2018 HATS Member Social at Yellowhammer

Our Quarterly Socials for 2018 have been held at Yellowhammer Brewery.  The socials were in February and May so far, with the next Social scheduled for August.  We will email out the exact date in July.Yellowhammer3

The HATS Socials are open to all member society board members and those interested in contributing to the HATS purpose.  These socials are a time to meet others, share ideas on how we can make your society better, and interact with board members from all the societies.  It’s a fun time and HATS provides the food!


SAVE THE DATE for the 2018 Annual Professional of the Year Awards Dinner

The Huntsville Association of Technical Societies is proud to present:

The 2018 Professional of the Year Awards Dinner

Theme: Advancing Huntsville Technology

WHAT:  2018 HATS Awards Dinner

WHEN:  Thursday, June 21st 2018, 5:30 – 8:30 pm (registration and cocktails begin at 5:30, dinner at 6:30)

WHERE:  The new Grand Hall at the Huntsville Botanical Garden

Speakers:  Mayor Tommy Battle, Lee Marshall, Jeff Gronberg

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EMCEE:  Haley Baker, WAFF News Anchor

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We are highlighting the contributions that our member societies and members of our community have made to the Huntsville community.   We want to honor and celebrate all of the work our members do to promote education, mentoring, training, and sharing valuable knowledge and skills to make the next generation successful and able to continue moving our society forward in all fields of study, including space, defense, biomedical, cyber, and many others.

HATS (The Huntsville Association of Technical Societies) has supported the Huntsville community since 1969 and is proud to host The 13th Annual Professional of the Year Awards Dinner. HATS invites all of The Huntsville Association of Technical Societies affiliated organizations to recognize their “best of the best” members for their contributions to their respective organizations and the community.

For 2018, we are excited to host the dinner at the new Grand Hall at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens. The doors will open at 5:30, with cocktails available for an hour, and dinner starting at 6:30. The fun-filled evening will include:

  • Honoring each member society’s “Professional of the Year” nominee
  • Honoring the Society of the Year
  • Honoring each member society’s “Young Professional of the Year” with an award for members 35 years old and under


5:30 – Registration (cash bar available)
6:30 – Dinner Program Begins (cash bar available throughout night)
7:30 – Young Professional of the Year
8:00 – Society of the Year
8:30 – Professional of the Year
Music and dancing will close the evening

Dress: Business Attire Please

Tickets are on sale now through Eventbrite.  They will be $60 for an individual ticket to include meal.  More information to follow on ticket sales.  Tickets are also available by providing a check to our HATS Board of Directors by contacting HATS Board.

Nomination Forms:
Nomination forms can be downloaded here:
DUE May 31 – POY 2018 Professional of the Year Nomination Form
DUE May 31 – POY 2018 YOUNG Professional of the Year Nomination Form
DUE May 31 – POY 2018 Society of the Year Nomination Form
Our three award categories are 2018 Professional of the Year; 2018 Young Professional of the Year; and 2018 Society of the Year.  Please read the award criteria and instructions and submit the forms to the HATS Board by May 31st!! 

POY Sponsorships Available! 

Since this is a dinner that recognizes professionals in various engineering and technology related disciplines including systems engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, quality, system safety, test and evaluation, contract management, education, and small businesses, we are encouraging sponsorships from companies that will benefit from exposure to these key individuals.

For more info on sponsorship of the HATS Professional of the Year Awards Dinner, HATS POY Sponsorship Flyer 2018.


Please contact Catherine Twilley for sponsorship (catherine.twilley@epssafety.com).

President’s Social – Huge Success!

Our first President’s Social of 2017 was held the end of February!  This was the first in a series of three: Connecting with Industry, Connecting with Membership, and Connecting to our Community.

In February, we highlighted Connecting to Industry. There was discussion around building successful partnerships between industry and technical societies so that societies can understand how to work better with industry partners. Many insights were shared among the attendees into helpful ways to better connect and partner with industry.

Our next President’s Social is planned for May where we will be discussing Connecting with Membership, watch for event details! Please email Phillip Henson with any questions: phillip.henson@gmail.com.

The 2017 Huntsville Engineer’s Week Awards Dinner “Engineers Dream Big!”

This year, the theme of Engineer’s Week is “Engineer’s Dream Big.” During Engineer’s week, we celebrate the contributions that engineers have made to our world, promote dialogue for the need of science and engineering in the shaping our future, and encourage science and engineering studies for children, parents and teachers. 

At this year’s dinner, we will specifically be:

Celebrating the contributions of local engineers through awards conferred on members of local engineering professional societies in Huntsville.

Bringing engineering to life by inviting local students from various schools to the pre-dinner reception where they will present engineering and science fair projects undertaken within the past year (a new feature for this event). 

  • WHAT:  2017 Huntsville Engineer’s Week Awards Dinner
  • WHEN:  Wednesday, February 22nd, 5:00 to 8:00 PM
  • WHERE:  The Jackson Center, 600 Genome Way, Huntsville

INVITED SPEAKER:  Dr. Richard Myers, President and Science Director of HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology

  • 5:00 – Social (Cash Bar) and Poster Presentation Session by STEM students from local schools
  • 6:15 – Dinner Program Begins

Business Attire

Please RSVP at http://www.hsv-aiaa-events.org/EWeekDinner2017.html by Monday, February 20th

No on-site/walk-in registration.   


Before Feb. 13th ($40/person)  /  After Feb. 13th-20th ($45/person)

Corporate Table of 8 seats ($320, until Feb. 20th)

Dinner choices are: Chicken Marsala, Atlantic Salmon, or Vegetarian Moussaka

If you are registering for others or purchasing a Corporate Table, please send attendee names to distribution@hsv-aiaa.org  

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Sponsorships are always essential in making an event such as this one possible.  They allow us to provide an appropriate local forum where the best in the engineering fields can be recognized, and this year they will permit the hosting (during the pre-dinner reception) of aspiring student engineers and scientists as they present their work to practicing local engineers.  We hope to raise enough in sponsorship to defray the dinner costs for those presenting students so that they may attend the dinner as guests of the local engineering community.  

 If you are in the position to do so, we would gratefully appreciate your consideration of sponsorship.  Corporate sponsors will be listed in the program, thanked by name during the event, and included on any literature advertising the event.  All sponsorship donations are tax deductible.  For the different sponsorship levels, we would also like to offer tickets to the dinner, to be dispersed as the sponsor sees fit.

  • $250 ‘Bronze’ sponsorship – 2 tickets to the dinner
  • $500 ‘Silver’ sponsorship – 4 tickets to the dinner
  • $1000 ‘Gold’ sponsorship – 8 tickets to the dinner