The Society of Allied Weight Engineers (SAWE) is an international organization whose purpose is to promote the mass properties discipline and provide members and industry a medium for exchanging practices and experiences with the objective of fostering a higher degree of quality in mass properties control. Regular chapter meetings, regional and international conferences, plus an array of technical papers, reference books, industry standards and training curriculum provide mass properties engineers and industry that opportunity to learn, collaborate, create, and broaden the capability of the mass properties engineer, organization or program.  The Society is organized into 22 chapters with members from across the United States, Brazil, Europe, United Kingdom, and Canada.

Fall 2020 Virtual Training Opportunities

Courses will be offered in 4 hour sessions over 3 weekends in October, November, & December
All classes will be held virtually via Zoom
Courses will be offered as either Four Hour Classes or Eight Hour Classes (two Four Hour Sessions on consecutive days) on the below dates.
Class Time will be
7:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Eastern Time
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM Central European Time
Note that AWBS is in two 5 hour sessions

Register Now.

Course Name Instructor Cost Dates
Developing Basic Parametric Methods Andy Walker $500 October 23-24, 2020 (Fri-Sat)
Ship Inclining Experiment William A. Fox $500 October 23-24, 2020 (Fri-Sat)
Introduction to Marine Weight Engineering Dom Cimino $250 November 13, 2020 (Friday)
Aircraft Fuel System Calibration & Verification Rod Van Dyk $250 November 14, 2020 (Saturday)
Fundamental Concepts of Mass Properties Management and Control of Military Aircraft & Aircraft Weight Estimating (RP-7A & RP-8A) Paul Kachurak $500 November 13-14, 2020 (Fri-Sat)
Structural Weight Optimization for Mass Properties Engineers Raj Bishnoi $550 December 11-12, 2020 (Fri-Sat)
Automated Weight and Balance System (AWBS) Harold Smoot $650 December 11-12, 2020 (Fri-Sat)


79th SAWE Virtual Forum - Vendor Weight Control 

September 25, 2020

Zoom Meeting Details (SAWE Members Only)

SAWE 2020 Tech Fair Conference Proceedings are available for purcahse and download. 


  • Links to Videos
  • Papers
  • Technical Presentations
  • Standards and Practice Presentations
  • Vendor Presentations

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Volume 79 - Spring 2020 - No. 3



2020 Reports to the SAWE Board of Directors

A Wing Weight Estimation Method Based on Wing-Box Beam Design
by Bai Lu, Deng Zhi, Zhang Xintan, Xia Ming, and Zhang Shuai


SAWE Corporate Partners
From the Editor
President's Message
Index of Advertisers

Printed versions are available from

SAWE Members may download the PDF version of the Spring 2020 Weight Engineering Journal for free. Log-in to your membership account is required. For more information about how to setup or access your membership account, please view our Frequently Asked Questions.
Purchase and Download Weight Engineering Journal (PDF)

80thAnnual International Conference on Mass Properties
May 22-27, 2021
Cocoa Beach, Florida

Conference Page (link TBA)

Call For Papers

Non-members are welcome to make presentations and/or attend!

Papers solicited deal with current issues and recent advances in Mass Properties and related engineering disciplines. Our Technical sessions will cover the following topics:

  • Integrated Product Design
  • Mass Properties Life Cycle Management
  • Marine Systems Design
  • Ground Systems Design
  • Flight Technology Manned
  • Flight Technology Unmanned & Space
  • Advanced Design
  • System Verification


Abstracts should include the paper title, author's name, position and company affiliation.  They should be 250-350 words in length and should contain a statement of the problem or objective, the method of approach, and summary of conclusions.  The abstract should not deal with specific data.


Download 2021 Conference Call for Papers with Authors Instructions ]

Download 2021 Conference Call for STUDENT Papers with STUDENT Authors Instructions ]

Download SAWE Conference Presentation Template ]

These instructions provide information you need to prepare a technical paper and make a presentation of it at the Annual International Conference of the Society of Allied Weight Engineers, Inc. The instructions are organized in six parts:

  1. Timetable and points of contact for authors
  2. Required format for a technical paper
  3. Things to consider while writing a technical paper
  4. Preparing for the conference
  5. Guidance for clear writing (Appendix A)
  6. Best Paper Award (Appendix B)

Part 1, the timetable and points of contact, is specific to this year's conference and your point of contact in the Society. Your point of contact in the Society has the official title of Technical Track Co-chairman. Parts 2-5 are generic. They apply to any author participating in any SAWE conference.

Submitt Paper Abstracts Online ]




September 2020

SAWE issues the Call for Papers for the 2021 international conference.


Tell your Track Co-chairmen or the Vice President – Technical Director (VPTD) that you intend to write a paper for the conference. Give him your paper title and a preliminary abstract if possible.

18 Dec. 2020

Your final abstract should be in the Technical Director’s hands, if possible, for use in assigning your paper to a conference technical track. Abstracts will still be accepted after this date; however, the December cutoff decides which papers will be listed in the formal conference announcement.

Jan. 2021

The Vice President – Technical Director will begin assigning authors their SAWE Paper and category numbers.

Feb. 2021

Conference Announcement and registration materials are sent out. When you receive your material, complete the registration on-line or mail the forms as noted in the announcement instructions. All authors MUST register for the conference.

12 April 2021

Forward one copy of your finished paper to your Track Co-chairmen and the Vice President – Technical Director (an electronic copy is required, 1) PDF for judging and official purposes and 2) Microsoft Word®format for publication in SAWE journal). The VPTD will create a PDF copy if the author is unable to do so. You must meet this date to be eligible for the Best Paper Award. Make sure you include a short biography of yourself in the paper; as it will be used to introduce you at your track. Notify your Track Co-chairmen of your audio-visual/computer equipment needs for presenting the paper.


Or submit your paper to the SAWE website using the following URL:

22 May 2021

Hotel Check-in, Conference Registration, Evening conference opening reception, where you can meet your track co-chairs.

24-26 May 2021

Group photographs will be taken just prior to scheduled session/track for all chairman and presenters. Please attend this event to assist in the taking of group photographs and the final planning of the day’s schedule.

For additional information contact the Vice President – Technical Director:
Home: 1-303-838-6641
Mobile: 1-720-499-7115

NOTE: Most dates above are “no-later-than” dates. Papers and materials received BEFORE the deadlines are appreciated.