The Tuskegee Airmen, Juneteenth, & African American Aerospace Professionals

June 19 @ 10:00 am 1:10 pm PDT

(June 19, 2021) The Tuskegee Airmen, Juneteenth Celebration, and African American Aerospace Professionals Event

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AIAA LA-LV Juneteenth Celebration Event

Saturday, June 19, 2021, 10 AM PDT

(Part I)

The Tuskegee Airmen


Mr. Harvey Hawks


Historian for the Sam Bruce Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.

Docent (tour guide and educator) at The Museum of Flight, Seattle

Boeing commercial airplane weight & balance analysis on SST, B747 and B767 programs – Retired



U. S. Army Missile Project Office

General Dynamics, Pomona

Aircraft Structural Design on DC-8 and DC-10 at Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach


(Part II)


Juneteenth Celebration


African American Aerospace Professionals

Panel Discussion


Mr. Harvey Hawks
(Sam Bruce Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.)

Mr. Shelby Jacobs
(Former Apollo Engineer)

Mr. Michael (Mike) Wallace

Dr. Christianna Taylor
(Founder and CEO, Intelligence Space)

(More TBA)


The Tuskegee Airmen


Learn the story behind the creation, training, and operational history of the 332nd Fighter Group and 477th Bomber Group during World War II, made up of African-American pilots who were otherwise excluded from flying for their country. Docent Harvey Hawks, also a member of the Sam Bruce Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to sharing the stories of the original Airmen and inspiring the next generation of African-American aerospace professionals, gives a comprehensive overview of the origins of the program, and the individual stories of people involved in the Tuskegee Airmen.

Mr. Harvey Hawks (will also join panel discussion)

Mr. Harvey Hawks lives in Bellevue Washington and is currently a docent (tour guide and educator) at The Museum of Flight, Seattle. He is also the Historian for the Sam Bruce Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.

Harvey earned a B. S. in Aerospace Engineering from Tri-State University, Angola, Indiana and Professional Engineering license from Washington state. He worked in the U. S. Army Missile Project Office, General Dynamics, Pomona; Aircraft Structural Design on DC-8 and DC-10 at Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach. He moved to Boeing commercial airplane weight & balance analysis on SST, B747 and B767 programs. He spent 15 years, until retirement in 1995, as a Customer Engineer coordinating foreign airline accounts including British Airways, South China, Air Zimbabwe and Air 2000.

Harvey has a strong interest in all aspects of aviation. His other hobbies include bowling, golf, sports cars (Corvette owner), airplanes (private pilot), travel and grandparenting. He is active in the Community of Christ church as a lay minister and teacher. Along with his wife, Ada, he raised three children and has eleven grandchildren.


Juneteenth Celebration and

African American Aerospace Professionals

Panel Discussion


(More Panelists TBD)


(Mr. Harvey Hawks will join the panel)


Mr. Shelby Jacobs
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Mr. Michael (Mike) Wallace

Michael (Mike) Wallace has more than 35 years in the aerospace industry in various technical positions from project engineering, to project management and systems engineering. He currently works as a Senior Systems Engineering Manager at Raytheon Corporation where he is the SEIT IPT Lead managing a multi-million dollar Foreign Military Sales (FMS) FA/18 Radar Program. Prior to his current position, Mike work for Northrop Grumman where he had roles of increasing responsibility ranging from, but not limited to, the Avionics Systems Engineering Department Manager, Deputy Systems Engineering Integration & Test (SEIT) IPT Manager on a Special Program, and the B-2 Technical Integration IPT manager. He also served as the acting Director of Systems Engineering, where he helped organize and manage a systems engineering functional organization of over 500 people.Prior to Northrop Grumman, Mike worked for Teledyne Electronics Safety Products (ESP) as a project manager, where he led a team of engineers from various engineering disciplines in successfully developing sequencing products for the United States (U.S.) Navy and U.S. Air Force. Mike also served 4 years in the United States Air Force on active duty, plus 11 years with the United States Civil Service at Edwards AFB, CA.Mike has been involved in many extra curricula activities. He was a mentor at Northrop Grumman “Pay it Forward” mentoring program. He served as a mentor in the Leadership Development Program (LDP) for two years and he has mentored in the System Engineering Associate (SEA) Program. Mike was a Systems Engineering and Integration instructor at California State University of Long Beach for 5 years and he also taught Algebra, Statistics and Calculus at Antelope Valley College for 13 years. Mike has been involved in the systems engineering community since 2004 and he was the President of the International Council on Systems Engineering Los Angeles (INCOSE-LA) Chapter in 2014 and the Vice President of the International Council on Systems Engineering LA-Chapter in 2013. He was also a committee member on the Antelope Valley Mathematics Science Engineering and Technology (MSET) for 5 years. His level of involvement was to support the local high schools in planning curriculum for STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) related programs.In 2018, Mr. Wallace was the Key Note Speaker for the California State University of Long Beach Antelope Valley Engineering program. Mr. Wallace received an award from the San Fernando Valley Council of Engineers for his effort and support in helping the B-2 Enterprise obtain a level 5 rating for CMMI (Capability Maturity Model Integration) in 2007. In 2008, he received an award from the San Fernando Valley Council of Engineers for providing system engineering support on the B-2 Radar Modernization Program.Mike Wallace, 2019 Bio Page 2Mike has a BS in Electrical Engineering, a MS in Engineering Management from California State University of Northridge (CSUN) and an Engineer’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California (USC). He has completed a Graduate Certificate in System Architecture and Engineering from USC, a Certificate in Systems Engineering from California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech) and a Certificate in Lean Six-Sigma Black Belt from the University of Villanova. He is also a Raytheon Sig Sigma Specialist and he has completed his Raytheon Program Manager Certification – IPT Lead (PM Level 6 and PM Level 5)

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

AIAA Associate Fellow
Technical advisor for major weapon systems produced at Raytheon
Chair for AIAA Tucson-Section
Member of SAT IOC
Renowned 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 Worden with Francis French, and illustrator Michelle Rouch together created the children’s book, “Astronaut Al Travels to the Moon.” The author spent time looking for an illustrator and Michelle Rouch was happy to accept the challenge. The spark of the project all started during a fundraising event for Time in Cosmology, led by Czarina Salido who featured guitarist Gabriel Ayala, space artists Simon Kregar and Michelle Rouch with Emcee Geoff Notkin on March 6, 2018. At the end of the event while Michelle Rouch was tearing down her art display, Francis French had mentioned that Al Worden is looking for an illustrator for his children’s book, and the rest is history. The hardest part of the project was finding a publisher. The project continued with closed loop communication between Al Worden, Francis French and Michelle Rouch with the request in creating 13 unique illustrations that depicted the essence of the poem. A publisher was secured in mid-2020 and released the book on March 15, 2021 during CiLive in Des Moines, Iowa.
Children’s books have a profound effect on society. The unique perspective of Al Worden’s experience along with the colorful illustrations hopes to influence kids at an early age to consider a career path in the technical and scientific fields.  More details of “Astronaut Al Travels to the Moon” are available at and the illustrations can be viewed at  About the Illustrator: Michelle Rouch grew up in Dayton, OH and the strong aerospace history influenced her future. But it was her brother that influenced her to become an engineer, like him. Michelle Rouch is now a Senior Engineer with over 30 years of experience working for DoD, and serves as technical advisor for major weapon systems produced at Raytheon, covering product lines for all branches of the military. She is the Chair for AIAA Tucson-Section, member of SAT IOC, and recently earned her AIAA Associate Fellowship. Michelle Rouch is also a self-taught artist with over 40 years of experience. She continues to aim high to revolutionize the technical world with a contemporary artistic touch. She wants to capture the emotions of people living and thriving in an aerospace world on Earth and beyond, and create more illustrations for children’s books.