2016 California Aerospace Days

29 February - 1 March 2016
Location: Sacramento, CA
Venue: State Capitol Building

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California Aerospace Days

5th Annual California Aerospace Week
29 February–1 March 2016
Sacramento, CA


Monday, 29 February  
12:00 p.m. Resolution and introductions (Assembly floor)
2:00 p.m. Resolution and introductions (Senate floor)
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. “Women in Aerospace and Engineering: Exploring Challenges and Opportunities for Women in the STEM Fields” a Joint Hearing of the Assembly Select Committee on Aerospace and the Senate Select Committee on Defense and Aerospace (Room 4203)

  • Kelly Jill T. Henning, Principle Investigator of Wideband Communications Products, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
  • Dr. Malina Hills, Vice President of Space Program Operations, The Aerospace Corporation
  • Dr. Tamara Jernigan, Deputy Principal Associate Director for Weapons Complex Integration, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Julie Van Kleeck, Vice President of Advanced Space & Launch, Aerojet Rocketdyne
  • Dr. Debra Larson, Dean of the College of Engineering, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
  • Lt. Col. Kelly Latimer (U.S. Air Force, Ret.), Test Pilot, Virgin Galactic
  • Dr. Sandra Magnus, Executive Director, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • Madeline Salazar, Integration Manager, Boeing Satellite Systems
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Networking Reception (Governor’s Council Room)
Tuesday, 1 March  
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. “California Aerospace: Evolving with the Future,” ASA California Chapter’s 2nd Annual Legislative Roundtable and Breakfast (Governor’s Council Room)
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Aerospace Day Pre-Briefing (Room 115)
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. VIP and Legislators Preview of Aerospace Exhibition (West Steps)
12:00 p.m – 5:00 p.m. Public viewing of Aerospace Exhibition (West Steps)
1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Briefing on Aerospace Start-ups, Independent Researchers, Entrepreneurs, and Small Primes (Room 2040)

  • Brock Christoval, CEO/Co-Founder, Flyspan Systems
  • Pamela de Liz, CEO/CRADO/Founder, Ziled Group; CEO/CRADO, ZOEX LLC
  • Dr. Igor Pasternak, CEO/Founder, Aeroscraft
  • Mike Todaro, Director of Mission Operations, Millennium Space Systems
  • Marty Waldman, Director Business Development and Government Relationships, Space Information Labs


2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Comprehensive Briefing on the Southern California Aerospace Economic Study – Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation and San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (Room 2040)

  • Matt Griesbach, Co-Head of Aerospace & Defense Commercial Banking (Western Region), Bank of America

  • Panorea Avdis, Director, Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development
  • Sirisha Bandla, Government Affairs, Virgin Galactic
  • Sean Barr, Director of Economic Development, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation
  • David Blanco, President, Performance Ascent
  • David Bruemmer, CEO/CTO, 5D Robotics
  • Dr. Christine Cooper, Senior Vice President, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation

Closing Remarks:
  • Sen. Jean Fuller, Chair, Senate Select Committee on Defense and Aerospace


3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Issues and Challenges Facing Aerospace Suppliers (Room 2040)

  • Erin Dyer, Vice President, Accurate Dial & Nameplate, Inc.
  • David Tung, Vice President, Leda Corporation


4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. NASA Briefing on Unmanned Aircraft Systems integration into the National Airspace System (Room 2040)

  • Dr. Parimal Kopardekar, Principal Investigator of the NASA's NextGen Airspace Project, NASA Ames Research Center

Aerospace Exhibitors

Aerojet Rocketdyne
AIAA Los Angeles-Las Vegas Section Enterprise Program
Barrett Business Services, Inc.
Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo
California Space Enterprise Center – Green2Gold
Edwards Air Force Base
Flight Test Historical Foundation
Lawrence Livermore National Lab
Leda Corp
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Northrop Grumman Corporation
NASA Ames Research Center
NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center
NASA Jet Propulsion Lab
UAW-Labor Employment & Training Corporation
Verisurf Education Program Software


Sponsored by

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For more information, please contact Steve Sidorek at 703.264.7541 or steves@aiaa.org