To all IFASD 2019 Participants,

On behalf of the IFASD Program Committee and my Co-Chair, Professor Carlos Cesnik, I would like to welcome you to the 18th International Forum on Aeroelasticity and Structural Dynamics. For over 35 years, this biennial technical meeting has been the premier international exposition for topics in Aeroelasticity, Structural Dynamics, Unsteady Aerodynamics, Multidisciplinary Design and Optimization, Active and Adaptive Structures, and related fields of interest for aerospace vehicles. In 2019, for the third time in its history, the IFASD meeting will be held in the United States of America, in the beautiful southeast coastal city of Savannah, Georgia. IFASD 2019 is being organized by Universal Technology Corporation in partnership with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and the Council of European Aerospace Societies (CEAS).

Continuing from a highly successful forum in Como Italy in 2017, IFASD 2019 hopes to attract papers and presentations on leading edge topics in Aeroelasticity and Structural Dynamics, including experiences in computational simulation, ground test, flight test, vehicle design studies, and operational experiences. The forum is intended to provide a review of the current status of research, development, application and industrial practices while promoting technical interaction between researchers and engineers from universities, government laboratories, and industry. Contributions are solicited in all areas of Aeroelasticity and Structural Dynamics.

Founded in 1733 by British philanthropist and Member of Parliament, General James Edward Oglethorpe, Savannah, Georgia is a thriving U.S. port city with a rich history and culture. Savannah is the fifth largest port in the United States serving the lumber, cotton, automotive, and machinery industries. It is also home to several high technology companies, including Gulfstream Aerospace, where for over 50 years, the world-renowned Gulfstream business jets have been designed, developed, and manufactured. The city abounds with Antebellum South scenery and architecture, fine restaurants, cultural and nature opportunities, shopping, and historical venues. A 2-hour drive to the north lands you in Charleston, South Carolina with many beach communities in between, including Hilton Head Island, Edisto Island, and my personal favorite, Kiawah Island. The same drive south allows you to visit Jacksonville, Florida. The Savannah and Wassaw National Wildlife Refuges are close by and for those more adventurous, the famous Okefenokee National Wildlife refuge is a 2-hour drive south and inland. Savannah’s nearby coastal barrier islands are a treasured segment of the local southern culture and should not be missed, if for no other reason than to get some of the best seafood you will ever experience.

Welcome to the Old South and the 18th International Forum on Aeroelasticity and Structural Dynamics!

Dr. David M. Schuster
Forum Chairman, IFASD 2019