Dates to Remember

Abstract Submission Begins:
23 March 2020

Abstract Deadline:
8 June 2020 2000 hrs EST

Author Notifications:
28 August 2020

Online Registration Begins: 
26 October 2020

Manuscript Deadline:
1 December 2020 2000 hrs EST

Student Paper Competitions: Additional Information

For 2021, we are soliciting papers in the following technical disciplines:

Adaptive Structures

Please direct questions to: 
Maryam Khoshlahjeh, Joby Aviation
Travis Turner, NASA Langley Research Center

The Adaptive Structures Technical Committee solicits papers addressing intelligent, flexible systems that are responsive to ever-changing operational environments and/or tailored control stimuli. These sessions provide an active forum to discuss the latest breakthroughs in smart structures, the cutting edge in adaptive structure applications, and the recent advances in both new device technologies and basic engineering research exploration. Papers are invited in areas ranging broadly from basic research to applied technological design and development to integrated system and application demonstrations. Contributions from industry, government, and academia are all encouraged. Students presenting a paper are encouraged to demonstrate hardware operation. Students interested in participating in the paper competition are also reminded to select the Student Paper Competition option during abstract submission. General topic areas of interest are listed below. More information is available at  Additional Details.

  • Active and Passive Adaptive Concepts/Systems 
  • Adaptive Spacecraft Structures (joint AS/SCS)
  • Design, Modeling, Simulation, and Optimization of Adaptive Structures/Materials 
  • Engineered Materials with Adaptive Properties 
  • Morphing and/or Biomimetic Adaptive Structures/Materials 
  • Multifunctional Structures/Materials 
  • Smart Sensors/Actuators Design 
  • Structural Health Monitoring and Prognosis (joint AS/SD)
  • Systems Enabled by Adaptive Structures
  • Other Topics in Adaptive Structures
  • Special Session: Aircraft Bionic Structures - Biomimicry
  • Special Session: Aeroelasticity and Morphing Structures 
  • Special Session: Canadian Smart Materials and Adaptive Structures Research Programs
  • Special Session: Characterization of MR Fluids/Elastomers Materials or MR-Based Adaptive Structures
  • Special Session: European Clean Sky 1&2 Research Programme

Please direct questions to: 
Bill Shuster, Honeywell Aerospace
Parthiv Shah, ATA Engineering, Inc. 

Papers are solicited that present original research in the areas of theoretical, computational, and experimental aeroacoustics. The program's technical content will include topics that address the generation, propagation, and control of aerospace vehicle noise, as well as the effect of noise on structures and individuals. Studies in related areas, particularly potential interrelationship with non-aerospace industries, are also encouraged. Topics of specific interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Advanced Testing and Measurement Techniques 
  • Airframe Noise and Airframe/Propulsion Integration 
  • Community Noise and Metrics 
  • Computational Aeroacoustics 
  • Fan Noise and Duct Acoustics 
  • Jet Aeroacoustics 
  • Propeller, Open Rotor, and Rotorcraft Noise 
  • Sonic Boom and Atmospheric Sound Propagation 
  • Turbomachinery and Core Noise 
  • Urban Air Mobility and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Noise
  • Other Topics in Aeroacoustics 
  • Aeroacoustics Invited Sessions
Aerodynamic Measurement Technology

Please direct questions to: 
Christopher Combs, University of Texas at San Antonio 
Zhili Zhang, University of Tennessee Knoxville

Papers are solicited on topics related to advanced and novel aerodynamic measurement technologies for laboratory, ground-test, or flight-test applications. Submissions are encouraged for all types of flows (from incompressible to hypersonic), all thermodynamic conditions (including plasmas and combustion), all scales (from microns to meters), and all diagnostic techniques (from surface sensors to laser-based imaging). Papers should emphasize advancements or innovations in the measurement technique itself or its implementation, more so than the particular details of the fluid dynamic problem to which the technique is applied. A select number of brief, oral-only presentations will be accepted as well, and interested authors should see Additional Details for more information. Topic areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Advancements in Planar, Volumetric, and High-Speed Imaging Techniques
  • Collaborative Experimental-Computational Efforts in High-Speed FSI (joint AMT/APA/SD)
  • Data Processing, Data Analysis, Data Driven Modeling, and Model Validation Techniques 
  • Diagnostics for Aeroacoustics, Combustion, Plasmas, Sprays, Pressure-Gain, and Aerothermal Flows 
  • Measurements in Facilities with Unique Measurement Challenges
  • Measurements in Wind Energy Applications
  • Novel Aerodynamic Measurement Techniques, Methodologies, and Instrumentation 
  • Novel Calibration, Error Analysis, Uncertainty Quantification, and Experimental Verification 
  • Spectroscopic Techniques such as PLIF, CARS, LIBS, Raman Scattering, and Absorption Spectroscopy 
  • Surface Measurements such as PSP, TSP, Skin Friction, and Shear Stress Sensing 
  • Velocimetry Techniques such as PIV, MTV, DGV, and FLEET 
Aerospace Education

Please direct questions to:
Raymond P. LeBeau, Jr., Saint Louis University 
Krishnaswamy Ravindra, Saint Louis University 

Aerospace Education is both the most specialized and the most diversified of fields, thus challenging the aerospace education community to effectively prepare well-trained professionals ready to contribute to their profession either in industry or higher studies. Papers as well as panel sessions are sought on all aspects of aerospace education including novel course curriculum and course delivery methods, novel pedagogies, innovative inter-collegiate and industry collaborations, and robust assessment methods. Specific topics of interest for SciTech 2021 include aerospace curriculum design, aerospace capstone design, diversity in the aerospace workplace, and increasing flexibility in the aerospace ABET criteria.

  • Best Practices for Robust ABET Assessment 
  • Better Preparation of Graduates for A Rapidly Evolving Work Environment 
  • Broader Innovative Collaboration of Industry and Academia in Engineering Education 
  • Curricula Addressing the Multidisciplinary Nature of Aerospace System Analysis and Design 
  • Incorporating Sustainability, Green Engineering Practices, and Entrepreneurship in the Classroom 
  • Innovative Pedagogical Initiatives 
  • Novel Outreach Activities 
  • Online Course Offerings - Challenges, Opportunities, and Best Practices 
  • Undergraduate Experiences in Space Systems 
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems in Undergraduate Aerospace Education
Aircraft Design

Please direct questions to: 
Imon Chakraborty, Auburn University

Papers are sought on all aspects of atmospheric flight vehicle design, including fixed and rotary wing, subsonic through hypersonic, micro air vehicles to very large aircraft, general aviation, urban/on-demand mobility, and manned or unmanned aircraft. Topics such as design methodologies and processes, design tools, design integration, technology developments, innovative designs, case studies, and design education are welcome. Review papers on recent developments and trends in aircraft design are also sought. Design considerations such as environmental issues, energy optimization, noise reduction, electric aircraft systems, reducing manufacturing, operating, and life-cycle costs, etc. are also important topics of interest.

Note: Authors submitting abstracts are strongly encouraged to review the extended abstract guidelines posted in Additional Details. Non-conforming abstracts will be rejected during the review process.

  • Aircraft Configurations (Sailplanes, BWB, Joint Wing, Folding Wing, Canard, Multi-Wing, etc.) 
  • Aircraft Design Education 
  • Aircraft Design Optimization (Multidisciplinary Design, Integration, Methods and Processes, etc.)
  • Aircraft Electrification- Primary Power (Electric, Hybrid and/or Distributed Propulsion, etc.)
  • Aircraft Electrification- Secondary Power (More Electric Aircraft, Electrified System Architectures)
  • Aircraft Structural Design (Methods, Materials, Morphing Structures, Multifunctional Structures)
  • Design for Performance and Operations (Braced-Wing, Boundary Layer Control, Formation Flying) 
  • Design Processes and Tools (Integration, Estimation Methods, Concurrent Design, Life-Cycle, etc.) 
  • Light Aircraft Design (General Aviation, On-Demand Mobility Aircraft, Personal Air Vehicle, etc.) 
  • Trends in Aircraft Design: Technology Impact, Requirements, Cost, Propulsion, Automation, etc. 
  • Unmanned Aircraft Design, Including Micro Air Vehicles
Applied Aerodynamics

Please direct questions to: 
Vishal Bhagwandin, U.S. Army Research Laboratory 
Sally Viken, NASA Langley Research Center
Kirk Vanden, U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory

Technical papers are being solicited in diverse areas of theoretical, computational, and experimental applied aerodynamics. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, research, design and analysis of airborne and land vehicle aerodynamics, multi-disciplinary approaches, novel concepts and innovative technologies for aerodynamic applications. Solicited topics are listed below, but work in related areas is also encouraged. Authors should submit an extended abstract to the most relevant topic area. Note that oral-only presentations (no paper publication) will only be accepted for special sessions. For more information, click Additional Details.

  • Aerodynamic Design Under Uncertainty
  • Aerodynamic Design: Analysis, Methodologies, and Optimization 
  • Aerodynamic Testing: Ground, Wind-Tunnel & Flight Testing
  • Aero-Structural Interactions 
  • Airfoil/Wing/Configuration Aerodynamics 
  • Applied Computational Fluid Dynamics 
  • Bio-Inspired Aerodynamics
  • Environmentally Friendly/Efficient Aerodynamics
  • Flow Control Applications including Experiment & Computation
  • Hypersonic Aerodynamics
  • Low Speed & Low Reynolds Number Aerodynamics 
  • Missile/Projectile/Munition Aerodynamics, Carriage & Store Separation 
  • Propeller/Rotorcraft/Wind Turbine Aerodynamics 
  • Propeller/Rotorcraft/Wind Turbine Multi-Physics Modeling Approaches
  • Propulsion Aerodynamics & Aero-Propulsive Interactions
  • Reduced Order Aerodynamic Modeling & System Identification
  • Transonic & Supersonic Aerodynamics 
  • Unmanned Vehicle Aerodynamics
  • Unsteady Aerodynamics 
  • Other Topics in Applied Aerodynamics
  • Special Session: 3rd AIAA Sonic Boom Workshop Report-Out (Invited)
  • Special Session: CH-53K Exhaust Gas Re-ingestion: CFD Modeling/Flight Test Combined Redesign
  • Special Session: Collaborative Experimental-Computational Efforts in High-Speed FTSI
  • Special Session: Engineered Surfaces, Materials, and Coatings for Viscous Drag Reduction
  • Special Session: High-Fidelity CFD Preworkshop (joint APA/FD)
  • Special Session: HPC Multi-Physics CREATE Sessions 
  • Special Session: Integration Environments for Large-Scale Multidisciplinary Modeling & Simulation
  • Special Session: Low-Boom Flight Demonstration and X-59 QueSST Aircraft (Invited)
  • Special Session: Rotor-in-Hover Simulation Sessions
  • Special Session: Slotted, Natural-Laminar-Flow Airfoil Development
Atmospheric and Space Environments

Please direct questions to: 
Dale C. Ferguson, U.S. Air Force 
Nelson Green, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Justin Likar, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Atmospheric and Space Environments (ASE) investigates the air and space environment and their effects on aircraft and spacecraft. For SciTech 2021, ASE will concentrate on the space environment and its effects. Orbital environments considered are Low Earth Orbit (LEO), Polar Orbit (Polar), Medium Earth Orbit (MEO), Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO), and Interplanetary Space. Lunar and planetary environments are also considered. Among the effects considered are atomic oxygen, spacecraft charging, arcing, radiation damage, temperature effects, radio wave propagation, and surveillance effects such as optical changes and radiofrequency emission. Spacecraft glows and other chemical effects are also considered.

  • Arc-Plasma Propagation and Solar Array Arc Currents 
  • Atomic Oxygen Effects on LEO Spacecraft and Satellites 
  • Charging and Arcing Characteristics of Non-Uniform or Non-Standard Materials 
  • Charging Indices (Both Structure Potentials and Differential Potentials) 
  • ESD Frequency in LEO, Polar, MEO, and GEO Orbits 
  • Lunar and Interplanetary Environments and Effects 
  • Nanosats and Cubesats, Space Environmental Effects 
  • Qualification of Space Solar Arrays Against ESDs and Sustained Arcs 
  • Role of Temperature and Radiation Damage in Surface and Deep-Dielectric Charging 
  • Spacecraft Charging (Surface and Deep-Dielectric Charging)
Atmospheric Flight Mechanics

Please direct questions to: 
Jared Grauer, NASA Langley Research Center 
Christopher Karlgaard, Analytical Mechanics Associates, Inc.
Sarah D'Souza, NASA Ames Research Center

The Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Committee solicits papers related to atmospheric flight mechanics across all disciplines (including flight performance, flight and ground test, flying and handling qualities, system identification, etc.), across all flight regimes and missions (including formation flying, gliding and powered flight, planetary aeroassist, etc.), and across all vehicle types and configurations (including conventional aircraft, rotorcraft, multirotor vehicles, urban air mobility concepts, vertical and short take-off aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, electric aircraft, biomimetic vehicles, hypersonic and aeroassist vehicles, launch vehicles, missiles, projectiles, aerodynamic decelerators, etc.). Papers are also encouraged that discuss education in atmospheric flight mechanics, multidisciplinary efforts, and projects with international collaboration.  Full draft manuscripts are required.  Please see Additional Details for more information.

  • Aerodynamic Prediction Methods 
  • Aeroservoelasticity
  • Aircraft Dynamics, Performance, Stability, and Control
  • Handling Qualities and Flying Qualities
  • Hypersonic and Spacecraft Flight Mechanics
  • Launch Vehicle, Missile, and Projectile Flight Mechanics 
  • System Identification and Flight Test
  • Unique Aircraft Configurations
  • Other Topics in Atmospheric Flight Mechanics
  • Special (Invited) Sessions

Please direct questions to:
Dimitri Mavriplis, University of Wyoming

CFD2030 Integration Committee invites submissions for a special session of invited talks and/or papers for "Defining Grand Challenge Problems for the CFD2030 Vision. The CFD2030 Vision report laid out a bold vision for future computational capabilities and their potential impact on aerospace engineering and design. In the report, a series of four Grand Challenge (GC) problems were suggested in order to demonstrate the potential impact that advanced computational capabilities will have on aerospace engineering. In this session, more detailed formulations of a small number of GC problems will be proposed by experts in the field. Additionally, the potential of these GC problems in advancing the state-of-the-art as well as for serving as a benchmark of technological progress will be discussed.

Communications Systems

Please direct questions to: 
Daniel Raible, NASA Glenn Research Center

As the demand for near-realtime and high-bandwidth data transmission continues to increase for aerospace applications, system architectures and technologies must also evolve to provide improved services to the end user. In addition to increased performance, solutions must address considerations such as upgrading of legacy systems, interoperability across a heterogenous network with international partners and security provisions for broadband communications. Communications Systems is seeking papers on both theoretical and practical accomplishments for advancing aerospace communication systems involving applications relevant to space, airborne and terrestrial environments. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to the following subtopics:

  • Cognitive Solutions for Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Communications System Automation
  • Enabling System Architectures for Airborne, Space Platforms & Terrestrial Networks
  • Network Design, Deployment and Management Strategies
  • Propagation Analysis, System Modeling, Simulation and Emulation Techniques
  • Quantum Communications Advancements 
  • RF, Optical and Hybrid Component Technologies for Broadband Performance
  • Security Improvements from Physical Through Network Layers
  • Small, Lightweight and Low Power Technologies for Resource Constrained Platforms 
  • Software Defined Radio (SDR), On-Board Processing, Waveform and Standards Developments
  • Utilization of Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) Technology with Flight Qualification Considerations
  • Other Topics in Communications Systems
Computer Systems

Please direct questions to: 
Mahyar Malekpour, NASA Langley Research Center

Papers are sought on theoretical and practical considerations involving cyber, computer, computation, and information processing techniques relevant to aerospace applications. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Cybersecurity, Information Assurance, and DoD Cybersecurity Frameworks and Maturity Models
  • Embedded and Energy Efficient (Low Power) Computing Systems
  • Formal Verification: Computer and Cyberphysical Systems, Boolean Satisfiability
  • High-Performance Computing (HPC) 
  • Processing: Hardened, Secure, and Fault Tolerant 
  • Processing: Parallel, GPU, and Multicore 
  • Other Topics in Computer Systems
Design Engineering

Please direct questions to: 
Kyle Benson, Raytheon Missile Systems 
Mark E. Calvert, U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center (CCDC AvMC)

Papers are solicited on design engineering, process and education in the aerospace industry (educating young design professionals on design processes), as well as industries employing similar design techniques. Design-oriented papers should focus on innovative, novel, or otherwise distinctive concepts resulting in or leading toward products that effectively satisfy requirements or demonstrate design improvements. Design process-oriented papers should focus on process definition, analysis, architecture, and metrics, as applied throughout the design phases. Papers on model based design processes are especially encouraged. Education-oriented papers are solicited that emphasize design in curriculum development and class content, including collegiate and pre-college/K-12. We are interested in successes in adoption of CFD in aeronautics courses and labs, robotic vehicles in mechatronics classes/labs and motion based simulators in aircraft design projects. Computer Aided Enterprise Systems papers are solicited that highlight technologies and their applications that enable collaborative design and are applicable to commercial aerospace industry. Emerging design tools such as Augmented Reality are requested that can improve efficiency in aerospace design and Additive Manufacturing applied to aerospace design, prototyping and manufacturing making complex designs economically feasible.

  • Additive Manufacturing Applied to Aerospace Design, Prototyping, and Manufacturing
  • Cloud Computing, Internet of Things, Digital Thread and Digital Twin
  • Computer-Aided Design Including Intelligent Master (Parametric, Linked and Associative) Modeling
  • Design Education - STEM in K-12, University Curriculums, Projects and Activities
  • Design Processes and Tools, such as Managing Teams in A Global Environment
  • Emerging Design Tools, such as Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence
  • Improved Robust Designs Using Multi-Disciplinary Design Analysis and Optimization (MDAO)
  • Innovative & Creative Designs in Aerospace and Other Areas
  • Knowledge-Based Engineering Applied to Retention and Reuse of Engineering Knowledge and Data
  • Model-Based Design Applied to Complex Systems and Structures
Digital Avionics

Please direct questions to: 
Maarten Uijt de Haag, Technical University of Berlin
Evan T. Dill, NASA Langley Research Center

Papers are sought on all aspects of digital avionics required for safe, secure and efficient operation of civilian and military aircraft in the national airspace system either manned or unmanned (e.g. aircraft, UAS and air taxis). These aerial vehicles will require onboard (integrated) avionics systems and air traffic management systems to support their operation in the various airspaces. Areas of interest include avionics technologies to support:

  • Autonomous Systems, Autonomy and Human-Machine Interfaces
  • Avionics Technologies for Safe and Efficient Vehicle Operation in National Airspace
  • Communication, Navigation, and Surveillance (CNS) Systems for Manned and Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  • Ensuring Compliance of Military Aircraft in Civilian Airspace
  • Flight Critical Systems
  • Operations of UAS and Manned Aircraft in the Same Airspace
  • Performance-Based Operations in NextGen and SESAR including PBN
  • Security and Safety Aspects of Avionics Systems
  • Separation Assurance Systems: Geofencing, Detect and Avoid, and Collision Avoidance
  • Traffic Management for Manned (ATM) and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UTM, U-Space)
  • Urban Air Mobility (UAM) and Operation of Aerial Vehicles in Challenging Environments
Digital Engineering

Please direct questions to: 
Mat French, Northrop Grumman Corporation
Dave Kepczynksi, General Electric 
Natalie Straup, The Boeing Company

With emphasis being placed upon model-based engineering of aerospace systems, the concepts of the Digital System Model, the Digital Thread, and Digital Twin are emerging as a means to organize and control the data, models, and other information in the model-based engineering enterprise. The Digital Thread and Digital Twin, together with a Digital System Model, provide a means to digitally define, model, simulate, and manage a physical system and all its associated engineering models and data. The Digital Thread provides a framework for controlling data, information, and knowledge about a system. The Digital Twin is a multi-physics, multi-scale, probabilistic simulation of the physical system. 

The DEIC will accelerate the integration of new and existing digital capabilities for improving National competitiveness, security and operational readiness. The DEIC is the 'home' for currently disparate digital activities (e.g. Digital Twin, Digital Thread, ICME, BIG DATA, etc.). The DEIC supports constituent groups in AIAA for topics related to Digital Engineering. Through DEIC topics, AIAA members can employ in their home organizations methods to simplify maintenance and sustainment activities to reduce product costs, and help create environments to encourage the development of a digital culture.

  • Digital Environment - Provides Digital Twin Context Through Entire Life Cycle 
  • Digital System Model - A Digital Representation of a System Which Defines all Aspects of the System 
  • Digital Thread - Framework of Authoritative Data, Information, and Knowledge to Inform Decisions 
  • Digital Twin - Simulation of an As-Built System to Mirror the Life of its Corresponding Physical Twin 
  • Elements of Digital Engineering - Viewpoints About Aggregation of Elements 
  • Model-Based Engineering - Product and Environment Digital Twin Simulations 
  • Prognostics - Ability to Fly-Forward in Time for Quantitative Assessments Due to Requirement Changes 
  • Sensor Fusion - Cyber/Physical Relationship Between Simulation and Reality 
  • Smart Manufacturing - Digital Twin of Product, Process, and Throughput of Intelligent Machines 
  • Value of Digital Engineering - ROI Associated with Enterprise Level Digital Transformations
Flight Testing

Please direct questions to: 
Andy Freeborn, USAF Test Pilot School 
Joe Nichols, Raytheon

The Flight Testing Technical Committee invites papers focused on advances in the art and science of testing aerospace vehicles. Successful abstracts will cover the testing of aerospace vehicles in their natural environment with regard to research, development, acceptance, or operational testing of these craft and/or associated equipment. Papers will cover one or more of the following topics: application of new flight test techniques or novel application of classical techniques; advances in instrumentation and data handling; approaches to flight test education and training; flight testing of unmanned aerospace systems; flight test incorporating machine learning or intelligent systems; and the use of modeling and simulation in flight testing. Papers should provide interpretations on the broader impacts of their work upon the field of flight testing, and/or include any lessons learned from the planning or execution of testing.

  • Flight Test Techniques, Flight Measurement Technologies, and Other Novel Approaches to Acquire Data
  • Flight Testing in the Educational Environment
  • Flight Testing of Artificially Intelligent or Non-deterministic Systems
  • Flight Testing of Unmanned Aerospace Systems
Fluid Dynamics

Please direct questions to: 
James Chen, University at Buffalo - The State University of New York
Karthik Duraismy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Technical papers are solicited in the areas of experimental, theoretical, and computational fluid dynamics relevant to aerospace applications, with an emphasis on basic research and development. Applied research and advanced technology development topics will also be considered. Papers that present new insights into the flow physics, address emerging technologies, introduce innovative ideas and techniques, promote interdisciplinary and synergistic research activities, or integrate experimental, computational, and/or theoretical approaches are strongly encouraged. Authors should submit an extended abstract to the most appropriate topic below.

  • Bio-Inspired and Low-Reynolds Number Flows 
  • CFD Methods and Applications
  • CFD Verification and Validation (joint FD/NDA)
  • Collaborative Experimental-Computational Efforts in High-Speed FSI (joint AMT/APA/FD/SD)
  • Control-Oriented Modeling of Fluid Flows 
  • Flow Control: Actuators, Applications, and Flow Physics 
  • Fluid Structure Interactions 
  • Hypersonic and Non-Equilibrium Flows 
  • Instability and Transition 
  • Martian Aerodynamics and Other Extraterrestrial Atmospheric Flows 
  • Modal Analysis and Deep Learning for Fluid Flows 
  • Multiphase Flows 
  • RANS/LES/Hybrid Turbulence Modeling and Applications 
  • Turbulent Flows 
  • Vortex Dynamics 
  • Wall-Bounded and Free Shear Flows 
  • Wing-Gust Interactions 
  • Other Topics in Fluid Dynamics
  • Special Session: High-Fidelity CFD Preworkshop (joint APA/FD)
  • Special Session: Surging Aerodynamics
Gas Turbine Engines

Please direct questions to: 
Subith Vasu, University of Central Florida, Orlando
Irewole (Wally) Orisamolu, Pratt & Whitney

Technical papers are solicited in the areas relevant to advances in gas turbine engine technology and related fundamental understanding. Gas turbine engines are the primary propulsion system for many air-breathing propulsion applications while land-based gas turbines are widely used for power generation. Papers that present new insight into the understanding and development of gas turbine engines using theoretical, experimental and computational methods will be considered. Papers that address new technical challenges or showcase innovative tools and concepts are strongly encouraged. Primary areas of interest include:

  • Advanced Gas Turbine Engines and Cycles
  • Advanced Manufacturing of Gas Turbine Components
  • Combustors
  • Compressors and Fans
  • Digital Twin and Health Monitoring
  • Turbines
  • Other Topics in Gas Turbine Engines
Green Engineering

Please direct questions to: 
Tarek Abdel-Salam, East Carolina University 
Nathan Hicks, The Boeing Company 

The Green Engineering Integration Committee promotes a holistic, systems approach to improved energy efficiency, sustainability, renewable energy and ‘cradle-to-cradle’ design. Papers are sought from all areas that explore advances in the creation of sustainable energy sources and their usage in the aerospace sector. Topics can include research and in-production technology used to produce renewable energy sources and materials.

  • Airborne Wind Turbines
  • Airport Electric infrastructures
  • Energy Harvesting
  • Geoengineering Including Aerosol Injection at High Altitude
  • Green Energy Grids
  • Hybrid and Green Propulsion
  • Hydrogen and Energy Economy
  • Space Solar Power
  • Zero-Emission Power Sources
Ground Testing

Please direct questions to: 
Zakery Carr, CUBRC, Inc.
Carl Jauch, Aero Systems Engineering

Unclassified submissions are solicited by the Ground Test Technical Committee on topics related to Ground Testing research, application, and administration. Topics may incorporate facility capabilities (new, upgraded, expanded, or improved), test techniques, test instrumentation, and integration of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) or flight data. Submissions from all types of ground test facilities (aerodynamic, propulsion, space environments and systems, etc.) related to any speed regime, Reynolds number, and physical scale are encouraged. Specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Advancements in Test Techniques, Test Processes, and Facility Management
  • Capture and Transfer of Knowledge Related to Ground Test Facilities, Systems, and Techniques
  • Design, Development, Construction, and Characterization of New or Modified Test Facilities
  • Development, Application, and Validation of Flow Diagnostics for Use in Ground Test Facilities
  • Developments Resulting in Facility Operational Cost or Productivity Improvements
  • Flow Quality, Data Quality, and Uncertainty Quantification
  • Integration of Ground Testing with CFD and Flight Testing
  • Test Article Design, Fabrication, and Utilization Improvements 
  • Unique or Innovative Uses of Existing Ground Test Facilities and Support Systems
  • Other Topics in Ground Testing
Guidance, Navigation, and Control

Please direct questions to: 
Julie J. Parish, Sandia National Laboratories 
Mrinal Kumar, The Ohio State University
Michael McFarland, Raytheon Company

The Guidance, Navigation, and Control Technical Committee invites papers covering all aspects of guidance, navigation, and control (GN&C) of aerospace systems. Papers should describe novel analytical techniques, applications, and technological developments in areas such as: the GN&C of aircraft, spacecraft, launch vehicles, missiles, air and space robots, unmanned/autonomous systems, and other aerospace systems; in-flight system architecture and components; navigation, position, and timing; sensors and data fusion; multidisciplinary control; and uncertainty quanification for GN&C performance analysis. Paper selection for GN&C will be based on a full draft manuscript of the proposed technical paper; abstracts will not be accepted. No exceptions will be made. Draft manuscripts and final papers must not exceed a total length of 25 double-spaced pages.

If you are a graduate student and would like your paper to be considered for the GN&C Graduate Student Paper Competition, then please see the eligibility and submission information within the supplemental information document. If you are interested in proposing an Invited Session for GN&C, then please see the proposal submission criteria and timeline within the supplemental information document. The supplemental information document is available in Additional Details.
  • Aircraft Guidance, Navigation, and Control
  • Autonomy and Artificial Intelligence for Aerospace Vehicle Guidance, Navigation, and Control
  • Control Theory for Aerospace Applications
  • Distributed, Cooperative, and Multi-Vehicle Guidance, Navigation, and Control
  • Missile and Trans-Atmospheric Vehicle Guidance, Navigation, and Control
  • Motion Planning, Sensing, and Operations for Aerospace Robotic Systems
  • Navigation, Estimation, Sensing, and Tracking
  • Spacecraft and Launch Guidance, Navigation, and Control
  • Uncertainty Quantification and Analysis of Complex Aerospace Systems
  • GN&C Invited Sessions
High-Speed Air-Breathing Propulsion

Please direct questions to:  
Bayindir H. Saracoglu, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics 
Thomas R. Smith, The Boeing Company

The High-Speed Air-Breathing Propulsion Technical Committee solicits papers which address the design, analysis, optimization, testing, and evaluation of technologies and systems that enable supersonic and hypersonic air vehicle propulsion. The key technology areas include but are not limited to: 

  • Engine Component Materials, Structures, and Manufacturing 
  • Ground or Flight Tests on High-Speed Propulsion Systems 
  • High Fidelity Combustion Modeling for High-Speed Propulsion 
  • High-Speed Inlets, Isolators and Nozzles 
  • Instrumentation, Diagnostics Techniques, and Test Methods 
  • Numerical Analysis of Scramjet Engines 
  • Ramjet, Scramjet and Combined Cycle Engines
  • Scramjet and Alternative High-Speed Engine Design, Thermodynamics and Optimization

Please direct questions to:  
Richard Hallion, Independent Scholar
Kevin Burns, Independent Scholar

The Aerospace History Track of the SciTech 2021 technical program provides a collaborative opportunity to share historical insight from the aerospace industry, museums, and military and educational institutions by professional and amateur historians. Regional histories include communities, states, or nations. History of organizations and institutions includes schools, laboratories, commercial companies, government entities, research facilities, and museums. AIAA history includes Section or Branch histories, and that of committees, activities, facilities, or people of the institute.

  • AIAA History 
  • Centennial Events 
  • Histories of Organizations
  • History of Aerospace Engineering and Constituent Sub-Fields
  • History of Avionics, Including Guidance, Navigation, and Controls 
  • History of Civil Aviation 
  • History of Flight Propulsion
  • History of General Aviation (Light Planes, Biz Planes, etc.)
  • History of Rotorcraft 
  • Regional Histories 
  • Space History
Information and Command and Control Systems

Please direct questions to:  
Jimmie McEver, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory 
Mike Sotak, Kratos Defense 
Ali Raz, Purdue University

Information and Command and Control Systems (IC2S) provide end-to-end solutions for decision making via integration of distributed and heterogeneous sets of systems, resources, processes, and policies. IC2S applications are seen in a variety of domains, including both military and commercial applications. For example, in a military context, IC2S may provide operations personnel, warfighters, and decision makers with a common operating picture (COP) of the battlefield, decision aids and synchronization mechanisms; similarly, in a commercial context, IC2S may enable management of air transportation systems or establish space situational awareness by tracking satellites and debris. Papers are sought in the area of a "system of systems" perspective on both military and civilian information and command and control systems, including complex systems approaches. Primary areas of interest include but are not limited to: AI/ML-enabled Decision Making, C2 and Autonomy, C2 for Manned and Unmanned Space Operations, Human-machine teaming, Multi-domain C2, M&S of socio-technical C2 systems, C2 in time-sensitive environments, Situational Awareness and visualization of C2 information, C2 in and for contested cyber environments, C2 and resilience.

  • Applications of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Decision Making in Complex Systems
  • Autonomy in Command and Control Systems 
  • C2 and Resilience
  • C2 for Extreme Time Pressure Environments (e.g., hypersonics, cyber attack/defense)
  • Command and Control in and for Contested Cyber Environments
  • Command and Control in Space: Manned and Unmanned Spacecraft Operations
  • Human-Machine Teaming in Command and Control Contexts 
  • Modeling and Simulation of Command and Control Systems
  • Multi-Domain Command and Control for Integrating Space, Air, Ground, and Cyber Systems 
  • Situational Awareness and Visualization of Command and Control Information 
Inlets, Nozzles, and Propulsion Systems Integration

Please direct questions to: 
Melissa Carter, NASA Langley Research Center 
Eric Loth, Univeristy of Virginia

Integration of affordable and innovative propulsion systems has received renewed interest in recent years owing to new vehicle missions, airframe concepts, engine technologies, and exciting ways to exploit these factors for system level improvements. More efficient propulsion system designs and technologies are being investigated that present unique integration challenges for existing and new aircraft designs operating in flight regimes from subsonic through hypersonic. Likewise, new vehicle concepts present interesting integration challenges to these new propulsion systems and technologies in terms of performance and operability. We seek papers exploring the above topics and trends and in the following areas:

  • Boundary Layer Ingesting Inlet Design, Integration and Performance
  • Inlet/Exhaust System Integration Design, Performance, and/or Operability
  • Integration and Performance of Hybrid Electric Propulsion Systems
  • Integration of Secondary Power Systems and Impact on Performance
  • Optimization of Propulsion System Design and Integration
  • Propulsion Controls and Integration of Propulsion and Vehicle Controls
  • Propulsors and Subsystems for Air Breathing Electric Propulsion
  • Thermal Management Aspects of Propulsion System Performance
  • Unducted Fan Design, Performance or Analysis
Intelligent Systems

Please direct questions to: 
Tansel Yucelen, University of South Florida
Anjan Chakrabarty, NASA Ames Research Center

Submissions are sought in all areas of application of Intelligent System (IS) technologies and methods to aerospace systems, the verification and validation of these systems, and the education of AIAA membership in the use of IS technologies in aerospace and other technical disciplines. Systems of interest include both military and commercial aerospace systems and those ground systems that are part of test, development, or operations of aerospace systems. Technologies that enable autonomy (i.e. safe and reliable operation with minimal or no human intervention) as well as collaborative human-machine teaming in complex aerospace systems/sub-systems are of interest. These include, but are not limited to: autonomous and expert systems; discrete planning/scheduling algorithms; intelligent data/image processing, learning, and adaptation techniques; data fusion and reasoning; and knowledge engineering. Extended abstracts sufficiently demonstrating preliminary objectives, impacts, and results will be accepted in the topic areas below. For more details, click Additional Details.

  • Adaptive and Intelligent Control Systems 
  • Autonomy 
  • Cybersecurity in Aerospace Systems 
  • Formal Methods in Aerospace Engineering
  • Human-Automation Interaction 
  • Learning, Reasoning, and Data-Driven Systems 
  • Probabilistic and Rule-Based Systems 
  • Sensor Fusion and Systems Health Management (SHM)
  • Other Topics in Intelligent Systems
  • Invited Sessions in Intelligent Systems

Please direct questions to:  
Evan Pineda, NASA Glenn Research Center 
Jessica Piness, Made in Space

In the field of materials, papers are sought on topics related to current and cutting-edge research and development of aerospace and non-aerospace materials. Submissions are encouraged in topic areas such as modeling, synthesis, processing, testing, and characterization. Application papers may include, but are not limited to, structural and nonstructural, adaptive, smart, and renewable materials. Special focus areas include multifunctional materials, constitutive models, manufacturing process models, material property models, novel experimental methods, coatings and protective materials, optimization, trade studies, lifecycle studies, affordability, inspection, repair, maintenance, and environmental impact. Papers on experimental and analytical methods that lead to understanding of mechanical performance, environmental sensitivity, fatigue and fracture, time- and rate-dependent behavior, durability, damage tolerance, aging, and in-service performance are included. Special emphasis will be given to new and emerging technologies, such as nanostructured materials, materials for extreme environments and hypersonics, multidimensional composites, cryogenic materials, advanced fiber forms, polymers, metallics, ceramics, lightweight and super-lightweight materials, multifunctional materials and progress toward integration of material models into the product development process. Special and joint sessions will be held on topics incuding Additive Manufacturing, Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME), Smart Materials and Adaptive Sturtures and a Simulation Challenge. Please see Additional Details for more information on special sessions.

  • Applications of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Structures and Materials
  • Enabling Next-Generation Materials 
  • Fatigue and Fracture 
  • ICME: Materials and Structures Solutions for Low-Cost High-Rate Production
  • Materials and Designs for Additive Manufacturing
  • Materials for Hypersonic Applications & Extreme Environments
  • Materials for Survivability (joint MAT/SUR)
  • Modeling and Characterization of High Strain Composites (joint MAT/SCS)
  • Multifunctional Materials
  • Multiscale & Multi-physics Modeling
  • Nanostructured Materials
  • Testing and Characterization
Meshing, Visualization, and Computational Environments

Please direct questions to: 
Saikat Dey, U.S. Navy Research Laboratory 
James Masters, AFMC AEDC

The MVCE TC solicits papers describing tools and techniques that facilitate the simulation of real-world problems in all areas of computational field modeling and simulation, including all parts of the pre- and post-processing toolchains, as well as software tools, frameworks and environments for improving the integration of the end-to-end simulation process. Application areas of interest cover the full spectrum of aerospace simulations, including computational fluid dynamics (CFD), computational aeroacoustics (CAA), computational solid mechanics (CSM), and computational electromagnetics (CEM).

  • A-Posteriori Error Estimation, Mesh Adaptation, Uncertainty Quantification Techniques
  • Applied Meshing for Real-World and AIAA Workshop Applications
  • Computational Techniques and Frameworks for Unified Multi-Disciplinary and Multi-Scale Models
  • Efficient Management and Analysis of Very Large Data Sets in a Distributed Computing Environment
  • Geometry Modeling for Physics-Based Analyses
  • Geometry-Consistent Curvilinear Mesh Generation for High-Order Methods
  • In Situ/In Transit Computational Environments for Visualization and Data Analytics
  • Mesh Quality Metrics Related to Solution Accuracy
  • Mesh Representations and Algorithms for Parallel and Distributed Computing Platforms 
  • Meshing Techniques for Moving and/or Deforming Configurations
  • Surface and Volume Mesh Generation Methods for Structured, Unstructured, or Overset Meshes
  • Visualization, Including Feature Detection, Knowledge Extraction and Capture
Modeling and Simulation Technologies

Please direct questions to: 
Alaa Elmiligui, NASA Langley Research Center 
Steven Beard, NASA Ames Research Center

Modeling and Simulation Technologies seeks papers on the latest findings in the development and application of modeling and simulation particularly related to flight simulator technologies. Areas of interest are rotary-wing and fixed-wing human-in-the-loop simulation, development of full-flight simulators, human factors, air traffic management, unmanned aerial systems training and operations, space vehicle dynamics, and aerospace cybersecurity. Although the discipline is broad in scope, submissions with a link to development, utilization, and enhancement of flight simulator technologies, including human-in-the-loop and hardware-in-the-loop studies, will be given preference. Submissions relating to exclusive disciplines without an obvious link to flight simulator technologies are more appropriate for other disciplines. For more information and a description of each area of interest, click Additional Details.

  • Design, Development, Testing, and Validation of Human-in-the-Loop Simulations 
  • Human Factors, Perception, and Cueing 
  • Human-in-the-Loop Simulation of Air Traffic Management 
  • Human-in-the-Loop Simulation of Uninhabited Aerial Systems 
  • Model and Simulation Integration 
  • Model-Based Design, X-in-the-Loop Simulation, and LVC (Live, Virtual, and Constructive) Simulation
  • Modeling and Simulation for Aerospace Cybersecurity
  • Modeling and Simulation for Certification and Qualification
  • Modeling and Simulation of Air and Space Vehicle Dynamics, Systems, and Environments
  • Simulation-Based Software Development and Verification
  • Simulator Hardware and Facilities
Multidisciplinary Design Optimization

Please direct questions to: 
Seongim Choi, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Mike C. Henson, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

The Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Technical Committee is soliciting papers concerning the development of optimization approaches that bridge engineering disciplines, supporting technologies/methods, and their application to the design of engineering components and systems for improved performance and reduced costs. Submissions are welcome from members of academia, government, and industry showcasing the latest advances in this rapidly evolving field. Joint sessions will be coordinated with multiple topics to showcase applications of MDO technologies in their disciplines including Applied Aerodynamics (aerodynamic shape optimization), Structural Dynamics (dynamic aeroelasticity), Structures (structural and composite optimization), and the Non-Deterministic Approaches (design under uncertainty and physics-informed machine learning for design). A new joint session with Materials will also be organized for topics in Multiscale Design Optimization, Optimization of Structural-Material Systems, Design for Materials and Composites, and Optimization with manufacturing considerations.

  • Aerodynamic Design Optimization
  • Application of MDO for Vehicle Design
  • Design Under Uncertainty (joint MDO/NDA) 
  • Emerging Methods, Algorithms, and Software Development in MDO 
  • Machine Learning and Optimization
  • MDO with Model-Based Design Engineering
  • MDO/Sensitivity Analysis with Aeroelasticity/Fluid-Structure Interaction 
  • Metamodeling, Reduced Order Models, and Approximation Methods
  • Optimization with Digital Thread
  • Optimization/Design Under Uncertainty
  • Physics-Informed Machine Learning for Design (joint MDO/NDA)
  • Shape and Topology Optimization 
  • Structural Optimization, Composite Material Design, Optimization with Multiscale Modeling 
  • Special Session: MADELEINE: Adjoint Methods for Multi-Physics, Including Applications
Non-Deterministic Approaches

Please direct questions to: 
Thomas West, NASA Langley Research Center
Zhen Hu, University of Michigan-Dearborn

Non-Deterministic Approaches are technologies aimed at understanding and managing the variations and uncertainties inherent in the design, production, and operation of physical systems. These technologies include computational and experimental methods to quantify uncertainty, propagate uncertainty in complex physical systems, design systems under uncertainty, and estimate the reliability and performance of these systems for confident decision making. NDA sessions discuss both the development of new methods for solving these problems and the application of non-deterministic approaches to problems of interest to the aerospace community. Student submissions are welcome and encouraged for competition for the Southwest Research Institute Student Paper Award in Non-Deterministic Approaches. For more information, click Additional Details.

  • Aerodynamic Design Under Uncertainty (joint APA/NDA)
  • CFD Verification and Validation (joint FD/NDA)
  • Design Under Uncertainty (joint MDO/NDA)
  • Digital Engineering Best Practices Using Uncertainty Quantification
  • Model Calibration, Verification, and Validation
  • Model Order Reduction & Surrogate Modeling
  • Physics-Informed Machine Learning: Methods & Applications (joint MDO/NDA)
  • Probabilistic Methods for Structural Health Management
  • Realizing ICME, Including UQ and Experimental Validation (joint MAT/NDA)
  • Reliability Analysis Methods and Applications
  • Risk Analysis
  • Uncertainty Analysis for Additive Manufacturing
  • Uncertainty Quantification Advancements for Wind Energy Applications (joint NDA/WE)
  • Uncertainty Quantification and Management
  • Uncertainty Quantification for the Digital Twin/Thread
Plasmadynamics and Lasers

Please direct questions to: 
Carrie Noren, Air Force Research Laboratory
Daoru Han, Missouri University of Science And Technology

Papers are solicited describing experimental, computational, theoretical, or applied research and development in the areas of plasmadynamics and lasers with application to aerospace systems. Efforts combining contemporary theoretical/computational analyses with experimental verification/validation and which represent notable advancements in the aerospace sciences are especially encouraged. Special consideration will be given to works reporting milestone R&D and/or engineering achievements related to aerospace system application of plasma and laser technologies. Survey papers on the current state of the art and historical perspectives are also desired. Works on femtosecond and short-pulsed laser physics and applications are especially encouraged.

  • Astronautical and Space Plasmas (Rarefied Plasma Flow, Space Plasmas, Dusty Plasmas, etc.)
  • Computational Methods for Plasma (Particle Simulation, MHK, EM, Parallel Computing Algorithms, etc.)
  • Diagnostics and Experimental Techniques (Laser, Aero-Optics, Flow Characterization, Lab Simulation)
  • Laser and Plasma Physics (Laser Plasmas, Basic Processes, Plasma Surface Interaction, MHD, etc.)
  • Laser-Enabled Plasma Interactions for Aerodynamics and Combustion
  • Physics of Weakly Ionized Plasma (Nonequilibrium Plasma Formation, Discharges, E-Beams)
  • Plasma Actuators (Vortex Generators, Microactuators, Nanosecond Pulse, Novel Designs)
  • Plasma Aerodynamics (Flow Control, Chemical Kinetics, Discharge/Shock Propagation, Ionized Gas Flow)
  • Plasma and Laser Propulsion (Thrusters, Processes, Beamed Energy, Spacecraft Interactions)
  • Plasma Assisted Combustion and Ignition (Pulsed Plasma, DBDs, Microwave and Laser Plasmas, Kinetics)
Pressure Gain Combustion

Please direct questions to: 
Mirko Gamba, University of Michigan
Myles Bohon, Technical University of Berlin

Papers are sought that are pertinent to the development and application of Pressure Gain Combustion (PGC) to propulsion and power systems. PGC covers any periodic process producing work through confinement during heat release. Relevant subtopic areas are listed below. For more information, click Additional Details.

  • Applications and System Integration
  • Combustor Testing, Operability, and Performance
  • Component and Subsystem Design and Evaluation
  • Measurement and Diagnostic Techniques
  • Physics Modeling and Exploration
Propellants and Combustion

Please direct questions to: 
Harsha K. Chelliah, University of Virginia
Tomasz Drozda, NASA Langley Research Center

Papers are sought that describe experimental, numerical, theoretical, and/or applied results in all areas of relevance to the combustion of propellants in aerospace systems. Submissions are encouraged from academia, government, and industry. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Advanced Combustion and Propellant Concepts
  • Combustion Chemistry
  • Combustion Diagnostics
  • Combustion Dynamics
  • Combustion Modeling and Simulation
  • Detonations, Explosions, and Supersonic Combustion
  • Fuel, Propellants, and Energetic Materials
  • Laminar and Turbulent Flames
  • Machine Learning Concepts for P&C
  • Rocket and Air-Breathing Combustion
  • Spray and Droplet Combustion
  • Other Topics in Propellants and Combustion
Sensor Systems and Information Fusion

Please direct questions to: 
Scott Swanson, Lockheed Martin Corporation
Robert White, Tufts University

Papers are sought that address theoretical, analytical, simulated, experimental, or implementation results related to aerospace applications for sensor systems, information and sensor fusion, and autonomous resource management. Advances in the fusion of sensor networks, cooperative sensing, autonomy, and multi-system collaboration are of particular interest.

  • Advanced Sensor Data Processing Techniques
  • Applications of Sensor and Information Fusion
  • Autonomy and/or Collaboration
  • Developing Trust in Autonomous Systems
  • Fusion or Integration of Networked Sensors or Systems
  • Human Interface with Complex or Autonomous Systems
  • Identification, Situation Awareness, and Sensemaking
  • Multi-Sensor Field/Flight Experiment Planning, Implementation, and Analyses
  • Novel Sensors for Aerospace Applications
  • Sensor/Resource Management
Small Satellites

Please direct questions to: 
Scott Palo, University of Colorado Boulder
Kerri Cahoy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Papers are sought in all areas of small satellite systems and subsystem design, construction and operation in addition to education and workforce development. Submissions are encouraged from academia, government, and industry. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Communications
  • Education, Workforce Development and Public Outreach
  • Multi-Satellite Constellations
  • Novel Technology
  • Propulsion
  • Results from Prior Missions
  • Small Spacecraft Deployable Structures (joint SATS/SCS)
  • Software and Autonomy
  • Upcoming Missions
  • Other Topics in Small Satellites
Society and Aerospace Technology

Please direct questions to: 
Matthew Kuester, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 
Amir Gohardani, Springs of Dreams Corporation

The Society and Aerospace Technology Integration and Outreach Committee (SAT IOC) promotes activities linked to AIAA’s mission to inspire and advance the future of aerospace for the benefit of humanity. The SAT IOC is soliciting papers that examine the societal benefits of aerospace technologies/products, as well as the relationship between aerospace and society, culture, and the arts. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Astrosociology
  • Group Dynamics & Societal Institutions in Isolated Communities (Space Settlements, Antarctica)
  • Influences of Aerospace Technology on Popular Culture (Art, Literature, Movies/TV, & Music)
  • Influences of Popular Culture on Aerospace Technology (i.e. Science Fiction as Inspiration for R&D)
  • Psychology, Social Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, and Political Science Aspects of Aerospace
  • Societal Consequences of United States and/or International Aerospace Policy
  • Societal Impacts of Aerospace Technology and Their Spin-Offs
  • Societal Issues Involving the Use of Aerospace Technologies (UAS, Satellite Imagery, etc.)
  • Sociology and Social Psychology of Aerospace Teams
  • Other Topics in Society and Aerospace Technology

Please direct questions to: 
Misty Davies, NASA Ames Research Center
Jim Murphy , NASA Ames Research Center
Suresh Jayagondar, Electric Power Systems

Papers are sought in the area of software and software-intense systems for aircraft or aerospace applications. Specific interest areas include software related aspects of: requirements management, verification and validation, certification and accreditation, architecture considerations, modeling, domain specific languages, formal methods, run-time monitoring, safety and cybersecurity, automation and autonomy. We are accepting industry papers and case studies as well as academic papers. We will bring together experts at the intersection of aerospace and computer science with the goal of fostering innovation and discussion across the divide between the two academic communities. Extended abstracts will be accepted in the following topic areas. For more information, click Additional Details.

  • Dev/Ops and Agile Approaches to Aerospace Software Development
  • Model-Based Development and Testing, Formal Methods, Run-Time Monitoring
  • Software Challenges in Aerospace
  • Software Modeling and Architecture Considerations
  • Software Reuse, Use of Open Source, COTS
  • Software Safety, Software Reliability, and Failsafe Software Systems
  • Software Verification and Validation, Certification Aspects for Aerospace Applications
Space Exploration

Please direct questions to: 
Surendra P. Sharma, NASA Ames Research Center 
Christopher Moore,NASA Headquarters 
Clayton SmithJohns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (for Longer-Duration Space Missions)

The Space Exploration track spans mission architectures, advanced technologies, and flight systems to enable robotic precursor and human exploration missions to the moon, Lagrange points, Near Earth Objects (NEOs), Mars and its moons, and space infrastructure. The Space Exploration track is also interested in space missions with significantly longer durations (up to 50+ years; e.g., NASA’s Interstellar Probe study). Besides learning lessons from past, these missions would require enabling technologies to address hardware failure and degradation, spacecraft autonomy, long-term personnel and hardware logistics support, and continued funding support. Abstracts are being solicited on the following topics:

  • Enabling Tech: Advanced Propulsion, Cryogenic Propellant Storage and Transfer
  • EVA Tech; Advanced Robotics; Autonomous Systems and Avionics; Light Weight Structures and Materials
  • Flight Systems: Critical Capability Demos, Crew Exploration Vehicles and In-Space Transportation
  • In-Space Infrastructure: Habitation, Propellant Depots, in-Space Transportation, Power, Communications
  • ISS as an Analog for Long-Duration Missions, and as a Test Bed for Technologies
  • Life Support; Radiation Shielding; Entry, Descent, and Landing Technology
  • Longer-Duration Space Missions (up to 50+ years)
  • Mission Architectures: Studies, Analysis, and Operational Scenarios for Human Exploration
  • Robotic Precursor Missions to Characterize Space Environments and Scouting Missions
Space Operations and Support

Please direct questions to: 
Christopher Simpson, U.S. Navy NAWCWD
Jillian Redfern, Southwest Research Institute

Space Operations and Support includes all aspects of space operations from low-earth and geosynchronous orbit, to lunar and planetary environments as well as supporting ground systems. It also provides an opportunity to discuss recent research findings, newly proposed concepts, and applied demonstrations emerging from space operations. Papers in this technical discipline will explore the unique technology and challenges in operating orbital and interplanetary missions.

  • Automation, Autonomy, and Artificial Intelligence
  • Innovations in Mission Financing
  • International Standardization
  • Legal Obstacles to Expanded Orbital Operations
  • On-Orbit Servicing
  • Orbital Collision and Debris Mitigation of Risk
  • Reducing Spacecraft Total Cost of Ownership including Small and Nano-Satellites
  • Reusable Launch Vehicles
  • Security Innovations and Operations
  • Simplified Mission Communications
Spacecraft Structures

Please direct questions to: 
Velibor Cormarkovic, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
Eleftherios Gdoutos, Space Structures Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

Spacecraft Structures provides an opportunity to discuss recent research findings, newly proposed concepts, and applied demonstrations emerging from spacecraft technology. The Spacecraft Structures Technical Committee is focused on the unique challenges associated with structural systems that operate in a space environment. This discipline is specifically focused on the challenges of design, analysis, fabrication, and testing of those lightweight structural systems that must be ground tested in a simulated zero-gravity condition, and are subjected to launch loads, deployment loads, and the space environment. Papers are invited in a broad range of areas from academia, government, and industry.

  • Adaptive Spacecraft Structures (joint AS/SCS)
  • High Strain Composite Materials Structures, Material Characterization and Modeling (joint MAT/SCS)
  • Lightweight and Inflatable Space Structures
  • Membrane and Soft Goods Mechanics and Dynamics
  • Small Spacecraft Deployable Structures (joint SATS/SCS)
  • Solar Sails, Solar Shields, and Other Tensioned Membranes
  • Spacecraft Antennas, Reflectors, and Other Optical Apertures
  • Spacecraft Booms and Trusses
  • Spacecraft Structures Test, Analysis, and Correlation
Structural Dynamics

Please direct questions to: 
Seetha Raghavan, University of Cental Florida
Anubhav Datta, University of Maryland

The field of structural dynamics covers the study of response, stability, control, and adaptation of aerospace structures exposed to a wide variety of external/internal excitations. Such excitations can arise from the coupling of multiple disciplines such as aerodynamics, thermodynamics, acoustics, control and flight mechanics; interactions among multiple components such as wings, rotors, pylons, airframe, engines and drive systems; and high intensity external disturbances such as gusts, acoustics, shocks, impact, or thermally-induced loads in the vehicle operational environments. Papers are invited which report on fundamental understandings of such phenomena, development of new analytical, computational, and experimental methods for their prediction and analysis, and innovative methodologies for the design, development and deployment of advanced technology of structures and components that exploit or mitigate them. The following list identifies the broad topics of interest but is not intended to be all-inclusive. Please submit abstracts to the topic that best covers your research or to "Other Topics in Structural Dynamics" if your research is outside the scope of the list. Only submit to special sessions if an organizer of a special session asks you to do so.

  • Aeroelastic and Dynamic Challenges of Rotorcraft and Nonconventional Vertical Lift Configurations
  • Computational Aero-, Servo-, Thermo-Elasticity: High Fidelity Methods & Reduced-Order Modeling
  • Computational Methods, Techniques, & Reduced Order Modeling
  • Dynamic Loads, Response, Vibration, and Stability of Aerospace Vehicles
  • Dynamic Testing of Aerospace Vehicles
  • Dynamic Testing Techniques, Sensors and Actuators, Modal Analysis, System Identification
  • Experimental-Computational Efforts in High-Speed FSI
  • Flexible Aeroelastic Vehicles with Distributed Propulsion
  • Flutter, Limit Cycle Oscillations, and Ground/Air Resonance
  • Large-Deformation Nonlinear Dynamics, Flexible Multibody Dynamics, Contact/Constraint Modeling
  • Launch Vehicle and Spacecraft Loads and Environments Definition
  • Micro Air Vehicles, Flapping Wing Aircraft and other Bio-Inspired Aircraft
  • Mission-adaptive Morphing Vehicles, Active and Passive Aeroelastic Tailoring
  • Model Uncertainties and Uncertainty Quantification in Structural Dynamic and Aeroelastic Problems
  • Structural Dynamic Modeling of Beams, Cables, Membranes, Plates, and Shells
  • Structural Health Monitoring and Prognosis (joint AS/SD)
  • Vehicle and Component Response to Gust, Acoustics, Shocks, Impact, and Thermal Loads
  • Vibration & Vibroacoustic Control, Isolation, Stability Augmentation, Energy Harvesting, & Damping
  • Other Topics in Structural Dynamics
  • Special Sessions in Structural Dynamics

Please direct questions to: 
Zhenning Hu, The Boeing Company
Vijay K. Goyal, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company

The Structures Technical Discipline covers any aircraft structure, spacecraft structure (e.g., launch vehicles) and aerospace structure related science and technology in design, analysis, optimization, manufacturing and test. Its topics include latest development in both traditional structures and innovative concepts, range from coupons, components to vehicles and compose of metallic, composite or hybrid materials. Its topics also cover refinement, improvement and development of current approaches as well as exploration of disruptive technologies to fight challenges in structural repair, damage, fatigue, fracture, stability and manufacturing. Besides regular structures technical sessions and joint sessions with other disciplinarians, three special sessions honoring Steven Russell, Mostafa Rassaian, and Stephen Engelstad will be organized to recognize their contributions to structures and structural dynamics research. For more information, click Additional Details.

  • Aircraft and Spacecraft Structural Design, Test and Optimization
  • Application of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to Problems in Structures and Materials (joint MAT/STR)
  • Buckling and Stability of Aerospace Structures
  • Composite Structural Design, Test and Analysis
  • Damage, Fatigue and Fracture of Structures
  • Design, Analysis, and Certification of Additive Structures
  • Elements of ICME for Materials & Structures (joint MAT/STR)
  • Historical Lessons Learned and Advances in Structural Applications
  • Innovative and Multifunctional Concepts and Approaches in Aerospace Structures
  • Special Session in Honor of Mostafa Rassaian
  • Special Session in Honor of Stephen Engelstad
  • Special Session in Honor of Steven Russell
  • Structural Joints and Repairs
  • Structures for Survivability (joint STR/SUR)
  • Testing and Analysis of Impact Damage

Please direct questions to: 
David Lazzara, The Boeing Company

Supersonics session will be jointly sponsored by Transformational Flight. Innovative research contributions related to the application of civil supersonic flight vehicles are solicited. Topics include, but are not limited to, takeoff and community noise, air traffic management/integration with supersonic vehicles, propulsion, sonic boom, vehicle design, modeling and simulation, structures, testing, policy, environmental impact, low-speed operations, manufacturing, materials and aeroelasticity.

  • Aerodynamic Performance (joint SPSN/TF)
  • Application of MDAO to Supersonic Vehicle Design (joint SPSN/TF)
  • Conceptual Design Methods (joint SPSN/TF)
  • Environmental Impact (joint SPSN/TF)
  • Flight Testing (joint SPSN/TF)
  • Ground-Based Testing (joint SPSN/TF)
  • Uncertainty Quantification for Supersonics Vehicles (joint SPSN/TF)
  • Other Topics in Supersonics (joint SPSN/TF)

Please direct questions to:  
William Schonberg, Missouri University of Science & Technology 
Tony Di Carlo, The Boeing Company

The Survivability Technical Committee (SURTC) promotes the research and development of new technologies that define the state-of-the-art in survivability. Aerospace survivability is the capability of a system to avoid or withstand a hostile environment (man-made or otherwise). Therefore, the aerospace survivability discipline forms part of the systems engineering process and is affected by all other engineering disciplines, such as materials (e.g., space debris protection), structures (e.g., rugged structure), flight controls (e.g., self-repairing flight controls), aerodynamics (maneuverability/agility), and propulsion (e.g., stealth). The SURTC is looking to the future as game changers emerge and revolutionize the discipline, such as threats in the cyberspace and information domains. The Committee is seeking articles that address aerospace system survivability as listed below, with particular interest on advanced materials and structures for survivability. For more information, click  Additional Details.

  • Additive Manufacturing and Survivability (e.g., Improved/Faster Battle-Damage Repairs)
  • Aerospace System Safety, Protection, and Health Monitoring
  • Autonomy and Survivability (e.g., Survivability of Autonomous Agents, Adaptive Survivability)
  • Dealing with Survivability Threats in the Cyberspace/Information Domain
  • General Survivability
  • Materials for Survivability (joint MAT/SUR)
  • Orbital Debris Avoidance, Protection, and Space Survivability
  • Structures for Survivability (joint STR/SUR)
  • Survivability Against Directed Energy Weapons
  • Survivability Game Changers: Emerging Technological Solutions that Will Revolutionize Survivability
Systems Engineering

Please direct questions to:  
John C. Hsu, California State University Long Beach

Papers in all areas of systems engineering (SE) are encouraged. All types of papers will be considered, including case studies, developmental work and technical analysis. Topics include but are not limited to systems engineering processes, systems engineering applications, integrated disciplines and technology, modelling and simulation, systems engineering education and research, systems engineering life cycle analysis/processes and systems effectiveness; and future trends and predictions in systems engineering, including but not limited to system-of-systems engineering, complex systems, sociotechnical engineering, resilience engineering, and lean systems engineering, etc.

  • Lean Systems Engineering
  • Resilience Systems Theory and Methodology
  • Sociotechnical Engineering
  • System Integration and Design
  • System-of-Systems Engineering Theory and Methods; The Digital Thread and Digital Twin
  • Systems Engineering Applications
  • Systems Engineering Education and Research
  • Systems Engineering Life Cycle
  • Systems Engineering Modeling Language and Methodology
  • Systems Engineering Processes and Methods
  • Systems Simulation Modeling
  • Systems Verification and Validation
  • Other Topics in Systems Engineering
Terrestrial Energy

Please direct questions to: 
Bhupendra Khandelwal, The University of Alabama
Keiichi Okai, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

Technical papers are sought that address research, technology development, and the implementation of fuels and fossil-fuel power systems for both aerospace and terrestrial applications. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Advances in Renewable Energy
  • Carbon Capture and Storage, Carbon Sequestration and Utilization
  • Combined Heat and Power with Ultra-Low Emission of Pollutants
  • Combustors, Micro-Combustors, Turbines, Advanced Cycles & Designs
  • Energy Management and Green Infrastructure
  • Fire, Super-Critical Combustion
  • Fuel and Heat from from Waste and Other Sources
  • Fuels, Alternative Fuels and Novel Combustion Concepts
  • Hydrogen-Powered Systems
  • Policy, Environmental, and Historical Perspectives of Fossil-Fuel Power Technologies
  • Pollution and Chemical Kinetics, CO2 Use for Fuels and Value Added Products
  • Other Topics in Terrestrial Energy

Please direct questions to: 
Jason Rabinovitch, Stevens Institute of Technology
Andrew Brune, NASA Langley Research Center

The Thermophysics Technical Committee solicits extended abstracts of proposed papers on topics in thermophysics and heat transfer. Papers are solicited on topics related to all aspects of thermal energy, heat transfer, and their related aerospace applications. Contributions based on analytical, numerical, and/or experimental studies are welcomed as well as timely survey and review articles. Scientific and technical contributions are emphasized, rather than status reports on work in progress. Student submissions are strongly encouraged. Special sessions are also welcome--please contact Technical Chairs. Areas of specific interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Aerothermodynamics, Thermal Protection Systems and Ablation
  • Cryogenics and Cryogenic Systems
  • Droplets, Jets, Sprays, Heat Pipes, Thermosiphons, and Two-Phase Heat Transfer
  • Emerging Technologies in Thermophysics (e.g. Applying Additive Manufacturing or Machine Learning)
  • Experimental and Computational Non-Equilibrium Flows and Radiation
  • Heat Transfer Enhancement and Energy Harvesting
  • Micro- and Nano-Scale Heat Transfer
  • Microgravity based Heat Transfer, Multidisciplinary Modeling and Simulation
  • Spacecraft Thermal Applications
  • Theoretical, Experimental, and Computational Heat Transfer
  • Thermal Management and Control in Aircraft and Spacecraft: Devices and Applications
  • Transport and Thermophysical Properties
  • Other Topics in Thermophysics
  • Special Session - Dragonfly
Transformational Flight

Please direct questions to: 
Anthony Linn, A. B. Linn PE
Satadru Roy, Georgia Institute of Technology

Technical papers are requested relating to advanced manned or unmanned concepts, On-Demand Mobility or other emergent aviation market studies, hybrid or electric propulsion integration and component technologies, autonomous/self-flying aircraft, simplified aircraft/vehicle operation, distributed propulsion. Papers are also requested on any topic of interest relative to V/ESTOL aircraft including design, analysis and test, regardless of propulsion system type.

  • Aeroacoustical Measurement and Technologies (joint AA/TF)
  • Air Traffic Management for Advanced/Transformational Aircraft Concepts
  • Autonomous Flight Controls
  • Electric Propulsion Integration and Component Technologies for Flight
  • On-Demand Mobility and Urban Air Mobility, Emergent Aviation Market Studies
  • Transformational System Design, Development, Analysis, Materials, Operations and Support
  • UAS Technologies Applicable to Manned Aircraft and Simplified Vehicle Operations
  • V/ESTOL Aircraft Design, Aircraft Analysis and Aircraft Ground Test and/or Flight Test
Unmanned Systems

Please direct questions to:  
Michael Logan, NASA Langley Research Center
Zohaib Mian, Google (Alphabet)

Papers are sought that address autonomy and unmanned systems related technologies and their applications with a focus on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), but inclusive to other unmanned system types such as self-driving automobiles, surface and sub-surface vehicles. Technical papers focused upon the systems enabling the safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace system (NAS) and international civil airspaces are of particular interest. Other topics such as unique applications of UAS, UAS design, UAS guidance navigation and control, UAS autonomy and path planning, urban operations, detect and avoid technologies, utilization of unmanned systems in engineering education, certification and design assurance of unmanned systems, human-machine interfaces, etc. are also solicited. Submissions must be an extended abstract of at least 1000 words, define the research problem, background, approach, and summarize plan for full paper.

  • Design of Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  • Detect and Avoid Technologies for UAS
  • Historical Perspectives on Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  • Human-Machine Interfaces for Unmanned Systems
  • Interaction of Software Assurance and Risk Assessment Based Operation of UAS
  • Safety Certification, Airworthiness, and Software Assurance of Unmanned Systems
  • UAS Guidance, Navigation, and Control
  • Unmanned System Automation and Verification-and-Validation of Automated Systems
  • Unmanned Systems and Enabling Technologies for Urban Operation
  • Unmanned Systems Enabling Engineering Education
  • Unmanned Systems Mission Management, Coordination, Planning, and Autonomy
Wind Energy

Please direct questions to:  
Myra Blaylock, Sandia National Laboratories
Kelsey Shaler, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Papers are solicited for the 39th Wind Energy Symposium covering a broad range of topics related to onshore and offshore wind-turbine and wind-plant technology. Technical areas of interest include aerodynamics, acoustics, aeroelasticity, structural dynamics, fatigue and extreme loads, design, performance optimization and control, uncertainty quantification, atmospheric inflow, innovative concepts, materials, manufacturing, testing, sensors, health monitoring, reliability, and transition to turbulence modeling and experiments. There will also be joint sessions with Applied Aerodynamics, Non-Deterministic Approaches (e.g., for uncertainty quantification), and Aerodynamic Measurement Technology. Individuals with expertise in these areas are encouraged to submit to these sessions--please see the addendum for more information. The Wind Energy Technical Committee will be considering all submissions for the Best Paper Award. For more information, click Additional Details.

  • Aeroelasticity, Structural Dynamics, and Loads Prediction
  • Approaches - Uncertainty Analysis Advancements for Wind Energy Applications (joint NDA/WE)
  • Atmospheric Physics and Inflow
  • Blade Aerodynamics and Aeroacoustics
  • Blade Structural Mechanics, Materials, Manufacturing, and Structural Testing
  • Innovations and Novel Concepts
  • Instrumentation for Challenging Environments (joint AMT/WE)
  • Offshore Wind, including Floating Platforms
  • Optimization, and Control for Turbine Design or Plant Performance
  • Wake Physics, Modeling, and Experimentation
  • Wind Turbine/Rotorcraft/Propeller Multi-Physics Modeling Approaches (joint APA/WE)


Lockheed Martin
Northrop Grumman
General Atomics Aeronautics
National Institute of Aerospace
Aerojet Rocketdyne
Bastion Technologies
Bastion Technologies
Griffin Communications