68th Annual International Conference on Mass Properties Engineering
Wichita, Kansas
May 16-21, 2009
Hyatt Regency Wichita

Thomas Schultz

Thomas M. Schultz
International SAWE President
The Boeing Company

I am pleased to invite you to attend the 68th Annual International Conference of the Society of Allied Weight Engineers, Inc. in Wichita, Kansas.  This year our conference is hosted by the Wichita Chapter, who previously hosted in 1998.  The Wichita area, with its rich traditions both as a key player in U.S. Western expansion as well as a hub of aviation, will be a key aspect of this conference.

Our conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel near Downtown Wichita, the exact same site we enjoyed in 1998, but beautifully refurbished and updated.  With the attached Century II Convention Center, it will make a splendid site for our conference.  From the hotel, it is a short ride on the Q-line trolley (or the hotel shuttle) to most of the Downtown attractions, where the restored Old Town shows off the city’s historic architecture now housing new shops, restaurants, and attractions.  A short stroll up the Arkansas River riverwalk also leads to the Exploration Place science center and Keeper of the Plains exhibit, where Wichita’s iconic symbol celebrates the area’s rich Native American history.  And that is just the beginning of the opportunities that await.

Our own rich tradition is first and foremost as a technical organization.  Continuing the vision Lyle Hackney and Edward Fife had in the 1930s, the Vice President – Technical Director, Government/Industry Chairman, and Vice President – Training are working to provide professional forums for an exchange of technical papers, presentations, and discussion that will continue to further our knowledge and application of mass properties engineering.  Our Society is a unique example of practicing engineers learning directly from practicing engineers.  Is your chapter or company represented in that lineup?

Exhibitors and Sponsors from around the world will be on hand to showcase their products and services to those of us who use them on a daily basis.  On behalf of the entire organization, we cannot thank these companies enough for their generous contributions which help improve the overall quality both of our conference and our engineering organization.  The best way we can repay them is by visiting them to learn more about their innovative solutions.

Events are planned for every day that will showcase the best Wichita has to offer.  Guided tours will take us across the area and throughout downtown.  With its historic location on the Chisholm Trail, Wichita is known for cattle and beef.  So if you are a steak lover, this is THE conference for you.  And if your sights are a little more modern, Big Dog Motorcycles and the Kansas Cosmosphere Space Center celebrate the best of modern transportation technology big and small.

Our conference will conclude on Wednesday, May 20, with the Awards Banquet where we honor those deserving members and chapters that have distinguished themselves by their dedicated service to our Society.  In addition, we announce the scholarship recipient and Best Paper awards for the conference.

On behalf of the international officers and host organizing committee, we are striving to deliver a program that will advance your mass properties knowledge and create an atmosphere to enable you to catch up with old friends while making new ones along the way.  Your presence is equally necessary to make that program a success.  I look forward to seeing you in Wichita, the Air Capital of the World, this May.