a template can be found on the AIAA website, Author Resources.

Registration Count

2017 Counts

At Large: 1
Auburn: 23
FIT: 21
GT: 0
MSU: 54
Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico: 1
Southern Polytechnic: 0
Tuskegee: 4
UA: 31
UAH: 26
UF: 8
UGA: 2
UMemphis: 9
U South Alabama: 7
UT: 1
Vanderbilt: 0

Professionals: 6

Total: 196
11 Faculty, 179 Students

2016 Counts

Alabama A&M: 1
Auburn: 6
FIT: 25
GT: 20
MSU: 46
Southern Polytechnic: 9
Tuskegee: 7
UA: 35
UAH: 39
UF: 11
UMemphis: 7
U South Alabama: 6
Vanderbilt: 2

Professionals: 20

Total: 239
10 Faculty, 209 Students

2015 Total: 223
12 Faculty, 205 Students

2014 Total: 162
9 Faculty, 148 Students

2013 Total: 169
6 Faculty, 155 Students

2012 Total: 252
9 Faculty, 221 Students

2011 Total Delegates: 228

Presentation Counts

2017 Counts

Undergrad: 26
Masters: 5
Team: 13
Open Topic: 8
Design Team: 8
Community Outreach: 2
Exhibitions: 3
Total: 65

By University:
At large: 1
AU: 4
FIT: 12
MSU: 16
Tuskegee: 3
UA: 5
UAH: 9
UF: 5
UGA: 1
UMemphis: 7
USA: 3

2016 Totals: 84

2015 Totals: 74

2014 Totals: 42

2013 Total: 58

2012 Total: 60

2011 Total: 53

AIAA Region II Student Conference

Distinguished Guest Speakers

Monday Luncheon

Please join us on Monday for a luncheon that is sure to enlighten everyone.  Mr. Gene Goldman, Director of MSFC Programs for Leidos, Inc. will be our guest speaker.

Arthur Goldman - Director-MSFC Programs for Leidos, Inc

Arthur E. (Gene) Goldman is the Director of MSFC Programs (NASA-Marshall Space Flight Center) for Leidos, Inc., in Huntsville, AL, as of September 2016. As such he is responsible for the development of new business and management of programs supporting the MSFC engineering and science portfolio in space exploration, including human spaceflight.

Prior to this position with Leidos, he was the Site Director-Huntsville Operations for Aerojet Rocketdyne, from August 2012-2016. He was responsible for supporting AR contract activities in space propulsion production and research programs at Marshall Space Flight Center, and development of business opportunities in the southeastern US.

Prior to his tenure with AR, he served NASA from 1990 to 2012 at Marshall Space Flight Center and Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. He held multiple senior executive positions including Project Manager, Space Shuttle Main Engine, 2003-06, Deputy Center Director and Center Director at Stennis Space Center from 2006-2010, and Deputy Center Director and Acting Center Director at Marshall Space Flight Center from 2010-2012, responsible for managing each Center’s program assignments within the NASA portfolio.

Prior to his NASA career, he worked with various utilities in the nuclear power industry between 1978 and 1990, in plant construction and operation. Prior to his engineering career, he worked as a craftsman on bridge and light-industrial construction projects.

Mr. Goldman is a December 1977 graduate of Mississippi State University, BS Civil Engineering. He attended Merician Community College, Meridian, MS on an athletic scholarship, graduating in May, 1973. He was registered as a Professional Engineer in LA and MS. He attended the Harvard Senior Executive Fellows Program in 2003, and was recipient of multiple performance awards from NASA, including the Presidential Rank Award-Distinguished. He was inducted in the Meridian Community College Hall of Fame for outstanding career achievement in 2009. He is a member of the Huntsville Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Huntsville-National Space Club Board of Directors, former Board of Directors of Sci-Quest, FIRST Robotics Board of Directors-Huntsville, and member of the Huntsville Rotary Club. He is a former member of the Huntsville Chapter of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the National Society of Professional Engineers.

Tuesday Awards Banquet

The conference will close with our Awards Banquet Dinner on Tuesday evening.  Mr. Alex Velicki will be our distinguished speaker for the evening.

Alex Velicki

Alex Velicki - Structural Design Engineer, The Boeing Company

Mr. Velicki is currently a structural design engineer in the Boeing research group located in Huntington Beach, California. He has worked on numerous stitched composite technology programs over his 35 year career at Boeing, and was recently the principal investigator for the NASA Environmentally Responsible Aircraft project aimed at solving the performance and producibility challenges for the Blended Wing Body fuselage. He has six structures-related patents, including the redesigned one-piece stitched composite main landing gear door flying on the C-17 transport, and is also the lead inventor of the Pultruded Rod Stitched Efficient Unitized Structure (PRSEUS) fuselage concept being discussed today.

He is an AIAA Associate Fellow, having written and presented numerous AIAA and RAS technical papers on stitched structures; winning the Royal Aeronautical Society Gold Award in 2010 and 2011 for the best papers published in the Aeronautical Journal.

Mr. Velicki has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University, and a Masters of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State University Long Beach.