8–12 January 2018
Gaylord Palms, Kissimmee, Florida

Plenary Program

Plenary Panel

Setting the Landscape—Factors Driving Today's Disruptive Environment

Monday, 9 January, 0800–0900 hrs


  • Robie Samanta Roy, Vice President, Technology Strategy & Innovation, Lockheed Martin Corporation (Moderator)
  • Chuck Beames, Consultant
  • Carissa Christensen, Managing Partner, The Tauri Group
  • Dave Whelan, Vice President, Engineering and Chief Technologist, Boeing Defense, Space & Security, The Boeing Company
  • George Whitesides, CEO, Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company


Innovation to Enable NASA’s Journey to Mars

Tuesday, 10 January, 0800–0900 hrs

  •  Dava Newman, Deputy Administrator, NASA


Disruptive Policy Issues—Presidential Transitions

Wednesday, 11 January, 0800–0900 hrs 

With the inauguration about to take place, this panel will offer participants with a better understanding of how we transition from one administration to another. This panel will discuss the presidential transition process, including best-practices and potential stumbling blocks.


  • Ann Zulkosky, Director, NASA Programs, Washington Operations, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company (Moderator)
  • Russell Chew, Senior Advisor, NEXA Capital Partners
  • Henry “Trey” Obering III, Executive Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Dorothy Robyn, Independent Consultant/Writer; Former Commissioner, GSA, Public Buildings Service; Former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Installations and Environment)
  • Courtney Stadd, Washington Operations, Business Development, TIP Technologies


Disruptive Technology Developments—Breakthroughs That Will Transform Aerospace

Thursday, 12 January, 0800–0900 hrs 

Aerospace itself was born a disruptive technology that completely changed global transportation norms, taking us from the ground to the skies and eventually space. A diverse group of leaders from key emerging disruptive technology areas will participate in a lively discussion and debate on the following topics: big data/machine learning, quantum technology, autonomous systems, and advanced manufacturing.


  • Samantha Marquart Brainard, Ph.D. Candidate, George Washington University (Moderator)
  • Danette Allen, Senior Technologist for Intelligent Flight Systems, NASA Langley Research Center
  • Neil Gershenfeld, Director, The Center for Bits and Atoms, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Rob High, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, IBM Watson 
  • Robert Lutwak, Program Manager, DARPA 


    Women at SciTech Social Hour and Keynote Address

    Thursday, 12 January, 1730–1930 hrs

    To celebrate women's accomplishments in aerospace and aeronautics and to 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.

    • Mary "Missy" Cummings, Professor, School of Engineering, Duke University and Director, Humans and Autonomy Laboratory, Duke Robotics

    Next-Generation Workforce

    Friday, 13 January, 0800–0900 hrs


    • Darryll Pines, Dean, A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland (Moderator)
    • Curt Carlson, Founder and CEO, The Practice of Innovation
    • Ben Marchionna, Lead System Integration & Test Engineer, SkySpecs
    • Jaiwon Shin, Associate Administrator, Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, NASA
    • Dennis Todd, Vice President, Engineering – Services and Support, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
    • Graham Warwick, Technology Managing Editor, Aviation Week & Space Technology


    Dates to Remember

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

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