SAWE LA Chapter Dinner Meeting – 4-23-22

SAWE LA Chapter Dinner Meeting

SaturdayApril 23, 2022

12:00 pm Lunch and Meeting

Stonefire Grill

4325 Del Amo Blvd., Lakewood, CA, 90712

Below are links about the restaurant with a map for your convienence

Socializing, Elections, and Planning

• It’s been a while. Let’s get together for some socializing and good food. We will hold elections for chapter officers, discuss what is going on with SAWE, and plan what our Los Angeles chapter would like to do in the upcoming SAWE year.

• Stonefire Grill is a casual style restaurant offering American fare. It is known for its expansive menu, offering pasta, salads, pizza, BBQ, and more.

• Members eat free* (alcoholic drinks not included. Will need to be voted on and approved at the meeting.)


Please R.S.V.P. no later than noon, Thursday, April 21st

to Richard Manning by email at

Next L.A. Chapter Meeting: April (tba)

TIME: 5:30 PM – Social Mixer, 6:00 PM – Dinner Meeting

FAMILY-STYLE CHINESE BANQUET: $15 for current members and guests. Free for new members.

LOCATION: Szechwan Palace Restaurant, 431 Culver Blvd, Playa Del Rey, CA 90293

Introduction to Satellite Propulsion:
Most all small to large class satellites require a propulsion system for essentially three reasons:
1) to transfer the satellite from the launch vehicle parking orbit to the final orbit
2) to maintain and control the satellite in the final orbit, and 3)
3) to maintain and control satellite attitude during large engine firings and other events.
The several types of satellite propulsion system designs will be discussed as will be some of the
different types of thrusters that currently exist and have flown. Performance parameters will be
discussed as will some of the details behind the testing and propellant loading methodologies as
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Joseph Penitsch is a Satellite Propulsion Engineering
Specialist who joined Aerospace Corp. over a year ago. Prior to his transition,
he worked for Boeing as the lead propulsion engineer on the programs such as
GPS IIF, WGS, and may others. He has both in-depth and firsthand working
knowledge of satellite propulsion systems.

Please invite your fellow co-workers and friends to help drive the growth of our membership.

Please RSVP by email to Yi-Ling Tam at by (tba)

78th SAWE International Conference – May 18-23, 2019

The Hampton Roads Chapter of the Society of Allied Weight Engineers is pleased to invite you to the 78th Annual International Conference on Mass Properties Engineering. The host chapter committee is preparing a program that includes technical sessions, Standards & Practices sessions, and multiple training classes at Hilton Norfolk – “The Main” in downtown Norfolk, Virginia.  The technical content for the conference is designed to provide important information that can help you with efficiency, precision, or innovative ideas regarding your daily work responsibilities; therefore we believe your organization’s investment in time and resources to enable you to attend will be well spent! This conference will detail many of the technical topics ongoing in mass properties industries, innovative ideas from vendors, and showcase lessons learned.

Please visit the following links for more information:

Conference Website


Paper Abstract Submittals

More info

L.A. Chapter Meeting: Tuesday, 9-26-2018

TIME: 5:30 PM – Social Mixer, 6:00 PM – Dinner Meeting

FAMILY-STYLE CHINESE BANQUET: $10 for current members with RSVP. Guests are $15.

LOCATION: Szechwan Palace Restaurant, 431 Culver Blvd, Playa Del Rey, CA 90293

Priscilla Tasker is a public relations ambassador for one of the world’s most recognizable brand icons, the Goodyear blimp. She is a graduate of Kent State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, having earned a Bachelor of Science in public relations in 2008.

Today, Priscilla is one of three public relations specialists who manage the Goodyear blimp’s broadcast network, news media, customer and community relationships. In her current role, she manages the blimp’s west coast sports coverage schedule and acts as an on-the-ground liaison to network production teams on event days. She has coordinated aerial coverage for a number of the nation’s most-watched events, including the U.S. Open of golf (2015), the NBA Finals (2016-2018), the Academy Awards red carpet arrivals (2015-2018), the Grammy’s (2017) and the Rose Bowl Parade and Bowl games (2015-2018). She has overseen external media efforts that have garnered national coverage of milestone events, including two airship retirements, three new Goodyear Blimp christenings, multiple cross-country tours and the ground breaking facility upgrades at the Goodyear Airship Operations Base in Carson, California.

Feel free to invite your fellow co-workers and friends.

Please RSVP by email to Yi-Ling Tam at by Tues, Sept 25th, 2018.

L.A. Chapter Meeting: Wednesday, 4-25-2018

TIME: 5:30 PM – Social Mixer, 6:00 PM – Dinner Meeting

COST: FREE for current members with RSVP by April 19. Guests are $10.

MENU: Garlic Shrimp, Kung Pow Chicken, Mongolian beef, White rice, and Beverages. Dinner catered by Szechwan Palace and generously sponsored by Maribel Zisch.

LOCATION: Northrop Grumman – Aerospace Systems, S-Cafe
1 Space Park, Redondo Beach, CA 90278 (Enter from Marine Ave between Aviation and Redondo Beach Blvd)

DESCRIPTION: LIFE NEVER STANDS STILL. It evolves, changes direction, and leads to new possibilities. That means your approach to financial security cannot be static, because as your life changes, so do your needs and goals. As a trusted advisor, Maribel can help you identify your financial goals and objectives along with preparing and protecting yourself if life takes an unexpected turn.

Feel free to invite your fellow co-workers and friends.

Please RSVP by email to Yi-Ling Tam at by Thursday, April 19, 2018.

The Southwest Regional Conference Was a Success

Thank you to all the attendees, instructors, and sponsors for joining us in Temecula for the Southwest Regional Conference! We would like to give a special thanks to all the hard work that the Conference Committee Chairs and members have contributed to make this event a success. The event page will now be moved to the archive for December 2017 if you would like to view it in the future.

L.A. Chapter Meeting: Thursday, 2-1-2018

TIME: 5:30 PM – Social Mixer, 6:00 PM – Dinner Meeting

COST: $15 for members, $18 for guests

MENU: Chicken or Tri-tip Shawarma, Chicken, Beef Shish, or Veggie Kabob Plates. Dinner catered by Aristo Café Mediterranean Cuisine

LOCATION: Northrop Grumman – Aerospace Systems, S-Cafe
1 Space Park, Redondo Beach, CA 90278 (Enter from Marine Ave between Aviation and Redondo Beach Blvd)

DESCRIPTION: Take a photo-journal trip across the globe in search of Martian terrain.  The quest to understand the history of water, and possibly life, on Mars takes shape here on Earth, as NASA scientists seek out Mars Analogs.  Ride in the backseat as we visit the Atacama in Chile and the Great Salt Lake in Utah, and discuss some engineering behind the search.

 Non-members and guests are welcome to attend. Feel free to invite your fellow co-workers and friends.

Please RSVP by email to Yi-Ling Tam at by noon Monday, 1/29/18.




Southwest Regional Conference- March 8-10, 2018


The Los Angeles SAWE Chapter is happy to cordially invite you to join us for the Southwest Regional Conference on March 8-10, 2018 at Temecula Creek Inn. The venue is a beautiful golf resort with nearby wineries, casinos, old town attractions, hot air ballooning, restaurants, shopping, and other local attractions.

  • Meet members from your regional chapters
  • Attend technical presentations
  • Build technical skills through onsite training courses
  • See exhibits from mass properties vendors
  • Experience local attractions in beautiful wine country
  • Visit the hospitality suite


Special conference hotel rates for Thursday 3/8 to Saturday 3/10 night room are $139/night + 12.45% room tax.

Temecula Creek Inn
44501 Rainbow Canyon Rd, Temecula, CA 92592

Please use this link to make your hotel reservations, which includes special conference pricing and a fee waiver. You must book your reservation before the deadline on February 16, 2018.

Click here for their brochure.


Regular Registration- $60
Retirees- $30

Registration cost includes Friday’s technical presentations, exhibitor information, coffee breaks, and a luncheon.


Click here to access the RegOnline registration portal.

Registration is due by March 1, 2018.


Click image to expand schedule.


To sign-up for a training course, use the same registration portal here.

The following training courses will be offered :

  • Fri, March 9th – Automated Weight and Balance System (AWBS)

Cost: $500
Instructor: Harold Smoot

Description: This one-day class will present the features of the Automated Weight and Balance System in a handson software training class. The class will include explanations of the charts and forms (Chart A, Form B, Chart C, and Form F) explained in RP7 to maintain good operational weight and balance of military aircraft. The basic approach of the class is to give computer demonstrations followed by student exercises that provide the students with a good understanding of AWBS Version 10.0 features and capabilities. The instructor will also address students’ specific AWBS questions.
*All students are required to bring their own laptop computer running Microsoft Windows with AWBS 10.0 installed. If you are a US citizen, and you do not have access to the software, this package can be provided upon request.

  • Sat, March 10th – Designing the Aircraft of the Future (New Course)

Cost: $150
Instructor: Andy Walker

Description: This one day class provides a high-level overview of the fundamental principles of weight engineering in new Aircraft Design as described in the SAWE Aircraft Weight Engineering Textbook. Course Topics include: Requirements Development, Aircraft Performance, Conceptual Aircraft Design Weight Estimates & Optimization, Preliminary Design Studies, Detail Design and Database Management. The class will use the issues that occur with future trainer aircraft as an example of applied Weight Engineering. Students attending the class will receive a copy of the Aircraft Weight Engineering Textbook.

  • Sat, March 10th – Materials and Mass Properties (New Course)

Cost: $150
Instructor: Victor Hillyard

Description: The initial section of the course is to explain the development of thermoplastic materials from the early materials, which are now classed as commodity/ packaging products in the Aerospace Industry, to the present day high performance materials, which are now being utilized in Aerospace designs as replacements for traditional metallic components. Details of the properties of these High Performance materials will be discussed, together with examples of actual applications. Utilizing the properties of Thermoplastics, comparing and contrasting with metallic materials, and the process of replacing traditional materials will be briefly discussed, at this juncture. The latter section of the course will cover new and developing non metallic materials, which will operate at more extreme conditions and have begun to replace traditional metallic systems in new aircraft design. Working examples will be on view, for discussion and examination.

  • Sat, March 10th – ShipWeight Session

Cost: FREE
Instructor: Bruce Hays

Description: This half-day session will begin with an overview of ShipWeight, demonstrating the use of a database application for mass properties engineering. Attendees will learn how the software can be customized for their industry, including creating their own work breakdown structure, user-defined data fields, and finally custom reports, ranging from simple tabular formats to sophisticated trend and graphical reports. Other areas of focus will include early stage parametric estimation, importing data from other sources, tracking and monitoring mass properties, and preparing custom historical databases for use in estimation of future projects. The session is intended to be interactive, with questions and discussion from the group.


Hospitality Suite will be open Thursday through Saturday evenings, offering refreshments in an informal atmosphere.


Thank you to our generous exhibitors and sponsors. Come check out their booths during the coffee breaks!


This conference is hosted by the Los Angeles, Mojave Desert, and San Diego Chapters.

Interested in presenting a technical paper? Being an Exhibitor? Helping out with the conference? Please contact a conference co-chair.


Conference Co-Chairs:

John Hargrave


Doug Fisher