AIAA LA-LV Celebrates the American History Month for Women, with Women Aerospace Professionals and a Featured Presentation “From Passenger to Pilot”

August 21 @ 10:00 am 2:00 pm PDT

AIAA LA-LV Celebrates the American History Month for Women, w/ Women Aerospace Professionals & Presentation “From Passenger to Pilot”

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AIAA LA-LV Celebrates the American History Month for Women with Aerospace Women Professionals
Saturday, August 21, 2021, 10 AM PDT

Moderated by
Ms. Marilee Wheaton
The Aerospace Corporation, AIAA Fellow
(Part I)
“From Passenger to Pilot”
Ms. Leslie Czechowski
Docent, Museum of Flight, Seattle
Volunteer, Kent Library
(Part II)
Aerospace Women Professionals
Panel Disucssion
Ms. Marilee Wheaton (Moderator)
Aerospace Corp.| Fellow, AIAA

Ms. Claudine Phaire
Chair, AIAA Diversity & Inclusion Working Group;
Principal Systems Engineer, Lockheed Martin

Ms. Leslie Czechowski (Event Speaker)
Docent, Museum of Flight, Seattle

Dr. Claire Leon
Owner, Claire Leon Consulting, LLC.

Atty. Jennifer Perdigao (Pilot)
Member, AIAA
Partner & Co-Chair, Tressler’s Transportation Practice Group
General Aviation Pilot

Dr. Anita Sengupta (Pilot)
CEO/Founder Hydroplane Ltd.
Research Professor of Astronautics USC
Former NASA JPL Aerospace Engineer
Captain Civil Air Patrol
Instrument Rated pilot

Dr. Swati Saxena
AIAA Lifetime Senior Member
Technical and Project Manager, ANSYS Inc.
(Part III)
Early Career Panel for
Women Professionals

Ms. Janet Grondin (Moderator)
AIAA Senior Member
Vice President, Intelligence Programs, Stellar Solutions

Dr. Aki Roberge
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics Laboratory

Ms. Janelle Wellons
Instrument Operations Engineer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Bachelor in Aerospace Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Appearance on the “Super Sensors” episode of PBS Scigirls

Ms. Marilyn L. McPoland
Treasurer, AIAA LA-LV Section
Director, Ceremonies & Events at California State University, Dominguez Hills
former: Sr. Director Operations, XPrize | Director, Museum of Flying | Air Show Producer

Ms. Kathleen Fredette (Glider Pilot)
AIAA Educator Member, Coach, Presenter, Glider Pilot,
Director of STEAM Initiatives for iLEAD CA Charter Schools,
SOFIA Airborne Astronomy Ambassador,
One of the first 6 educators to fly on SOFIA and have flown 4 missions altogether,
NASA Endeavor Fellow

Ms. Laura Duffy
Space Systems Engineer, Canyon Consulting, LLC
PhD Student, Colorado State University

Ms. Niyati Chokshi
Graduate Research Assistant at Bagley College of Engineering
Ph.D candidate- Aerospace Engineering
Mississippi State University
“From Passenger to Pilot”
“The presentation focuses on the development of aviation in the 20th century through women who played significant roles. The first transcontinental passenger was a female reporter from Chicago, and the first stewardess flew on a noted Boeing bi-plane. In the 1920s and 30s Amelia Earhart was a popular pilot, famous for her attempt to fly around the world at the equator. Her friend, Jacqueline Cochran, was another famous pilot through the next two decades, setting speed records in military jet airplanes.”

Ms. Leslie Czechowski has a B.A. in Drama Theory, a M.S. in Library Science, and a M.S. in Liberal Studies (concentration in 19th century American history and literature). She has worked in a variety of library and archives positions at Grinnell College, The University of Minnesota, and The University of Pittsburgh. In addition, she taught graduate courses at The College of St. Catherine and The University of Pittsburgh. She has also authored many professional publications and presented on library and archival services.

Leslie has been a volunteer in numerous organizations and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Moldova in 2012. She currently volunteers at the Kent Library teaching Microsoft Office software, volunteers at the Museum’s archives, and joined the docent program at the Museum in 2016.
Exhibitor briefing (Between the 1st and the 2nd Panel)

“EnCorps and STEM Teachers Program”
Ms. Tanja Schroeder
Southern California Recruitment Coordinator for EnCorps STEM Teachers Program
“Development of the Stella App”
Isis Ginyard
A rising junior at Windward School

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Member Spotlight on Dr. Daniel P. Raymer (April 13, 2020)

Member Spotlight on Dr. Daniel P. Raymer (April 13, 2020):

AIAA Fellow,
author of “Aircraft Design: A Conceptual Approach”

Dan Raymer is President of the design and consulting company, Conceptual Research Corporation. Recipient of the prestigious AIAA Aircraft Design Award, he is a recognized expert in the areas of Aerospace Vehicle Design and Configuration Layout, Computer-aided Design Methodologies and Design Education. During his 10 years in the Advanced Design Department of Rockwell (North American Aviation) he conceived and did the layout design of Rockwell’s entries in what became the F-22, B-2, and T-45 programs, and was Head of Air Vehicle Design for X-31 from “blank sheet of paper” (CAD screen) to the configuration that flew (with minor fabrication-driven changes).

His industry career includes positions as Director-Advanced Design with Lockheed, Director-Future Missions at the Aerojet Propulsion Research Institute, and Project Manager-Engineering at Rockwell North American Aviation. He also served as a research engineer and aerospace design consultant at the famous RAND Corporation think tank.

Dr. Raymer is the author of the best-selling textbook “Aircraft Design: A Conceptual Approach” and the well-regarded layman’s book, “Dan Raymer’s Simplified Aircraft Design for Homebuilders”. His newest book, “Living In The Future: The Education and Adventures of an Advanced Aircraft Designer”, covers his career and his design projects including most of those described below. Raymer has received both Rockwell Engineer of the Year and the AIAA Summerfield Book awards, and was recently made a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Dr. Raymer teaches a variety of advanced design short courses including the well-known five-day Aircraft Conceptual Design Short Course which has been attended by over 3,000 engineers to date. Dr. Raymer is often a Forum Speaker at the EAA AirVenture (Oshkosh).

Dr. Raymer received B.S. and M.S. engineering degrees in Astronautics and Aeronautics from Purdue, an MBA from the University of Southern California, and a Doctorate of Engineering (Ph.D.) from the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). He is a recipient of the Purdue University Outstanding Aerospace Engineer Award which is given “to honor those alumni who have distinguished themselves in the aerospace industry”. Dr. Raymer is listed in both Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.

Click here for a new article on how Raymer became an aircraft designer and who his inspirations were: