Aerospace dinner part of National Engineers Week

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics China Lake Section invites the public to its 50th anniversary dinner on Thursday, Feb. 21, as part of its celebration of National Engineers Week.

The evening features a multimedia showcase of China Lake’s most notable accomplishments. Among these are the first rockets developed and used by General Patton’s troops in WWII, China Lake’s contributions to nonnuclear components of the first atomic bomb and China Lake’s invention of Sidewinder, including pilots describing its use in action. China Lake’s vital work for NASA on Mars landers and even China Lake’s own attempt to put a satellite in orbit, NOTSNIK, are also highlighted.

“Fifty years is a remarkable achievement for a professional society, and we look forward to honoring our members for their contributions to aerospace,” says Ying-Ming Lee, chairman of the local AIAA chapter.

“National Engineers Week is a great way to bring attention to the field and encourage a new generation to pursue careers in math and science.”

The dinner is open to the public and begins at 6 p.m. on Feb. 21 at Victoria’s at the Heritage. Dinner includes a buffet with chicken, beef, salad and other dishes. The ticket cost is $24 per AIAA member, $29 per nonmember and $15 per member of the active-duty military. Tickets can be purchased at the Navy museum at China Lake, at the Maturango Museum or by e-mailing CLaiaa@yahoo.com. Registra-tion is complimentary for credentialed members of the media.

Story First Published: 2013-02-13