8–12 January 2018
Gaylord Palms, Kissimmee, Florida

Networking and Special Events

SciTech Networking

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

AIAA forums are outstanding opportunities for networking and building your career. The 2018 AIAA SciTech Forum is expected to draw nearly 4,000 participants from across all facets of the profession working in aerospace research, development, and technology. 



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Located in the Exposition Hall, the HUB is a new multi-use area featuring many attendee favorite activities like the AIAA bookstore and author signings, PLUS two presentation areas and innovative programming and features such as design challenges, charging stations, a lounge area, and more. A detailed schedule of events taking place in the HUB can be found here

Need to identify a place to meet up with friends? Make the HUB that place! 

Daily Coffee Breaks

0900–0930 hrs and 1530–1600 hrs

Recharge in between sessions with coffee in the Exposition Hall.

Meet the Employers

Sunday, 7 January, 1600–1800 hrs, Osceola A

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 include:

  • Aurora Flight Sciences
  • Ball Aerospace
  • The Boeing Company
  • DARcorporation
  • Dunmore Corporation
  • Galaxy Tek Hires
  • Honda Aircraft Company
  • HyperSizer - Collier Research
  • Lockheed Martin Aeronauticsn
  • Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control
  • The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory
  • The MITRE Corporation
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Paragon Space Development Corporation
  • Raytheon Missile Systems
  • United Launch Alliance 

Dress is casual. Don’t forget you resume!  

AIAA Student Welcome Reception

Sunday, 7 January, 1600–1900 hrs, Osceola 1-3 

AIAA SciTech Forum has the largest gathering of students of all of the AIAA forums. Come meet fellow students and network with key members of the AIAA community. AIAA's Executive Director and members of the AIAA Board of Trustees and Technical Activities Division will be in attendance. All forum attendees are welcome.

Rising Leaders in Aerospace Speed Mentoring

Monday, 8 January, 1600–1730 hrs, Orange Blossom                                                                 

Leaders in the aerospace industry and AIAA will be taking time to meet with the Rising Leaders participants and share their experiences. This event is a great way to get insight and make some great new contacts. And, maybe, they will end up being a mentor for more than just the 15 minutes at this event. 

Rising Leaders in Aerospace Networking Reception

Monday, 8 January, 1745–1900 hrs, Castillo Fort                                                                 

The reception is a perfect opportunity for young leaders to mingle with others who will be participating in AIAA SciTech as attendee, presenter, or veteran professional. Come meet other participants in a casual environment. You’re bound to see them again throughout the week. 

2018 AIAA Associate Fellows Recognition Ceremony and Dinner (Ticketed Event)

Monday, 8 January, 1830–2230 hrs, Osceola CD

Support your colleagues, and join us for the induction of the 2018 Associate Fellows. Tickets to this celebrated event are available on a first-come, first-served basis and can be purchased for $100.

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Opening Reception (Ticketed Event)

Tuesday, 9 January, 1815–2000 hrs, Florida Hall CD

Enjoy delicious food and beverages while networking with your fellow attendees. 

Propelling Your Aerospace Career to New Horizons

Wednesday, 10 January, 1500–1630 hrs, Osceola B

Learn about the of future aerospace careers from some of the current leaders of our discipline. Panelist—senior leaders and executives from industry, government, and academia—will share their career progression experiences, their vision of future aerospace careers, and most importantly what is it that the young professionals and students need to do today to be successful in the future. Get answers to your career questions, discuss how the aerospace workplace is evolving for millennials, and pave the way for success in your career ambitions.  

Special Events

Career Workshop: Taking Control of Your Career

Tuesday, 9 January, Osceola B

Career success in the aerospace field relies on more than just technical knowledge. You also need to consider how to work in the global aerospace community and plan a transition through the various stages of your career. All sessions will be held in Osceola B.

0900–1200 hrs
Career Workshop Session: Introduction to Global Competency for Engineers 
Presenter: Dianne DeTurris, Professor, California State Polytechnic University
For multinational companies, global expansion is occurring through business development, outsourcing, subcontracting and acquisitions. It is extremely beneficial for employees working in an international setting to understand the ways that culture overtakes any interaction

1450–1445 hrs
Career Workshop Session: How to be a Leader in your Technical Field
Moderator: Karen Copper, Engineering MRB Coordinator, Boeing Defense, Space & Security
Panelist include: Peter Hartwich, Engineering Skills Manager, The Boeing Company; Shrina Patel, Manager Structures Product Development & Technology, Boeing Commercial Airplanes; Larry Brase, Technical Fellow, Structures & Flight, Boeing Defense, Space & Security; Angela Trego, Department Chair, Utah Valley University                                                        
Panelists will share their experiences in developing their technical expertise and establishment as a recognized subject matter expert to lead others.

1450–1540 hrs
Career Workshop Session: Transitioning from Technical Leadership to Organizational Leadership
Moderator: Karen Copper, Engineering MRB Coordinator, Boeing Defense, Space & Security 
Panelist include: Peter Hartwich, Engineering Skills Manager, The Boeing Company; Shrina Patel, Manager Structures Product Development & Technology, Boeing Commercial Airplanes; Basil Hassan, Sr. Manager, Sandia National Labs; Jonathan Ransom, Acting Deputy Director for Structures and Materials, NASA Langley Research Center
Making the decision to change from a technical role to management leadership role is often not easy. Our panelists will share their concerns and results in making their career transition decision.

1545–1630 hrs
Career Workshop Session: 10 Years from Retirement – Passing Along Your Legacy
Moderator:  Karen Copper, Engineering MRB Coordinator, Boeing Defense, Space & Security
Panelist include: Melvin J. Ferebee, Director, Systems Analysis and Concepts, NASA Langley Research Center; Jeff Laube, Sr Project Leader, The Aerospace Corporation; David McGrath, Director, Advanced Technology, Alliant Techsystems, Inc; Joaquin Castro, Manager, DOD Marketing & Strategy, Aerojet Rocketdyne
Retirement is a dream for many, but also a concern for what will happen to their years of work product. The panelists will share their plans, execution and results of preparing for others to pick up where they left off.

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

    Wednesday, 10 January, 1730–1930 hrs, Osceola A                                        

    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. 

    AIAA Cybersecurity Workshop

    Thursday, 11 January, 0900–1300 hrs, St. George #114

    The aerospace community is at the vanguard of a race to develop and deploy a new transportation paradigm built on connected, autonomous, electric air vehicles that will revolutionize urban mobility in the decade to come. Building on an extraordinary confluence of technologies, these new vehicles will provide a safe and efficient system for passenger and cargo transportation within a congested, metropolitan environment. Cybersecurity and protection of the connected air vehicle is a critical requirement for the widespread implementation of this new system and requires collaboration and communication across multiple disciplines and systems. Click here for more details.

    Enhancing the Musical Brain: The Cognitive Exoskeleton Concert

    Thursday, 11 January, 1630–1830 hrs, Osceola CD

    Science meets music in a live experiment, where neuroscientist Bill Casebeer demonstrates how human-machine teams may help people lead better lives. Using a brain-sensing headband, scientists will monitor the brainwaves of the band Beemo and select audience members simultaneously during a live show. This information is collected for Lockheed Martin’s Cognitive Exoskeleton and displayed as color coded graphs on a giant screen. The program will address how music changes a performer’s brain waves, how music change an audience member’s brain waves and how machines can help people get the most out of their brain’s performance. Click here for more details.

    Women at SciTech Social Hour and Keynote

    Thursday, 11 January,  1730–1930 hrs, Osceola  A

    Women are underrepresented in the engineering sciences and industry, and this event will provide an opportunity to meet informally, network, discuss experiences, and celebrate women who are leaders in their fields.
    The speaker for the event will be Debra Facktor, Vice President and General Manager, Strategic Operations and Commercial Aerospace Business, Ball Aerospace. Her talk will focus on Navigating Your Career with Confidence & Joy.

    There is no charge to attend this event and all attendees are welcome.

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