6–10 January 2020
Hyatt Regency Orlando,
Orlando, Florida

Students and Young Professionals

Meet the Employers Recruiting Event

Sunday, 6 January, 16001800 hrs
Seaport G

This event offers students and young professionals the opportunity to meet AIAA corporate members and government agencies. This is a fun and dynamic environment where students and professionals interact with organizations regarding employment opportunities. Participating companies/organizations will present a brief organizational overview and opportunities available, then have follow-on discussions with the attendees. Organizations will host a table and attendees will switch every 10 minutes. Questions? Contact tobeyj@aiaa.org

Participating organizations include:

  • Aurora Flight Sciences, a Boeing Company
  • The Boeing Company
  • Calspan
  • Draper
  • General Atomics
  • HyperSizer - Collier Research
  • Jacobs Technology
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Pratt & Whitney
  • Raytheon
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • SSL, A Maxar Technologies Company
  • Systems Technology
  • Textron Aviation
  • United Launch Alliance 
  • United Technologies Research Center

Dress is casual. Don't forget your resume!

AIAA Student Welcome Reception

Sunday, 6 January, 1800–1930 hrs
Harbor Foyer

Mingle with your peers and hear from AIAA Executive Director Dan Dumbacher. This reception provides you with the opportunity to meet your fellow students and learn more about the opportunities available to you as an AIAA student member.  

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Rising Leaders in Aerospace Events:

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 speed mentoring, panel session, 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.

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

Meet the AIAA Technical Committees

Monday, 7 January, 1600–1730 hrs
Seaport G

Learn how you can excel in your career and within the aerospace industry. Members of several AIAA Technical Committees will be taking the time to meet with the Rising Leaders in Aerospace participants and highlight their role within AIAA as well as how their committees serve the industry and Institute at large. This interactive event is a great way to get insight from your peers, gain industry contacts and meet your fellow young professionals. 

Networking Reception

Monday, 7 January, 1730–1900 hrs
Seaport G

Continue your conversation and networking at the reception, which will immediately follow “Meet the AIAA Technical Committees.” Come socialize with your fellow young professionals who are also attending the conference. Don’t miss this rewarding opportunity.

Think Big!: A Session for Students Who Want to Break New Ground in Aerospace

Tuesday, 8 January, 1200–1400 hrs

Grab a box lunch and join this Tuesday afternoon interactive session for undergraduate and graduate students from all backgrounds to learn, grow, and get tools that help young professionals break new ground in aerospace. This session features a special keynote speaker who will lead a diverse panel discussion and a follow-up workshop for you to set SMART goals for you to accomplish this week at SciTech and beyond. Think big, build up, reach high.

Elaine Petro, University of Maryland-College Park

Keynote & Panelist:
Nick Campbell, Founder of Hypershield Partnership & Committee for Expansion into Key Space Industries

Sofia Russi, Denmar Technical Services 
Dr. Dani Selva, Texas A&M University 
Dr. Sunny Wicks, Lockheed Martin

Speed Mentoring

Wednesday, 9 January, 1430–1600 hrs
Seaport G

Leaders in the aerospace industry 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 new contacts. And, maybe, they will end up being a mentor for more than just the 15 minutes at this event.

Panel: Contemporary Emerging Trends in Aerospace

Thursday, 10 January, 0930–1030 hrs
Seaport G

Increasingly complex future mission needs, from space exploration missions and establishing a mars colony to the integration of unmanned aerial vehicles in the air transportation system, demand engineering and technology expertise beyond the traditional aeronautics and astronautics disciplines. Designing and fielding safe, efficient, cost-effective, and reliable Aero/Astro systems of future requires innovations in autonomy, cyber-security, policy, business models, and digital engineering (to name a few). This panel discussion will introduce the Rising Leaders to the emerging trends in our discipline and help them develop skills sets for meeting the future demands of aeronautical and astronautical systems.

Ali Raz, Purdue University

Julie Parish, Sandia National for Autonomy
Evan Sills, Good Harbor
Lon Levin, President and CEO, GEOshare
Bob Pearce, NASA Headquarters Deputy Associate Administrator for Aeronautics

Dates to Remember

  • Manuscript Deadline: 02 Dec 2019
  • Early Mem Reg Deadline: 16 Dec 2019
  • Cancellation Deadline: 16 Dec 2019

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