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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    Special Activities and Networking Events

    Special Activities and Networking

    Welcome Reception


    A welcome reception will be held on Sunday, 14 July 2013, 1700–1900 hrs, at the Vail Marriott. Take this opportunity to refresh old contacts and meet new participants the night before the conference begins. A ticket for the reception is required and included in the conference registration fee where indicated. Additional tickets for guests may be purchased upon registration or on site.

    Opening Plenary Session

    The event will open on Monday, 15 July 2013, 0800–0930 hrs, with a plenary session featuring welcome remarks by conference chair W. Andrew Jackson, Associate Chair and Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Texas Tech University, and a keynote speech by John Curry, Director of Spacecraft Advanced Development, Space Exploration Systems, Sierra Nevada Corporation.

    Networking Coffee Breaks

    Stand-alone networking coffee breaks are included in the program to allow even more time for making new contacts, continuing discussions from technical sessions, or checking emails and voicemails to keep in touch with the office while you are at the conference.  


    Monday, 15 July 0930–1000 hrs
      1530–1600 hrs
    Tuesday, 16 July 0930–1000 hrs
      1530–1600 hrs
    Wednesday, 17 July   0930–1000 hrs
    Thursday, 18 July 1000–1030 hrs


    Networking Reception and Student Poster Competition

    The student poster competition will be held Monday, 15 July 2013, 1830–2000 hrs, at the Vail Marriott, with a networking “happy hour” reception following. All attendees are welcome to come and see the work presented by the students participating in this year’s poster competition. The ICES student poster competition is targeted to stimulate the participation of students in the event and provides an informal and interactive forum for students to present their work. Posters are ideal for presenting speculative or late-breaking results, or for giving an introduction to innovative work. The poster competition reception will provide ICES students and professionals an opportunity to connect with one another and discuss the work presented. Each poster will be officially judged prior to the reception and prizes will be awarded at the conference banquet. Click here for details on the Student Poster Competition.

    Reception and Banquet

    The conference reception and banquet will be held Wednesday, 17 July 2013, beginning at 1830 hrs at the Vail Marriott. The reception will be followed by dinner, and then the awards presentation and a keynote speech by Taber MacCallum, Co-Founder, CEO and CTO, Paragon Space Development Corporation. A ticket for the reception and banquet is required and included in the conference registration fee where indicated. Additional tickets for guests may be purchased upon registration or on-site.

    Dessert Reception

    Sponsored By:

    Paragon Logo

    Immediately following the banquet, there will be a dessert reception sponsored by Paragon Space Development Corporation. This is a favorite event for participants and all banquet attendees are welcome to attend.