G’day!

On behalf of the AAWE I want to wish you all a productive 2015. I would particularly like to welcome new members, as well as thank continuing members, both individual and corporate, for their support.

This is my first newsletter as incoming President of the AAWE and I am looking forward to working with the membership and interested parties over the next two years to promote wind engineering, our organization, and grow interest in our field in the Americas region.

I would like to thank the Board members who have recently completed their terms; Mr. Steve Camposano, Drs. Anne Cope and Dorothy Reed, as well as continuing directors; Drs. David Prevatt and John Schroder, and Mr Bill Coulbourne for all their contributions and efforts. I also must thank Dr. Steve Cai who has quietly gone about his work as secretary/treasurer for many years allowing us to function smoothly and Dr Hector Cruzado for his fantastic efforts putting out a regular Newsletter. Finally, I would like to offer my sincere thanks to Dr. Greg Kopp for all his efforts as President over the past two years, and also for all the input he has given to the Board and to me during the transition period.

Of course, to be successful, we need participation from you, our membership. There are several ways you can participate and contribute:

• First, we will be having an election shortly to fill the 3 empty positions on our Board of Directors and for a President-Elect. Please send me your nominations by April 1 for these open positions.
• Second, AAWE is also the sponsor of the 8th International Colloquium on Bluff Body Aerodynamics and Applications to be held in Boston June 5-9, 2016 under the co-chairmanship of Drs Luca Caragolia and Chris Letchford. Please watch for advertisements for this important international conference in our calendar.
• Third, we are always looking for articles for this newsletter. Please do not hesitate to send articles on your research findings or interesting projects, or even ideas for special issues, to either Dr. Hector Cruzado (hcruzado@pupr.edu) or to me.
We are interested in ways we can make AAWE more relevant to you and to enhance the implementation of our mission “to promote and disseminate technical information in the research community”. If you have any questions or comments about AAWE, please do not hesitate to contact me.

As this is the second time I have headed a national Wind Engineering Organization (previously chair of the Australasian Wind Engineering Society), I will finish where this welcome began, if our organization is going to succeed, everyone needs to:

‘Avagoyamug’!

Chris Letchford (letchc@rpi.edu)