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

Courses and Workshops

Stay at the top of your game with AIAA's continuing education offerings. You will leave with invaluable improvements and solutions that you can put to immediate use. All courses and workshops will be held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego.

2nd AIAA Geometry and Mesh Generation Workshop

5-6 January 2019
0800-1700 hrs 

Geometry and Mesh Generation Workshops (GMGW) assess the current state-of-the art in geometry and mesh generation technology and software as applied to aircraft and spacecraft systems. They will help identify and develop understanding of areas of needed improvement (performance, accuracy, applicability) in geometry and mesh generation technology software. And they will provide a foundation for documenting best practices for geometry and mesh generation. More Details

A Unified Approach for Computational Aeroelasticity (NEW!)

6 January 2019 
0800-1700 hrs 

This one-day short course covers concepts and terminology associated with aeroelasticity, including structural dynamics, unsteady aerodynamics, aeroservoelasticity, and recent developments such as computational reduced-order models. An important component of this course is to familiarize the participants with the classical methods as well as the more modern methods in aeroelasticity, in order to understand the various options available to the aeroelastician. The course will also cover basic experimental concepts, including videos of wind-tunnel flutter incidents. More Details

Additive Manufacturing: Structural and Material Optimization (NEW!)

6 January 2019      
0800-1700 hrs

This course will provide a practical understanding of topology optimization and additive manufacturing. It will uncover the numerical machineries of a range of topology optimization methods and reveal how to formulate the design problems and select numerical parameters to yield successful designs. It will also discuss the state-of-the-art topology optimization capabilities in the context of material and structural designs under multiphysics. The course will also offer an overview of rapidly developing additive manufacturing technologies, including those commercially available as well as the state-of-the-art methods for the future.  It will discuss the material types and capabilities for each method and the associated considerations for design, both at material and structural scales. The course will also include a practical hands-on element using an open source topology optimization code. More Details

Aircraft and Rotorcraft System Identification Engineering Methods for Manned and UAV Applications with Hands-on Training using CIFER®

5-6 January 2019      
0800-1730 hrs

This course will review the fundamental methods of Manned and UAV aircraft and rotorcraft system identification methods with Hands-on Training using CIFER®, illustrate the benefits of their broad application throughout the flight vehicle development process, and provide the attendees with an intensive hands-on training of the CIFER® system identification using flight test data and extensive Lab exercises. More Details

Design of Aircraft Structures

5-6 January 2019 
0800-1700 hrs 

This comprehensive 2-day course covers: an introduction to design philosophy and criteria; airframe configuration; margin of safety concept; validation and testing; materials, material selection, design allowables and values; failure theories and interaction methods; fundamental concepts including load paths; free body diagrams; idealization and classical, empirical and finite element analysis methods. This course also includes design of structures under tensile, compressive, shear, and combined loads, and design of joints, fittings, and lugs.  An introduction to design for fail safety, durability and damage tolerance is also presented.  Design and analysis competencies are also discussed.  The course includes practice problems and a design project. More Details

Design of Electrified Propulsion Aircraft

5-6 January 2019 
0800-1700 hrs 

In this course, participants learn about current developments in electrified propulsion, with an emphasis on hybrid electric aircraft. Participants will learn how to design electrified propulsion aircraft starting from the top-level aircraft requirements. Design examples will include electric and hybrid-electric aircraft of various sizes and missions. Various powertrains will be examined including pure electric, parallel hybrid, serial hybrid, and combinations. It will be demonstrated which design variables are unique to electric and hybrid electric aircraft and how the sizing and performance process of the powertrain components can be executed. Historical and recent electric and hybrid electric aircraft system studies will be reviewed, and standard reporting parameters will be recommended. More Details

Diagnostics for Plasmas and Gases (NEW!)

5-6 January 2019 
0800-1700 hrs 

The course presents diagnostic techniques for the measurement of plasmas and gases. These include passive optical methods such as emission spectroscopy, laser diagnostics such as laser induced fluorescence and Rayleigh scattering, and physical probe diagnostics such as Langmuir probes. The course will be taught by experts in each diagnostic and cover the background theory, practical considerations, data analysis, and applications. The course is intended for new practitioners such as students, young professionals, test engineers, or anyone else with interest in deploying diagnostics in their work. As such, the material will be presented in a tutorial format to cover the fundamentals through use and applications. More Details

Fundamentals of Space Systems

5-6 January 2019 
0800-1700 hrs 

This 2-day course “Fundamentals of Space Systems” provides an introduction to the concepts and technologies of modern space systems. Space systems combine engineering, science, and external phenomena. We concentrate on scientific and engineering foundations of spacecraft systems and interactions among various subsystems. The fundamentals of subsystem technologies provide an indispensable basis for system engineering. The basic nomenclature, vocabulary, and concepts will make it possible to converse with understanding with subsystem specialists. This introductory course is designed for engineers and managers – of diverse background and varying levels of experience – who are involved in planning, designing, building, launching, and operating space systems and spacecraft subsystems and components. The course will facilitate integration of engineers and managers new to the space field into space-related projects. More Details

Guidance, Control, and Astrodynamics of Space Vehicles (NEW!)

5-6 January 2019 
0800-1700 hrs 

This short course presents a coherent treatment of both the fundamental principles and recent advances in guidance, control, and astrodynamics of space vehicles. It is intended for guidance, navigation and control (GNC) engineers, spacecraft systems engineers, space mission designers, and/or technical managers, who are interested in a comprehensive overview of the GNC and astrodynamical problems of advanced space systems, launch vehicles, and robotic/human exploration of the moon, Mars, and asteroids. This course is based on the instructor’s second AIAA textbook Space Vehicle Guidance, Control, and Astrodynamics (2015),” included with registration. More Details

Hypersonics: Test and Evaluation

6 January 2019 
0800-1700 hrs 

The Hypersonics Test and Evaluation short course is a one-day offering that introduces students to high speed and hypersonic test. The course will introduce the concept of hypersonic flight and describe the critical physics that is encountered at this unique and formidable speed regime. It will briefly discuss the system benefits and uses for this flight regime and put in perspective, why system performance and evaluation through test for this important speed regime can create difficulties for the tester, test facility developer and project manager. More Details

Integrating Program Management and Systems Engineering

5-6 January 2019 
0800-1700 hrs 

As Systems Engineering and Program Management have evolved since World War II, missions have to be achieved within the constraints of cost, schedule and expected performance. Systems engineering is attempting to describe and define the optimal solution while the program management is attempting to determine the necessary work components and develop the plan.  Both are keys to the success of a program. Bringing these two disciplines together with a common success measure requires the integration of functions within programs. Taking this course will learn how to apply systems engineering processes, tools, methods and techniques on program management’s organizing and staffing, planning, performance measurement, decision, and cost control on how to execute an accurate Earned Value Management System (EVMS). More Details

Dates to Remember

  • Early Mem Reg Deadline: 17 Dec 2018
  • Cancellation Deadline: 17 Dec 2018

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