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SECTION ANNUAL REPORT 2011-2012
The Annual Report is the Business Report for the Section and must be received before a Section can receive its rebate for the next year. It covers activities from June 1, 2011 to May 31, 2012. Although any member can aid in filling out the report, submission can only be made by the serving chair of the section year listed above. Supporting materials such as newsletters, programs, advertising, etc. may be attached, but the total pages should be no more than 12 (excluding the outstanding section and activity awards which can be two pages each), and must all be in one document (it may mean that the entire report is submitted in pdf format). Larger or extra pieces of supporting material, such as newsletters, multiple flyers, banquet programs, etc. should be archived on the section’s SharePoint site with links in the report document as needed. This report must be submitted by June 30, 2012 in order to be considered for any section awards.
Section Name: Southern New Jersey SectionSize: Small
Section Organization

Chair Michael Konyak

Vice Chair Mike Paglione

Treasurer Scott Doucett

Secretary Andrew Wakefield

Membership

Public Policy

Education

Honors & Awards

Technical

Young Professionals

Career Enhancement

Pre-College Outreach

Programs


Newsletter Editor

RAC Representative

Webmaster
Number of council/officer meetings held during the year: 4

Average attendance: 3

Percentage of membership voting in last election of Section Officers: 10%

Estimated membership located within 1 hour of the meetings: 100


Meetings, Programs and Events:

MEETINGS

Date: 21 June 2011

Name: AIAA Council Meeting

Location: Student Center, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

Council members reviewed and approved the 2010-2011 Section Report and Treasurer's Audit, and discussed initial steps towards revising the section bylaws.


Date: 7 July 2011

Name: AIAA Council Meeting

Location: FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center

Council members met with out-going Section Chair Peter DaSilva to update authorizing signatures on the section checking account.


Date: 21 July 2011

Name: AIAA Council Meeting

Location: FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center

Council members met with AIAA North East Region Coordinator, Emily Springer. Discussed topics included revision of the section by-laws, section activities for the coming year, opportunities for increasing and maintaining membership, applications for AIAA national awards, and training for STEM activities.


Date: 21 September 2011

Name: AIAA Council Meeting

Location: FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center

Council members met to discuss plans for upcoming awards banquet. This included committee assignments, budget, schedule, door prizes, awards, advertising.


Date: 5 October 2011

Name: AIAA Council Meeting

Location: FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center

Council members met to discuss plans for upcoming awards banquet. This included committee assignments, budget, schedule, door prizes, awards, advertising.


Date: 12 October 2011

Name: AIAA Council Meeting

Location: FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center

Council members met to discuss plans for upcoming awards banquet. This included committee assignments, budget, schedule, door prizes, awards, advertising.


Date: 28 October 2011

Name: Region I RAC Meeting

Location: teleconference

Southern New Jersey Section Chair Michael Konyak participated in the Region I RAC Meeting via telephone. The meeting was chaired by Region I Director, Ferd Grosveld. Mr. Konyak updated the region on section activities.


Date: 3 November 2011

Name: AIAA Council Meeting

Location: FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center

Council members met to discuss plans for upcoming awards banquet. This included committee assignments, budget, schedule, door prizes, awards, advertising.


Date: February 2012

Name: AIAA Council Meeting

Location: FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center

Council members met to discuss section officers for the 2012/2013 year and approval of new section by-laws. The new by-laws were sent to the AIAA RSAC for national approval. The AIAA sharepoint site was set up to accommodate member voting. This new procedure will be used for member approval of the by-laws and for voting the docket of section officers. It was also set up to accept nominations for officers. The current officers will all run in their respective positions.


Date: 15 April 2012

Name: AIAA Council Meeting

Location: FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center

Council members met to discuss section officers for the 2012/2013 year. No new nominations were submitted. The current slate of officers are to run uncontested.



PROGRAMS

Date: 11 November 2011

Program: STEM K-12

Location: Holy Cross High School, Delran, NJ

Southern New Jersey Section Chair Michael Konyak spoke and presented AIAA materials to a Career Navigation class at Holy Cross HS to promote careers in engineering. POC: Sue Ridolfi, Career Navigation Coordinator.


Date: January 2012

Program: STEM K-12

Southern New Jersey Section Chair Michael Konyak served as a judge for the 2012 Real World Design Challenge.


EVENTS

Date: 17 August 2011

Name: August is for Aerospace

Technical Speaker: Congressman Frank A. LoBiondo, 2nd District, New Jersey

Speaker Affiliation:

Topic :

Location: Mays Landing Country Club and Golf Course


IEEE Attendees

17

AIAA Attendees

7

Both IEEE & AIAA

3

Guests*

10

Students

0

Speaker, Guest

2

Speaker paid for by IEEE

0

TOTAL

39

Congressman LoBiondo met with members of the Southern New Jersey Professional Societies (AIAA/IEEE) to discuss issues affecting the local economy and aeronautics.


The AIAA's "August is for Aerospace" program encourages members to meet with their congressional representatives in their home district to showcase the aerospace profession and show members of Congress the value and impact that aerospace has both locally and nationally. Fortunately for members residing in New Jersey's 2nd district, they have a congressman who fully understands that. Congressman LoBiondo has been an active advocate for the aerospace community and the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center for many years. In fact, he had just been at a town hall meeting at the Tech Center only five days prior with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt to address employee's concerns and reassure them of the shared commitment from the three of them to proper funding of the FAA.
Dr. Wilson Felder, AIAA Vice-President - Standards, introduced the congressman by saying that, while August is for Aerospace is an excellent AIAA program for increasing congressional awareness of the aerospace profession, members in the 2nd district did not need August is for Aerospace to tell their congressman about the importance of aerospace because "he gets it!"
Congressman LoBiondo used the AIAA/IEEE meeting as an opportunity to reiterate his commitment to the FAA reauthorization. In response to a question from a member, asking what they could do to promote the passing of the reauthorization bill in September, LoBiondo said, "Just keep doing what you're doing." He went on to clarify that the expertise and professionalism displayed by FAA employees and contractors is the best means of illustrating to congress the importance of proper FAA funding. LoBiondo also said it is sometimes difficult to convey to his colleagues in congress the importance of a facility like the Tech Center, particularly those without similar facilities in their districts.
At the end of the meeting, Michael Konyak, AIAA SNJ Chair, praised the success of the section's first August is for Aerospace event and expressed the intent to continue the event in coming years, inviting more of southern New Jersey's congressional representatives. He also expressed the intent of all the AIAA SNJ officers to increase activity in the section and to encourage section participation from members in Burlington, Monmouth, and Ocean Counties.
Date: 15 September 2011

Name: Dinner meeting of the Southern New Jersey Professional Societies (AIAA/IEEE)

Technical Speaker: Joseph Trout, PhD

Speaker Affiliation: Richard Stockton College

Topic : The Similarities and Differences between Fourier Analysis and Wavelet Analysis and their Use in Data Analysis in Atmospheric Physics

Location: Mays Landing Country Club and Golf Course


IEEE Attendees

9

AIAA Attendees

4

Both IEEE & AIAA

1

Guests*

6

Students

4

Speaker, Guest

2

TOTAL

26

In this talk, Dr. Trout will introduce Fourier and Wavelet Analysis and their similarities and differences will be discussed. Fourier Analysis, the more familiar of the two methods, looks to sine and cosine waves to decompose data into a power spectrum to analyze any signals which may be contained in the data. Wavelet Analysis uses compact functions that can help analyze data by looking at transitions that are localized in space (or time). Experimental data and observational data will be analyzed using these two techniques. While at Drexel University, Dr. Trout worked on a research grade numerical model called the “Limited Area Mesoscale Prediction System (LAMPS90)”. His research used data collected during the “Experiment on Rapidly Intensifying Cyclones Over the Atlantic (ERICA)” to initialize the model and also used the data collected to verify the output of the model. Dr. Joseph J. Trout, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Physics at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in Pomona, New Jersey and is a Navy veteran (USS Forrestal CV-59). He is continuing his research in computational atmospheric physics and his interest in data analysis using Fourier Analysis and Wavelet Analysis.


Date: 19 October 2011

Name: Dinner meeting of the Southern New Jersey Professional Societies (AIAA/IEEE)

Technical Speaker: James T. Luxhøj, PhD

Speaker Affiliation: Rutgers University

Topic : An Analytical Model for Evaluating UAS Safety Risk and Mitigation Effects

Location: Mays Landing Country Club and Golf Course


IEEE Attendees

9

AIAA Attendees

6

Both IEEE & AIAA

2

Guests

12

Students

0

Speaker, Guest

1

TOTAL

30

Aviation is a complex domain characterized by low probability, high consequence events with scarce data; hence, safety risk modeling is particularly challenging. There continues to be a persistent need to develop the analytics to capture both the explicit and implicit risks inherent in such domains. In this presentation, a probabilistic safety risk model is discussed that integrates a Bayesian Network (BN) with Multi-Attribute Value Theory. The enhanced methodology with a structured hazard taxonomy provides a framework for the systematic inclusion of both the explicit risk inherent from the BN and the non-apparent implicit risk in the BN that exists in large complex systems. Preliminary modeling results suggest that model offers promise for advanced risk assessment, particularly for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) where civilian data are especially sparse. In this paper, the analytic constructs of the model are demonstrated with an application of safety risk modeling to aid in the prioritization of a portfolio of mitigations for a futuristic UAS scenario.


Date: 17 November 2011

Name: Engineer of the Year Awards Banquet

Dinner meeting of the Southern New Jersey Professional Societies (AIAA/IEEE)



Technical Speaker: Robert Zimmerman, AIAA Distinguished Lecturer

Speaker Affiliation:

Topic : Unknown stories from space: Astronaut adventures that did not reach the press

Location: Mays Landing Country Club and Golf Course


Nominees

10

IEEE Members

20

AIAA Members

5

Students

19

Guests

66

Total Attendees

120

On Thursday November 17th the Southern New Jersey Professional Societies hosted the 15th Annual “Engineer of the Year” Awards Banquet at the Mays Landing Country Club. The SNJ Professional Societies are the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the IEEE Computer Society, the IEEE Women in Engineering Affinity Group and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). The inaugural banquet was held in 1997 and it has grown over the years into a first rate event. This year 130 people from the Tech Center community were in attendance.


The evening began with a cocktail hour and hors d’oeuvres in the Lounge area. Then everyone was seated in the Gorgeous Frazier Room decked out in Fall colors and beautiful place settings to kick off the events for the evening. To warm up the crowd the agenda featured Aviation Trivia Q&A and correct answers were rewarded with prizes. This was followed by special recognition from the AIAA to one of its most long standing contributors, MaryAnn Boyce who was singled out for her 40+ years of service to the organization. The award was presented to MaryAnn by Dr. Wilson Felder, a Fellow of the AIAA.
Next, the ten award nominees where then called up and received medallions signifying their status as Nominees and certificates from the Professional Societies commemorating their nomination. The nominees were: Andrew Crowell, FAA, Michael DeSalle, SRA, Mary Earnest, SRA, Warren Yu, SRA, Andrew Fabian, FAA, Robert Klueg, DHS, Ahmet Ozetin, Hi-Tec Systems, Bob Rader, ECS, Yongzte Tian, Hiasun, Valentina Velez, Engility Corporation. Each of these nominees was referred to the Nomination Chair weeks earlier for consideration by a panel of judges. The judging is always difficult as the nominations are for people who routinely exceed expectations in their respective lines of work.
Additional recognitions went to Rowan University’s Cliff Kaelin and Stockton College’s Philip Curtin as the IEEE Student Branch Leaders of the year. The student Research Paper award went to Jennifer Vitrano of Stockton College.
The Keynote speaker was Robert Zimmerman, AIAA Distinguished Lecturer and Space Historian who enthralled the audience with his topic, “Unknown Stories from Space: Astronaut Adventures that did not make the Press”. The topic featured many never before heard of on orbit situations from the Russian Space program and how they managed to survive.
A sumptuous buffet was served by the Country Clubs superb staff and during dinner lively conversation ensued interrupted only momentarily as one person at each table was chosen at random for a Door Prize.
The climax of the evening was the presentation of the highly competitive awards. The five categories run the gamut from entry level contributions to senior level achievement. The first award is the GOLD Award (Graduate of the Last Decade) given to a person who is early in their career but who already has shown significant promise and achievement. The Winner was Andrew Crowell of the FAA for his work on the ERAM Project. The second award is for the Best in Test category and is given for outstanding achievement in the T&E domain. The award winner was Yongzte Tian from Hiasun, Inc. for his work on the FAA’s National Aging Aircraft Research Program which sponsors the Full-Scale Aircraft Structural Test Evaluation and Research (FASTER) facility at the WJHTC. The third award is for Technical Leadership and is given for outstanding contributions while leading a technical team. This years’ award winner was Bob Rader from En Route Computer Solutions for his work on NAS Data Interchange network (NADIN) and two National Enterprise Monitor & control Centers in Atlanta and Salt Lake City.
The two most prestigious awards are reserved for last and represent the pinnacle of achievement in Science and Engineering in South Jersey. The AIAA Award for Outstanding Aviation Research is given to an individual who has made significant advances in science as it relates to aviation. This years’ award winner was Ahmet Ozetin from Hi-Tec Systems for his operations research analysis work on the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Program at the WJHTC. The final award of the evening for which the Banquet is named, is the IEEE “Engineer of the Year” award and is given to an individual for significant contributions in science or engineering. The award winner for 2011 was Rob Klueg, DHS who works at the Transportation Security Lab for his work in the Bulk Detection Lab in materials science and applications. Each award recipient received a beautiful engraved plaque inscribed with their name and the citation of their achievement.
So the evening ended on a high note with a very pleased audience and both, nominees and award winners being acknowledged by their peers.
Date: 18 January 2012

Name: Dinner meeting of the Southern New Jersey Professional Societies (AIAA/IEEE)

Technical Speaker: Andrew Crowell and Andrew Fabian

Speaker Affiliation: FAA Concepts Analysis Branch

Topic : FlightGUI

Location: Mays Landing Country Club and Golf Course


IEEE Attendees

11

AIAA Attendees

4

Both IEEE & AIAA

3

Guests*

21

Students

1

Speakers

2

TOTAL

42

Andrew Crowell MS Electrical & Computer Engineering and Andrew Fabian, MS Computer Science are Computer Scientists for the Federal Aviation Administration’s Concept Analysis Branch. They will be presenting a software tool called FlightGUI that the Concept Analysis Branch developed for analysis of air traffic concepts. FlightGUI is an interactive 3D visualization tool. It allows the user to see air traffic concepts in 3-dimensional space and analyze those concepts using an ever-expanding toolset. It is designed to be flexible and extensible, allowing it to be adapted to analyze almost anything related to air traffic. They are both products of the FAA’s co-op program.

Education
Date: 15 February 2012

Name: Dinner meeting of the Southern New Jersey Professional Societies (AIAA/IEEE)

Technical Speaker: Dr. Edward Sion

Speaker Affiliation: Villanova University

Topic : Cataclysmic Variable Stars

Location: Mays Landing Country Club and Golf Course


IEEE Attendees

14

AIAA Attendees

4

Both IEEE & AIAA

5

Guests*

32

Students

6

Speaker (did not sign in, no charge)

0

TOTAL

61

Dr. Sion’s research specialization is the formation, structure and evolution of white dwarf stars and cataclysmic variable stars, and the physics of mass accretion onto white dwarfs in close interacting binary stars. He has authored/ co-authored 210 peer-reviewed scientific publications in the top five highest impact journals in astrophysics and 515 publications in total. Among his research contributions are the first evolutionary model sequences of massive white dwarfs undergoing accretion and hydrogen thermonuclear shell flashes, the cool white dwarf luminosity function, demonstrating a real deficit of cool white dwarfs and hence a young age for the galactic disk, the basic spectroscopic classification system of white dwarf stars which is used worldwide and the spectral evolution of cool white dwarfs. He showed empirically that the DA (hydrogen-rich) white dwarfs and non-DA (helium-rich) white dwarfs undergo spectral evolution when deepening helium convection, as a white dwarf cools, it mixes hydrogen downward. His research with the Hubble Space Telescope, encompasses extensive studies of the physical properties of exposed white dwarf stars in cataclysmic variables and the pioneering evolutionary calculations of compressional heating of white dwarfs undergoing time variable accretion and showed that long term compressional heating due to accretion explained the observed distribution of white dwarf temperatures in cataclysmic variables.


Date: 21 March 2012

Name: Dinner meeting of the Southern New Jersey Professional Societies (AIAA/IEEE)

Technical Speaker: Capt. Peter B. Hart, Aerospace Engineer, Engineering Teacher

Speaker Affiliation: Cape May County Technical High School and Student Team

Topic : Real World Design Challenge

Location: Mays Landing Country Club and Golf Course


IEEE Attendees

14

AIAA Attendees

3

Both IEEE & AIAA

5

Guests

9

Students (dinners sponsored @ $20 ea)

7

Speaker

1

TOTAL

39

The NJ Department of Education announced that the state’s first place winners of the 2012 Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) are from Cape May Technical High School. The RWDC is an annual high school competition run by a public-private partnership with the goal of sustainably increasing our Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce. The RWDC provides high school students the opportunity to work on real world engineering challenges in a collaborative, team-based environment applying the lessons of the classroom to the technical problems of the workplace. The challenge is designed by professionals from industry, academia, and government. Teams of 3-7 secondary school students design a plane looking at the forces of flight, lift, weight, thrust & drag with the goal of enhancing performance and fuel efficiency. Each state's winning team competes at the national challenge event in Washington, D.C. at which they present their solutions to a panel of judges whereby a national winner is chosen." Please join us and see how New Jersey’s statewide winners met the Challenge!


Date: 18 April 2012

Name: Dinner meeting of the Southern New Jersey Professional Societies (AIAA/IEEE)

Technical Speaker: Richard Porcelli, Author & Aviation Historian

Speaker Affiliation:

Topic : Naval Air Station Atlantic City

Location: Mays Landing Country Club and Golf Course


IEEE Attendees

12

AIAA Attendees

3

Both IEEE & AIAA

4

Guests*

5

Students

0

Speaker

2

TOTAL

26

Richard Porcelli has authored articles on aviation topics and has now published a book on aviation history. His first book, to be published by Arcadia Publishing on March 19, 2012 is entitled, “Naval Air Station Atlantic City”. It provides a history not only of the Navy’s activities at this historic air station, but also Atlantic City’s rich aviation history dating back to just a few years after the Wright Brothers’ first flight and the important role of FAA’s Technical Center in improving the safety of commercial air travel. Activities aimed at our national security by the resident New Jersey Air National Guard, United States Coast Guard as well as the Department of Homeland Security are also described. He also published an article in Air Power magazine in 2004 recounting the story of an accident involving a nuclear-armed Bomarc missile near McGuire Air Force Base and the courageous actions of the first responders to avert a true disaster. Please join us and learn how much you didn’t know about the long rich history of Naval aviation in Atlantic City.


Date: 16 May 2012

Name: Dinner meeting of the Southern New Jersey Professional Societies (AIAA/IEEE)

Technical Speaker: Dr. Jeffrey Keller

Speaker Affiliation: Continuum Dynamics

Topic : Aerodynamics and Wakes: Moving Toward Higher Fidelity in Flight Simulation

Location: Mays Landing Country Club and Golf Course


IEEE Attendees

16

AIAA Attendees

5

Both IEEE & AIAA

3

Guests*

6

Students

3

Speaker

1

TOTAL

34

Dr. Keller is an Associate with Continuum Dynamics, Inc. (CDI), an R&D boutique providing high quality, cost effective engineering services and state-of-the-art technical solutions for government and industry. Dr. Keller has been active in the research and development of aircraft and helicopter flight dynamics since the 1990s, including leading research into low-order inflow models for helicopters that capture fundamental cross-coupling behavior, in particular the coupled roll-pitch response characteristics in low speed flight. While at CDI, Dr. Keller has led and supported several flight dynamics and simulation software development projects, including projects in aircraft flight controls, V-22 icing detection and simulation demonstration, and ship airwake modeling for helicopter-ship dynamic interface (DI) simulation. His most recent work has been in unmanned air vehicle (UAV) flight dynamics modeling, detection, and recovery from aerodynamic disturbances (upsets), as well as in real-time aeroelastic and aeroservoelastic models for fixed wing aircraft.




Financial Summary (this portion of the report does not satisfy the requirements for an audit report)
Beginning Total Balance of all cash on hand as of June 1, 2011 $2390.99

Checking Account: $169.66

Savings Account: $2221.33

Other (Speaker Travel): $54.00

Section Rebate: $823.14

Other Income $0.00

(Bank Interest): $1.37

Expenses: $2495.42

Ending Balance as of May 31, 2012 $774.08

What corporate donations were received? 0



Were any meetings or functions underwritten or financially supported? No
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