Technical Course – Cybersecurity

Join us for a technical course on Cybersecurity by the distinguished lecturer, Steve Lee, who is an expert on physical and cyberinfrastructure protection and intelligence. Steve currently leads the aerospace cybersecurity program and other new product development activities, including aerospace autonomy and space traffic management at the AIAA.  

30 Sep 2021, Thursday 7 pm – 8 pm EST  

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 Why Aerospace Cybersecurity at AIAA: A review of external and internal program drivers 
 Aerospace Cybersecurity Programming at AIAA: A multidisciplinary approach  
 Aerospace Cybersecurity Program Outreach  

About Steve Lee  
Steve Lee leads the aerospace cybersecurity program and other new product development activities, including aerospace autonomy and space traffic management. at the American  Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He is currently focusing his unique combination of cyber protection and strategy experience—in industry and in the Federal policy arena—to build the AIAA aerospace cybersecurity program. Steve has a keen eye for adapting organizations,  policies, and people to new security and technology challenges, as demonstrated by his successful leadership of cyber and regulatory compliance projects in the industry. He also coordinated business and talent strategy efforts to grow and sustain a Fortune 500 consulting company’s world-class cyber workforce.  

Steve previously provided senior-level expertise on physical and cyberinfrastructure protection and intelligence program policy for client engagements at the Department of Homeland Security  (DHS), including analysis of threats to dams, energy, rail, transit, and other critical infrastructure.  He has over 25 years of program management, critical infrastructure protection, and national security experience, including over 16 years supporting DHS and the Intelligence Community  (IC), with analysis of cyber, terrorism, and weapons of mass destruction issues, and nearly five years in the U.S. Army. He has also served in leadership and sales roles in aviation and media organizations. 

Perspectives on (Aerodynamic) Drag

Please join us for an on-line lecture on February 18, 2021 at 11:00 EST

Perspectives on (Aerodynamic) Drag

by Dr. John Maris FRAeS, FCASI

Aerodynamic drag is the nemesis of the aircraft designer, but its causes and effects are often misunderstood. In this lecture, Dr. John Maris, FRAeS, FCASI, will present an amusing retrospective on drag, its causes, and mitigation. Key points will be accentuated with historical imagery and video clips. Along the way, Dr. Maris will answer some commonly asked questions (what would happen if golf balls weren’t dimpled? Why does the 747 have a hump?). He will also try to dispel some longstanding myths (no, it’s not air friction that causes re-entering space vehicles and meteorites to glow red-hot). Along the way, Dr. Maris will highlight a simple error that held back aircraft design for more than twenty years. Please join us for an interesting journey beginning in 1738 when Daniel Bernoulli published his Hydrodynamica, and ending with Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipOne deploying its “feathers” during re-entry.

Dr. Maris is the Chairman of the Montreal Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He is an Aviation Week and Space Technology Laureate and a Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame inductee. Dr. Maris is an Associate Fellow of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and has a Ph.D. in Aviation Safety and Human Factors. He is a practicing aeronautical engineer, lecturer, and experimental test pilot.

There is no charge for the Lecture, but attendees are requested to pre-register by February 16, 2021 here.  

We welcome our partners and their members: the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Niagara Frontier Section and the Canadian Aeronautics and Space institute (CASI).

2020 Assad Kotaite Lecture

The 17th Annual Assad Kotaite Lecture was a great success – thanks to all who joined us. You may watch the lecture above

Notice of the 17th Annual Assad Kotaite Lecture

Grabbing that Dream by the Tail: Helping Youth to Achieve their Dream to Fly

                On-line Presentation 19:00 EST Nov 24, 2020

Major General Mark Smith is the Civil Air Patrol’s Chief Executive Officer and 24th National Commander.  Following an overview of the CAP, he will show how this organization is inspiring youth towards pursuing and achieving their dreams of flying. Illustrated by his personal journey, General Smith will share the power of mentorship in the lives of young people. He will describe how the CAP provides a broad range of opportunities for youth to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)-related careers as well as opportunities for youth to fly.  General Smith will also share lessons he has learned from leading a large organization during the global Coronavirus pandemic. 

Major General Smith was appointed by the Civil Air Patrol Board of Governors on June 18, 2017 and assumed command on September 2, 2017. In August 2019, General Smith accepted the Board of Governors’ offer to extend his three-year term as CEO/National Commander by an additional year. General Smith retired as a Colonel from the Air Force in 2000 after 26 years of service, followed by many years as a leader in the business world and other non-profit organizations.

General Smith holds a Bachelor of Science in International Affairs from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a Master of Aviation in Management from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, and a Doctor of Education in Ethical Leadership from Olivet Nazarene University. A resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico, General Smith is widowed, has two adult children and two granddaughters.

There is no charge for the Lecture, but attendees are requested to pre-register by November 22, 2020 here

Please sign up early as our webinar platform is limited.

We welcome and thank our partners and their members: