In this update: 2012 Christmas Breakfast and Annual Team Meeting

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Today it was standing room only at the Senior Center at The LeMay Family Auto Museum in Spanaway WA as we held our Christmas Breakfast and Annual Team Meeting.


Before we got started we were treated by a special presentation by kindergartners from the Elk Plain School of Choice. Accompanied by smiling faces of their proud parents, the children gave a recital singing their favorite Christmas songs.

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Afterwards the team was taken aback as each child went throughout the room and handed out a Christmas scarf they had made in school. It was fun for everyone, including the parents who came out to watch their child perform. It was a great way to get into the mood for the holiday season! We would like to thank the teachers Ms Shelton and Ms Ferris for making this a special occasion.


Ms Shelton and her students

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Von receives a hand made scarf

There were several awards following Ed and Keith’s outstanding presentation 🙂 Rich Pengelley walked away with the top prize, a beautiful 12 by 36 inch framed photograph of Eric Wittler’s shot at the Black Rock Desert.


Rich wins a Eric Wittler original photograph

The crowd was nervous throughout the morning in anticipation of the Velvet Hammer award. Who would be this year’s recipient of this coveted award started by Ed Drumheller II?  Luckily we didn’t have too many submittals this year… actually only one. Nevertheless, Von Armstrong was presented with this year’s award!  Breaking from the tradition of not giving an acceptance speech, Von went into a 15 minute thank you speech that was finally put to an end by Hazel, the manager of the facility!


 Von accepts the 2012 Velvet Hammer Award

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The LeMay Family Museum is a special collection of automobiles (and mechanical) by the founder of America’s Car Museum, Harold LeMay.

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 Some of the thousands of displays at the LeMay Family Collection


CFD Webinar now on YouTube!




Click on the YouTube link above to watch the webinar

If you missed the live webinar on Wednesday November 7th, you can now watch it on YouTube.  Sponsored by Pointwise Software and CEI EnSight Software, listen to NAE’s aerodynamicist Darren Grove, along with Chris Sideroff, PhD from Pointwise and Kevin Coburn from CEI, talk about the Computation Fluid Dynamic studies taking place on the North American Eagle™
The webinar is highly technical with a target audience in the aerospace industry, but non-technical viewers should be able to follow along and gain insight into the highly complex North American Eagle™ project.
About the Graphic: Metacomp CFD++ solution of the North American Eagle @ 700 MPH with design cycle 1 fairings. Composite image showing unstructured viscous mesh generated with Pointwise, overlaid by stream-wise velocity on ground & symmetry planes, vehicle surfaces colored by pressure and near surface streamlines using EnSight post-processing software.


Ping Fu, Founder and CEO of Geomagic,  has a new book



Ping Fu (next to Ed) and her sister Hong – Their story in a new book, Bend, Not Break.

“Bamboo is flexible, bending with the wind but never breaking, capable of adapting to any circumstance. It suggests resilience, meaning that we have the ability to bounce back even from the most difficult times. . . . Your ability to thrive depends, in the end, on your attitude to your life circumstances. Take everything in stride with grace, putting forth energy when it is needed, yet always staying calm inwardly.”

—Ping Fu’s “Shanghai Papa”

Ping Fu knows what it’s like to be a child soldier, a factory worker, and a political prisoner. To be beaten and raped for the crime of being born into a well-educated family. To be deported with barely enough money for a plane ticket to a bewildering new land. To start all over, without family or friends, as a maid, waitress, and student.

Ping Fu also knows what it’s like to be a pioneering software programmer, an innovator, a CEO, and Inc. magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year. To be a friend and mentor to some of the best-known names in tech­nology. To build some of the coolest new products in the world. To give speeches that inspire huge crowds. To meet and advise the president of the United States.

It sounds too unbelievable for fiction, but this is the true story of a life in two worlds.

Born on the eve of China’s Cultural Revolution, Ping was separated from her family at the age of eight. She grew up fighting hunger and humiliation and shielding her younger sister from the teenagers in Mao’s Red Guard. At twenty-five, she found her way to the United States; her only resources were $80 in traveler’s checks and three phrases of English: thank you, hello, and help.

Yet Ping persevered, and the hard-won lessons of her childhood guided her to success in her new home­land. Aided by her well-honed survival instincts, a few good friends, and the kindness of strangers, she grew into someone she never thought she’d be—a strong, independent, entrepreneurial leader. A love of problem solving led her to computer science, and Ping became part of the team that created NCSA Mosaic, which became Netscape, the Web browser that forever changed how we access information. She then started a company, Geomagic, that has literally reshaped the world, from personalizing prosthetic limbs to repair­ing NASA spaceships.



Bend, Not Break depicts a journey from imprisonment to freedom, and from the dogmatic anticapitalism of Mao’s China to the high-stakes, take-no-prisoners world of technology start-ups in the United States. It is a tribute to one woman’s courage in the face of cruelty and a valuable lesson on the enduring power of resilience.


Get Connected with NAE Mobile Apps

Updates for NAE Mobile are also now available to connect with the new website.  These updates include improved access to Project Updates as well as all of the other pages.  Available exclusively on the iPad is the ability to shop through the Gear Store for your favorite items.  The iPad version will also now rotate to any rotation for optimal viewing.


iPhone 5 App is now available. Click on the photo above to download the App


Got an iPad? Get the NAE App for Free!


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The NAE App works on iPad Mini too!

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New Lenovo Video

Lenovo recently released a new video featuring the North American Eagle™ .  The NAE™  scenes were edited by Steve Wallace. Team NAE™  uses Lenovo ThinkStations and ThinkPad for aerodynamic and engineering analysis.  Click on the photo below and watch this exciting video!


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