8–12 January 2018
Gaylord Palms, Kissimmee, Florida

Rising Leaders in Aerospace

By attending Rising Leaders in Aerospace Forum events along with the technical sessions of the AIAA forums, I am able to grow my career and expand my technical knowledge all at one venue!Kate Stambaugh, JHU Applied Physics Laboratory

Rising Leaders in Aerospace

Rising Leaders are graduate students and professionals that are 35 and younger. They are the persons that will become the leaders of tomorrow, the inventors of the next great things, and the individuals that will accept the mantle from those that have forged the way thus far.

The Rising Leaders in Aerospace multidimensional program features a leadership exchange/speed mentoring, panel session, Q&A with top industry leaders, and multiple opportunities for networking. These exciting and energetic activities provide access to aerospace leaders who share their perspectives on matters relevant to a young professional's career stage.

Young Professionals with Bolden  


Monday, 9 January, 1900-2030 hrs

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.

Leadership Exchange-Speed Mentoring

Tuesday, 10 January, 1600 -1730 hrs

Young professionals and 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:

  • Nancy Andersen, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
  • Allen Arrington, NASA Glenn Research Center
  • Brad Belcher, Rolls-Royce Corporation
  • Dave Bowles,NASA Langley Research Center
  • Ed Burnett, Lockheed Martin
  • Terry Burress, Lockheed Martin
  • Steve Engelstad, Lockheed Martin
  • Thomas Frey, Lockheed Martin
  • Ferdinand Grosveld, Northrup Grumman
  • Basil Hassan, Sandia National Laboratories
  • Timothy Hinerman, Blue Origin
  • Kyung Kim, Lockheed Martin
  • Sandra Magnus, AIAA
  • Benjamin Marchionna, SkySpecs
  • Jill Marlowe, NASA Langley Research Center
  • James Maser, Pratt & Whitney
  • Dimitri Mavris, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Tony Pilon, Lockheed Martin
  • Dave Riley, The Boeing Company
  • Al Roming, National Academy of Engineering
  • John Rose, The Boeing Company
  • Melissa Sampson, United Launch Alliance
  • Tony Springer, NASA Headquarters
  • Rob Vermeland, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
  • Woodrow Whitlow, Cleveland State University

Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Wednesday, 11 January 1500 to 1700
Room: Grapevine A

The AIAA Young Professional Committee and the Diversity Working Group (DWG) 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.

The event will be introduced by Dr. Hsiao-hua Burke (MIT Lincoln Laboratory) and Ms. Samantha Alberts (Purdue University). Dr. Burke will facilitate the discussion of recent DWG accomplishments and action plans.

Invited speakers include:
Professor. Achille Messac, Dean of Engineering and Architecture, Howard University
Ms. Geeth Chettiar, Senior Fellow, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company
Dr. Basil Hassan, Senior Manager, Thermal, Fluid, and Aero Sciences Group, Sandia National Laboratories 

Keynote Speaker with Boxed Lunch

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Thursday, 12 January, 1230-1400 hrs

A New Era in Aviation

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.

Dates to Remember

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

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