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2021

2021 AIAA SciTech Forum Archive 

11-21 January 2021
Virtual Event
Theme: Accelerating Innovation Through Diversity

For the first time ever, the world’s largest event for aerospace research, development, and technology was held virtually with over 4,000 participants. The scheduled was expanded into eight days of programming over a two-week time frame. The reimagined forum explored the functional role and importance of diversity in advancing the aerospace industry. High-level speakers highlighted how the diversification of teams, industry sectors, technologies, design cycles, and perspectives can all be leveraged toward innovation.

Topics addressed included:

Plenary Sessions

  • Partnering to Accelerate Innovation
  • Accelerating Innovation, Safely and Sustainably
  • Emerging Technologies that Will Change Our World
  • Aerospace Design in the Age of Big Data and Big Compute
  • Building on the Shuttle Legacy

Forum 360 Sessions

  • Empowering Innovation
  • A Complex World Demands Smart Teams
  • The Pandemic: A Catalyst for Innovation
  • Embracing Emerging Markets
  • Survive and Thrive: Resiliency Enables
  • The Interdisciplinary Revolution: Evolving a New Mindset for Solving Real-World Problems
  • Machine Intelligence & Autonomy Meet Aviation: Toward Safer & More Accessible Skies
  • Design Faster
  • Idea Challenge: Design Cycle - Go Fast!
  • Perspectives, Inspiration, & Lessons Learned: 2021 SciTech Townhall

Proceedings
SciTechxWebinar: Flying Is Safe - Is Air Travel?

2020

2020 AIAA SciTech Forum Archive 

6-10 January 2020
Hyatt Regency Orlando, Orlando, Florida
Theme: Driving Aerospace Solutions for Global Challenges

Nearly 5,000 individuals, including a record number 1,500 students, attended the 2020 AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition – the largest event for aerospace research, development, and technology in the world. The 2020 forum explored the aerospace industry’s contribution to a sustainable future. The technical program contained over 2,400 technical presentations across 544 technical sessions.


Topics addressed included:

Plenary Sessions

  • Using Space to Support a Sustainable Society
  • The Next Giant Leap
  • Igniting Tomorrow: Stories from America’s Favorite Museum
  • Engineers Build the World and We Can't Survive Without Them!
  • Multi-Use Aerospace Technologies

Forum 360 Sessions

  • Achieving Sustainable Aviation
  • Aerospace Innovation Enables Resilient Communities
  • AI in Emerging Aerospace Manufacturing
  • Is Hypersonic Flight The Next Big Thing?
  • Connecting Faster
  • Idea Challenge
  • The Next Challenge for Aerospace: Global Climate Change
  • High Performance Computing’s Impact on Aerospace Prediction
  • Wow! Look at What We Discovered: Impacts of Multiple Use Aerospace Technology

Proceedings
Final Program
Photos

2019

2019 AIAA SciTech Forum Archive

7-11 January 2019
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, San Diego, California
Theme: Aerospace On Demand

Over 5,000 individuals, including 1,400 students, from 44 countries registered for the AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition – the largest event for aerospace research, development, and technology in the world. The technical program contained over 2,800 technical papers.

Topics addressed included:

Plenary Sessions

  • Enabling the Replicator
  • Exploration for Everyone
  • Flying Anyone from Here to There - Anytime, Anywhere
  • Applying Disruptive Technologies in Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products
  • Customized Learning, When and Where You Need It

Forum 360 Sessions

  • In-Space Factories
  • On-Demand Metal Manufacturing
  • Responsive Space
  • Engineering Apollo
  • On-Demand Aviation - Challenges and Solutions
  • Lindberg Innovation Forum
  • Autonomy Across Domains
  • Verification & Validation in the Age of Autonomy
  • Workforce Needs of the 21st Century

Proceedings
Final Program
Photos

2018

2018 AIAA SciTech Forum Archive

8-12 January 2018
Gaylord Palms, Kissimmee, Florida
Theme: Seizing the Next Digital Transformation

Over 4,000 participants, including more than 1,000 students and 39 countries participated in the 2018 AIAA SciTech Forum – the largest event for aerospace research, development, and technology in the world. The technical program contained over 2,700 technical papers on 450 high-impact topics.

Topics addressed included:

Plenary Sessions

  • Digital Enterprise Business Models and Their Impact on the Aerospace Industry
  • Data, Data Everywhere... the Power & Potential
  • Dude, Where’s My Flying Car?
  • Welcome to the Holodeck
  • Serving our Robot Overlords

Forum 360 Sessions

  • The Dawn of Digital Engineering
  • Digital Transformations Disrupting Aerospace Business Models
  • Data, Data Everywhere... the Devil in the Details
  • Prizes & Challenges: How Crowdsourcing Can Help Solve Technology Gaps
  • On-Demand Mobility – Enabling Technologies and Capabilities
  • On-Demand Mobility – Regulatory and Operational Challenges
  • Digital Natives Leading the Digital Transformation in Design and Knowledge Environments
  • Human-Machine Teaming

Proceedings
Final Program
Photos

2017

2017 AIAA SciTech Forum Archive

9-13 January 2017
Gaylord Texan, Grapevine, Texas
Theme: Addressing Full Spectrum Disruption Across the Global Aerospace Community

Nearly 4,000 participants, including more than 1,000 students, from 1,300 corporate, academic, and government institutions across 38 countries participated in the 2017 AIAA SciTech Forum – the largest event for aerospace research, development, and technology in the world. The technical program contained almost 2,000 technical papers on more than 400 high-impact topics.

Topics addressed included:

Plenary Sessions

  • Setting the Landscape–Factors Driving Today’s Disruptive Environment
  • Innovation to Enable NASA’s Journey to Mars
  • Disruptive Policy Issues–Presidential Transitions
  • Disruptive Technology Developments–Breakthroughs that will Transform Aerospace
  • Next-Generation Workforce

Forum 360 Sessions

  • CREATE: Enabling Innovation Through Computational Prototypes and Supercomputers
  • NASA Langley Centennial–A Storied Legacy, A Soaring Future
  • Future of the Aerospace Industry and Workforce Needs
  • Geoengineering to Mitigate Climate Change–Is There a Role for Aerospace?
  • Space Traffic Management
  • Transitioning Your Idea from the Lab to Flight Test
  • Managing Change During the Development of Disruptive Technologies
  • NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC): Enabling Missions from Venus to Alpha Centauri

Proceedings
Final Program
Photos

2016

2016 AIAA SciTech Forum Archive

4-8 January 2016
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, San Diego, California

Over 3,400 individuals, including 1,000 students, from almost 1,000 corporate, academic, and government institutions across 42 countries participated in the 2016 AIAA SciTech Forum – the largest event for aerospace research, development, and technology in the world. The technical program contained more than 2,000 technical papers on more than 400 high-impact topics.

Topics addressed included:

Plenary Sessions

  • Aerospace Science and Technology Policy in the 2016 Political Arena
  • Aerospace Generations - Lessons Learned from a Half Century of Innovation in Aerospace Technology
  • Designing for Resilience
  • Aerospace Frontiers - Strengthening Collaboration For Continued Progress
  • Commercial Use of Unmanned Systems

Forum 360 Sessions

  • Distilling Your Message: Putting Yourself Back into Your Science and Engineering
  • Research Enabling and Enabled by a Cis-Lunar One-year Mission
  • Cybersecurity Below 30,000 Feet—Applying Lessons from Other Industries
  • Additive Manufacturing – Applications and Opportunities for the Aerospace Industry
  • Space Exploration Through Advancing Technologies
  • Putting the E in STEM
  • Learning from Hollywood

Proceedings
Final Program
Photos

2015

2015 AIAA SciTech Forum Archive

5-9 January 2015
Kissimmee, Florida

Over 3,400 individuals, including 1,000 students, from almost 1,000 corporate, academic, and government institutions across 42 countries participated in the 2015 AIAA SciTech Forum – the largest event for aerospace research, development, and technology in the world. The technical program contained more than 2,000 technical papers on more than 400 high-impact topics.

Topics addressed included:

Plenary Sessions

  • Science and Technology Policy
  • International Aerospace
  • The Future of Design
  • Diversity and Inclusion in the Aerospace Workforce
  • Entrepreneurial Aerospace

Forum 360 Sessions

  • U.S. Government Aerospace Technology Roadmaps
  • Climate Change and National Security
  • Improving Business Skills and Business Processes for the Aerospace Technical Community
  • Big Data Analytics in Aerospace
  • Advanced Manufacturing and its Impact on the Design Process of the Future
  • The Digital System Model: The New Frontier in Aerospace & Defense Acquisition
  • Aerospace Vehicles Technology Trends
  • NASA Research Plans for Assured Autonomy for Aviation Transformation

Proceedings
Final Program
Photos

2014

2014 AIAA SciTech Forum Archive

13-17 January
National Harbor, Maryland

Over 3,000 individuals from more than 1,600 institutions across 43 countries participated in the 2014 AIAA SciTech Forum – the largest event for aerospace research, development, and technology in the world. The technical program contained over 1,400 technical papers on more than 300 high-impact topics. This event was sponsored by Lockheed Martin, Airbus, Boeing, and Dunmore Corporation.

Topics addressed included:
  • R&D Policy Implications and Investments
  • Designing for Affordability
  • Continuing Education and Professional Development

Proceedings
Final Program
Photos

SciTech Plenary Session

Sponsors

Lockheed Martin
Boeing