8–12 January 2018
Gaylord Palms, Kissimmee, Florida

Igniting Your Career

If you are a student or young professional in aerospace and related disciplines, AIAA SciTech Forum is the place to be, with a host of activities targeted to the interests and needs of those studying or early in their careers. Take a look below for the career-building activities planned just for you. But, make sure that your schedule includes participation in the plenary,  Forum 360, and technical sessions for insights into the health and future of the aerospace industry, and the latest in aerospace technology. If aerospace is your future, AIAA SciTech Forum is for you!

Employment Opportunities
Explore Your Future
Interact with Your Peers
Network with Aerospace Leaders
Enhance Your Soft Skills

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Employment Opportunities

AIAA members can post and browse resumes, browse job listings, and access other online employment resources by visiting the AIAA Career Center.

Explore Your Future

Meet the Employers
Sunday, January 8, 3:00-5:00 PM, Grapevine B

Download the Program Schedule here

This event offers students and young professional attendees the opportunity to meet AIAA corporate members and government agencies. In this fun and dynamic environment, students and professionals will have the chance to interact with organizations about employment opportunities. Participating organizations include:

  • Aurora Flight Sciences
  • Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation
  • Bell Helicopter
  • The Boeing Company
  • Honda Aircraft Company
  • HyperSizer
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Paragon Space Development Corporation
  • Raytheon Missile Systems
  • United Launch Alliance (ULA)
  • U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command

Diversity in the Workforce
Wednesday, 11 January, 3:00-5:00 PM

The AIAA Young Professional Committee and the Diversity Working Group have teamed up on this program. It will begin with a presentation on diversity in the workplace. A discussion of how things are changing and what can be expected as you enter the workforce will be presented. Everyone will interact with diversity in the workplace. Hear some ideas on what you can expect to see and what you may be able influence. There will then be a discussion of what the AIAA Diversity and Inclusion Plan entails: current state, challenges, and goals. Through facilitation and audience participation we hope to elicit inputs from different perspectives: AIAA national, technical and program committees, regions, sections, campuses, and corporations. Help be a part of forging AIAA’s diversity plan and its response to diversity in the aerospace industry.

Interact with Your Peers

AIAA Student Welcome Reception
Sunday, 8 January, 6:00 -7:30 PM, Mission Plaza

The AIAA SciTech Forum has the largest gathering of students of all AIAA events. Come meet fellow students who you are sure to see again throughout the week. Take advantage of this great chance to meet key AIAA members and learn about opportunities available to AIAA Student members.

Rising Leaders in Aerospace

Rising Leaders in Aerospace Reception
Monday, 9 January, 7:00-8:30 PM, Mission Plaza

Graduate students and professionals that are 35 and younger are invited to participate in the Rising Leaders and Aerospace sessions. The reception will kick off the Rising Leaders in Aerospace events and is a perfect opportunity for young leaders to mingle with others who will be participating in SciTech 2017 as attendee, presenter, or veteran professional. Come meet other participants in a casual environment. You’re bound to see them again at the Speaker, Networking, or Young Professional Panel event.

AIAA Foundation International Student Conference
Monday, 9 January, 9:30 AM-4:00 PM, Pecos 1 & 3 and Longhorn Hall D

Stop in when the first place winners of the AIAA Regional Student Conferences present their research to a team of judges composed of professional members in the industry.

Tweet Up
Wednesday, 11 January, 5:30 PM, Texas Station Sports Bar & Grill

Join us for another #AiaaSciTech Tweet Up at the Texas Station Sports Bar & Grill located inside the Gaylord.  Mingle with your peers and share your conference experiences on social media.

Network with Aerospace Leaders

Rising Leaders in Aerospace

Leadership Exchange-Speed Mentoring
Tuesday, 10 January, 4:00-5:30 PM, Grapevine A

Young professionals and graduate students can speak with top leaders of AIAA and the aerospace industry. They will provide insight and information about their careers and how they navigated to where they are now. Top professionals from government, academia, and industry will be participating. Get sage advice from people who want to help the next generation of aerospace professionals succeed. Mentors Include:

  • Allen Arrington, NASA
  • Basil Hassan, Sandia National Laboratories
  • Timothy Hinerman, Blue Origin
  • Benjamin Marchionna, SkySpecs
  • Dimitri Mavris, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Dave Riley, The Boeing Company
  • John Rose, The Boeing Company
  • Tony Springer, NASA
Rising Leaders in Aerospace

A New Era in Aviation
Thursday, 12 January, 12:30-2:00 PM, Grapevine A

Jaiwon Shin, NASA Associate Administrator, Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate
Shin co-chairs the National Science & Technology Council’s Aeronautics Science & Technology Subcommittee. He has worked at several NASA centers and has great insight on many different aspects of the industry. Come hear what his thoughts are for rising leaders in the industry. A limited number of box lunches will be available on a first come first served basis.

Enhance Your Soft Skills

Career Workshop: Tools to Ensure Your Career Success
Tuesday, 10 January 2017, Mustang 4 Room

Career success in the aerospace field relies on more than just technical knowledge. You will also benefit from strong networks, mentoring opportunities, and interviewing skills to name a few. The Tools to Ensure Your Career Success at AIAA SciTech Forum will address ways that both those entering the workforce and those with more experience can manage their career path effectively.


Networking Effectively, 9:30-10:00 AM
Networking is a vital skill set to help advance your career. This panel session will highlight how to effectively network and include a discussion on how to balance new technologies while building personal connections. Panelists:

  • Michael Mohr, Student, Iowa State University (Moderator)
  • Edward Burnett, Senior Technical Fellow, Lockheed Martin
  • Dakota Easley, Quality Engineering – Rotors & Composites Center, Engineering LDP Program, Bell Helicopter

Getting the Most from Mentoring , 10:00-11:15 AM
How do you find the right mentorship relationship? How do you ensure you are getting the most out of the mentorship? This session will include best practices in mentoring and explore how to build a strong partnership between mentee and mentor so that both sides benefit from the process with real-life experiences and observations. Panelists:

  • Angela Trego, Assistant Professor, Utah Valley University, and Structures Director, Practical Aeronautics, Inc. (Moderator)
  • Kevin Melcher, Team Lead, Systems Health Management Methods for Space Exploration, NASA Glenn Research Center (Northern Ohio Section, mentor)
  • Abigail Sevier, (Northern Ohio section, mentee)
  • Brett Anderson, Structures Capability Sr. Management Leader, Boeing Defense and Space (mentor)

Navigating Your Career When the Unexpected Happens, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM
What happens when something goes wrong in your career and how can you make the most of opportunities? How do you navigate unplanned career changes? How can you expect the unexpected? During this panel discussion, individuals well-known in their fields will share their stories. Panelists:

  • Jeff Jepson, Sr., Systems Engineer I, GNC / Guidance Design & Performance, Raytheon Missile Systems (Moderator)
  • Jill Marlowe, Research Director, NASA Langley 
  • Laura McGill, Vice President, Engineering, Raytheon Missile Systems
  • Darryll J. Pines, Professor and Dean, A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland

Interviewing to Make an Impression, 2:00-3:30 PM
Panel discussion during which HR and hiring managers addressing the different aspects of recruiting process within an organization.  

  • Eric Best, Control Systems Design and Analysis – EV41, Skill Lead, Jacobs ESSSA Group (Moderator)
  • Samantha Magill, Special Projects, Inclusion & Diversity, Honda Aircraft Company
  • Cara Lundquist, Director, Talent Acquisition, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company (invited)
  • Drew Robbins, Sr. Manager, F-35 Utilities and Subsystems, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company (invited)

Networking Effectively (continued), 3:30-4:00 PM
An interactive opportunity to share your experiences with the networking assignment given at the start of the workshop and hear what others learned from it.

  • Michael Mohr, Student, Iowa State University (Moderator)
  • Karen Copper, Industrial, Manufacturing and Production Engineer, Boeing Defense, Space & Security
  • Jenna Eppink, Research Aerospace Engineer, Flow Physics and Control Branch, NASA Langley Research Center


Dates to Remember

  • Manuscript Deadline: 05 Dec 2017
  • Early Bird Reg Deadline: 18 Dec 2017
  • Cancellation Deadline: 18 Dec 2017

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