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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    Networking Events

    Networking Events

    AIAA Foundation Associate Fellows Dinner

    Monday, 9 January, 1930–2200 hrs

    Presidential Ballroom AB

    One hundred eighty-four Institute members will be inducted as AIAA Associate Fellows during the AIAA Foundation Associate Fellows Dinner. Each year, the Institute recognizes exemplary professionals for their accomplishments in engineering or scientific work, outstanding merit, and contributions to the arts, sciences, or technology of aeronautics or astronautics. The Dinner provides a great opportunity for you to network and socialize with your peers as well as honor the 2011 inductees. Tickets to this prestigious event are available on a first-come, first-served basis and can be purchased through the registration process for $92. Dress is business attire.

    AIAA Foundation International Student Conference Reception

    Monday, 9 January, 1800–2200 hrs

    Presidential Ballroom C

    Meet the winners of the AIAA Foundation International Student Conference, enjoy food and drink, and network with other student members and AIAA leadership at the reception.

    Awards Luncheons

    Tuesday, 10 January, 1200–1340 hrs

    Presidential Ballroom

    Join AIAA in honoring more than 30 outstanding engineers, students, and educators for their exceptional accomplishments and contributions to the aerospace community. Tickets can be purchased through the registration process. Dress is business attire. Additional tickets may be purchased for $52 at the AIAA on-site registration desk, based on availability.

    Committee Meetings

    AIAA committees provide incredible opportunities for networking, building your resume, and professional development. Scores of committees and subcommittees meet at the Aerospace Sciences Meeting. Stop in to see how you can participate. Click here for a complete list of committee meetings.

    Exhibit Receptions and Coffee Breaks

    Daily coffee breaks, the Tuesday evening reception, and the Wednesday luncheon reception in the Aerospace Exposition ensure that you have ample time to visit the exhibits and expand your networking opportunities. Tickets for the receptions are included in the conference registration where indicated. Additional tickets may be purchased online or onsite at the registration desk.

    First Timer’s Social

    Sunday, 8 January, 1900–2030 hrs
    Ryman Studio Room N&O  
    Join us for a special session aimed at achieving the most value from your attendance at the Aerospace Sciences Meeting. Especially useful for first time attendees, the social will offer the opportunity to meet with other professionals and young members who are experts at navigating the many sessions, speakers, paper presentations and receptions. An informal short program, followed by networking time awaits you! Please RSVP.

    Speed Networking: Get on the Fast Track and Start Building Your Career Network Today!

    Wednesday, 11 January, 1400 hrs-1600 hrs
    Ryman Exhibit Hall B3
    You may have heard of speed dating - It's exactly the same principle, just adapted for business. It's an excellent way for you to meet others and also breaks the ice for any general networking that might follow afterwards and gets around the age-old problem of only talking to people that you already know. Just like any networking, speed networking isn't rocket science, and it's really great fun. Get out there and give it a go!

    Wildhorse Saloon– Off-Site Event

    Wednesday, 11 January, 1900–2130 hrs

    Wildhorse Saloon
    Get your cowboy boots and hat and get ready to, as they say in Nashville, “honky-tonk.” Join us at the Wildhorse Saloon, located in Downtown Nashville, for a live band, dance performance, and line dance instruction. Enter the mechanical bull riding competition for a chance to win a complimentary hotel and conference registration for the 2013 Aerospace Sciences Meeting in Grapevine, Texas!

    Young Professionals Networking Reception

    Tuesday, 10 January, 1900-2130 hrs

    Crystal Gazebo
    The Tuesday evening reception provides a great chance for young professional members of the Institute (professionally employed members under the age of 35) to meet other members, network, and make new contacts. Join other young professionals for food, drinks, and relaxed socializing.