Category: Member Spotlight

(March 29, 2021) AIAA Member Spotlight on Ms. Michelle Rouch

AIAA Associate FellowTechnical advisor for major weapon systems produced at RaytheonChair for AIAA Tucson-SectionMember of SAT IOCRenowned Aerospace Artist When you think of the Apollo 15 mission and reading the depth of command module pilot Astronaut Al Worden poetry, one can understand the emotions of someone who has vast experience in deep space.The author Al […]

(August 31, 2020) AIAA LA-LV Member Spotlight on Col. Mark Pestana

Mark PestanaPilot- Engineer-ArtistAIAA Senior Member Mark Pestana, Colonel, USAF (ret), is a research pilot, aerospace human factors engineer, and consultant for NASA, DOD, and the FAA, and teaches aerospace safety as adjunct faculty at University of Southern California. He’s flown over 5000 hours in over 30 aircraft types, from heavy transport to supersonic jet. As […]

(August 24, 2020) AIAA LA-LV Member Spotlight on Prof. Jason L. Speyer

Prof. Jason L. SpeyerAIAA HONORARY FELLOWMember, National Academy of Engineering Ronald and Valerie Sugar Distinguished Professor,Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department andthe Electrical Engineering Department, UCLA AIAA Mechanics and Control of Flight AwardAIAA Dryden Lectureship in ResearchAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control AwardAir Force Exceptional Civilian Decoration (1991 and 2001)IEEE Third Millennium MedalRichard E. Bellman Control Heritage […]

(October 19, 2020) AIAA Member Spotlight on Al Globus

Al GlobusAIAA MemberAIAA Space Colonization Technical CommitteeContract software engineer, NASA Ames Research Center – Retired Al Globus worked at NASA Ames for 39 years as a contract software engineer on space settlement, asteroid mining, Hubble, space stations, X37, shuttle, Earth observation, TDRSS, cubesats, lunar teleoperation, spaceflight effects on bone, molecular nanotechnology, scientific visualization, and space […]

(October 12, 2020) AIAA Member Spotlight on André Bormanis

André BormanisAIAA Member*Writer, consultant, and television producer, currently serving as a writer and co-executive producer of the Fox / Hulu television series, The Orville.*Writer and consulting producer on the latest season of the Fox / National Geographic television series Cosmos, based on the award-wining PBS series created by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan.*Head writer and […]

(October 5, 2020) AIAA Member Spotlight on Douglas Yazell

Douglas YazellAIAA Associate FellowHoneywell-Retired; Teacher, Math & Robotics, Texas City High SchoolMr. Yazell worked for Honeywell aerospace engineering from 1981 to 2011, mostly on NASA projects. He earned a BSEE degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa and a Master of Science in Engineering from the University of California, Irvine, south of the […]

(September 28, 2020) AIAA Member Spotlight on Michelle Evans

Michelle EvansAIAA Distinguished LecturerAIAA MemberFounder and President, Mach 25 Media (, Photographer, and Communications Specialist in aerospace Michelle Evans is the founder and president of Mach 25 Media ( and is a writer, photographer, and communications specialist in aerospace. She has written the bestselling book “The X-15 Rocket Plane, Flying the First Wings into Space” which […]

(September 21, 2020) AIAA Member Spotlight on Dr. Henry B. Garrett

Dr. Henry B. Garrett AIAA Fellow Principal Scientist OFFICE OF SAFETY AND MISSION SUCCESS Jet Propulsion Laboratory Dr. Garrett has a doctorate in Space Physics and Astronomy. He has over 150 publications on the space environment and its effects with specific emphasis in the areas of atmospheric physics, the low earth ionosphere, radiation, micrometeoroids, space […]

(September 8, 2020) AIAA Member Spotlight on Michael Staab

Michael Staab AIAA Senior Member (Early Adopter), Fault Management and System Autonomy Principal Engineer for Lunar Missions at Northrop Grumman Corporation Michael Staab is a Fault Management and System Autonomy Principal Engineer for Lunar Missions at Northrop Grumman Corporation. In this role, he supports the Gateway and Human Lander System missions as part of NASA’s Artemis Program, providing […]

(August 17, 2020) AIAA Member Spotlight on Janet Grondin

Janet Grondin AIAA LA-LV Member Vice President, Defense Programs for Stellar Solutions, Inc. Former Director, Northrop Grumman Colonel, USAF-Retired President, Women In Defense Greater Los Angeles Chapter (WID-GLAC) Executive Board Member, National Defense Industrial Association Greater Los Angeles Chapter (NDIA-GLAC) Janet Grondin is Vice President of Defense Programs for Stellar Solutions, Inc, a small, woman-owned business providing […]