2020 AIAA SSTC Houston Section Middle School Essay Contest Winner

Congrats Sashi Kulatilaka!

Congratulations, Sashi Kulatilaka from College Station Middle School! Your vivid and eloquent narrative of the possibilities to come in the next half-century has been selected as the 1st place winner of the Houston Section. The essay advanced to the AIAA Space Systems Technical Committee’s national level contest, but did not place. Regardless, the Houston Section is very proud of the submission and wishes Ms. Kulatilaka much success and hopes to see futuristic visions outlined in this essay materialize.

ASME/AIAA/IEEE Houston Sections Joint Dinner Meeting: The Texas High Speed Train

Carlos Aguilar, PhD, Texas Central Railway

Thursday, July 16

Registration & Networking: 5:30 pm

Presentation: 6:15 pm


Texas Central is developing a world-class, high speed train connecting Dallas and Houston via high speed (190 mph) in a 90-minute transit that includes a 15-minute Brazos Valley stop in Grimes County midway between Huntsville and College Station, Texas. Life on the high-speed train: http://devtxcentral.wpengine.com/


Carlos Aguilar is President & CEO, Board of Director Member at Texas Central, a private, Texas-based company that is developing the high-speed passenger railway and associated facilities for “The Texas High-Speed Train.” He has a BSME from Duke, and MS & PhD degrees in Technological Science from Stirling University (Stirling, Scotland), as well as a 35+ year career working at the Ex-Im Bank, Bechtel, BrightSource and CH2M.

ASME meetings are open to all. Membership is encouraged but not required to attend. Professional Development Hour (PDH) certificates will be available to participants at the conclusion of the event.

RSVP $35 in advance ($15 for students) at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4609545. Bring a Friend, Get a Prize! Late reservations ($50) at the door. Professional Development Hour (PDH) certificates will be available to participants at the conclusion of the event.

Event Flyer: ASME-AIAA-IEEE_July2020MtgFlyer-

Saturday, 6/27: SpaceGeekSpeak, 8:30am, Zoom

June 30th is Asteroid Day! Astronaut Stan Love will present on asteroids at this weekly gathering over Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/681362383

Saturday, 6/27/2020

If joining by phone only: 877 853 5247 (toll free) meeting id: 681362383

Saturday mornings, 8:30-9:30 am or as long as conversations last…. Bring your coffee and conversation starter, share a story, and enjoy the community!

Seeking 2020-2021 AIAA Houston Executive Council Nomination Chair/Committee Members

Due to competing priorities with the pandemic and needing time to resume to some level of normalcy, the AIAA Houston Section executive council (with AIAA National concurrence) decided to postpone 2020-2021 elections to August.

In the meantime, we are looking for AIAA Houston Section members to participate in the nomination committee as a chair/member. Duties include: soliciting nominations, verifying and tallying up votes, and announcing election results.

If you are interested in being in the nomination committee, please e-mail Irene: chair2019@aiaahouston.org