The Aerospace Division was created in 1971 to apply emerging and advanced aerospace technologies to civil engineering practice.
In recent years,there have been increased activities and interest in lunar and Martian exploration by the public and private sectors alike. Several national and international agencies and space industry are currently involved in the planned lunar missions. The recent United States Space Policy direct NASA to focus on lunar exploration with a new human return to the moon and then manned missions to Mars. As the world's space community prepares to return to the Moon with humans, this time to stay and explore other extraterrestrial bodies on a long-term basis, it is imperative that we continue to support the development of qualified engineering and construction concepts. The opening session consists of papers dealing with innovative design, analysis, research, development, and applications related to various aspects of engineering, construction and in-situ resource utilization (ISRU) in deep space planetary surfaces such as the Moon and Mars presented by individuals from government space agencies (NASA and others), academia as well as industry.
The second and third sessions highlight award winning papers from the Journal of Aerospace Engineering. The Journal promotes the implementation and development of space and aerospace technologies and their transfer to other civil engineering applications. Each year, the Journal's editors consider all the papers published in the Journal in the previous year and nominate papers to receive the Best Paper Award. The winning paper is announced on the Journal's website and can be downloaded free of charge for the following 12 months. We are pleased to have presentations from the corresponding authors of seven recent papers that have earned the Best Paper Award from the Journal.
Those attending the Aerospace Division's portion of V-Tech will receive up to 4 Professional Development Hours (PDHs).
Aerospace Division V-Tech Conference Committee
The Aerospace Division wants to thank the following people whose efforts made this conference possible:
- Ramesh B. Malla, Ph.D., F. ASCE, F. EMI, A.F. AIAA, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT (Chair)
- Wieslaw Binienda, Ph.D., University of Akron, Akron, OH
- Robert Goldberg, Ph.D., NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH
- Robert Moses, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA
- Robert Mueller, NASA Kennedy Space Center, KSC, FL
- Alaina D. Roberts, P.E., Boeing Co.
- Kris Zacny, Honeybee Robotics, Altadena, CA