AIAA Houston Section Awards Dinner Meeting – June 26th

Join the AIAA Houston Section and Astronaut Clay Anderson for the last dinner meeting of the 2013-2014 AIAA Houston Section Year.  Mr. Anderson will discuss his experiences on both the Space Shuttle and International Space Station in a talk titled “The Dream of a Lifetime!”. In addition AIAA Houston will make a presentation of the Yuri’s 5km fundraising results, the Spirit of Apollo Scholarship will be awarded, and a presentation of Awards for those in the AIAA Houston Section will take place. Furthermore, Dwayne O’Brien, of the band “Little Texas,” will be singing at this dinner meeting. Join us!

About Astronaut Clay Anderson:

Anderson joined the JSC in 1983 in the Mission Planning and Analysis Division, performing rendezvous and proximity operations trajectory designs for early space shuttle and International Space Station missions. In 1988, he moved to the Mission Operations Directorate (MOD) as a Flight Design Manager, leading the trajectory design team for the Galileo planetary mission (STS-34) while serving as the backup for the Magellan planetary mission (STS-31). In 1989, Anderson was chosen to be supervisor of the MOD Ascent Flight Design Section and, following reorganization, the Flight Design Engineering Office of the Flight Design and Dynamics Division. In 1993, he was named the Chief of the Flight Design Branch. From 1996 until his selection, Anderson held the post of Manager, Emergency Operations Center, NASA Johnson Space Center.
A veteran of two space flights, Anderson has logged 167 days in space and 38 hours and 28 minutes of EVA in six spacewalks. During his 152-day tour of duty aboard the station, Anderson performed three spacewalks, two with crewmembers of STS-118, totaling 18 hours, 01 minute. Anderson’s second flight on STS-131 on Space Shuttle Discovery (April 5 to April 20, 2010) executed a resupply mission to the International Space Station, launching at night from KSC. Anderson performed three EVAs during this mission and logged 20 hours and 17 minutes of extravehicular activity.


UPDATED (6/24/2014 – 10:00 pm) – We apologize as our Dinner Option has sold out but we do have a limited number of seats without Dinner available below and hope that you will join us for a pleasant evening.

AIAA Houston ATS Kickoff with Cdr. Chris Cassidy: Go for EVA – words that all astronauts want to hear!

AIAA Houston welcomes Commander Chris Cassidy to kickoff our Annual Technical Symposium with his presentation, “Go for EVA – words that all astronauts want to hear!” Before becoming an Astronaut, Commander Chris Cassidy served 10 years as a Navy Seal. He made four six-month deployments: two to Afghanistan, and two to the Mediterranean. He deployed to the Afghanistan region two weeks after 9/11/01, served as Ground Assault Force Commander for international and U.S.-only combat missions in Afghanistan, and led two months of noncompliant ship-boardings in the Northern Arabian Gulf. In 2004 Commander Cassidy was selected as an astronaut by NASA. Before completing his first flight, he served as Capsule Communicator(CAPCOM) in Mission Control. Commander Cassidy flew on STS 127 which helped complete the construction of the Japanese Kibo module on the International Space Station. Most recently, Cassidy served as a flight engineer on Expedition 35/36, living and working on the station for more than five months. During his NASA career, Cassidy has completed six spacewalks, totaling 31 hours, 14 minutes and has accumulated 182 days in space.

Please RSVP by choosing a meal (dessert included) below and we will see you on May 8th to kick off our Annual Technical Symposium!




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AIAA Luncheon – Sandra Magnus, PhD – AIAA Executive Director and Former Astronaut

Join AIAA Houston Section in welcoming former Astronaut and AIAA Executive Director Sandra Magnus, PhD. back to Houston!


Dr. Sandra Magnus will be in Houston to discuss her recent visit to the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology; as well as the future of Aerospace and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.


Selected to the NASA Astronaut Corps in April, 1996, Dr. Magnus flew in space on the STS-112 shuttle mission in 2002, and on the final shuttle flight, STS-135, in 2011. In addition, she flew to the International Space Station on STS-126 in November 2008, served as flight engineer and science officer on Expedition 18, and returned home on STS-119 after four and a half months on board the ISS. Following her assignment on Station, she served at NASA Headquarters in the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate. Her last duty at NASA, after STS-135, was as the deputy chief of the Astronaut Office. Dr. Magnus graduated from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1986 with a degree in physics and in 1990 with a master’s degree in electrical engineering, and holds a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Georgia Tech (1996). In 2012, Dr. Magnus was appointed as AIAA’s Executive Director where she serves as chief administrative officer of the Institute.



11:00-11:30am – Social

11:30-12:30pm – Lunch

11:50 – Speaker Introduction


Please join us for this luncheon and RSVP with your selection for lunch below.


AIAA Member:

Type of Sandwich (includes side, dessert, & tea)

Non-AIAA Member: ( Renew/Join Here)

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