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Monthly Meeting on April 24th, Speaker: Craig Smith, Modeling and Simulation Engineer

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Hello everybody!!

We hope that all is well with you. We will have our monthly meeting on Wednesdsay, April 24th. See the details below:

Date: Wednesday, April 24th

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Location: MECH 218

Craig Smith is a modeling and simulation engineer with Ball Aerospace and an in-house contractor at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Directed Energy Directorate. He is a recent graduate of the University of New Mexico where he received his B.S and M.S. in mechanical engineering in 2015 and 2017, respectively. His research interests include numerical analysis, computational fluid dynamics and their application to modeling aero-effects.

His presentation is: “Machine Learning to Improve Flight Test Instrumentation”

See you guys there!!!

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UNM Students win at the 2019 Region IV Student Conference

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Four members of the AIAA UNM Student chapter participated at the AIAA 2019 Region IV student conference, held this year in Austin, Texas on March 29-31. Two of them received awards for their papers.
Josh Ludwigsen, a senior undergraduate student at the UNM Mechanical Engineering Department, won the second place among undergraduate students and a $300 prize from the AIAA Foundation for his paper “Analysis of the Fractal Dimension of a Dense Particle Curtain for Multi-Phase Flow Analysis”.

Daniel Freelong, a master’s student at the UNM Mechanical Engineering Department, took the third place among the graduate students and a $250 prize for his paper ” Reflections of a Shock Wave off a Sparse Curtain of Particles.” Both students are advised by Professors Peter Vorobieff and C. Randall Truman.

Congratulations to all of them!

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February Speaker: Dr. Tam, CFD Researcher

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You are all invited to our monthly AIAA Speaker Series on February 20th at 5:30pm in ME 218. Don’t miss out on the free pizza!

Dr. C.-J. John Tam

Dr. C.-J. John Tam has more than 20 years of experience in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) development and applications. From 1998-2014, he was involved in the research and development of scramjet engines at the Air Force Research Laboratory/Aerospace Systems Directorate in Wright-Patterson AFB, OH. He performed numerical simulations on different components of the engine to provide a better understanding of the flow physics, thus to design more efficient scramjet engines. In addition, he had validated various turbulence models, large eddy simulations, and chemistry kinetic models for reacting flows, and compared the numerical results with experimental data.

In 2014, Dr. Tam joined Air Force Research Laboratory/Directed Energy Directorate at Kirtland AFB, NM. His research emphasizes on the flow physics around optical turrets using numerical simulations.

Dr. Tam is an associate fellow of AIAA, and the author of numerous papers, journal articles, and technical presentations. He has served as a reviewer for many technical journals. He taught both undergraduate- and graduate- level classes in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Wright State University (WSU) for 13 years, as an adjunct associate professor, and was nominated for the Excellence in Teaching Award for Adjunct Faculty for the 2006-2007, 2009-2010, and 2010-2011 academic years at WSU. In addition, he was inducted as an Eminent Engineer by Tau Beta Pi in 2010.

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Have a great Spring 2019 semester!

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We hope that everyone is having a great start of the semester, good luck with everything!

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2019 Region IV Student Conference

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Our AIAA student chapter plans to travel to Austin, Texas to take part in the 2019 Region IV Student Conference. Anyone presenting a paper at the conference has priority in securing funding for their trip. It is a great opportunity and experience!


Please mark your calendars and save the dates for the upcoming Region IV Student Conference. Find below the important dates to remember.

AIAA Region IV Student Conference
Call for Papers
29-31 March 2019
University of Texas at Austin – Austin, Texas
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) sponsors student conferences in each AIAA Region as a means to encourage students in aerospace-related fields to discuss research, exchange knowledge, and generate interest in the field of aerospace engineering. This Call for Papers solicits papers for the 2019 AIAA Region IV Student Conference.
The conference’s three categories—Undergraduate, Masters, and Undergraduate Team—each have three prizes that are funded by the AIAA Foundation. The prizes are as follows:
      First place: $500 and a trip to the AIAA SciTech Forum in January, for one author
      Second Place: $300
      Third Place: $250
For further details and rules about the conference, please go to the Student Conference website. For registration information, paper submission, and all logistics, please bookmark this site. You will be notified when your abstract has been accepted.
Important Dates to remember:
Abstracts Due:                  03 February 2019  11:59 pm Eastern Time Zone, USA
Papers Due:                       01 March 2019      11:59 pm Eastern Time Zone, USA
Registration Deadline:                  29 March 2019 11:59 pm Eastern Time Zone, USA
Registration Cancellation Deadline:        15 March 2019 11:5 9pm Eastern Time Zone, USA
Conference Date                     29-31 March 2019
Questions? Contact the AIAA staff representative, Rachel Dowdy (

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October Meeting on Tuesday (10/23) at 5:30 p.m. in ME 218.

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Everyone is invited to our October Meeting, we present guest speaker, Jaime A. Stearns, the  Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate Space Control Mission Lead. There will be pizza at the meeting, don’t miss it!!



About Dr. Stearns:

She coordinates the Directorate’s research and development activities in Space Situational Awareness and Command & Control in support of defensive space operations. Dr. Stearns joined the Space Vehicles Directorate of the AFRL as a National Research Council post-doctoral fellow. She became a civil servant a year later, founding and leading an AFOSR-funded research program using laser spectroscopy to explore new concepts for space propulsion and Space Situational Awareness. She has authored or co-authored 24 peer-reviewed publications and holds an Associated Faculty position in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at the University of New Mexico


Below is more information!



2000 Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.

2005 Doctor of Philosophy degree in Chemistry, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.


1. Nov 2008 – Nov 2009, National Research Associate, AFRL Space Vehicles Directorate, Hanscom AFB, MA.

2. Nov 2009 – May 2011, Research Chemist, AFRL Space Vehicles Directorate, Hanscom AFB, MA.

3. May 2011 – Nov 2016, Principal Investigator for Laser Spectroscopy and Reactivity Laboratory, AFRL Space Vehicles Directorate, Kirtland AFB, NM.

4. Jan 2016 – May 2016, AFRL Liaison to the Joint Space Operations Center, Vandenberg AFB, CA.

5. Nov 2016 – Sep 2018, AFRL Deputy Capability Lead for Space Superiority, AFRL Space Vehicles Directorate, Kirtland AFB, NM.

6. Sep 2018 – present; Space Control Mission Lead, AFRL Space Vehicles Directorate, Kirtland AFB, NM.



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Holloman Air Force Base Tour Nov. 28th!

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Hello everyone!

The Tour date changed from Nov 7th to Nov 28th!

This is just a reminder to save the date for Nov. 28th, 2018 for the Holloman Air Force Base tour. Please note that it will be an all day event but it will be so much fun and you’ll get to experience a lot of great things and meet new people!

We really hope to see you all there. Please attend out next meeting on October 23, 5:30pm to see more details


If you have any questions please email our Outreach Coordinator, Breanna at



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September General Meeting

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September 25, 2018 @ 5:30 pm

MECH 218

Guest Speakers: Meeko Oishi and Fernando Aguilar
Hope to see you there!

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Support Us!

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If you would like to donate to our AIAA UNM Chapter please click on the link. Thank you so much!!

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First Meeting

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Everybody is welcome to the first meeting of the semester!
Tuesday Aug 28th at 5:30pm. Come by MECH 218 for free pizza and updates

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