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The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

is the world's largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession.

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    SPECIAL EVENTS

    Plenary Sessions

    Each day of the conference will kick off with a keynote address. These presentations are given by renowned experts and decision makers in the industry. All plenary sessions will be held in Nicollet Ballroom C/D at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis.

    Monday, 13 August 2012

    0800–0900 hrs

    AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies ConferencePlenary

    Speaker: Keith Colmer, Test Pilot, Virgin Galactic, Mojave,CA

     

    Tuesday, 14 August 2012

    0800–0900 hrs

    AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference Plenary

    Speaker: Mason Peck, Chief Technologist, NASA Headquarters,Washington, DC

     

    Wednesday, 15 August 2012

    0800–0900 hrs

    Duane McRuer Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Plenary

    Speaker: Pake F. Chin, Manager,Advanced HALE Systems, Northrop Grumman Corporation, San Diego, CA

     

    Welcome Reception

    A “happy hour” welcome reception will be held Sunday, 12 August 2012, 1700–1900 hrs, in the Nicollet Promenade at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. A ticket for the reception is included in the conference registration fee where indicated. Additional tickets for guests may be purchased upon registration or on site.

    Committee Meetings

    AIAA committees provide incredible opportunities for networking, building your resume, and professional development. Scores of committees and subcommittees meet at GNC/AFM/MST/ASC. Stop in to see how you can participate. Click here for a complete list (as of August 2) of committee meetings.

     

    Networking Coffee Breaks

    New for 2012! In response to attendee feedback, stand-alone networking coffee breaks have been added to the program to allow even more time for making new contacts, continuing the discussions from technical sessions, or checking emails and voicemails to keep in touch with the office while you are at the conference. Networking coffee breaks will be held in the Nicollet Promenade (outside the Nicollet Ballrooms). Times are indicated in the program.

    Minnesota Twins Major League Baseball Game

    AIAA has purchased a block of tickets at the new Target Field, home of Major League Baseball’s Minnesota Twins! Tickets are for the Monday evening, 13 August 2012, game against the Detroit Tigers. Target Field is LEED certified and rated the “#1 Fan Experience” in all of major league sports by ESPN Magazine. Tickets are $40 and include $15 worth of refreshments of your choice. The stadium is within walking distance of the hotel. A separate ticket is required and must be purchased by the early bird registration deadline of 16 July 2012 to reserve your ticket. Tickets are non-refundable (rain or shine).

    AIAA Awards Luncheon

    The AIAA Awards Luncheon will be held Tuesday, 14 August 2012, 1200–1400 hrs, in Nicollet Ballroom A/B at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. The luncheon will start with the presentation of awards, and end with a keynote presentation by Hon. Lori B. Garver, Deputy Administrator, NASA, Washington, DC (invited). This year’s luncheon is hosted the AIAA Modeling and Simulation Conference. The cost of the luncheon is included in the conference registration fee where indicated. Additional tickets for guests may be purchased upon registration or on site.
    The following awards will be presented at this year’s conference:

    • Aerospace Guidance, Navigation, and Control Award
    • Mechanics and Control of Flight Award
    • DeFlorez Award for Modeling and Simulation
    • AIAA Foundation Guidance, Navigation, and Control Graduate Award
    • Best Papers Certificate of Merit
    • AFM Student Paper Competition Certificate of Merit: Overall Winner
    • GNC Graduate Student Paper Competition Certificate of Merit: Overall Winner

    Shuttle Buses to Mall of America

    AIAA will be running shuttle buses between the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis and Mall of America on Tuesday evening, 14 August 2012, starting at 1830 hrs and ending at 2130 hrs. All conference attendees and guests are welcome to use the shuttles. Since opening its doors in 1992, Mall of America has revolutionized the shopping experience and become a leader in retail, entertainment, and attractions. Mall of America is one of the top tourist destinations in the country, featuring 520+ stores, 20+ restaurants and food courts, and attractions such as Nickelodeon Universe, Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium, Lego and American Girl stores, movie theaters, and more. The mall is so large that 32 Boeing 747s could fit inside!

    AIAA Bookstore

    Stop by the AIAA Bookstore located outside registration to browse and purchase specially selected titles for GNC. Also featured will be the entire 2012 AIAA Book of Month collection at their special month prices. Lastly, the title Modeling and Simulation of Aerospace Vehicle Dynamics, Second Edition by Peter H. Zipfel, has been selected as the conference book of GNC and is on sale for $62.95.

     

    Women in Engineering Luncheon

    The Women in Engineering Luncheon, hosted by the GNC TC, will be held Monday, 13 August 2012, 1200–1330 hrs, in the Mirage Room at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. The featured speaker is Massoud Sinai, Manager, Vehicle Management Systems, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Redondo Beach, CA. Women participating in any of the co-located conferences are invited to attend at no charge. Women are underrepresented in the engineering sciences and industry, and this luncheon provides an opportunity for women to meet informally, network, discuss experiences, and identify women who are leaders in their fields for recognition by AIAA.

    Networking Luncheon

    A networking buffet luncheon will be held Wednesday, 15 August 2012, 1200–1330 hrs, in the Nicollet Ballroom A/B at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. Join your colleagues to catch up on the technical discussions of the week and solidify new contacts. The cost of the reception is included in the conference registration fee where indicated. Additional tickets for guests may be purchased upon registration or onsite.