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    Networking Events and Special Activites

    Networking Opportunities and Special Activities

    As part of the JPC and IECEC Conference, other activities are planned to provide specific attendees valuable knowledge, experience, and interaction.

    Welcome Reception

    A welcome reception will be held on Sunday, 14 July 2013, 1800–1930 hrs, in the Exposition Hall at the San Jose Convention Center. Take this opportunity to engage new contacts and refresh old ones. 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. 

    Reception Off-Site

    Tech Museum of Innovation   
    Monday, 15 July
    1830 – 2100 hrs 
          Lockheed Martin Logo


    Meet with your peers and potential industry partners and join Lockheed Martin Corporation at the Tech Museum of Innovation. There will be hands-on and interactive exhibits plus reception style food and cocktails to enjoy. Conveniently located across from the San Jose Convention Center, won’t want to miss out on this opportunity. Tickets are $25, includes the $10 Museum admission fee and reception catering. Tickets may be purchased on a first-come, first-served basis.[Museum website]

    Tech Museum of Innovation

    Committee Meetings 

    AIAA committees provide incredible opportunities for networking, building your resume, and professional development. Scores of committees and subcommittees meet at JPC. Stop in to see how you can participate. 

    Networking Coffee Breaks

    Networking coffee breaks for all attendees will take place in the exhibit hall. Times are designated in the program. Coffee and other beverages will be served.


    Tuesday IECEC Awards Luncheon and Wednesday JPC Awards Luncheon.
    For those registration types that include the Award Luncheon tickets, those registrants that selected IECEC as their primary conference receive the Tuesday IECEC Awards Luncheon ticket and those that selected JPC as their primary conference will receive the Wednesday JPC Awards Luncheon ticket. Tickets are not exchangeable or refundable. The cost is included in the registration fee where indicated. Additional tickets may be purchased upon registration or at the on-site registration desk while supplies last.

    Awards Presentation

    The following AIAA awards are scheduled to be presented:

    IECEC Awards Luncheon, Tuesday, 16 July

    • Aerospace Power Systems Award
    • Energy Systems Award

    JPC Awards Luncheon, Wednesday, 17 July

    • Air Breathing Propulsion Award
    • Ground Testing Award
    • Engineer of the Year Award
    • Propellants and Combustion Award
    • Sustained Service Award
    • Wyld Propulsion Award 

    AIAA Bookstore

    Stop by the AIAA Bookstore in the Exhibit Hall to browse and purchase specially selected titles for the Fluid Dynamic conference. Also featured will be the entire 2013 AIAA Book of Month collection at their special month prices. 


    The 49th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit will feature an impressive exhibit showcasing leading industry products and services relating to air breathing, liquid, solid, nuclear, electric, and other forms of propulsion for aerospace.

    Technical Tours

    Tour of NASA Ames 
    Tuesday, 16 July
    1215 – 1800 hrs
    $15 per person   
    NASA Logo  
    An aerial photograph of NASA's Ames Research Center

    Bus transportation to and from the San Jose Convention Center will be provided. All guests should be in the foyer and ready to board the bus at 12:00 noon, 15 minutes before the tour is scheduled to depart. Cancellations are not accepted or monies refunded after 28 June.

    Tour the NASA Ames Research Center (ARC), one of 10 NASA field centers, which is located in the heart of California's Silicon Valley. ARC provides NASA with advancements in entry, descent and landing technologies, information technology, next-generation aviation improvements, astrobiology, airborne sciences and small satellite programs. (more info)

    The tour will include 4 complexes. One is the world's largest wind tunnel, which is capable of testing aircraft as large as the Boeing 737. (images)  Another is the Unitary Plan Wind Tunnel (UPWT), where researchers have tested generations of commercial and military aircraft and NASA space vehicles. (images) The third area is the Arc Jet Complex, which provides ground-based hyperthermal environments to develop Thermal Protection Materials, Vehicle Structures, Aerothermodynamics, and Hypersonics. (fact sheet) The final area is the Future Flight Central, which is a national Air Traffic Control/Air Traffic Management (ATC/ATM) simulation facility dedicated to solving the present and emerging capacity problems of the nation's airports. (more info

    Tour participants should wear comfortable shoes since the tours will require walking and stair climbing. High-heeled shoes are not allowed in some of the touring areas. Participants must be US citizens and will need to present a driver's license or other form of identification with a picture ID. Tour available for conference attendees only, on a first come, first-served basis. Limit 50. Due to capacity constraints, the tour is open at this time only for registered conference participants and not accompanying persons.

    Lockheed Martin Tour
    Wednesday, 17 July
    1415 – 1830 hrs
    $15 per person transportation fee
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    An Unclassified (U) guided tour of an inert (non-energetic) Trident II D5 missile is offered, which includes an up-close look at the missile, disassembled to the motor assembly and equipment section level. Descriptions of unclassified missile component functions and hardware specifications will be conducted as part of the tour, as well as descriptions of the missile tube mockups located in the same facility, used for training and procedure development. A short video describes the Trident II missile launch preparation and sequence of events. Other hardware displays and models are available for viewing. US Export Controlled - ITAR restricted information, US citizens only. Proof of Citizenship Required (Current Original US Passport or Original Birth Certificate, no copies).

    Participants need to load busses at the tour start times indicated above.
    Buses will return to the Convention Center approximately at the tour end times indicated above.