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The 2023 AIAA SciTech Forum promises to Ignite the Future: Explore the Frontiers of Aerospace. The program will explore how aerospace is solving societal grand challenges, the funding resources available, the intersection of science and engineering, accelerating confidence in this digital world, and making Sci-Fi a reality.

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 Committee and Ancillary Meetings

Pre-Forum Workshops

6th AIAA Propulsion Aerodynamics Workshop (PAW6)
21 JANUARY - 22 JANUARY 2023
The focus of the in-person workshop will be on assessing the accuracy of CFD in obtaining air breathing system performance and flow structure in nozzle and inlet flow fields.

Held in conjunction with the 2023 AIAA SciTech Forum. Please note forum registration is not a prerequisite for workshop registration.

AIAA Early Member Rate: $299 | AIAA Member Rate: $399 | Non-Member Rate: $499

3rd AIAA Aeroelastic Prediction Workshop (AePW-3)
21 JANUARY - 22 JANUARY 2023
The in-person workshop is aimed at understanding the effectiveness of current tools towards predicting aeroelastic phenomena critical for aircraft analysis and design.

Held in conjunction with the 2023 AIAA SciTech Forum. Please note forum registration is not a prerequisite for workshop registration.

AIAA Early Member Rate: $299 | AIAA Member Rate: $399 | Non-Member Rate: $499

2023 Program
  • 1930 – 2000
    SciTech 101
    Room

    National Harbor 11

    Description
    Discover how you can make the most of your week at AIAA SciTech Forum while meeting fellow attendees. This orientation is ideal for first-time attendees, but all are welcome!
  • 0730 – 0800
    Speaker Briefing
    Room

    Session Rooms

    Description
    Authors who are presenting papers will meet with session chairs and co-chairs in their session rooms for a short 30-minute briefing on the day of their sessions to exchange bios and review final details prior to the session.
  • 0800 – 0900
    Plenary Session: Grand Challenges: The Vision
    Room

    Potomac Ballroom

    Speakers
  • 0900 – 0930
    Networking Break
    Room

    Potomac Foyer

    Description
    Recharge between sessions, continue discussions, and make new contacts while enjoying a cup of coffee.
  • 0930 – 1110
    In-Person Technical Sessions
  • 1000 – 1130
    Forum 360: Grand Challenges: The How
    Room

    Potomac Ballroom

    Description
    Grand Challenges enable us to tackle major societal and industry issues using collaborative and innovative approaches. Our panel will explore “the how”: How do individuals get involved? How should teams approach the challenge? How do we ensure that we’re working across industries, nationalities, and generations to create solutions?
    Moderator
    • Yannis-C-Yortsos Yannis Yortsos
      Dean, Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California
    Panelists
  • 1400 – 1540
    In-Person Technical Sessions
  • 1430 – 1600
    Idea Challenge: Applying Aerospace Technologies to Solve Societal Problems
    Description
    Now in its fourth year, the AIAA Idea Challenge at AIAA SciTech Forum provides young professionals with the opportunity to develop a pitch for an idea or product that fits under the challenge theme. Each team will present ideas for how aerospace technologies and techniques can contribute solutions to large global issues, such as climate change, food sustainability, or access to resources. By introducing these ideas, they will showcase how the aerospace industry acts as a pathfinder for humanity. Teams comprising a mix of industry, government, and academic members will present their pitches during this session. Audience members can ask questions, evaluate the pitches, and choose the winning team. 
  • 1500 – 1800
    Meet the Employers
    Description
    Students and young professionals, join us in a fun and dynamic environment where you can meet with AIAA corporate members and organizations regarding employment opportunities.
  • 1530 – 1600
    Networking Break
    Room

    Potomac Foyer

    Description
    Recharge between sessions, continue discussions, and make new contacts while enjoying a cup of coffee.
  • 1600 – 1740
    In-Person Technical Sessions
  • 1800 – 1900
    2023 Dryden Lectureship in Research Lecture
    Room

    Potomac Ballroom

  • 0730 – 0800
    Speaker Briefing
    Room

    Session Rooms

    Description
    Authors who are presenting papers will meet with session chairs and co-chairs in their session rooms for a short 30-minute briefing on the day of their sessions to exchange bios and review final details prior to the session.
  • 0800 – 0900
    Plenary Session
    Room

    Potomac Ballroom

  • 0900 – 0930
    Networking Break
    Room

    Potomac Foyer

    Description
    Recharge between sessions, continue discussions, and make new contacts while enjoying a cup of coffee.
  • 0930 – 1110
    In-Person Technical Sessions
  • 1000 – 1200
    Forum 360 and B2G Networking Event: Public Investors in the Future of Aerospace
    Room

    Potomac Ballroom

    Description
    To transition a great idea into a high-impact research program or a sustainable business, you need funding. This is Part 1 of a two-part interactive session:  Our panel of government experts will explain how their funding programs work, how to apply, and the opportunities provided by working with them.
    Panelists
    • Byron-F-Knight-2022 Byron F. Knight
      Chief Scientist, Advanced Systems and Technology Directorate, National Reconnaissance Office
  • 1230 – 1400
    Networking Lunch in Exposition Hall
    Room

    Prince George's Exhibition Hall D/E

    Description
     
  • 1300 – 1600
    Exposition Hall
    Room

    Prince George’s Exhibition Hall D-E

    Description
     
  • 1400 – 1540
    In-Person Technical Sessions
  • 1430 – 1600
    Rising Leaders in Aerospace: Speed Mentoring
    Room

    Cherry Blossom Ballroom

    Description
    Leaders in the aerospace industry will take time to meet with the Rising Leaders participants and share their experiences. This event is a great way to get insight and make new contacts.
  • 1430 – 1630
    Forum 360: Private Investors in the Future of Aerospace
    Room

    Potomac Ballroom

    Description
    To transition a great idea into a high-impact research program or a sustainable business, you need funding. This is a two-part interactive session: Part 1: Our panel of industry experts will explore sources of funding and technology development, from accelerators to venture capital to corporate investment. Part 2: Participate in a workshop on how to develop a needs-based approach to product development.
    Panelists
    • Sherman-Williams-II Sherman Williams
      Managing Partner, Academy Investor Network; Mentor/Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Techstars Los Angeles
  • 1530 – 1600
    Networking Break
    Room

    Prince George's Exhibition Hall D/E

    Description
    Recharge between sessions, continue discussions, and visit the Exposition Hall while enjoying a cup of coffee.
  • 1600 – 1715
    Virtual Technical Sessions
  • 1730 – 1900
    Welcome Happy Hour in the Exposition Hall
    Room

    Prince George's Exhibition Hall D/E

    Description
    Take this opportunity to engage new contacts and refresh old ones. 
  • 0730 – 0800
    Speaker Briefing
    Room

    Session Rooms

    Description
    Authors who are presenting papers will meet with session chairs and co-chairs in their session rooms for a short 30-minute briefing on the day of their sessions to exchange bios and review final details prior to the session.
  • 0800 – 0900
    Plenary Session
    Room

    Potomac Ballroom

    Moderator
    • Laurie-Leshin-2022 Laurie Leshin
      Director, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
    Speakers
  • 0845 – 1600
    Exposition Hall
    Room

    Prince George’s Exhibition Hall D-E

    Description
     
  • 0900 – 0930
    Networking Break
    Room

    Prince George's Exhibition Hall D/E

    Description
    Recharge between sessions, continue discussions, and visit the Exposition Hall while enjoying a cup of coffee.
  • 0930 – 1110
    In-Person Technical Sessions
  • 1000 – 1130
    Forum 360: Monitoring Planet Earth
    Room

    Potomac Ballroom

    Description
    Remote sensing is defined by the U.S. Geological Survey as the process of detecting and monitoring the physical characteristics of an area by measuring its reflected and emitted radiation at a distance, typically from satellite or aircraft. Recent acceleration of technologies and processes has enabled the use of remote sensing to map wildfires, track the effects of climate change, and monitor conflicts. Hear from the science and engineering community on successful applications of remote sensing and the challenges involved to monitor planet Earth.
    Panelists
    • Placeholder-Male John Choi
      Program Director, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems
    • marcus-johnson Marcus Johnson
      Planning Team Lead, Advanced Capabilities for Emergency Response Operations, NASA Ames Research Center
    • Pamela-S-Millar-NASA Pamela Millar
      Associate Director, Earth Science Technology Office, NASA
    • Kumar-Navulur Kumar Navulur
      Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives, Maxar Technologies
    • Rob-Stevens-2022 Rob Stevens
      Director, Model Based Systems Engineering Office, The Aerospace Corporation
  • 1000 – 1130
    Workforce of the Future - What Does Successful Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Look Like?
    Room

    Cherry Blossom Ballroom

    Description
     
  • 1200 – 1330
    Rising Leaders in Aerospace Lunch Panel: I Got My Dream Job, Now What?
    Room

    Cherry Blossom Ballroom

    Description
    A lively panel discussion will be held. Limited box lunches available for the first 130 attendees.
  • 1230 – 1400
    Networking Lunch in Exposition Hall
    Room

    Prince George's Exhibition Hall D/E

    Description
     
  • 1400 – 1540
    In-Person Technical Sessions
  • 1430 – 1600
    Forum 360: Past, Present, and Future Mars Exploration
    Room

    Potomac Ballroom

    Description
    Two decades of continuous presence at and on Mars have revolutionized our understanding of our neighboring rocky planet. From measurements made by instruments on board Mars Odyssey, Mars Global Surveyor, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Phoenix, and the Mars rovers we now know Mars once had abundant water on its surface, and that there is a significant amount of ice just beneath the surface in many locations. Planetary remote sensing allows us to project forward to the next decade of exploration in preparation for a future human mission to Mars.
    Moderator
    • Bhavya-Lal-2022 Bhavya Lal
      Associate Administrator for Technology, Policy and Strategy, NASA
    Panelists
    • Hitoshi-Kuninaka-JAXA Hitoshi Kuninaka
      Director General, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS), Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
    • Joe-Parrish-NASA-JPL Joe Parrish
      Mars Exploration Program Manager, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • 1530 – 1600
    Networking Break
    Room

    Prince George's Exhibition Hall D/E

    Description
    Recharge between sessions, continue discussions, and visit the Exposition Hall while enjoying a cup of coffee.
  • 1600 – 1715
    Virtual Technical Sessions
  • 1630 – 1730
    William H. Pickering Lecture: James Webb Space Telescope
    Room

    Potomac Ballroom A/B

    Description
     
  • 1800 – 1900
    2023 Durand Lecture for Public Service
    Room

    Potomac Ballroom

  • 0730 – 0800
    Speaker Briefing
    Room

    Session Rooms

    Description
    Authors who are presenting papers will meet with session chairs and co-chairs in their session rooms for a short 30-minute briefing on the day of their sessions to exchange bios and review final details prior to the session.
  • 0800 – 0900
    Plenary Session
    Room

    Potomac Ballroom

    Speakers
  • 0845 – 1400
    Exposition Hall
    Room

    Prince George’s Exhibition Hall D-E

    Description
     
  • 0900 – 0930
    Networking Break
    Room

    Prince George's Exhibition Hall D/E

    Description
    Recharge between sessions, continue discussions, and visit the Exposition Hall while enjoying a cup of coffee.
  • 0930 – 1110
    In-Person Technical Sessions
  • 1000 – 1100
    Forum 360: Addressing Increasing Complexity in Aerospace Systems
    Room

    Potomac Ballroom

    Description
    The complexity of aerospace systems and systems of systems continues to increase at a rapid rate, which has profound consequences for system performance, reliability, affordability, manufacturability, supportability, and other characteristics. These issues may be addressed and mitigated by the use of new technologies, including digital twins, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. Hear from experts in the AIAA Complex Aerospace System Exchange (CASE) as they discuss how increasing system complexity and systems engineering is being addressed in their organizations.
    Moderator
    Panelists
  • 1100 – 1200
    Forum 360: Transformative Systems Engineering Success Stories
    Room

    Potomac Ballroom

    Description
    From digital twins to human-machine teaming, new digital techniques and technologies offer the opportunity to revolutionize systems engineering. Hear from four industry leaders on the secrets of their success with transformative systems engineering.
  • 1230 – 1400
    Networking Lunch in Exposition Hall
    Room

    Prince George's Exhibition Hall D/E

  • 1400 – 1540
    In-Person Technical Sessions
  • 1430 – 1600
    Forum 360: Humans and Autonomy
    Room

    Potomac Ballroom

    Description

    Recent military, civil, and commercial activities indicate that human-machine teaming is poised to become a key area of research and development in aerospace. Hear from industry experts on methodologies and technologies developed to enable safe, trusted, and effective integration of humans and complex machines. They will also address the challenges of human-machine teaming, including legal, moral, and ethical issues, safety concerns, and workforce needs.

    Moderator
    • John-Tylko John Tylko
      Chief Innovation Officer, Aurora Flight Sciences, A Boeing Company
  • 1530 – 1600
    Networking Break
    Room

    Potomac Foyer

    Description
    Recharge between sessions, continue discussions, and make new contacts while enjoying a cup of coffee.
  • 1600 – 1715
    Virtual Technical Sessions
  • 1800 – 2000
    Women at SciTech Social Hour and Panel Session
    Room

    Potomac Ballroom A/B

    Description

    Network with attendees as some of the top female leaders in aerospace take the stage as they discuss important topics within our industry. The panel session will be held from 1800–1900 hrs with a social hour to follow.

  • 0730 – 0800
    Speaker Briefing
    Room

    Session Rooms

    Description
    Authors who are presenting papers will meet with session chairs and co-chairs in their session rooms for a short 30-minute briefing on the day of their sessions to exchange bios and review final details prior to the session.
  • 0800 – 0900
    Plenary Session
    Room

    Potomac Ballroom

    Speakers
    • Margaret-Weitekamp Margaret Weitekamp
      Department Chair, Space History, and Curator, Cultural History of Spaceflight, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
  • 0900 – 0930
    Networking Break
    Room

    Potomac Foyer

    Description
    Recharge between sessions, continue discussions, and make new contacts while enjoying a cup of coffee.
  • 0930 – 1110
    In-Person Technical Sessions
  • 1000 – 1130
    Forum 360: Making Sci-Fi a Reality
    Room

    Potomac Ballroom

  • 1400 – 1540
    In-Person Technical Sessions
  • 1600 – 1740
    In-Person Technical Sessions
2023 AIAA Scitech Forum Theme

Supported By

Lockheed Martin
The Boeing Company
Raytheon Technologies
Hexagon
Caltech
PACE Aerospace & IT
Bastion Technologies