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.

79th Annual International Conference on Mass Properties Engineering
May 23-28, 2020
Hamburg, Germany
Privathotel Lindtner
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The Society of Allied Weight Engineers (SAWE) provides opportunities to connect with engineers and industry professionals from large and small companies from around the world. SAWE conferences and technical publications support a wide range of industries including aerospace, defense, government, marine, automotive, airline and other related industries. The SAWE is focused on:

  • Providing a means for those interested in mass properties engineering to work together to further their professional goals.
  • Promoting recognition of mass properties engineering as a specialized discipline in the entire spectrum of professional engineering.
  • Serving as a medium for the exchange of current mass properties related techniques and state of the art improvements in the profession.
  • Promoting the design and manufacture of optimum weight equipment, development of new materials, and improvements in the state of the art.
  • Encouraging members to promote continuous improvement in the interrelations between mass properties engineers for mutual benefit.
  • Publicly recognizing any person or organization that significantly enhances the professionalism of the Society or develops new technology that improves the state of the art of mass properties engineering efficiencies.
  • Promoting the inclusion of mass properties engineering in the curriculum of study in institutions of higher learning.
  • Providing training for those working in the field of Mass Properties.



Volume 78 - Summer 2019 - No. 3



Path to be an Engineer 
by Brittany Johnston

New Mass Properties Engineers’ Aerospace Ballasting Challenge Facilitated by the SAWE Community
by Amanda Cutright and Brendan Shaughnessy


From the Editor
President's Message
Out-Going President's Message
Index of Advertisers
SAWE Corporate Partners
In Memorium - Alan Richard Levesque
In Memorium - Ian MacConochie

Printed versions are available from

SAWE Members may download the PDF version of the Summer 2019 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.
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August 3, 2019

Each year the Society of Allied Weight Engineers, Inc. sponsors the SAWE Scholarship Program. Applicants must be children or grandchildren (age 25 and under) of members of the SAWE worldwide who have a minimum of one year of membership as of the application deadline date.

The Society of Allied Weight Engineers is proud to be able to provide tuition assistance to this year’s scholarship award recipients.

Grace Ruoff

SAWE Frank Fong Scholarship Award Recipient

Name: Grace Ruoff

School: University of Delaware

Degree Sought: Bachelor

Major: Construction Engineering and Management

Upcoming Academic Year: Sophomore

Sierra Oguzhan

SAWE Scholarship Award Recipient

Name: Sierra Oguzhan

School: Tarleton State University

Degree Sought: Bachelor

Major: Wildlife Science

Upcoming Academic Year: Junior

Madelaine Tedrick

SAWE Scholarship Award Recipient

Name: Madelaine Tedrick

School: Furman University

Degree Sought: Bachelor

Major: Chemistry

Upcoming Academic Year: Sophomore

SAWE Conference Scholarship Award Recipient

Name: Hannah Funk

School: Virginia Tech

Degree Sought: Bachelor

Major: Ocean Engineering

Upcoming Academic Year: Junior



The SAWE is actively soliciting papers and presentations for the following International Conference:


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


Since 1939, the Society of Allied Weight Engineers has been promoting recognition of mass properties as a specialized discipline. The principal means for accomplishing this objective is the annual conference for presentation of papers and discussion of engineering standards and recommended practices. Papers and reports are published and distributed.


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 a summary of conclusions. The abstract should not deal with specific data. To submit abstracts or for more information, please use our contact form.


79th SAWE International Conference on Mass Properties Engineering
May 23-28, 2020
Hamburg, Germany


Conference Website


Conference Program TBA (PDF)

Conference Program - Online TBA

Technical Track Schedule TBA (PDF)

Call for Papers


Conference Announcement (TBA) 



Table of Contents   



President’s Invitation
Co-Chairmen’s Invitation
VP Vendor Relations Invitation
Corporate Partners
VP Technical Director’s Invitation
Technical Forum
Hotel Layout
Opening Speaker
ShipWeight Users Group Meeting
Standards and Practices Day
SnP Luncheon Speaker
Training Program
Host Committee
General Information
Registration Information


Guest Events







March 6, 2019

2019 SAWE Membership Campaign


It is time to renew your membership for the upcoming SAWE fiscal year running from May 1, 2019 through April 30, 2020.  Renewal or application for membership can be done on-line at the following links. Check with your Chapter Treasurer for more details or ways of renewing your membership.


Click here to renew your membership  
(Login required. See Frequently Asked Questions or contact us).

New Members: Join the SAWE


As a result of your membership this past year, the SAWE has been able to continue providing value to the mass properties engineering community, the industries they represent and to the service providers that enable mass properties engineers to ensure vehicles meet their performance and safety objectives.  Please take a moment to read SAWE President Bill Boze’s letter to all mass properties engineers to learn more. 

Now more than ever, the SAWE needs your continued support to address the risks and opportunities you helped identify from the industry wide health of mass properties engineering survey conducted in 2018.  So please invite your colleagues to read this email including the letters, and encourage them to renew, rejoin, or join SAWE for the first time.

Clint Stephenson
SAWE Executive Vice President