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  • Ambassadors' Circle Growth
  • Globalization
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  Seasons Greetings Aerospace Industry Influencers:

Equipping the membership with the right developmental experiences and access to technical leaders is a deep passion, which is critical to increasing individual and organizational competence when innovating and creating aerospace solutions.

With the increased awareness of COVID-19 in March of 2020 and the immense impact on the Aerospace Industry and our communities, the Aerospace SIG leaned forward and virtualized the critical components of our acclaimed Aerospace Systems Conference to the Aerospace Technical Forum (ATF). 

The leadership team and I strongly believe each Aerospace SIG member, collaborator, and partner should have access to critical development tools and product knowledge to navigate and innovate across our incredible industry, especially in this virtually imposed situation.  I am so proud of our membership, collaborators, and partners committed to maintaining and building networks to strengthen opportunities for Aerospace Industry entry, sustainment, and advancement with your registration for the first ATF.

Let's continue to collectively advance the aerospace industry throughout December via the opportunities noted in the calendar section of this newsletter.  Following the holiday season, the Aerospace SIG will be launching a series of roundtable zoom discussions to connect with the membership as we conduct a 360 review of our efforts to positively influence the industry.

May each of you and your families stay safe over this holiday season. I hope to engage with each of you at these upcoming events. Please register today! 

Warmest Regards,

Enanga Daisy Fale
Aerospace SIG Director
Tech Talk Tuesday
Join Tech Talk Tuesday on December 8, 2020 at 2:00 PM CT
Leading Outstanding Aerospace Loads & Dynamics Solutions - LOADS@NASA”
NASA’s missions involve aeronautical flight, space technology, science, and human space exploration.  When expanding our aerospace horizons we encounter formidable challenges requiring innovative solutions to meet our mission objectives.  This lecture explores NASA’s mission challenges, focused primarily on space exploration, and the journey to develop innovative structural loads and dynamics solutions.
Speaker: Dr. Dexter Johnson

Dr. Johnson currently serves as the NASA Technical Fellow for Loads and Dynamics.

Dr. Johnson began his NASA career in 1990 at the NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC), as an Aerospace Research Engineer where he was involved in the development and application of Magnetic Suspension Technology to Advanced Aerospace Turbomachinery. He is the inventor of the Adaptive Variable Bias Control method for power-saving operation of Active Magnetic Suspension Systems. Later he held positions as the acting Deputy Chief of the Life Prediction Branch and the acting Chief of the Controls and Dynamics Technology Branch. In 2006, he became the Chief of the Structural Systems Dynamics Branch, and he served as the Chief of the Structural Dynamics Branch at GRC from 2014 - 2018.

Before joining the NESC as the NASA Technical Fellow for Loads and Dynamics, Dr. Johnson served as an active member of the NESC Loads and Dynamics Technical Discipline Team, and served as the GRC Loads and Dynamics Capability Leadership Team Discipline Lead since the inception of the Agency's Technical Capability Assessment Team activities. He is an expert in Structural Dynamics and Controls focused on Launch Vehicle and Spacecraft Loads and Dynamics, Advanced Rotating Machinery and Electromechanical Devices for Aerospace Systems.
He has published over 20 technical reports in addition to serving as an invited presenter and speaker at several conferences. He is the recipient of the National Technical Association (NTA) “Technical Achiever of the Year”, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Inaugural “Celestial Torch Award – Aerospace Pioneer of the Year”, 2012 University at Buffalo Alumni Association Achievement Awards “Clifford C. Furnas Memorial Award”, and numerous NASA Honor Awards. Dr. Johnson has also participated in the NASA Administrator’s Fellowship Program and the NASA Leveraging Agency Supervisory Excellence and Resilience Pilot Program. In 2018, he was awarded the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Associate Fellow. He is a member of the NSBE and AIAA and serves those organizations in a leadership capacity.

Dr. Johnson received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering and a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo. 

Tech Talk Partnerships
If your organization is interested in partnering on a Tech Talk Tuesday, email and complete the engagement form: here

Tech Talk Archive Check them out!
If you've missed any of our Tech Talks we have an archive that is available anytime for you to view them anytime. 

Recent Additions to the Archive Include but not limited to November's Tech Talk. Link: Tech Talk Tuesday - Archive

Welcoming additional Aerospace Ambassadors!


The AAC is an essential function to SIG's advocacy within the aerospace industry.

The AAC has representatives within each state or region (outside of the United States) with an aerospace market or interest. The Ambassadors report to the executive board. The function of the ambassador is centered on supporting aerospace engagement opportunities within their community with an executive board member or NSBE Research project lead. Engagement opportunities include conferences and outreach. Through this assignment, ambassadors have the opportunity to engage in development activities and function as an Aerospace leader within their communities.

Aerospace Ambassador Circle (AAC) candidates are invited to apply throughout the calendar year until each state is represented: Application 

Questions can be directed to
George "Kojo" Sarkodie is a first-generation college graduate from Arlington, Texas. Kojo's sci-fi persona influenced him to attend the University of North Texas (UNT) known for its materials sciences program and NASA funded research projects. Kojo served as the Vice-Chair Board of Directors for Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS-USA), which is the largest student-run, STEAM organization in the world.

Kojo now spends his time as a Space Advocate for the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Aerospace Special Interest Group. In September 2020 Kojo spoke at the Human to Mars 2020 Summit about Space Education for the Artemis generation. Twitter/Instagram: @livingofmars
Joi C. Spraggins, Ph.D. is recognized as a legacy leadership expert in global diversity inclusion, leadership development, communications, STEM program administration, public policy analysis, and community engagement. She is the CEO of Legacy Bridges STEM Academy, Inc., a 501 (c) 3 non-profit NASA Legends and Trail Blazers STEM Institute.  

Dr. Joi® is her educational and motivational speaking services trademark name in the field of business leadership and communications. She inspires leaders to build their legacy, pathways, and footprints. She is a consultant, public speaker, trainer, author, and a frequent moderator/facilitator for national conferences and STEM Education Forums. She co-authored Mission Possible! Learn How To Reach Your Potential with Stephen Covey and Brian Tracy. In 2019, Dr. Joi® was awarded the Philadelphia Legacy Community Award as a legacy leadership expert. Dr. Joi® is recognized for her Tame and Train Your Tongue® Legacy Leadership and trauma-informed care Communications Model. It successfully helps to move people and organizations through trauma into their Zone of Excellence. She is a former Vice President and Commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Advisory Commission and served as the Economic Diversity & Inclusion Consultant for the development of the Delaware Valley Intelligence Center. Dr. Joi® is a member of the Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation.  
Dr. Joi® has received numerous business and community leadership awards. She advocates for greater diversity and inclusion for women/girls and minorities in aviation, aerospace, biomedical STEM education and HBCU Partnerships. She is a Civil Air Patrol Aerospace Educator and serves as a PA MID-Atlantic Region Coordinator for the Real-World Design Challenge Aerospace Engineering HBCU STEM Pilot Program. On September 12, 2020, The Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation of Philadelphia recognized Dr. Joi Spraggins for her signature PA Mid-Atlantic Region and COVID-19 “Selfless Service To Others” DOTA and Youth STEM Pilot Program. This model includes NASA Legends & Trail Blazers, Documented Original Tuskegee Airmen and Rosie the Riveters, along with Veterans and Sports Legends Breaking Barriers in History.    

Dr. Spraggins received her Doctoral Degree from the American Society of Christian Therapists and earned her Masters of Government Administration (MGA) from the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels School of Government. 
In 2018 she successfully completed the 2017-2018 Pennsylvania Education Policy and Leadership Center Institute for Educational Leadership Fellowship Program; and also completed a Senior Global Education Policy Fellowship Program on Workforce Development with a field study in the U.S., Germany & Switzerland.    
Obinna “Obi” Anyadiegwu is a Project Engineer at the legendary Lockheed Martin Skunk Works. Obi spends his free time acting as a STEAM advocate and collaborating with organizations such as the National Society of Black Engineers - Aerospace Special Interest Group, LA County / Antelope Valley High Schools, NASA Office of Stem Engagement and The Texas Space Grant Consortium. Using lessons learned from his own experiences as a student to facilitate more opportunities for students interested in Aerospace.

Obi holds a B.E in Mechanical & Energy Engineering from The University of North Texas.


WhatsApp Global Community Groups

Join An International Community
In an effort to globalize the reach of the Aerospace Interest Group, we have created different WhatsApp groups that include but are not limited to the following areas of the world:

Aerospace in Africa
The Aerospace SIG has launched it's Aerospace in Africa WhatsApp group. This group is focused on communicating Aerospace and Aviation activities across the continent. 
Request to join this group for the latest Aerospace News and Opportunities by sending an email to

Aerospace in the Caribbean
The Aerospace SIG has launched it's Aerospace in the Caribbean WhatsApp group. This group is focused on communicating Aerospace and Aviation activities across the Caribbean Islands. 
Request to join this group for the latest Aerospace News and Opportunities by sending an email to

Please introduce yourself in the email and highlight your hopes for Aviation, Space, and Aerospace in the  Caribbean.


If you enjoyed the 2020 Aerospace Technical Forums, consider joining the 2021 Forum committee. Opportunites include forum chairs, session moderators, abstract judges, virtual meeting coordinator, virtual green room lead, and more. For additional information contact
Leading Outstanding Aerospace Loads & Dynamics Solutions - LOADS@NASA
December 8, 2020 | Virtual 
| Register here
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM CT

Diversity and Inclusion in the Aerospace Industry: A Behind-the-Scenes Perspective
Carole Hopson, a pilot, an author, and a mother, has broken barriers and charted a truly unique path to success in the aviation industry, all while writing a forthcoming novel, The Only One in the World, based on the life of pioneering Black aviator Bessie Coleman. 

Caroline Johnson, a National Air and Space Museum Guggenheim Fellow, studies the intersection of gender and the commercial aviation industry. Join us for a virtual conversation about representation, the importance of vision in shaping the aerospace industry of the future, and how dreams are influenced by personal experience. 

This event is presented by the National Air and Space Museum and the Aerospace Industries Association.

December 9, 2020 | Virtual | 
Register here
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CT

NSBE-AIAA Educator Aerospace Informational - Chapter Educator Resources  
Our goal is to equip members of all generations with tools to support innovating aerospace solutions throughout their lifetime, which hinges upon our early educators having access and resources to game-changing technology and tools that ignite interest in the aerospace industry.

The Aerospace SIG has pinpointed funding opportunities aligning with our Adopt-the-Aerospace SIG JEDI Outreach Program, hence empowering NSBE chapters and their  K-12 educators to offer critical aerospace industry developmental experiences.

Join us for a dynamic informational session between NSBE and AIAA New England Section to learn about regional and national opportunities to plant seeds of aerospace industry interest through drone contests and educator grants/awards with the ability to financially support our mission. Following this session, the Aerospace SIG will host an Aerospace SIG Programming Chapter resources workshop for those adopting the SIG. The NSBE chapters and educators in the JEDI Adopt-the-SIG program will receive Aerospace Industry programming and grant application support.

Please consider registering for the informational session on December 12th and signing up for the Adopt-the-Aerospace SIG program resulting in an invitation to the January Aerospace SIG Project Support Chapter workshop. (Audience - NSBE Jr Advisors, Chapter Leaders, K-12 Educators)

December 12, 2020 | Virtual | 
Register here
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM CT

Aerospace SIG Membership Update and Holiday Party
Join the SIG for a quick overview of where we've been and where we're going with the Aerospace SIG. And most importantly for a Holiday Party and prizes. There may even be a moon dance contest.....

The Aerospace SIG has been growing across our 4 Divisions of Research, Outreach, Advocacy, and Technical Development to provide developmental training, mentoring, and networking opportunities to our membership and allies. The Aerospace SIG is focused on providing industry access, career sustainment, and career upward mobility, along with guidance or positions on governmental policies impacting our industry.

Invite your Aerospace Industry aspiring students, colleagues, enthusiasts, and allies to our celebration!

December 17, 2020 | Virtual | Register here
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM CT

AIAA SciTech Forum
January 11–15 & 19–21, 2021 | Virtual | 
Register here

Aerospace Technical Forum Day 1 Replay
Watch here.

Aerospace Technical Forum Day 2 Replay

Watch here.

Aerospace SIG Virtual Forum & NASA Tech Talk Replay

Watch here.

OBAP's Courageous Conversations Series Replay
Watch here.
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When Race and Space Converge: here

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