Next Section Event : Thurs., February 12, 2015
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DATE:                THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2015
SPEAKER:         prof. geoffrey spedding (USC) 


It could be argued that success in human-engineered flight began exactly as designs departed from facsimiles of nature, and in many respects, modern aircraft bear little resemblance to natural flyers.  Indeed, the Current Dominant Configuration seems to have converged on a solution that has changed rather little over the last 70 years.  It is still useful to enquire whether the CDC is, or can possibly be, an optimal solution, or even whether an optimal configuration exists at all.  And if it does, then what properties should it have.  And then, is it reachable?  This talk will show some pictures with stories about various flying devices and how we can independently design a bird.


Geoffrey Spedding was educated at the University of Bristol, England, where he received both his B.Sc. and his Ph.D. in Zoology. His Ph.D. was on the Aerodynamics of Animal Flight and since then he has enjoyed stepping across, or through, normal boundaries between disciplines. Following his Ph.D., in 1981, he came to work at USC where he worked on mechanical models of insect wings. His work has included the development of novel digital image processing techniques, optimal interpolation methods for scattered data, and continuous wavelet functions for real data. He now works on two main topics: the first is Geophysical Fluid Dynamics -- the study of ocean and atmospheric circulations on earth and other planets. The second is the aerodynamics of small scale flying machines, which include birds and bats. He has received a Northrop Grumman Teaching Award, and is a Distinguished Fellow of the Center for Excellence in Teaching. In 2010 he was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He is currently Chair of the AME Department at USC.

Beckham Grill Restaurant, 77 W. Walnut, Pasadena, CA
6 p.m. Social Hour
7 p.m. Dinner
8 p.m. Program/Talk

The dinner meeting is open to both AIAA members and non-members.

Cost :  $25 for AIAA members (and one guest at member price), $30 for non-members, $10 for students, and FREE to members attending for the first time (within 1 year of becoming a New AIAA member). Please pay cash at the door.

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Sample of Previous Dinner Meetings:
November 2014: Col. Richard Graham, SR-71 Blackbird - An Engineering Marvel
September 2014: Dr. Michael Werner, Spitzer Space Telescope
May 2014: Joe Caravella, Design and Development of an "Affordable" Roadable Aircraft
March 2014: Aeroscraft, Dragon Dream Airship
January 2014: Weather and Climate on Mars - New Insights from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
November 2013: Steve Isakowitz, Your Ticket to Space
October 2013: Sandy Magnus, former US astronaut: Perspectives from Space
October 2013: Tech Talk on 3D printing, aka Additive Manufacturing
August 2013:  Mysteries of Europa
May 2013:  Gen. Tattini, Deputy Director of JPL: Reflections on My Last 12 Years at JPL
March 2013:  Optical PAyload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS)
January 2013:  Is Global Warming the Real Deal? Are You Skeptical?