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    Special Activities and Networking

    Special Activities and Networking

    2013 AIAA Foundation International Student Conference
    Monday, 7 January 2013, 0800-1200 hrs


    The 2012 Regional Student Conference first-place undergraduate, masters, and team winners will compete for the 2013 AIAA Foundation International Student Conference awards. Their papers, judged by AIAA professional members, are deemed the best student papers for this year. The Community Outreach division features presentations that show how AIAA Student Branches are interacting with their community. The student winners will be announced at the AIAA Foundation International Student Conference Reception Monday night (1830-1930) and honored at the Awards Luncheon on Tuesday.


    NEW EVENT! Rising Leaders in Aerospace Forum
    AIAA’s Rising Leaders in Aerospace Forum is a special initiative that provides a forum for young aerospace leaders, age 35 and under, to learn and engage with others. The multidimensional program features a speed mentoring leadership exchange, panel or keynote sessions, Q&A with top industry leaders, and multiple opportunities for networking. This exciting and energetic forum will provide access to top aerospace leaders and perspectives and subject matter relevant to your career stage.

    Separate registration is required. To register for this program, please select the Rising Leaders in Aerospace track when registering for the conference.


    Tactical Maneuvering—Charting Your Own Career: A Career and Workforce Development Workshop
    Tuesday, 8 January, 0930–1200 hrs and 1430–1700 hrs

    Are you just beginning your career, in your early career and preparing for a career transition or mid-career and looking for a new direction? Get a jump start and attend the Career and Workforce Development Workshop. This activity features a series of presentations to guide and position you to get the most out of your career, including topics on what to expect in the first two years of an aerospace career, how to develop your career by knowing yourself, and what managers want from their engineers for promotion.


    NEW EVENT! Graduate Award Presentations
    Tuesday, 8 January, 0900–0945 hrs

    Winners of the 2012–2013 AIAA Foundation Graduate Awards will present their research and receive recognition on the presentation stage in the Exposition Hall. This is an opportunity to hear about the latest university research from some of the best students in the world.


    GET YOUR GREEN CARD—Immigration Options for Scientists and R&D Engineers
    Tuesday, 8 January, 0900-1200

    Attorney Mark Harrington presents an overview of "Green Card" options available for foreign-born scientists and R&D engineers. Employer-sponsored green card cases as well as cases that can be self-filed directly by immigrants without the need for official sponsorship from an employer will also be covered A Q&A session will follow the formal presentation.


    Intellectual Property Law Workshop
    Wednesday, 9 January, 0900-1200


    The United States has recently implemented sweeping changes to its patent laws. These changes will have a profound impact on the rights of inventors and researchers. Intellectual Property Law Attorney Richard Jaworski, with over 20 years of experience, will present a workshop to provide insight into the various options that are available for protecting Intellectual Property. The workshop will discuss the process for obtaining patents, copyrights and trademarks and the advantages/disadvantages of each type of protection. It will include a detailed discussion of the recent changes to patent laws and how they will impact those who are currently navigating or considering navigating the patent process. A Q&A session will follow the end of the presentation. (


    NSTC National Aeronautics RDT&E Infrastructure Plan Public Meeting
    Thursday, 10 January, 1300 hrs
    The Aeronautics Science and Technology Subcommittee (ASTS) of the National Science and Technology Council’s (NSTC) Committee on Technology will hold a public meeting to discuss the National Aeronautics RDT&E Infrastructure Plan. At this meeting, ASTS members will review the content of the National Aeronautics RDT&E Infrastructure Plan and receive input to help inform the future development of national aeronautics R&D planning documents. The focus of that discussion will be the transfer of technology from federal aeronautics and aeronautics-related technology R&D programs at several agencies.

    Recognition Activities and Lectureships

    Recognizing the best in our profession for their outstanding achievement is one of the primary goals of AIAA. The Aerospace Sciences Meeting features a number of activities that help us honor achievements and contributions to the profession.

    AIAA Associate Fellows Dinner
    Monday, 7 January, 1930-2130 hrs

    One hundred seventy-eight Institute members will be inducted as AIAA Associate Fellows during the AIAA 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. Please support your colleagues, and join us for the induction of AIAA’s Associate Fellows class of 2013. Tickets to this prestigious event are available on a first-come, first-served basis and can be purchased via the registration form or on site for $97, based on availability. Business attire is requested.

    Awards Luncheon
    Tuesday, 8 January, 1200-1345 hrs, Texas Ballroom A&B


    The Tuesday Awards Luncheon will honor outstanding individuals as well as local section achievements. The luncheon is included in the registration fee where indicated. Additional tickets may be purchased for $52 at the AIAA on-site registration desk, based on availability.

    2013 Durand Lectureship in Public Service
    Monday, 7 January, 1200-1300 hrs, Texas Ballroom A

    Gen. John R. Dailey (USMC, Ret.), Director, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC will provide the keynote address titled A Useable Past: Rediscovering Forgotten Approaches to Meet 21st Century Challenges for the 9th Public Policy Luncheon. General Dailey will draw upon his personal experiences in the Department of Defense and NASA and will discuss how they may help us meet the challenges of the next century including the roles that government and industry play in advancing those capabilities, and how government and industry can work together to achieve national goals. The luncheon is open to all attendees but is on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the room has met capacity, the doors will be closed.

    2013 Dryden Lectureship in Research
    Monday, 7 January, 1730-1830 hrs


    Alan H. Epstein, Vice President, Technology and Environment, Pratt & Whitney Corporation will present Mechanics and Dynamics Research for Advanced Airbreathing Propulsion. The lectureship emphasizes the great importance of basic research to advancement in aeronautics and astronautics, and is a salute to research scientists and engineers. It is named in honor of Dr. Hugh L. Dryden, renowned leader in aerospace research programs.


    2013 Wright Brothers Lectureship in Aeronautics
    Tuesday, 8 January, 1730-1830 hrs


    Thomas J. Cogan, Director, Airplane Product Development (Retired), Boeing Commercial Airplanes will present Creating the Dream: Development of the 787 Dreamliner. The Wright Brothers Lectureship commemorates the Wright Brothers’ first powered flights at Kitty Hawk in 1903, and emphasizes significant advances in aeronautics by recognizing major leaders and contributions thereto.

    2013 von Kármán Lectureship in Astronautics
    Wednesday, 9 January, 1730-1830 hrs

    James H. Crocker, Vice President and General Manager, Civil Space, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company will present From Galileo to Hubble: Mankind's Extraordinary Journey. The lectureship honors an individual who has performed notably and distinguished himself/herself technically in the field of astronautics. It is named for Theodore von Kármán, world-famous authority on aerospace sciences. 

    Networking Activities

    We have planned a series of activities during the Aerospace Sciences Meeting that will help you connect with current colleagues and new acquaintances.

    First Timers’ Social
    Sunday, 6 January, 1900-2030 hrs, Texas 1


    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. Enjoy an informal short program, followed by networking time! Please rsvp to

    Dallas Cowboys Stadium Dinner

    Wednesday, 9 January, 1900-2100 hrs


    What are your propulsion and guidance skills when it comes to tossing around a football? Join us for fun, food, and festivities at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium and compete for a complimentary hotel and conference registration for AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition 2014 (AIAA SCI TECH 2014) at the Gaylord National, in National Harbor, MD. Wear your favorite team gear and get ready to show off your skills. Tickets are included in the registration fee where indicated and includes transportation and a Texas-style barbeque dinner buffet, including beverages. Additional tickets for accompanying persons and committee members will be available.


    NEW EVENT! Themed Happy Hour Events
    Sunday-Wednesday, 6-9 January, 1700-1800 hrs


    Stop by to grab a drink and network with other attendees during Aerospace Happy Hours. You'll find friends, fun, and happy-hour prices at several themed stations. This event is open to all attendees and no tickets are required.

    NEW EVENT! Continental Breakfasts
    Monday-Thursday, 0700-0800 hrs

    A great way to start the day and interact with exhibitors and other attendees, breakfast will be in the registration foyer on Monday and Thursday and in the Exposition Hall on Tuesday and Wednesday.  This event is open to all attendees and no tickets are required.


    Exposition Hall Receptions
    Tuesday, 8 January 1600-1730 hrs


    Wednesday, 9 January, 1200-1330 hrs


    Tickets are included in the registration where indicated. Additional tickets may be purchased in advance via the registration form, or, based on availability, at the registration desk on site.