7–11 January 2019
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego,
San Diego, California

Call for Papers

Dates to Remember:

Abstract Submission Opens: 26 March 2018
Abstract Submission Closes: 11 June 2018, 2000 hrs Eastern Time Zone, USA
Author Notification: 31 August 2018  
Manuscript Deadline: 04 December 2018 2000 hrs Eastern Time Zone, USA.  

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Student Paper Competition: Additional Information

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For 2019, we are soliciting papers in the following technical disciplines:

Go to: Adaptive Structures
Go to: Aeroacoustics
Go to: Aerodynamic Measurement Technology
Go to: Aerospace Education
Go to: Aircraft Design
Go to: Applied Aerodynamics
Go to: Atmospheric and Space Environments
Go to: Atmospheric Flight Mechanics
Go to: Communications Systems
Go to: Computer Systems
Go to: Design Engineering
Go to: Digital Avionics
Go to: Digital Engineering
Go to: Dynamics Specialists
Go to: Fluid Dynamics
Go to: Gas Turbine Engines
Go to: Green Engineering
Go to: Ground Testing
Go to: Guidance, Navigation, and Control
Go to: High-Speed Air Breathing Propulsion
Go to: History
Go to: Information and Command and Control Systems
Go to: Inlets, Nozzles, and Propulsion Systems Integration
Go to: Intelligent Systems
Go to: Materials
Go to: Meshing, Visualization, and Computational Environments
Go to: Modeling and Simulation Technologies
Go to: Multidisciplinary Design Optimization
Go to: Non-Deterministic Approaches
Go to: Plasmadynamics and Lasers
Go to: Pressure Gain Combustion
Go to: Propellants and Combustion
Go to: Sensor Systems and Information Fusion
Go to: Small Satellites
Go to: Society and Aerospace Technology
Go to: Software
Go to: Space Exploration
Go to: Space Operations and Support
Go to: Spacecraft Structures
Go to: Structural Dynamics
Go to: Structures
Go to: Survivability
Go to: Systems Engineering
Go to: Terrestrial Energy
Go to: Thermophysics
Go to: Unique and Transformational Flight
Go to: Unmanned Systems
Go to: Wind Energy

Adaptive Structures

Please direct questions to:  Jeffrey L. Kauffman and  Roeland De Breuker 

The Adaptive Structures Technical Committee solicits papers addressing intelligent, flexible systems that are responsive to ever-changing operational environments and/or tailored control stimuli. This conference provides an active forum to discuss the latest breakthroughs in smart structures, the cutting edge in adaptive structure applications, and the recent advances in both new device technologies and basic engineering research exploration. Papers are invited in areas ranging broadly from basic research to applied technological design and development to integrated system and application demonstrations. Contributions from industry, government, and academia are all encouraged. Students presenting a paper are encouraged to demonstrate hardware operation. Students interested in participating in the paper competition are also reminded to select the Student Paper Competition option during abstract submission. Several special/joint sessions are planned, including on Adaptive Aircraft Structures for Sonic Boom Mitigation. General topic areas of interest are listed below. For a complete list of special sessions, click Additional Details.

  • Active and Passive Adaptive Concepts/Systems
  • Design, Modeling, Simulation, and Optimization of Adaptive Structures/Materials
  • Engineered Materials with Adaptive Properties
  • Morphing and/or Biomimetic Adaptive Structures/materials
  • Multifunctional Structures/Materials
  • Smart Sensors/Actuators Design
  • Structural Health Monitoring and Prognosis
  • Systems Enabled by Adaptive Structures
  • Other Topics in Adaptive Structures
  • Special Sessions

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Please direct questions to:  Douglas Nark and  Jason Anderson 

Papers that present original research in computational, experimental, and analytical aeroacoustics are being solicited. The program's technical content will include topics on all aspects of the generation, propagation, and control of vehicle noise, as well as the effect of noise on structures and individuals. Studies in related areas, particularly potential interrelationship with non-aerospace industries, are also encouraged. Topics of specific interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Advanced Testing and Measurement Techniques
  • Airframe Noise and Airframe/Propulsion Integration
  • Community Noise Exposure
  • Computational Aeroacoustics
  • Fan Noise and Duct Acoustics
  • Jet Aeroacoustics
  • Propeller, Open Rotor, and Rotorcraft Noise
  • Sonic Boom and Atmospheric Sound Propagation
  • Turbomachinery and Core Noise
  • UAV/UAS Noise

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Aerodynamic Measurement Technology

Please direct questions to:  Terrence Meyer and  Taka Sakue 

Papers are solicited on topics related to advanced and novel aerodynamic measurement technologies for laboratory, ground-test, or flight-test applications. Submissions are encouraged for all types of flows (from incompressible to hypersonic), all thermodynamic conditions (including plasmas and combustion), all scales (from microns to meters), and all diagnostic techniques (from surface sensors to laser-based imaging). Papers should emphasize advancements or innovations in the measurement technique itself or its implementation, more so than the particular details of the fluid dynamic problem to which the technique is applied. Topic areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Advancements in Planar, Volumetric, and High-Speed Imaging Techniques
  • Data Processing, Data Analysis, Data Driven Modeling, and Model Validation Techniques
  • Diagnostics for Aeroacoustics, Combustion, Plasmas, Sprays, Pressure-Gain, and Aerothermal Flows
  • Experimental-Computational Efforts in High-Speed Fluid-Structure Interactions
  • Implementation in Facilities with Unique Measurement Challenges
  • Novel Aerodynamic Measurement Techniques, Methodologies, and Instrumentation
  • Novel Calibration, Error Analysis, Uncertainty Quantification, and Experimental Verification
  • Spectroscopic Techniques such as PLIF, CARS, LIBS, Raman Scattering, and Absorption Spectroscopy
  • Surface Measurements such as PSP, TSP, skin friction, and Shear Stress Sensing
  • Velocimetry Techniques such as PIV, MTV, DGV, and FLEET

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Aerospace Education

Please direct questions to:  K. Ravindra and  Raymond P. Lebeau, Jr. 

Aerospace engineering is both the most specialized and the most diversified of fields, thus challenging the aerospace education community to effectively prepare well-trained professionals ready to contribute to their profession either in industry or higher studies. Papers as well as panel sessions are sought on all aspects of aerospace education including novel course curriculum and course delivery methods, novel pedagogies, innovative inter-collegiate and industry collaborations, and robust assessment methods. 

  • Best Practices for Robust ABET Assessment
  • Better Preparation of Graduates for A Rapidly Evolving Work Environment
  • Broader Innovative Collaboration of Industry and Academia in Engineering Education
  • Curricula Addressing the Multidisciplinary Nature of Aerospace System Analysis and Design
  • Incorporating Sustainability, Green Engineering Practices, and Entrepreneurship in the Classroom
  • Innovative Pedagogical Initiatives
  • Novel Outreach Activities
  • Online Course Offerings-Challenges, Opportunities, and Best Practices
  • Undergraduate Experiences in Space Systems
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems in Undergraduate Aerospace Education

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Aircraft Design

Please direct questions to:  Cees Bil 

Papers are sought on all aspects of aircraft design. Topics such as design methodologies and processes, design tools, design integration, technology developments, innovative designs, case studies, and design education are welcome. Review papers on recent developments and trends in aircraft design are also sought. Design considerations such as environmental issues, energy optimization, noise reduction, electric aircraft systems, reducing manufacturing/operating/life-cycle costs, etc. are also important topics of interest. Applications to aircraft of all types are welcome including fixed and rotary wing, subsonic through hypersonic, micro air vehicles to jumbo jets, general aviation and manned or unmanned aircraft. Advanced aircraft concepts: autonomy, propulsion, specific missions, etc.

  • Aircraft Design Education
  • Aircraft Design for High-Speed Flight: Supersonics and Hypersonics
  • Aircraft Design Optimization (Multidisciplinary Design, Integration, Methods and Processes, etc.)
  • Aircraft Structural Design (Methods, New Materials, Load, Failure Modes, etc.)
  • Design Processes and Tools (Integration, Estimation Methods, Concurrent Design, Life-Cycle, etc.)
  • Electric, Hybrid, and/or Distributed Propulsion Architectures
  • Light Aircraft Design (General Aviation, On-Demand Mobility Aircraft, Personal Air Vehicle, etc.)
  • Trends in Aircraft Design: Technology Impact, Requirements, Cost, Propulsion, Automation, etc.
  • Ultra-Efficient Aircraft (Sailplanes, Boundary Layer Control, Braced Wings, etc.)
  • Unmanned Aircraft Design, Including Micro Air Vehicles

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Applied Aerodynamics

Please direct questions to:  Phillip AnsellKaren Mulleners, and  Mehdi Ghoreyshi

Papers are solicited in the areas of theoretical, experimental, and computational approaches to aerodynamics applications. Relevant areas of interest include, but are not limited to, flight or ground vehicle aerodynamic design, analysis of wing/rotor/vehicle aerodynamic performance, methods for modeling aerodynamic bodies, and novel studies or technological applications related to aerodynamic applications. Specific areas of interest are listed below:

  • Aerodynamic Design: Analysis, Methodologies, and Optimization Techniques
  • Aerodynamic Results from Ground/Flight Tests
  • Aero-Structural Applications
  • Airfoil/Wing/Configuration Aerodynamics
  • Applied Computational Aerodynamics: Methods and Results
  • Bio-Inspired Aerodynamics
  • Distributed Propulsion and Aero-Propulsive Interaction
  • Experimental-Computational Efforts in High-Speed FSI
  • Flow Control Demonstrations and Applications
  • Missile/Projectile/Munition Aerodynamics, Carriage and Store Separation
  • Propeller/Rotorcraft/Wind Turbine Aerodynamics
  • Transonic & Supersonic Aerodynamics
  • Unsteady Aerodynamics
  • Special Session: Adaptive Aircraft Surfaces and Structures for Sonic Boom Mitigation
  • Special Session: Advances in CFD Transition Modeling
  • Special Session: Commercial Supersonic Activities
  • Special Session: CREATE
  • Special Session: Engineered Surfaces, Materials, and Coatings, for Viscous Drag Reduction
  • Special Session: PowerFLOW LBM Applications in Aerospace
  • Special Session: Simulation of Rotor in Hover
  • Special Session: Stability and Control Prediction - Current State of the Art
  • Special Session: Ultra-Efficient Aircraft

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Atmospheric and Space Environments

Please direct questions to:  Dale FergusonNelson GreenJustin Likar, and  Edgar Bering

Atmospheric and Space Environments investigates the air and space environment and their effects on aircraft and spacecraft. SciTech 2019 will concentrate on the space environment and its effects. Orbital environments considered are Low Earth Orbit (LEO), Polar Orbit (Polar), Medium Earth Orbit (MEO), Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO), and Interplanetary Space. Lunar and planetary environments are also considered. Among the effects considered are atomic oxygen, spacecraft charging, arcing, radiation damage, temperature effects, radio wave propagation, and surveillance effects such as optical changes and radiofrequency emission. Spacecraft glows and other chemical effects are also considered.

  • Arc-Plasma Propagation and Solar Array Arc Currents
  • Atomic Oxygen Effects on LEO Spacecraft and Satellites
  • Charging and Arcing Characteristics of Non-Uniform or Non-Standard Materials
  • Charging Indices (Both Structure Potentials and Differential Potentials)
  • ESD Frequency in LEO, Polar, MEO, and GEO Orbits
  • Lunar and Interplanetary Environments and Effects
  • Nanosats and Cubesats, Space Environmental Effects
  • Qualification of Space Solar Arrays Against ESDs and Sustained Arcs
  • Role of Temperature and Radiation Damage in Surface and Deep-Dielectric Charging
  • Spacecraft Charging (Surface and Deep-Dielectric Charging)

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Atmospheric Flight Mechanics

Please direct questions to:  Kevin Cunningham and  Soumyo Dutto

The AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics (AFM) Conference provides a forum for presentation and discussion of all technical areas related to atmospheric flight. Papers are invited that address new findings and/or innovative approaches in computational, experimental, or theoretical research and development; ground test, flight test, or simulation results. Areas of interest for this conference include, but are not limited to: aircraft dynamics; unsteady and high-angle-of-attack aerodynamics; aerodynamic performance; flying qualities; handling qualities; aircraft-pilot coupling phenomena; aeroservoelastic control; vehicle response to atmospheric disturbances; aircraft icing effects; high-altitude, long-endurance flight mechanics and performance; unmanned aerial systems; biomimetic flight mechanics; short take-off vertical landing vehicles; hypersonic platforms; launch vehicles; launch abort vehicles/systems; expendable and reusable launch vehicles; aeroassist vehicles; reentry vehicles and vehicles moving through planetary atmospheres; trajectories; attitude dynamics; projectile and missile dynamics; In addition, papers are encouraged that deal with education and design in the field of atmospheric flight mechanics, multidisciplinary efforts, and international collaboration projects. Student papers are also eligible for the Best Student Paper Competition. For more information, click Additional Details.

  • Aerodynamic Prediction Methods
  • Aeroservoelastic (ASE) Control, Modeling, Simulation, and Optimization
  • Aircraft Flight Dynamics, Handling Qualities, and Performance
  • Atmospheric Entry, Hypersonic Flight and Aeroassist Technology
  • Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Student Paper Competition
  • Flight Test and System Identification
  • Launch Vehicle, Missile, and Projectile Flight Mechanics
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
  • Other Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Areas of Interest
  • Special (Invited) Session

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Communications Systems

Please direct questions to:  Daniel Raible 

As the demand for near real-time data transmission continues to increase, communications architectures and technologies must also evolve to provide improved services to the end user. In addition to increased performance, solutions must address considerations such as upgrading of legacy systems, interoperability and security for broadband communications. Papers are sought on both theoretical and practical accomplishments in aerospace communication systems involving applications relevant to both space and terrestrial environments. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Cognitive Applications to Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Communication System Automation 
  • Communication System Modeling, Simulation and Emulation Techniques
  • Enabling Communication System Architectures for Airborne, Space Platforms & Ground Terminal Networks
  • Network Design, Deployment and Management Strategies
  • Quantum Communication Advancements
  • RF, Optical and Combined Component Technologies to Realize Higher Bandwidths
  • Security Improvements from the Physical to Application Layers
  • Small, Lightweight and Low Power Technologies for Resource Constrained Platforms
  • Software Defined Radio (SDR) and Waveform Developments
  • Utilization of Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) Components with Flight Qualification Considerations

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Computer Systems

Please direct questions to:  Rick Tuggle 

Papers are sought on theoretical and practical considerations involving cyber, computer, computation, and information processing techniques relevant to aerospace applications. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Cybersecurity, Information Assurance, and DIARMF
  • Embedded Computing Systems
  • Energy Efficient Computing Systems
  • High-Performance Computing (HPC)
  • Processing: Hardened, Secure, and Fault Tolerant
  • Processing: Parallel, GPU, and Multicore

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Design Engineering

Please direct questions to:   Nathan Hines

Papers are solicited on design engineering, process and education in the aerospace industry, as well as industries employing similar design techniques. Design-oriented papers should focus on innovative, novel, or otherwise distinctive concepts resulting in or leading toward products that effectively satisfy requirements or demonstrate design improvements. Design process-oriented papers should focus on process definition, analysis, architecture, and metrics, as applied to aerospace hardware products throughout the design phases. Papers on advances in model based design processes are especially encouraged. Education-oriented papers are solicited that emphasize design in curriculum development and class content. We are interested in successes in adoption of CFD in aeronautics courses and labs, robotic vehicles in mechatronics classes/labs and motion based simulators in aircraft design projects. Computer Aided Enterprise Systems papers are solicited that highlight technologies and their applications that enable collaborative design in a global environment and are applicable to commercial aerospace industry. Emerging design tools such as Augmented Reality are requested that can improve efficiency in aerospace design and Additive Manufacturing applied to aerospace design, prototyping and manufacturing making complex designs economically feasible.

  • Additive Manufacturing Applied to Aerospace Design, Prototyping, and Manufacturing
  • Cloud Computing, Internet of Things, Digital Thread and Digital Twin
  • Computer Aided Design Including Intelligent Master (Parametric , Linked and Associative) Modeling
  • Design Education - STEM in K-12, University Curriculums, Projects and Activities
  • Design Processes and Tools Such as Managing Teams in A Global Environment
  • Emerging Design Tools Such as Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence
  • Improved Robust Designs Using Multidisciplinary Design Analysis and Optimization (MDAO)
  • Innovative & Creative Designs in Aerospace and Other Areas
  • Knowledge-Based Engineering Applied to Retention and Reuse of Engineering Knowledge and Data
  • Model Based Design Applied to Complex Systems and Structures

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Digital Avionics

Please direct questions to:  Maarten Uijt de Haag

Papers are sought on all aspects of digital avionics needed for safe and efficient operation of civilian and military aircraft in the national airspace system either manned or unmanned (i.e., UAS). Such systems will require integrated avionics systems onboard the aerial vehicle and in the NextGen/SESAR air traffic management system. Areas of interest include avionics technologies for:

  • Air Traffic Management (ATM)
  • Autonomy and Human-Machine Interfaces
  • Avionics Technologies for Safe and Efficient Vehicle Operation in National Airspace
  • Communication, Navigation and Surveillance Systems for Manned and Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  • Ensuring Compliance of Military Aircraft in Civilian Airspace
  • Flight Critical Systems
  • Performance-Based Operations in Nextgen and SESAR
  • Safety Impacts of Complex Electronic Hardware
  • Security Aspects of Avionics Systems
  • UAS Traffic Management

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Digital Engineering Integration

Please direct questions to:  Mat French

With emphasis being placed upon model-based engineering of aerospace systems, the concepts of the Digital System Model, the Digital Thread, and Digital Twin are emerging as a means to organize and control the data, models, and other information in the model-based engineering enterprise. The Digital Thread and Digital Twin, together with a Digital System Model, provide a means to digitally define, model, simulate, and manage a physical system and all its associated engineering models and data. The Digital Thread provides a framework for controlling data, information, and knowledge about a system. The Digital Twin is a multi-physics, multi-scale, probabilistic simulation of the physical system.  

The Digital Engineering Integration Committee (DEIC) will accelerate the integration of new and existing digital capabilities for improving National competitiveness, security and operational readiness. The DEIC is the 'home' for currently disparate digital activities (e.g. Digital Twin, Digital Thread, ICME, BIG DATA, etc.). The DEIC supports constituent groups in AIAA for topics related to Digital Engineering. Through DEIC topics, AIAA members can employ in their home organizations methods to simplify maintenance and sustainment activities to reduce product costs, and help create environments to encourage the development of a digital culture.

  • Digital Environment - Provides Digital Twin Context Through Entire Life Cycle
  • Digital System Model - A Digital Representation of a System Which Define All Aspects of the System
  • Digital Thread - Framework of Authoritative Data, Information, and Knowledge to Inform Decisions
  • Digital Twin - Simulation of As-Built System to Mirror the Life of Its Corresponding Physical Twin
  • Elements of Digital Engineering - Viewpoints About Aggregation of Elements
  • Model-Based Engineering - Product and Environment Digital Twin Simulations
  • Prognostics - Ability to Fly-Forward in Time for Quantitative Assessments Due to Requirement Changes
  • Sensor Fusion - Cyber/Physical Relationship Between Simulation and Reality
  • Smart Manufacturing - Digital Twin of Product, Process, and Throughput of Intelligent Machines
  • Value of Digital Engineering - ROI Associated with Enterprise Level Digital Transformations

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Dynamics Specialists

Please direct questions to:  Jonathan E. Cooper and  William Welsh

The Dynamics Specialist's Conference, held every 3 years since 1973, brings together dynamics experts, to describe, solve, or review progress on national and international problems of current and pressing importance related to the structural dynamics of aerospace systems. Historically a part of SDM, in 2019 the AIAA Dynamics Specialists Conference (DSC) will be held in conjunction with SciTech. The conference is organized by the Structural Dynamics Technical Committee (SDTC) and each DSC is built around several central themes with papers solicited on each theme.

  • 2X Speed Coaxial Compound Rotorcraft
  • Aerothermoelastic Challenges of Hypersonic Space Planes
  • Dynamic Testing of Space Launch Vehicles
  • Technologies for More Efficient Fixed-Wing Aircraft
  • Towards Flutter-Free Tiltrotors - the Next Generation

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Fluid Dynamics

Please direct questions to:  Adrian Sescu and  Onkar Sahni

Technical papers are solicited in the areas of experimental, theoretical, and computational fluid dynamics relevant to aerospace applications, with an emphasis on basic research and development. Applied research and advanced technology development topics will also be considered. Papers that present new insights into fluid flow physics, address emerging technical challenges, introduce innovative ideas and tools, promote interdisciplinary and synergistic research activities, or integrate experimental, computational, and/or theoretical approaches are strongly encouraged. Authors should submit an abstract to the most appropriate topic below:

  • Bio-Inspired and Low-Reynolds Number Flows
  • CFD Methods and Applications
  • Experimental-Computational Efforts in High-Speed FSI
  • Flow Control (Fundamentals and Physics)
  • Fluid-Structure/Membrane Interaction
  • Free Shear Flows (Jets, Wakes, Mixing Layers)
  • Multiphase Flows
  • RANS/Hybrid/LES Modeling and Applications
  • Reacting Flows
  • Stability and Transition
  • Transonic, Supersonic and Hypersonic Flows
  • Turbulence
  • Vortex Dynamics
  • Wall-Bounded Flows
  • Special Session: CFD 2030: Experiments and Computations for Juncture Flows
  • Special Session: Multidisciplinary LES
  • Special Session: Sonic Boom
  • Special Session: Surging and Surging/Pitching Aerodynamics
  • Special Session: Wing-Gust Interactions

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Gas Turbine Engines

Please direct questions to:  David L. Blunck and  Shashank Yellapantula

This call is soliciting papers related to advances in gas turbine engine technology and related fundamental understanding. Gas turbine engines are the primary propulsion system for many air breathing propulsion applications.

  • Advanced Gas Turbine Engines and Cycles
  • Combustors
  • Compressors and Fans
  • Turbines

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Green Engineering

Please direct questions to:  Tarek Abdel-Salam 

The Green Engineering Integration Committee promotes a holistic, systems approach to improved energy efficiency, sustainability, renewable energy and ‘cradle-to-cradle’ design. Papers are sought from all areas that explore advances in the creation of sustainable energy sources and their usage in the aerospace sector. Topics can include research and in-production technology used to produce renewable energy sources and materials.

  • Airborne Wind Turbines
  • Energy Harvesting
  • Geo-Engineering
  • Green Energy Grids
  • Hybrid and Green Propulsion
  • Hydrogen Economy
  • Space Solar Power
  • Zero Emission Power Sources

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Ground Testing

Please direct questions to:  John R. Micol and  Wesley M. Cobb

Papers are solicited on unclassified topics involving Ground Testing (GT) and includes test techniques (global optical, planar, etc.), test instrumentation and Ground Test Facilities (GTF) (new, upgrades, enhancements, capability expansion, etc.) covering all aspects of aerodynamics, propulsion, and space systems using Experimental Fluid Dynamics (EFD) or Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) test techniques for all aerodynamic speed regimes and Reynolds numbers. 

  • Advances in Test Techniques, Test Management, & EFD/CFD Integration
  • Cost/Time Reduction or Productivity/Management Improvements in GTF
  • Design/Development/Performance of New/Modified GTF & Subsystems
  • Development, Application, and Validation of Flow Diagnostics in GTF
  • Emerging Requirements for GT that Exceed Current EFD/CFD Capabilities
  • Ground Test, CFD, and Flight Test Integration
  • Knowledge Capture for GTF and Related Capabilities, Systems or Techniques
  • Real-Time GTF Control, Data Acquisition, Processing, & Presentation
  • Test Article Design, Fabrication, & Utilization Improvements in GTF
  • Unique or Innovative Uses of Existing GTF and Support Systems

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Guidance, Navigation, and Control

Please direct questions to:  Uday J. ShankarJohn Carson and Julie Parish

We invite papers covering all aspects of guidance, navigation, and control of aerospace systems. Papers should describe novel analytical techniques, applications, and technological developments in areas such as: the guidance, navigation, and control of aircraft, spacecraft, launch vehicles, missiles, air and space robots, unmanned/autonomous systems, and other aerospace systems; in-flight system architecture and components; navigation, position, and timing; sensors and data fusion; and Multidisciplinary control. Paper selection for the Guidance, Navigation, and Controls conference will be based on a full draft manuscript of the proposed technical paper; abstracts will not be accepted. No exceptions will be made. Draft manuscripts and final papers must not exceed a total length of 25 double-spaced pages. If you are a graduate student and would like your paper to be considered for the Graduate Student Paper Competition, please see the Graduate Student Paper section below for eligibility and submission information. For supplemental information,  click Additional Details.

  • Aircraft Guidance, Navigation, and Control
  • Control and Autonomy: Theory, Analysis, and Design
  • Distributed and Cooperative Systems: Estimation and Control
  • Graduate Student Paper Competition
  • Intelligent/Autonomous Aerial Systems: UAVs, Mini-Micro and Multi-Rotor Vehicles, Path Planning
  • Missile Guidance, Navigation, and Control
  • Navigation, Estimation, and Tracking: Theory and Sensors
  • Space Robotic Systems: Autonomous Satellite Servicing, Space Debris Removal, Planetary Rovers
  • Spacecraft and Launch Vehicle Guidance, Navigation, and Control
  • Invited Sessions

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High-Speed Air Breathing Propulsion

Please direct questions to:  Bayindir H. Saracoglu and  Thomas R. Smith

Papers which address the design, analysis, testing, and evaluation of technologies and systems that enable supersonic and hypersonic air vehicle propulsion are solicited. The technology areas include but are not limited to ramjet, scramjet and combined cycle engines, inlets, isolators, combustion chambers, nozzles and other enabler components, the design methods and optimization, the measurement techniques and numerical methods facilitating the interpretation of the physics observed within High-Speed propulsion systems as well as materials and manufacturing methods aiming at construction of the engines.

  • Engine Component Materials and Manufacturing
  • Ground or Flight Tests on High-Speed Propulsion Systems
  • High Fidelity Combustion Modeling for High-Speed Propulsion
  • High-Speed Inlets, Isolators and Nozzles
  • Instrumentation, Diagnostics Techniques, and Test Methods
  • Numerical Analysis of Scramjet Engines
  • Scramjet and Alternative High-Speed Engine Design and Optimization

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Please direct questions to:  Kevin Burns 

Aerospace History Track of the SciTech2019 technical program provides a collaborative opportunity to share historical insight from the aerospace industry, museums, and educational institutions by professional and amateur historians. Regional histories include communities, states, or nations. History of organizations and institutions includes schools, laboratories, commercial companies, government entities, research facilities, and museums. AIAA history includes Section or Branch histories, and that of committees, activities, facilities, or people of the institute. Aerospace and the Media, includes depiction, analysis, and stories of how aerospace had been presented in the various medias (internet, television, movies, books, and periodicals). Papers on the Apollo Program are also sought to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the program.

  • 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Program
  • Aerospace and the Media
  • General History of Aviation
  • General History of Space
  • History of AIAA and the Profession
  • History of Airborne Communications
  • History of Organizations and Institutions
  • History of Rotary Wing
  • History of Wind Tunnels
  • Regional Aerospace History

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Information and Command and Control Systems

Please direct questions to:  Mike SotakJimmie McEver, and  Ali Raz 

Information and Command and Control Systems (IC2S) provide end-to-end solutions for decision making via integration of distributed and heterogeneous sets of systems, resources, processes, and policies. IC2S applications are seen in a variety of domains, including both military and commercial applications. For example, in a military context, IC2S may provide operations personnel, warfighters, and decision makers with a common operating picture (COP) of the battlefield, decision aids and synchronization mechanisms; similarly, in a commercial context, IC2S may enable management of air transportation systems or establish space situational awareness by tracking satellites and debris. Papers are sought in the area of a "system of systems" perspective on both military and civilian information and command and control systems, including complex systems approaches. Primary areas of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Applications of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to Command and Control Problems
  • Autonomy in Command and Control Systems
  • Command and Control in Space: Satellite or Manned Spacecraft Operations
  • Cybersecurity and Cyber Situational Awareness in Command and Control Systems
  • Human-Machine Teaming in Command and Control Contexts
  • Information Fusion and Processing in Large-Scale Complex Systems
  • Military and Civilian Applications of Command and Control Systems
  • Modeling and Simulation of Command and Control Systems
  • Multi-Domain Command and Control for Integrating Space, Air, Ground, and Cyber Systems

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Inlets, Nozzles, and Propulsion Systems Integration

Please direct questions to:  Vishal Acharya and  Lie-Mine Gea 

Modern and future airframe design concepts, engine technologies have system level requirements that require an effective integration of different aspects such as inlets, nozzle and propulsion system components. This has increased interest in recent years for research that helps understand and improve propulsion system design for efficient overall aircraft performance and operability. This interest expands into secondary systems and thermal systems for space vehicles as well thereby broadening the scope for research into system integration technologies. The papers sought are in the areas of:

  • Aircraft Electrical Propulsion for Aircraft & UAV
  • Auxiliary Power Units Design and Operation
  • Integration of Secondary Power and/or Cooling Systems and Impact on Performance
  • Jet Related Aerodynamic Mixing and Redirecting
  • Nozzles, Ejectors, Mixing Nozzle and Other Exhaust Systems
  • Propulsion Aerodynamics with Computational Fluid Dynamics; Component Optimization
  • Propulsor and Component Design for Air Breathing Electrical Propulsion Systems
  • Subsonic, Supersonic and Hypersonic Inlets; Serprntine Inlets
  • Thermal Management Aspects of Propulsion System Performance
  • Thrust Reversers, Ejectors, and Other Exhaust Systems

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Intelligent Systems

Please direct questions to:  Thomas Lombaerts and  Julie Shah 

Submissions are sought in all areas of application of Intelligent System (IS) technologies and methods to aerospace systems, the verification and validation of these systems, and the education of AIAA membership in the use of IS technologies in aerospace and other technical disciplines. Systems of interest include both military and commercial aerospace systems and those ground systems that are part of test, development, or operations of aerospace systems. Technologies that enable autonomy (i.e. safe and reliable operation with minimal or no human intervention) as well as collaborative human-machine teaming in complex aerospace systems/sub-systems are of interest. These include, but are not limited to: autonomous and expert systems; discrete planning/scheduling algorithms; intelligent data/image processing, learning, and adaptation techniques; data fusion and reasoning; and knowledge engineering. Extended abstracts of at least 5 pages will be accepted in the topic areas below. For more information, click Additional Details

  • Adaptive and Intelligent Control Systems
  • Autonomy
  • Cybersecurity in Aerospace Systems
  • Human-Automation Interaction
  • Learning, Reasoning, and Data Driven Systems
  • Probabilistic and Rule-Based Systems
  • Systems Health Management (SHM)
  • Intelligent Systems Student Paper Competition
  • Invited Sessions and Discussion Panels

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Please direct questions to:  Ray Fertig and  Evan Pineda

Papers are sought on topics related to current and cutting-edge research and development of aerospace and non-aerospace materials and associated models. Submissions are encouraged in topic areas such as modeling, synthesis, processing, testing, and characterization. Application papers may include, but are not limited to, structural and nonstructural, adaptive, smart, and affordable materials. Special focus areas include multifunctional materials, material development, constitutive models, manufacturing process models, material property models, novel experimental methods, coatings and protection, optimization, trade studies, lifecycle studies, affordability, inspection, repair, maintenance, and environmental impact. Papers on experimental and analytical methods that lead to understanding of mechanical performance, environmental sensitivity, fatigue and fracture, time- and rate-dependent behavior, durability, damage tolerance, aging, and in-service performance are included in this solicitation. Special emphasis will be given to new and emerging technologies, such as nanostructured materials, multidimensional composites, cryogenic materials, advanced fiber forms, polymers, metallics, lightweight, super-lightweight materials, multifunctional materials and progress toward integration of these material models into the product development process.

  • Advanced or Hybrid Composites for Lightweight Structures
  • Bio-Inspired Aerospace Structures
  • Composites Manufacturing Simulation
  • Fatigue and Fracture
  • ICME - Additive Manufacturing Modeling
  • Materials and Design for Additive Manufacturing
  • Materials in Extreme Environments
  • Materials and Survivability
  • Multifunctional Materials
  • Multiscale Modeling
  • Nanostructured Materials
  • NASA's 2040 Vision for Integrated Multiscale Material/Structural Modeling and Simulation
  • Testing and Characterization
  • Uncertainty Quantification and Verification and Validation for ICME

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Meshing, Visualization, and Computational Environments

Please direct questions to:  John F. Dannenhoffer and  Nick Wyman

The MVCE TC solicits papers describing tools and techniques that facilitate the simulation of real-world problems in all areas of computational field modeling and simulation, including computational fluid dynamics (CFD), computational aeroacoustics (CAA), computational solid mechanics (CSM), and computational electromagnetics (CEM).

  • Efficient Management and Analysis of Very Large Data Sets in A Distributed Computing Environment
  • Generation Methods for Structured, Unstructured, Overset, High-Order, and Other Mesh Topologies
  • Geometry Modeling for Simulation, Including CAD-CAE Interoperability
  • Integration Techniques and Frameworks to Support Unified Multidisciplinary and Multi-Scale Models
  • Mesh Quality Metrics and Their Relation to Solution Accuracy and Convergence
  • Meshing Techniques for Moving and/or Deforming Configurations
  • Solution Adaptive Meshing, Error Estimation, and Uncertainty Quantification Techniques
  • Visualization for Feature Detection, Knowledge Capture, and Engineering Animation
  • Visualization of High-Order Meshes and Other New Mesh Types

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Modeling and Simulation Technologies

Please direct questions to:  Alaa Elmiligui and Peter Zaal

The Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference seeks papers on the latest findings in the development and application of modeling and simulation particularly related to flight simulator technologies. Areas of interest are rotary-wing and fixed-wing human-in-the-loop simulation, development of full-flight simulators, human factors, air traffic management, unmanned aerial systems training and operations, and space vehicle dynamics. Although the conference title is broad in scope, submissions with a link to development, utilization, and enhancement of flight simulator technologies, including human-in-the-loop and hardware-in-the-loop studies, will be given preference. Submissions relating to exclusive disciplines without an obvious link to flight simulator technologies are more appropriate for other conferences. For more information, click Additional Details.

  • Data Analysis Techniques Applied to Simulation
  • Design, Development, Testing, and Validation of Human-in-the-Loop Simulations
  • Human Factors, Perception, and Cueing
  • Human-in-the-Loop Simulation of Air Traffic Management
  • Human-in-the-Loop Simulation of Uninhabited Aerial Systems
  • Model and Simulation Integration
  • Model-Based Design and Hardware-in-the-Loop Simulation
  • Modeling and Simulation of Air and Space Vehicle Dynamics, Systems, and Environments
  • Motion Cueing for Training Simulators
  • Motion Systems, Visual Systems, and Image Generation
  • Multidisciplinary Modeling and Simulation Across Domains (e.g., Structural, Aerodynamic, Flight Mechanics)
  • Simulation Scenario Development

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Multidisciplinary Design Optimization

Please direct questions to:  Manav Bhatia and  Josh Deaton

The Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Technical Committee is soliciting papers concerning the development of optimization approaches and supporting technologies, and their application towards design of engineering components and/or systems for improved performance and reduced costs. Submissions are welcome from members of academia and industry showcasing the latest advances in this rapidly evolving field. Studies focusing on bridging the gap between design and advanced fabrication are also of interest.

  • Aerodynamic Design: Analysis, Methodologies, and Optimization Techniques
  • Application of MDO for Vehicle Design
  • Data analytics, Machine Learning, Metamodeling and Approximation Methods
  • Emerging Methods, Algorithms and Software Development in MDO
  • High Performance Computing and Large Scale Applications in MAO
  • MDO/Sensitivity Analysis with Aeroelasticity/Fluid-Structure Interaction
  • Optimization/Design Under Uncertainty
  • Shape and Topology Optimization
  • Structural Optimization, Composite Material Design, Optimization with Multiscale Modeling
  • Special Session: AFRL's EXPEDITE MDAO Program
  • Special Session: Honoring Professor Rafi Haftka
  • Special Session: Reduce Order Modeling for Digital Twin Applications

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Non-Deterministic Approaches

Please direct questions to:  Satchi Venkataraman and  Ben Smarslok

Non-Deterministic Approaches are technologies aimed at understanding and managing the variations and uncertainties inherent in the design, production, and operation of physical systems. These technologies include computational and experimental methods to quantify uncertainty, propagate uncertainty in complex physical systems, design systems under uncertainty, and estimate the reliability and performance of these systems for confident decision making. The NDA conference is a forum to discuss both the development of new methods for solving these problems, and the application of non-deterministic approaches to problems of interest to the aerospace community.

  • Experimental Design and Testing for Uncertainty Reduction
  • Model Calibration, Verification, and/or Validation
  • Model Order Reduction & Surrogate Modeling in Uncertainty Quantification
  • Optimization Under Uncertainty Methods
  • Reliability Analysis Methods and Applications
  • Uncertainty Quantification and Management
  • Uncertainty Quantification for Multidisciplinary and Multi-Physics Systems
  • Special Session: DARPA Efficient Quantification of Uncertainty in Physical Systems (EQUiPS) Program
  • Special Session: Honoring Professor Rafi Haftka at SciTech2019
  • Special Session: ICME–Uncertainty Quantification in Computational Materials

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Plasmadynamics and Lasers

Please direct questions to:  Gabe Xu and  Trevor Moeller

Papers are solicited describing experimental, computational, theoretical, or applied research and development in the areas of plasmadynamics and lasers with application to aerospace systems. Efforts combining contemporary theoretical/computational analyses with experimental verification/validation and which represent notable advancements in the aerospace sciences are especially encouraged. Special consideration will be given to works reporting milestone R&D and/or engineering achievements related to aerospace system application of plasma and laser technologies. Survey papers on the current state of the art and historical perspectives are also desired. Work on new diagnostics for plasmas and lasers are also welcome.

  • Astronautical and Space Plasmas (Rarefied Plasma Flow, Space Plasmas, Dusty Plasmas, etc.)
  • Computational Methods for Plasmas (Particle Simulation, MHK, EM, Parallel Computing Algorithms, etc.)
  • Diagnostics and Experimental Techniques (Laser, Aero-Optics, Flow Characterization, Lab Simulation)
  • Laser Enabled Plasma Interactions for Aerodynamics and Combustion
  • Physics of Weakly Ionized Plasma (Nonequilibrium Plasma Formation, Discharges, E-Beams)
  • Plasma Actuators (Vortex Generators, Microactuators, Nanosecond Pulse, Novel Designs)
  • Plasma Aerodynamics (Flow Control, Chemical Kinetics, Discharge/Shock Propagation, Ionized Gas Flow)
  • Plasma and Laser Physics (Basic Processes, Plasma Surface Interaction, MHD, Laser Plasmas, etc.)
  • Plasma and Laser Propulsion (Thrusters, Processes, Beamed Energy, Spacecraft Interactions)
  • Plasma Assisted Combustion and Ignition (Pulsed Plasmas, DBDs, Microwave & Laser Plasmas, Kinetics)
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Pressure Gain Combustion

Please direct questions to:  Daniel Paxson

Papers are sought which are pertinent to the development and application of Pressure Gain Combustion (PGC) to propulsion and power systems. PGC covers any periodic process producing work availability through confinement during heat release. Relevant subtopic areas include: Physics Modeling and Simulation covering investigations of detonation physics and chemistry, combustion dynamics, constant or confined volume combustion, propellant injection and mixing, characterization of PGC loss mechanisms and heat transfer analyses. Component and Subsystem Design and Evaluation covering evaluations of PGC subsystems such as ignition, cooling, propellant injection, modeling validation activities and trade studies for subsystem optimization. Applications and System Integration describing terrestrial, atmospheric or in-space applications of PGC devices, innovative configurations and concepts, studies and considerations for system integration as well as generalized performance estimates. Measurement and Diagnostic Techniques examining proposed, or experimental instrumentation and data collection approaches for PGC systems. Combustor Testing, Operability and Performance covering proposed or existing empirical efforts or facilities intended to explore PGC device stability, operating range, propellant condition sensitivity, exit flow conditions, etc.

  • Applications and System Integration
  • Combustor Testing, Operability, and Performance
  • Component and Subsystem Design and Evaluation
  • Measurement and Diagnostic Techniques
  • Physics Modeling and Simulation

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Propellants and Combustion

Please direct questions to:  Venkat Raman

Papers are sought from all areas of propellants and combustion relevant to aerospace sciences, technologies, and applications. The Propellants and Combustion Technical Committee will organize several invited sessions to present overviews of technical challenges and recent progress. New developments as well as review papers and presentations are of interest. Potential topics include the following subject areas:

  • Advanced Combustion Concepts, Fuel Technology and Environmental Impact
  • Combustion Diagnostics
  • Detonations, Explosions and Supersonic Combustion
  • Heterogeneous Combustion and Propellants
  • Laminar Flames and Combustion Chemistry
  • Micro-Combustion and Micro-Propulsion
  • Rocket and Air-Breathing Combustion
  • Spray and Droplet Combustion
  • Turbulent Combustion
  • Invited Sessions

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Sensor Systems and Information Fusion

Please direct questions to:  Thomas L. Frey, Jr. and  Kent R. Engebretson

Papers are sought that address theoretical, analytical, simulated, experimental, or implementation results related to aerospace applications for sensor systems, information and sensor fusion, and autonomous resource management. Advances in the fusion of sensor networks, cooperative sensing, autonomy, and multi-system collaboration are of particular interest.

  • Advanced Sensor Data Processing Techniques
  • Applications of Sensor and Information Fusion
  • Autonomy and/or Collaboration
  • Fusion or Integration of Networked Sensors or Systems
  • Human Interface with Complex or Autonomous Systems
  • Identification, Situation Awareness, and Sensemaking
  • Multi-Sensor Field/Flight Experiment Planning, Implementation, and Analyses
  • Novel Sensors for Aerospace Applications
  • Sensor/Resource Management

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Small Satellites

Please direct questions to:  Jeremy Straub

Small spacecraft are gaining in prevalence. This technical area includes technologies for small spacecraft and their use for scientific, remote sensing, government, military and other missions. Also included are relevant supporting areas such as education and workforce development activities which are specific to small satellites.

  • CubeSats and PocketQubes
  • Chip/Board Sats
  • 10 kg - 75 kg Spacecraft
  • University-Class Spacecraft
  • Science Missions
  • Technology Demonstration Missions
  • Government and Military Missions
  • Small Satellite Remote Sensing
  • Supporting Technologies (Automation, Propulsion, ADCS, etc.)
  • Education, Workforce Development and Public Outreach

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Society and Aerospace Technology

Please direct questions to:  Mathew Kuester and  Amir Gohardani

The Society and Aerospace Technology Integration and Outreach Committee (SAT IOC) promotes activities linked to AIAA’s mission to inspire and advance the future of aerospace for the benefit of humanity. The SAT IOC is soliciting papers that examine the societal benefits of aerospace technologies/products, as well as the relationship between aerospace and society, culture, and the arts. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Astrosociology
  • Group Dynamics & Societal Institutions in Isolated Communities (Space Settlements, Antarctica)
  • Influences of Aerospace Technology on Popular Culture (Art, Literature, Movies/TV, & Music)
  • Influences of Popular Culture on Aerospace Technology (i.e. Science Fiction as Inspiration for R&D)
  • Psychology, Social Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, and Political Science Aspects of Aerospace
  • Social Consequences of United States and/or International Aerospace Policy Making
  • Social Impacts of Aerospace Technology and their Spin-Offs
  • Societal Issues Involving the Use of Aerospace Technologies (UAS, Satellite Imagery, etc.)
  • Sociology and Social Psychology of Aerospace Teams
  • Utilization of Aerospace Assets to Address Social Problems

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Please direct questions to:  James Murphy

Papers are sought in the area of software and software-intense systems for aircraft or aerospace applications. Including specific aspects of software: requirements management, verification and validation, certification and accreditation, architecture considerations, software modeling, domain specific languages, formal methods, run-time monitoring, software safety and cybersecurity aspects, automation and autonomy. We are accepting industry papers and case studies as well as academic papers. In the 6th Software Challenges in Aerospace symposium, we bring together experts at the intersection of aerospace and computer science. The goal of this symposium is to foster innovation and discussion across the divide between the two academic communities. Visit Softwarechallengesaero.com for more information. Five-page extended abstracts will be accepted in the topic areas below. For more information, click Additional Details.

  • Cybersecurity in Aerospace Systems
  • Interaction of Software Assurance and Risk Assessment Based Operation of UAS
  • Model-Based Testing, Formal Methods, Run-Time Monitoring
  • Software Challenges in Aerospace
  • Software Modeling and Architecture Considerations
  • Software Reuse, Use of Open Source, COTS
  • Software Safety, Software Reliability and Failsafe Software Systems
  • Software Verification and Validation, Certification Aspects for Aerospace Applications
  • Unmanned Systems Mission Management, Coordination, Planning, and Autonomy

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Space Exploration

Please direct questions to:  Surendra Sharma and  Chris Moore

The Space Exploration track spans mission architectures, advanced technologies, and flight systems to enable robotic precursor and human exploration missions to the moon, Lagrange points, Near Earth Objects (NEOs), and Mars and its moons, and space infrastructure. Abstracts are being solicited on the following topics:

  • Enabling Tech: Advanced Propulsion, Cryogenic Propellant Storage and Transfer
  • Eva Tech; Advanced Robotics; Autonomous Systems and Avionics; Light Weight Structures and Materials
  • Flight Systems: Critical Capability Demos, Crew Exploration Vehicles and In-Space Transportation
  • In-Space Infrastructure: Habitation Modules, Propellant Depots, In-Space Transportation, Power, Communications
  • ISS as an Analog for Long-Duration Missions, and as A Test Bed for Technologies
  • Life Support; Radiation Shielding; Entry, Descent, and Landing Technology
  • Mission Architectures: Studies, Systems Analysis, and Operational Scenarios for Human Exploration
  • Robotic Precursor Missions to Characterize Space Environments and Scouting Missions

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Space Operations and Support

Please direct questions to:  Scott Burleigh and Michelangelo Ambrosini

Our ability to utilize cislunar space for science, industry, and commerce in the coming decades will be constrained by the costs of launching, operating, and sustaining capable spacecraft. Reducing these costs is a precondition for the economic and social benefits that a new era of growth in orbital operations seems to offer. Papers in this technical discipline will explore the technology and economics of cost reduction in orbital missions.

  • Automation and Autonomy
  • Innovations in Mission Financing
  • International Standardization
  • Legal Obstacles to Expanded Orbital Operations
  • Mitigation of Risk From Orbital Debris
  • On-Orbit Servicing
  • Reducing Spacecraft Total Cost of Ownership
  • Reusable Launch Vehicles
  • Security
  • Simplified Mission Communications

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Spacecraft Structures

Please direct questions to:  Johanne Heald and  Hazem Soliman

The Spacecraft Structures Conference provides an opportunity to discuss recent research findings, newly proposed concepts, and applied demonstrations emerging from spacecraft technology. The Spacecraft Structures Technical Committee is focused on the unique challenges associated with structural systems that operate in a space-based environment. This forum is specifically focused on the challenges of design, analysis, fabrication and testing of those lightweight structural systems that must be ground tested in a simulated zero gravity condition, and are subjected to launch loads, deployment loads, and the space environment. Papers are invited in a broad range of areas from academia, government and industry.

  • High Strain Composite Materials and Structures
  • Inflatable Space Structures
  • Membrane and Soft Goods Mechanics and Dynamics
  • Solar Sails, Solar Shields, and Other Tensioned Membranes
  • Spacecraft Antennas, Reflectors, and Other Optical Apertures
  • Spacecraft Booms and Trusses and Testing of Lightweight Spacecraft Structures
  • Other Topics in Spacecraft Structures
  • Special Session: Smart/Adaptive Deployable Structures
  • Special Session: Mass Production and Manufacture in Space
  • Special Session: ROSA Deployment Results

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Structural Dynamics

Please direct questions to:  Weihua Su

The field of structural dynamics covers the study of response, stability, control, and adaptation of aerospace structures exposed to a wide variety of external/internal excitations. Such excitations can arise from the coupling of multiple disciplines such as aerodynamics, thermodynamics, acoustics, control and flight mechanics; interactions among multiple components such as wings, rotors, pylons, airframe, engines and drive systems; and high intensity external disturbances such as gusts, acoustics, shocks, impact, or thermally-induced loads in the vehicle operational environments. Papers are invited which report on fundamental understandings of such phenomena, development of new analytical, computational, and experimental methods for their prediction and analysis, and innovative methodologies for the design, development and deployment of advanced technology of structures and components that exploit or mitigate them. The following list identifies the broad topics of interest but is not intended to be all-inclusive. Please submit abstracts to the topic that best covers your research or to "Other Topics in Structural Dynamics" if your research is outside the scope of the list. Only submit to the special session if an organizer of a special session asks you to do so. Please contact the technical discipline chair if you would like to organize a special session. For more information, click Additional Details.

  • Active/Passive Vibration Control, Isolation, Stability Augmentation, Energy Harvesting, Damping
  • Computational Aero-, Servo-, Thermo- Elasticity, High-Order Numeric Methods, Reduced-Order Modeling
  • Dynamic Loads, Response, Vibration, and Stability of all Aerospace Vehicles
  • Dynamic Testing Techniques, Sensors and Actuators, Modal Analysis, System Identification
  • Experimental-Computational Efforts in High-Speed FSI
  • Flexible Aeroelastic Systems with Distributed Propulsion
  • Flutter, Limit Cycle Oscillations, and Ground/Air Resonance.
  • Large-Deformation Nonlinear Dynamics, Flexible Multibody Dynamics, Contact/Constraint Modeling
  • Mission-Adaptive (Morphing) Vehicles, Active and Passive Aeroelastic Tailoring
  • Model Uncertainties and Uncertainty Quantification in Aeroelastic Problems
  • Multidisciplinary Optimization and Sensitivity Analysis with Aeroelasticity and FSI
  • Structural Dynamic Modeling of Beams, Cables, Membranes, Plates, and Shells
  • Structural Health Monitoring and Prognosis
  • Ultra-Efficient Aircraft
  • Vehicle and Component Response to Gust, Acoustics, Shocks, Impact, and Thermal Loads
  • Other Topics in Structural Dynamics
  • Special Sessions in Structural Dynamics

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Please direct questions to:  Michael Wolff

The Structures Technical Forum includes topics which cover structural design, analysis and testing of aircraft and spacecraft vehicles, composed of metallic, composite or hybrid materials. Two joint technical sessions are planned in 2019; one with the Materials TC and one with the Multidisciplinary Design Optimization and Non-Deterministic Approaches TC's.

  • Aircraft Structural Design, Test and Analysis
  • Buckling, Fatigue and Fracture of Structures
  • Composite Interlaminar Enhancement Methods and Modeling
  • Composite Structural Design, Test and Analysis
  • Composite Structural Optimization
  • Design, Analysis, and Certification of Additive Structures
  • Failure Analysis and Prediction
  • Historical Lessons Learned and Advances in Structural Applications
  • ICME - Additive Manufacturing Modeling
  • Impact Damage in Composite Structures
  • Innovative Approaches in Structures
  • Laminate Design Optimization for Manufacturing
  • Multifunctional Structures
  • NASA ACC Section for High Energy Dynamic Impact
  • NASA ACC Session
  • Stability of Structural Shells
  • Structural Joints and Repairs
  • Special Session: Honoring Professor Rafi Haftka at SciTech2019

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Please direct questions to:  Andrew Lingenfelter

The Survivability Technical Committee (SURTC) promotes the research and development of new technologies that define the state-of-the-art in survivability. Aerospace survivability is the capability of a system to avoid or withstand a hostile environment (man-made or otherwise). Therefore, the aerospace survivability discipline forms part of the systems engineering process and is affected by all other engineering disciplines, such as materials (e.g., space debris protection), structures (e.g., rugged structure), flight controls (e.g., self-repairing flight controls), aerodynamics (maneuverability/agility), and propulsion (e.g., stealth). The SURTC is looking to the future as game changers emerge and revolutionize the discipline. SURTC is seeking articles that address aerospace system survivability as listed below, with particular interest on advanced materials and structures for survivability. For more information, click Additional Details.

  • Additive Manufacturing and Survivability (e.g., Improved/Faster Battle-Damage Repairs)
  • Aerospace Survivability and the Cyberspace/Information Domain
  • Aerospace System Safety, Protection, and Health Monitoring
  • Autonomy and Survivability (e.g., Survivability of Autonomous Agents, Adaptive Survivability)
  • General Survivability
  • Materials for Survivability
  • Orbital Debris Avoidance and Protection and Space Survivability
  • Structures for Survivability
  • Survivability Against Directed Energy Weapons
  • Survivability Game Changers: Emerging Technological Solutions That Will Revolutionize Survivability

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Systems Engineering

Please direct questions to:  John C Hsu

Papers in all areas of systems engineering (SE) are encouraged. All types of papers will be considered, including case studies, developmental work and technical analysis. Topics include but are not limited to systems engineering applications, integrated disciplines and technology, future trends and predictions in systems engineering, systems engineering education and research, systems engineering life cycle processes, systems effectiveness, and complex systems and/or system-of-systems engineering.

  • Resilience Systems Theory and Methodology
  • System Integration and Design
  • System-of-Systems Engineering Theory and Methods, and the Digital Thread and Digital Twin
  • Systems Engineering Applications
  • Systems Engineering Education and Research
  • Systems Engineering Life Cycle
  • Systems Engineering Modeling Language and Methodology
  • Systems Engineering Processes and Methods
  • Systems Simulation Modeling
  • Systems Verification and Validation

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Terrestrial Energy

Please direct questions to:  Gustaaf Jacobs

The Terrestrial Energy Systems Committee is sponsoring sessions on the use of aerospace technology in ground-power and energy systems. Papers are solicited on development and application of technology common to the aerospace and energy communities. Experimental, computational, and theoretical papers dealing with fundamentals and applied energy conversion technologies such as energy storage systems, industrial gas turbines, solar energy, wind energy, in-situ energy generation and coal will be considered for presentation.

  • Clean and Alternative Fuels
  • Combustion Modeling, Measurements and Control
  • Energy Storage Systems
  • Energy-Power System Efficiency and Economics
  • Energy-Power System Efficiency and Economics
  • Gasification and Related Technologies
  • Industrial Gas Turbines
  • In-Situ Space Energy Generation Systems
  • Renewable Energy Systems: Wind, Bio, Hydro, Geothermal, Solar, and Others
  • Thermal and Fluid Behavior in Power Systems

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Please direct questions to:  Kevin Pope and  Kyle Knox

The Thermophysics Technical Committee solicits extended abstracts of proposed papers on topics in thermophysics and heat transfer. Papers are solicited on topics related to all aspects of thermal energy, heat transfer, and their related aerospace applications. Contributions based on analytical, numerical and/or experimental studies are welcomed as well as timely survey and review articles. Scientific and technical contributions are emphasized, rather than status reports on work in progress. Student submissions are strongly encouraged. Special sessions are also welcome--please contact Technical Chairs. Areas of specific interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Aerothermodynamics, Thermal Protection Systems and Ablation
  • Cryogenics and Cryogenic Systems
  • Droplets, Jets, Sprays, Heat Pipes, Thermosiphons, and Two-phase Heat Transfer
  • Experimental and Computational Non-equilibrium Flows and Radiation
  • Heat Transfer Enhancement and Energy Harvesting
  • Micro- and Nano-Scale Heat Transfer
  • Microgravity based Heat Transfer, Multidisciplinary Modeling and Simulation
  • Theoretical, Experimental and Computational Heat Transfer
  • Thermal Management and Control in Aircraft and Spacecraft: Devices and Applications
  • Transport and Thermophysical Properties

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Unique and Transformational Flight

Please direct questions to:  Anthony Linn and  Michael Patterson

Technical papers are requested relating to advanced manned or unmanned concepts, On-Demand Mobility or other emergent aviation market studies, electric propulsion integration and component technologies, autonomous/self-flying aircraft, simplified aircraft/vehicle operation. Papers are also requested on any topic of interest relative to V/ESTOL aircraft including design, analysis and test, regardless of propulsion system type.

  • Acoustical Properties of Electric Aircraft
  • Advanced/Transformational Aircraft Concepts
  • Autonomous Flight Controls Including Those for UAS, Ride Quality and Noise Reduction
  • Electric Propulsion Integration and Component Technologies for Flight
  • Energy Capture and Storage Technologies (PV, Ultra-Capacitors, Batteries, etc.)
  • On-Demand Mobility and Urban Air Mobility, Emergent Aviation Market Studies
  • Transformational System Design, Development, Analysis, Materials, Operations and Support
  • UAS technologies applicable to manned aircraft
  • V/ESTOL Aircraft Design, Aircraft Analysis and Aircraft Ground Test and/or Flight Test

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Unmanned Systems

Please direct questions to:  Greg Larson and  Richard Stansbury

Papers are sought that address autonomy and unmanned systems related technologies and their applications with a focus on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), but inclusive to other unmanned system types such as self-driving automobiles. Technical papers focused upon the systems enabling the safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace system (NAS) and international civil airspaces are of particular interest. Other topics such as unique applications of UAS, UAS design, UAS guidance navigation and control, UAS autonomy and path planning, urban operations, detect and avoid technologies, utilization of unmanned systems in engineering education, certification and design assurance of unmanned systems, human-machine interfaces, etc. Initial extended abstract should be 1-2 pages in length, define the research problem, background, approach, and summarize plan for full paper.

  • Design of Unmanned Aircraft Systems 
  • Detect and Avoid Technologies for UAS
  • Historical Perspectives on Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  • Human-Machine Interfaces for Unmanned Systems
  • Interaction of Software Assurance and Risk Assessment Based Operation of UAS
  • Safety Certification, Airworthiness, and Software Assurance of Unmanned Systems
  • UAS Guidance, Navigation, and Control
  • Unmanned System Automation and Verification-and-Validation of Automated Systems
  • Unmanned Systems and Enabling Technologies for Urban Operation
  • Unmanned Systems Enabling Engineering Education
  • Unmanned Systems Mission Management, Coordination, Planning, and Autonomy

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Wind Energy

Please direct questions to:  David Maniaci and  Eliot Quon

Papers are solicited for the 2018 ASME Wind Energy Symposium covering a broad range of topics related to onshore and offshore wind-turbine and wind-plant technology. Technical areas of interest include aerodynamics, acoustics, aeroelasticity, structural dynamics, fatigue and extreme loads, design, performance optimization and control, atmospheric inflow, innovative concepts, materials, manufacturing, testing, sensors, health monitoring, and reliability. Individuals with backgrounds in rotorcraft research are encouraged to submit for a joint wind energy/rotorcraft session. For more information, click Additional Details.

  • Aeroelasticity, Structural Dynamics, and Loads Prediction
  • Atmospheric Physics and Inflow
  • Blade Aerodynamics and Aeroacoustics
  • Innovations and Novel Concepts
  • Materials, Manufacturing, and Structural Testing
  • Non-Deterministic Analysis of Wind Energy Applications
  • Offshore Wind, including floating platforms
  • Rotorcraft and Wind Energy Multi-Physics Modeling
  • Sensors, Health Monitoring, and Reliability
  • Wake Physics, Modeling, and Experimentation
  • Wind Plant Performance Optimization and Control
  • Wind Turbine Design, Optimization, and Control

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Student Paper Competitions

The following Student Paper Competitions are being held in conjunction with the Forum:

Aerospace Design and Structures

Please direct questions toAli Najafi 

To be considered for one of the student paper awards within the Aerospace Design and Structures Group, students must submit their abstract to one of the following areas:

  • Adaptive Structures
  • Design Engineering
  • Dynamics Specialists
  • Materials
  • Multidisciplinary Design Optimization
  • Non-Deterministic Approaches
  • Spacecraft Structures
  • Structural Dynamics
  • Structures
  • Survivability
  • Unique and Transformational Flight

Student papers should report on work primarily conducted by students in collaboration with their faculty advisors; therefore, all primary/presenting authors of papers submitted for consideration in the Student Paper Competition must be students at the time of abstract submission. Up to two non-student co-authors are allowed.

Student abstracts must be extended abstracts that follow the rules outlined in this Call For Papers.

When submitting to the abstract submission website, select “Student Paper Competition” as the paper type. Semi-finalists will be selected based on an evaluation of the extended abstracts. The results of the semi-final round will not be made public. Student manuscripts must be uploaded to the manuscript submission website by 1700 hours EST (USA) on November 6, 2018, which is four weeks earlier than the deadline for regular technical papers. Students who miss this November deadline will be removed from the student paper competition, but still have the opportunity to submit by the December 4 deadline as a regular conference paper.

Students who meet the student paper deadline may upload revisions up until the regular conference paper deadline, but the version submitted for the student paper deadline will be the version used for judging. The title and author list of the final manuscript must be the same as that of the extended abstract or the manuscript will not be eligible for the student paper competition.

Finalists will be selected based on an evaluation of the written manuscript. Student authors who are selected as finalists will be notified by email no later than December 7, 2018. Finalists will be required to present their work in an assigned technical session during the AIAA SciTech Forum. Winners will be selected based on a combined evaluation of the written manuscript and the oral presentation. Winners will be recognized at the Recognition Luncheon on the Thursday of the forum, and will receive monetary awards.

The following awards will be presented to the winners:

  • Jefferson Goblet Student Paper Award: The highest ranked Aerospace Design and Structures paper based on manuscript and presentation quality is recognized with the Jefferson Goblet Student Paper Award, which was established over twenty years ago and named to honor Thomas Jefferson. The recipient receives a monetary award ($500), a certificate, and a goblet modeled after a 1788 design by Thomas Jefferson.
  • American Society for Composites Student Paper Award: The highest ranked composites-related paper based on manuscript and presentation quality is recognized with the American Society for Composites Student Paper Award. The recipient receives a monetary award ($500) and a certificate. 
  • Lockheed Martin Student Paper Award in Structures: The Lockheed Martin Student Paper Award in Structures recognizes an outstanding structures-related paper, based on manuscript and presentation quality. The recipient receives a monetary award ($500) and a certificate. 
  • Harry H. and Lois G. Hilton Student Paper Award in Structures: The Harry H. and Lois G. Hilton Student Paper Award in Structures recognizes an outstanding graduate-level, structures related paper, based on manuscript and presentation quality. The recipient receives a monetary award ($500) and a certificate. 
  • SwRI Student Paper Award in Non-Deterministic Approaches: The Southwest Research Institute Student Paper Award in Non-Deterministic Approaches recognizes an outstanding NDA-related paper, based on manuscript and presentation quality. The recipient receives a monetary award ($500) and a certificate.

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Atmospheric Flight Mechanics

Please direct questions to:    Yunjun Xu and Andrea Da Ronch                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Technical Committee, with the support of Calspan Corporation, is sponsoring a Best Student Paper Competition at the 2019 AIAA SciTech Forum. Entrants will be judged by technical committee members, and the winner will receive a certificate and $500 award. 

To be eligible for this award, the entrant must be the primary author of the paper and the work must have been performed while the author was a student. As such, recent graduates are eligible to enter the competition. Entrants will present their papers in the relevant conference technical sessions with judges in attendance. To enter the competition, the “Student Paper Competition” option must be selected instead of “Technical Manuscript” when submitting a manuscript. 

The scoring for the award will be equally based on written paper content and oral presentation. The written paper will be judged on: 1) relevance of the topic to atmospheric flight mechanics; 2) organization and clarity; 3) appreciation of the technical issues and sources of errors; and 4) meaningful conclusions of the research. The oral presentation will be judged for overall clarity, including: 1) background and problem definition statement; 2) explanation of technical approach; and 3) explanation of research results.

Student manuscripts will be judged prior to the conference. Student presentations will be judged in regular technical sessions. Scores will be tallied during the conference, and the students will be contacted via email after the conclusion of the conference with the winner identified and anonymous reviewer comments provided.

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Aerodynamic Measurement Technology, Plasmadynamics and Lasers, Propellants and Combustion

Please direct questions to: Brian Thurow

The Walter R. Lempert Student Paper Award in Diagnostics for Fluid Mechanics, Plasma Physics, and Energy Transfer is sponsored by the Aerodynamic Measurement Technology (AMT), Plasmadynamics and Lasers (PDL), and Propellants and Combustion (PC) Technical Committees (TC). 

The award is given on an annual basis in memory of Dr. Walter R. Lempert. Walter Lempert was an outstanding scientist and engineer who had a profound impact on AIAA and in particular these three TCs. The Walter R. Lempert Student Paper Award is given to the most outstanding student paper submitted to sessions organized by these TCs at the annual AIAA SciTech Forum.  

Eligibility: Any graduate student in an engineering or related program who is the first author and presenter of a technical paper at an AMT, PDL or PC-affiliated session at the AIAA SciTech. The winning students may only receive this award once.

Application:  There is not a separate application process for this award.  Students should submit their work using the normal abstract submission process for the AIAA SciTech Forum.  All student papers are automatically considered for this award.

Selection Criteria:

  1. The paper must be in the area of measurement techniques and related to the technical disciplines covered by the AMT, PDL and PC technical committees.
  2. The paper should be evaluated on the innovative nature of the diagnostic or its use.  Applications of mature diagnostics are not eligible for this award.
  3. The papers will be scored by a panel of judges representing all three TCs. In addition to the criteria given above, the panel will consider the technical quality/completeness, technical relevance, and readability of the paper.  

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Guidance, Navigation and Control

Please direct questions to: Joseph Connolly

The GN&C Technical Committee will host a Graduate Student Paper Competition at the 2019 AIAA SciTech Forum. In addition to appropriate recognition, all finalists in the GN&C Graduate Student Paper Competition will receive a monetary award of $500 and complimentary registration.  The overall winner will receive an additional $1,000 award.

For this competition, full draft manuscript papers are sought from graduate students on GN&C technical research topics, from which up to six finalists will be selected by a panel of judges for inclusion in a special GN&C Graduate Student Paper Competition session.

Author eligibility and manuscript submission requirements are described below.

Eligibility Requirements

  • A student must be the primary or sole author, enrolled at an institution of higher learning.
  • The student will be expected to sign a form, if selected as a finalist, stating that they contributed the overwhelming majority to the paper’s written and technical content.
  • The student author must be a member of AIAA in order to become a finalist in the competition.
  • The student author must be a full-time graduate student in good academic standing at his or her university/institution at the time of submission.
  • Full draft manuscript not exceeding a total length of 25 pages.
  • The student author is not the overall winner of the preceding year’s competition.
  • Only one paper submission per primary author.

Submission Requirements

  • Graduate Student Paper Competition submissions must adhere to the overall Forum Abstract Submission Requirements.
  • Students must select the “Student Paper Competition” presentation type during the electronic submission process. Do not submit the abstract more than once. Only submissions with “Student Paper Competition” presentation type indicated will be eligible for the competition.
  • All submissions must be made by the forum abstract submission deadline.

Finalists will be required to make two presentations at the forum:  once in the appropriate regular technical session and once in a separate Graduate Student Paper Competition session.  Note that authors will receive an accept/reject notification first for the regular conference review process and later for the graduate student paper competition. The second notification will be from the GN&C Technical Committee. A paper can be (1) accepted for both the regular conference and competition, (2) accepted to the regular conference, but not the competition, or (3) not accepted to either the regular conference or the competition.

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Intelligent Systems

Please direct questions to:  Amanda Lampton

New this year, graduate students are invited to submit only extended abstracts by the abstract submission deadline in any broad area of Intelligent Systems (IS) to the Intelligent Systems Student Paper Competition. 

Students must be registered as full-time students in good academic standing at the time of submission and must submit full draft manuscripts (must not exceed a total length of 25 pages) by October 24th, 2018 to be considered (please note the early manuscript deadline for the competition). 

Primary or sole authorship by a single student is required, and any second or third author must be the graduate thesis advisor (no more than three authors shall be permitted). A student competition paper subcommittee and the chair will review the full draft manuscripts submitted as IS student paper competition papers based on their originality, clarity, and potential impact on practical applications or theoretical foundations, and select 5 or 6 paper finalists.

All papers that are not selected will be forwarded to the area chairs for possible inclusion as regular conference papers. A student paper competition session will be held on Monday, January 7, 2019 during the conference; the finalists will present once at AIAA SciTech during this session. Directly after this session, the subcommittee will decide the winner based on both the paper and the presentation, and the student will be notified by email. The winner will be presented with an award at the recognition luncheon during AIAA SciTech. In addition, a monetary prize for an amount of $500 will be mailed to the winner after the conference is concluded.

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Meshing, Visualization, and Computational Environments

Please direct questions to: John Dannenhoffer, III

The Meshing, Visualization, and Computational Environments (MVCE) Technical Committee is holding a student paper competition during the AIAA SciTech Forum. Students are encouraged to submit extended abstracts that are as close as possible to the anticipated final paper. The extended abstracts will be judged by a subcommittee of the MVCE based upon the importance of the work, originality, quality, and completeness. To be eligible, the student needs to be full-time at either the graduate or undergraduate level. The student who wrote the best extended abstract will receive a $500 award, which will be paid in advance of the forum, to defray the cost of attending the AIAA SciTech Form.

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Please direct questions to:  Patrick Yee

The David P. Weaver Student Best Paper Award, presented by the Thermophysics Technical Committee, is for a technical paper presented during the year. The Committee, based on the recommendation of the Best Paper Subcommittee, may confer a David P. Weaver Student Best Paper Award each year based on the following description. "The purpose of the David P. Weaver Student Best Paper Award is to motivate participants in the sessions sponsored by the Thermophysics Committee toward excellence in technical content and presentation of papers and to recognize professional achievement by identifying one contribution as the best paper."

A student paper is defined as being one for which the actual research was undertaken and finished while the author was still a full time student. The nomination and selection process follows that of the Best Paper Award described earlier. The award is made at the summer Thermophysics Conference. This award is designated for the presentation of an outstanding paper, not simply the best paper given at a meeting. Thus, it is not mandatory to present the award annually. A monetary award is given to the winner of the David P. Weaver Student Best Paper Award.

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