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Vol. 2, Issue #8


 First Dialog between Women Astronauts of the U.S. and China
Three-time Space Shuttle astronaut Sandra Magnus and China's first woman astronaut Liu Yang shared their experiences in space with Chinese students during a five-day International Astronautical Congress in Beijing in September 2013.

About 800 students from Chinese primary and middle schools, as well as universities attended the event, asking questions of the two women astronauts.

Magnus, who earned her MS degree from the Georgia Tech School of  Materials Science and Engineering, is the Executive Director of the American Institute of Astronautics and Aeronautics (AIAA) and serves on the GT AE School Advisory Council.  She commented that (astronauts share a) "special bond of seeing our planet from space and having this very unique experience - a special group to belong to."

Ms. Liu Yang flew her first space mission in June 2012 and she is the first Chinese woman astronaut.  Magnus said she expects Liu Yang will go on to have many more space flight experiences.  Magnus also praised the progress China has made in their space program in a decade.

The woman astronaut dialog was sponsored by the AIAA and the Chinese Society of Astronautics.

Link to a news video from CCTV - a national Chinese news channel similar to CNN:http://

Prof. Suresh Menon Appointed the Hightower Professor

Prof. Menon has been selected by COE Dean Gary May after a college-wide search, and appointed by the Board of Regents for the position of the College of Engineering Hightower Professor.

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"Space Shuttle Legacy: How We Did It and What We Learned"

AIAA has just published a new book on the iconic Space Shuttle that examines its development and operation and begins to answer what its legacy will be.

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Prof. Wassim Haddad Receives AIAA Pendray Literature Award

The citation of Prof. Haddad's award reads "Paramount and fundamental contributions to the literature of dynamical systems and control for large-scale aerospace systems."

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Letter from the Chair

Dear AE alumni and friends:

Welcome to our November Newsletter. Our faculty members continue to be recognized for their research and scholarship. New research is being pursued giving rise to Centers of Excellence. A new generation of scholars and honor students are rising through the ranks. I hope you enjoy reading about these exciting events in this issue.

Please stay in touch with us through our web site, and the LinkedIn, FaceBook, and Twitter sites.  Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday season,
Vigor Yang
Chair, School of AE

Sigma Gamma Tau Welcomes New Members

Fourteen new members were inducted into the Georgia Tech Chapter of Sigma Gamma Tau, the national Aerospace Engineering Honor Society, on October 23, 2013.
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AE awarded FAA Air Transportation Center of Excellence

The grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to participate in a new Air Transportation Center of Excellence (COE) supports R&D for alternative jet fuels and the environment.
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Satellite Operators Discuss "Why is Electric Propulsion Game Changing?"

On October 8, approximately 450 members of the space propulsion and satellite fabrication community spanning 26 countries participated in a special panel discussion at the 2013 International Electric Propulsion Conference.
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Upcoming Events 

Georgia Unmanned Systems Policy Symposium
Date: Wed, Nov 20, 2013
Time: 1 PM - 4 PM
GTRI Conference Center, 250 14th Street, Atlanta, GA 30332

Gebhardt Distinguished Seminar
Date: Thu, Nov 14, 2013
Time: 3:30-4:30pm
Patrick Scheuermann, Center Director, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

AE Homecoming Open House
Date: Fri, Nov 01, 2013
Time: 3:00-5:00pm
AE Open House During Georgia Tech's Homecoming Weekend

For more information on these events, please contact:
Margaret Ojala; 404-894-3002;

Times Higher Education Ranks Tech 28th

The Times Higher Education, a British publication, has ranked Georgia Tech 28th among the 400 universities recognized in the magazine's 2013-14 World University Rankings.
The Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the oldest and largest educational programs of its kind in the country.

The Institute had been asked to instruct U.S. Army personnel in aviation as early as 1917.
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