8–12 January 2018
Gaylord Palms, Kissimmee, Florida

Rising Leaders in Aerospace

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, 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

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

Speed Mentoring

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

Sponsored by: Honda Aircraft Company

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.

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.

Lunch Panel: Moving Us Forward: Growing Diversity in the Aerospace Sector

Tuesday, 9 January, 1230–1400 hrs, St. George #108

Moderator: Jandria Alexander, Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc.
Panelists: Dr. Melissa Sampson, United Launch Alliance, LLC Oneyma Oyeka, Harris Corporation, Christine Fischer, Harris Corporation, Michael Vinje, NASA Kennedy Space Center, 

Sponsored by: AIAA Diversity Working Group

Despite making major advances in recent years, the aerospace sector still struggles with diversity, as many groups which comprise a large portion of the US labor force only account for a small fraction of the aerospace workforce. This panel will provide perspectives on the role of diversity in STEM fields and how creating a diverse workforce can propel technological innovation. Panelists will also discuss efforts and best practices for closing the gap in STEM fields for minorities and women. Panelists will share their personal commitment, experiences, and activities related to growing diversity in the workforce as well as the efforts of their associated organizations.

Boxed lunches will be available for the first 80 young professionals who attend.

    Propelling Your Aerospace Career to New Horizons

    Wednesday, 10 January 1500–1630 hrs, Osceola B

    Moderator: Ali K. Raz, Purdue University
    Panelists: Michael Gazarik, Engineering Ball Aerospace, Jenn Gustetic, Small Business Innovation Research, NASA, Anant Grewal, National Research Council, Aerospace, Bob Pearce, NASA Headquarters - Aeronautics

    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.

    Lunch with AIAA Technical Committees

    Thursday, 11 January 1230–1400 hrs, Osceola B

    Sponsored by: Aurora Flight Sciences

    Come learn how you can excel in your career and within the aerospace industry. Members of several AIAA Technical Committees will be taking 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.

    Boxed lunches will be available for the first 80 young professionals who attend.


    AIAA Student Welcome Reception

    Sunday, 7 January

    Sponsored by: The Boeing Company and  Honda Aircraft Company  

    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.

    AIAA Foundation International Student Conference

    Monday, 8 January 0900–1300 hrs

    The first-place winners of the AIAA Regional Student Conferences, which took place in the spring, will gather to present their research to a team of judges made up of professional members in the industry. The students will have three consecutive session in the categories of Undergraduate, Masters, and Team.

    09001300 hrs             ISC Sessions-Undergraduate Category        Osceola B
    09301200 hrs             ISC Sessions-Masters Category                   St. George #104
    09301300 hrs             ISC Sessions-Team Category                       St. George #114

    Invite Only.

    AIAA Foundation International Student Conference Awards Breakfast

    Tuesday, 9 January 0900–1100 hrs

    This year The Boeing Company will sponsor the ISC Awards Breakfast along with the AIAA Foundation. The top three winners will be announced during the breakfast after hearing from the Chair of the Student Conference Committee and The Boeing Company's Ben Linder. Best overall prizes in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded in each of the categories.

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