8–12 January 2018
Gaylord Palms, Kissimmee, Florida

Networking and Special Events

SciTech networking
Catch up. Meet someone new. Build relationships. Have fun!

The 2018 AIAA SciTech Forum is expected to draw about 4,000 participants from across all facets of the profession working in aerospace research, development, and technology



the HUB logo

Located in the exposition hall, the HUB is your destination for a bite to eat, resting your tired feet, charging your electronics, contests, networking, and more. Need a place to meet-up? Tell your friends, "Meet me in the HUB!"  A detailed schedule of events taking place in the HUB can be found here.

Daily Coffee Breaks

0900-0930 hrs and 1530-1600 hrs

Generation STEM

Meet the Employers

Sunday, 7 January

AIAA’s “Meet the Employers” event offers students and young professional attendees the opportunity to meet AIAA corporate members. This is a fun and dynamic environment where students and professionals interact with organizations regarding employment opportunities.

The first hour will consist of 8-minute briefs where participating companies/organizations will present an organizational overview and opportunities available. The second hour will be roundtable meet and greet sessions, with organizations hosting a table and attendees switching every 10 minutes.

Immediately following the event, AIAA will hold its Student Welcome Reception in the same venue. There is no charge to participate in either the recruiting event or the reception. All students and young professionals are invited to attend. No RSVP is required.

Participating organizations may 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

AIAA Student Welcome Reception

Sunday, 7 January 

AIAA SciTech Forum has the largest gathering of students of all of the AIAA forums. Come meet fellow students who you are sure to see again throughout the week. Many student award winners and presenters will be in attendance. Also, Executive Director Sandy Magnus will address the attendees. All attendees are welcome. Members of the AIAA Board of Directors and the Technical Activities Committee will also be in attendance. Take advantage of this great chance to meet AIAA key members and learn about opportunities that are available to AIAA Student members.

Special Events

Career Workshop: Tools to Ensure Your Career Success

Tuesday, 9 January

Career success in the aerospace field relies more than on 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 will address ways that both those entering the workforce and those with more experience can manage their career path effectively. Check the Forum Schedule page for a detailed agenda.

Generation STEM: Discovering Aerospace through Experience

Tuesday, 9 January 

Hosted by the AIAA Foundation, Generation STEM will be a day filled with fun and interactive educational STEM experiences for middle school students.

Generation STEM is designed to engage and stimulate students by offering the following interactive activities:

  • Participate in mini design competitions and challenges.
  • View engaging demonstrations from various aerospace companies.
  • Learn more about aerospace careers.
  • Discover aerospace findings that are impacting everyday life.

From Race Cars to Flying Machines: Celebrating 80 Years of Liebeck

Wednesday, 10 January

Hosted by Robert H. Liebeck, The Boeing Company, University of California at Irvine, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

This special session will celebrate the 80th birthday of Bob Liebeck, renowned aerodynamicist, professor and aerospace engineer. Guest speakers will highlight Bob's tremendous contributions to aerospace and education, and will provide a glimpse of the fun he has had along the way. Check the Forum Schedule page for a detailed agenda.

Women at SciTech Social Hour and Keynote

Thursday, 11 January

To celebrate women's accomplishments in aerospace and aeronautics, and provide an opportunity for women to network and share their experiences, AIAA and the AIAA Diversity Working Group are cosponsoring this event. The event is open to everyone. Check the Forum Schedule page for details.

Dates to Remember

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

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