Booth Space is Available for the Fair

January 9, 2017

If any organization, whether an engineering society, company, or student group, would like to host a hands-on booth for the kids at the PSEC Engineering Fair, please register on our EventBrite site. If there are any questions or comments, please reach out to the Chairperson at

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Engineer Fair Scheduled for February 4th, 2017

October 24, 2016

The event is open to the public, with the target audience being K-12 students and their parents. There is no admission required to enter the Fair, which will occur in the Museum of Flight’s Side Gallery on Saturday February 4th, 2017 from 10 AM to 4 PM. However, entry into the museum portion of the Museum of Flight is required.


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AIAA Technical Symposium

September 27, 2016

On Saturday November 19, AIAA will be hosting the annual Technical Symposium at the Future of Flight Museum in Everett. Watch the link below for more details as the event approaches and for registration information.

PNWAIAA 2016 Technical Symposium


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AIAA Tech Symposium This Weekend

November 11, 2015

The AIAA Tech Symposium is this Saturday November 14 at the Future of Flight Museum in Everett. Here is our opening speaker for this year:


Dr. Rostislav Spektor
Electric Propulsion & Plasma Science Section Head, The Aerospace Corporation; Chair, AIAA Electric Propulsion Committee

Electric Propulsion for Space Vehicles

Electric Propulsion (EP) technology has been known to be an effective mode of spacecraft transportation since the dawn of the space age. First satellite tests of EP devices were conducted as early as 1964 and by the 21st century hundreds of EP thrusters were responsible for performing station-keeping duties on multiple satellites and enabling NASA to visit far-off asteroids. Because, in part, of the latest advances in solar array technology, the role of EP devices has expanded to orbit insertion as well as very low orbit station maintenance – a role that chemical propulsion would not be able to fulfill. Recently Boeing has flown all-EP satellites, which rely entirely on electric propulsion, and other companies are rapidly developing their all-EP satellites. In this talk we will trace the development of EP technology from its early implementation to the current state of the art, and discuss the benefits and drawbacks of flying electric propulsion on satellites. We will also peer into the future and discuss how EP may change the way we explore space.
Also featuring Panel Sessions on:

Financing Innovation
Innovations occur in virtually limitless ways and contexts. Most are incremental, incorporating new discoveries as improvements beyond existing technological boundaries. Occasionally, new discoveries are disruptive, with the potential to completely change the way we do basic things. Examples of this include the telegraph, the telephone, and the mobile phone, each of which fundamentally changed the way we communicate. Established companies find it hard to pursue innovations that cannibalize existing businesses; Kodak discovered digital photography but didn’t reap its benefits. And the disruptive idea may be the easiest part; more difficult tasks include building a compelling plan, attracting capable management and securing funding adequate to execute that plan. These panelists have extensive experience working with entrepreneurs converting ideas into businesses and will share their perspectives on financing innovation.

Electric Propulsion for Space Flight
Spacecraft transportation has used electric propulsion from the beginning of the space age. Advances in EP technology have expanded the role of EP thrusters and devices to orbit insertion and low orbit station maintenance. Today, there is talk of manned missions to Mars. But propulsion systems that meet the severe resource and time constraints required of manned missions do not yet exist. This panel brings together three propulsion experts who have made presentations today- Rostislav Spektor, Justin Little and Setthivoine You- to discuss efforts being made in the development of advanced propulsion systems that could revolutionize the field of high-power electric space propulsion by providing longer lifetimes and higher efficiencies. Each of the panelists has a view of the ways in which EP may change the way we explore space and the panel discussion is intended to bring out advantages, disadvantages, benefits  and risks of the various approaches currently being pursued.


You can still register, and register at the door. See the following link for registration information:

AIAA Tech Symposium Registration

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Speakers Announced to AIAA Technical Symposium – Register Now

October 30, 2015

AIAA will have another outstanding program for the 2015 Technical Symposium: “Pacific Northwest at the Forefront of Innovation” being held at the Future of Flight Aviation Center in Mukilteo on Saturday November 14.


The program will feature presentations from:


Dr. Paul Bevilaqua, VTOL specialist and Chief Aeronautical Scientist at Lockheed Martin who invented the dual cycle propulsion system that made it possible to build a stealth supersonic VSTOL Strike Fighter;


Dr. Rostislav Spektor, Chair of the AIAA National Electric Propulsion Committee, and research scientist and Electric Propulsion and Plasma Science Section Head at The Aerospace Corp;


Ed Petkus, Vice President Airplane Development Engineering, Boeing Commercial Airplanes; and


Nick Patrick, Human Integration Architect at Blue Origin, former NASA Astronaut and Boeing flight deck engineer.


Presentations from experienced veteran in aviation technologies from outside the region include:


Capt. Joe Burns, a twenty-five year veteran of the aviation technology and communications industries and most recently the Managing Director of Flight Operations Technology and Flight Testing at United Airlines, NASA ATM subject matter expert, and CEO of Sensurion Aerospace; and


Dr. Bruce J. Holmes, senior executive with more than 40 years’ experience in industry and in NASA, and entrepreneurial experience in air transportation innovations at DayJet Corporation and , in complexity science tools applied to flightpath management at NextGen AeroSciences Inc. and global transportation demand and supply modeling AirMarkets Corporation.


Presentations from Pacific Northwest scientists, engineers, service providers, entrepreneurs and other members of the aeronautical, including:


Dr. Ralph Cavalieri, Center Director and Technical Lead for Alternative Jet Fuels Research, Aviation Sustainability Center (ASCENT) aka FAA Center of Excellence: Alternative Jet Fuels and the Environment;


Dr. Jacob Leachman, Assistant Professor, School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, WSU, and the initiator of the Hydrogen Properties for Energy Research Laboratory.  Dr. Leachman will discuss a partnership with Insitu Inc. funded by the Washington Joint Center for Aerospace Technology and Innovation (JCATI) to convert the popular ScanEagle UAS over to liquid hydrogen powered flight. He will also explain why “60 Years after Project Suntan the Future of Liquid Hydrogen Flight is Bright.


Dr. Kristi Morgansen, Professor in Aeronautics and Astronautics at UW, recent AIAA Associate Fellow, who will discuss “Integrated Sensing and Actuation for Biological and Engineered Aerospace Systems.”


Dr. Roger Parker, CTO, AirMarkets Corporation, who will explain the market for air travel and “What People Pay to Fly” or something like that.


Scott Philiben, President, CiES Inc., successful business founder with a track record of bringing new aircraft system design ideas and concepts to market that have become industry standards;


Jeanne Yu, Director, Environmental Performance and Integration Product Development, Boeing Commercial Airplanes; and


Financing Innovation Panel: Craig Ladkin, FOCUS Investment Bankers; Mike Kelley, Cascadia Capital, and others with experience assisting entrepreneurs and stories you’ll enjoy.


Register now at AIAA Tech Symposium Registration

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What is Aerospace Engineering?

October 26, 2015

Aerospace engineering is the branch of engineering focused on the design, construction, and testing of aircraft and spacecraft. It applies the fascinating science behind the forces of nature and the physical properties of aircraft, rockets, and spacecraft.

Aerospace Engineering is broken into two major overlapping disciplines:

Aeronautical engineering (for vehicles that stay within Earth’s atmosphere)

Astronautical engineering (for vehicles that travel beyond Earth’s atmosphere).


See the PowerPoint presentation below for more details:

Aerospace Engineering

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AIAA Technical Symposium – Time to Register

This year’s Technical Symposium focuses on informing our audience and our membership of ways in which innovations in aerospace are redefining technological boundaries, creating new and improved aircraft and flight related systems, and expanding exploration opportunities in all aspects of flight and space travel.

The presentations in the Symposium will reveal the ways in which the presenters have found solutions for difficult problems and overcome obstacles by working together as a team. These experiences will show different ways of breaking through the technical, business, social and political barriers that we all face every day and, in that respect, we believe everyone will benefit from discussions at the Symposium.

Join us for cutting-edge speaker and panels including a Keynote session from:

Dr. Paul Bevilaqua

VTOL specialist and Chief Aeronautical Scientist at Lockheed Martin, who invented the dual cycle propulsion system that made it possible to build a stealth supersonic V/STOL Strike Fighter.

Other speakers include:

Dr. Ralph Cavalieri
, Center Director and Technical Lead for Alternative Jet Fuels Research, Aviation Sustainability Center (ASCENT), the FAA Center of Excellence: Alternative Jet Fuels and the Environment.

Scott Philiben, President, CiES Inc.

Dr. Rostislav Spektor, Chair of the AIAA National Electric Propulsion Committee
Kurt Polzin, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama

Dr. Kristi Morgansen, University of Washington Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics and new AIAA Associate Fellow

Captain Joe Burns, Managing Director of Flight Operations Technology and Flight Testing at United Airlines

Dr. Bruce J. Holmes, senior executive with more than 40 years’ experience in industry and in NASA

Dr. Roger Parker, AirMarkets Corporation.


Dr. Jacob Leachman, UAV Hydrogen Power System for Insitu and Hydrogen Properties for Energy Research Laboratory at Washington State University.


Plus an expert panel on Innovation Financing,
with regional investment bankers and venture capitalists.


Saturday November 14, 2015


Future of Flight Aviation Center

8415 Paine Field Blvd
Mukilteo, WA 98275

Registration Link:

Contact for more information

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AIAA Sponsored Electric Airplane Challenge for Teachers

June 6, 2015

The Lindbergh Electric Airplane Flight Challenge, formerly the Electric Airplane Challenge, is a standards-based project that helps you bring aerospace alive in your classroom.

Build an electric tethered airplane to reinforce key concepts in elementary physics and connect to practical applications of aerospace engineering and science. Demonstrate how engineers combine science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to build a successful airplane that carries the most cargo.

Grades 6-12 Stakeholders including formal and informal teachers, administrators and outreach professionals
The Lindbergh Electric Airplane Flight (LEAF) STEM Challenge Teacher Workshop
Monday, August 10, 2015, 8:30am-4:00pm
Raisbeck Aviation High School (Next to the Museum of Flight)
9229 E Marginal Way South
Tukwila, WA 98108

Space is Limited!
Workshop Registration is $50 and includes:
WA Clock Hour Certificate, Continental Breakfast, Curriculum, Lunch, & All Materials Required to
Build One Airplane

Need More Info?
Check out our new project web site at:

Still have questions? Contact Elana Slagle at

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