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    Keynote Sessions and Panels

    Keynote Sessions and Panels

    Keynote speakers and lively panelists engage in timely topical discussions about the issues, solutions, and opportunities that are likely to impact your professional lives.    

    Monday, 15 July

    0800–0900 hrs
    Perspectives on Propulsion Policy, Strategy, Budgets, and Activities for Civil, Commercial, and National Security Space
    Keynote Speaker: John Olson, Former Assistant Director for Space and Aeronautics, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; VP, Space Systems Group, Sierra Nevada Corporation

    1000–1200 hrs
    Evolution of Commercial Space and Future Opportunities Panel
    Commercial space is a rapidly growing sector of the space economy. This panel will present a status of current commercial space efforts and challenges with a look forward to new and evolving opportunities.
    Moderator: James Halsell, Technical Director, Aerospace Systems, Dynetics
    Kent Rominger, Vice President and Program Manager, ATK
    Bob Richards, Vice President, Human Spaceflight Systems’ Advanced Programs Group, Orbital Sciences Corporation
    John Vilja, Vice President Strategy, Aerojet Rocketdyne
    Todd Mosher, Director, Design and Development, Sierra Nevada
    Brett Alexander, Director Business Development, Blue Origen

    1000–1200 hrs
    The Future of Military Space Launch and How Affordability Will Factor In
    Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) is the U.S. Air Force’s expendable launch system that is intended to assure access to space for U.S. government payloads. Started with the goal of making government space launch more affordable and reliable, the program resulted in the development of the Delta IV and Atlas V, which remain the primary methods for launching U.S. military payloads. The panelists, each representing companies with involvement in the EELV program, will discuss how the program has changed over time as well as present and future challenges, in particular the continued focus on cost reductions, while the program strives to sustain and support America’s space interests.
    Moderator: Andy Crocker, Propulsion Department Manager, Dynetics
    Steven Bouley, Vice President, Expendable Launch Systems, Aerojet Rocketdyne
    Andrew Jackson, Atlas & Delta Structures Manager, ATK
    Bill Harding, Director, Program Management, United Launch Alliance
    Bill Parsons, President & CEO, RD AMROSS, LLC

    1000–1200 hrs
    International Collaboration in Propulsion
    Panelists will discuss the effect of the current global environment on the international cooperation efforts in propulsion and space flight.
    Moderator: John Horack, Vice President, Space Systems, Teledyne Brown Engineering
    Charles Smith, Human Exploration & Operations Directorate, NASA HQJens Lassmann, Vice President, Space Systems, Astrium
    Mark Lewis, Director, Science and Technology Policy Institute
    Charles Precourt, Vice President & General Manager, Space Launch Division, Aerospace Group, ATK
    Julie VanKleek, Vice President Space Advanced Programs, Aerojet Rocketdyne

    1330–1530 hrs
    NASA SLS Development
    NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) is America’s new exploration-class launch vehicle for missions beyond Earth’s orbit – taking astronauts where no one has been before, as well as offering unmatched mass and volume capabilities for science missions. The SLS Program is making maximum use of existing RS-25 core stage engines and advanced developmental hardware in the form of the 5-segment solid rocket booster and the J-2X upper stage engine, with a clear plan for beginning flight operations in 2017. SLS chief engineers will share plans and progress, as well as innovations being infused into the program, such as modifying the Delta IV kick stage to propel the Orion crew craft to trans-lunar injection. These government and industry partners will discuss how the team is solving development challenges and is on track to deliver a safe, affordable, and sustainable infrastructure asset to support America’s space agenda.
    Moderator: Garry Lyles, Space Launch System (SLS) Chief Engineer, NASA MSFC
    Mat Bevill, SLS Booster Element Deputy Chief Engineer, NASA MSFC
    Brian Simmons, SLS Boosters Chief Engineer, ATK
    Katherine Van Hooser, SLS Engines Element Chief Engineer, NASA MSFC
    Doug Bradley, RS-25 Chief Engineer, Aerojet Rocketdyne
    Rene Ortega, SLS Spacecraft and Payload Integration Chief Engineer, NASA MSFC
    Michael Wood, SLS Chief Engineer, The Boeing Company

    1330–1530 hrs
    Emerging Pathways to Jet Fuel
    Moderator: Mark Bryden, Program Director, Ames National Laboratory
    Prem Lobo, Associate Director, Center of Excellence for Aerospace Particulate Emissions Reductions Research
    Corinne Valkenburg, Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
    Shane Flemming, Chief Technical Advisor, Lanzatech
    Jonathan Trent, Project Scientist Bioengineering, NASA
    Blake Simmons, Senior Manager, Biomass Program Lead, Sandia National Laboratories

    1330–1530 hrs
    Powering the Next Generation
    Mark Lewis, Director, Science and Technology Policy Institute interviewed by Steven Howell, AIAA

    Sustaining the Pipeline
    Dan Kirk, Associate Deprtment Head, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, Florida Institute of Technology interviewed by Steven Howell, AIAA

    The topics will include a discussion of policy issues for fostering and atrtracting the next generation of talented engineers into the work force, a national strategy on STEM education, the engineering pipeline and other issues related to engineering education.

    1600-1830 hrs
    High Power Electric Vehicles and Energy Storage
    Panel will address high power electric vehicles and energy storage.
    Geoffrey Landis, Research Scientist, NASA Glenn Research Center
    Edward Lewandowski, Research Engineer, NASA Glenn Research Center
    Subbarao Surampudi, Program Manager, NASA JPL
    Tim Collins, Chief Executive Officer, Kleenspeed
    Joseph Troutman, Chief Engineer, ABSL Space Products EnerSys Advanced Systems
    Robert Baertsch, Executive Vice President of Software Engineering, SkyTran
    Eric Lentz-Gauthier, Pilot, Solar Flight

    1600–1800 hrs
    Driving Mission Requirements and Technologies for Space Transportation –the Next Step after Space Shuttle
    The panel will highlight the overall driving mission requirements and technologies required to enable future human spaceflight and to status the tremendous recent progress and near-term future plans.
    Moderator: Paul Anderson, Director, Avionics, Orion Program, Lockheed Martin Space Systems
    Kent Rominger, Vice President, ATK Space Systems
    Michael Wood, Chief Engineer, SLS Program, The Boeing Company
    Sam Wiley, Program Director of Human Space, Aerojet Rocketdyne
    Larry Price, Deputy Program Manager, Orion Program, Lockheed Martin Space Systems
    Todd Mosher, Director of Dream Chaser Design and Development, Sierra Nevada

    1600–1800 hrs
    Legacy RLV Systems DC-X
    The DC-X, or Delta Clipper Experimental, was an unmanned prototype of a reusable single stage to orbit launch vehicle built by McDonnell Douglas for the U.S. Strategic Defense Initiative Organization (SDIO) in the early 1990's. Later, the system was transferred to NASA and upgraded with advanced operations, structures and propulsion technology and was renamed the DC-XA. The DC-X was never designed to achieve orbital altitudes or velocity, but instead to demonstrate the concept of vertical takeoff and landing using a revolutionary aircraft like operations approach. This session will discuss the lessons learned from the DC-X program and applicability to future space transportation systems.
    Moderator: Jess Sponable, Program Manager, DARPA
    Peter Worden , Director, NASA Ames Research Center
    Tom Ingersoll, Chief Executive Officer, Skybox Imaging
    Joaquin Castro, Director, International Advanced Propulsion Programs, Aerojet Rocketdyne
    Stephen Cook, Director of Space Technologies, Dynetics

    Tuesday, 16 July

    0800–0900 hrs
    Propulsion and Power Systems for the Future
    Keynote Address - Henner Wapenhans, Head of Technology Strategy, Rolls-Royce

    0800–0900 hrs
    A New Industrial Revolution for a Sustainable Energy Future
    Access to affordable and reliable energy has been a cornerstone of the world’s increasing prosperity and economic growth since the beginning of the industrial revolution. Our use of energy in the twenty-first century must also be sustainable. This talk will provide a techno-economic snapshot of the current energy landscape and identify several research and development opportunities and challenges to create the foundation for this new industrial revolution.
    Keynote Address - Arun Majumdar, Director of Energy Initiatives, Google

    1000–1200 hrs
    Emerging Technologies for the Next Generation of Aircraft Systems
    The panelists will discuss government and industry perspectives on emerging aircraft systems technologies for the next generation.
    David Eames, Director, NASA Programs and Advanced System Studies, Rolls-Royce Corporation
    Fayette Collier, Project Manager, Environmentally Responsible Aviation Project, NASA Langley Research Center
    Ron Kawai, Propulsion Specialist, Boeing Research and Technology
    Kenneth Martin, Manager-Conceptual Design, Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Michael Winter, Chief Engineer for Technology, Pratt & Whitney

    1000–1200 hrs
    Dealing with the changing aerospace business environment: A commercial aviation perspective
    Jim Petersen, Director of Engineering Propulsion Systems Division, Boeing Commercial Airplanes interviewed by Guy Norris, Senior Editor, Aviation Week

    1200–1400 hrs
    IECEC Awards Luncheon
    (Tickets required for lunch)
    Luncheon Address – Woodrow Whitlow, Associate Administrator for Mission Support Directorate, NASA

    1300–1500 hrs
    Disruptive Aircraft & Propulsion Technologies for the Future
    The Panelists will discuss government and industry perspective on disruptive technologies that will yield alternative propulsion cycles in a not distant future.
    David Eames, Director, NASA Programs and Advanced System Studies, Rolls-Royce Corporation
    Marty Bradley, Technical Fellow, Boeing Research and Technology
    Dale Carlson, General Manager Technology Strategy, GE Aviation
    John Kusnierek, Director – Business Development, Rolls-Royce North American Technologies, Inc.
    Nateri Madavan, Deputy Project Scientist, Fixed Wing Project, NASA Ames Research Center

    1300-1500 hrs
    Dealing with the changing aerospace business environment: A military aviation perspective
    Alton Romig, VP and General Manager, Skunk Works, Lockheed Martin Corporation interviewed by Guy Norris, Senior Editor, Aviation Week

    1430-1530 hrs
    Energy Conversion Initiatives at Lockheed Martin
    Energy Conversion including storage, generation and various new and unfamiliar and unclassified concepts.
    Guest Speaker: Ned Allen, Chief Scientist, Lockheed Martin Corporation

    1600–1830 hrs
    DoD Energy Panel
    As the largest federal user of energy, the Department of Defense (DoD) has played the leading role in the advancement of energy and propulsion systems and innovations for terrestrial and aerospace applications. More recently, energy considerations have become a prime focus in military operations, with various initiatives underway in operational energy efficiency (in addition to installation energy), renewable energy initiatives, and energy-based acquisition and lifecycle management.
    This special session presents perspectives from the DoD and DoE and is focused on DoD Energy challenges and issues, Strategy/Policy, priorities, initiatives and opportunities.
    Participants: Department of the Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, Office of the Secretary of Defense, U.S. Department of Energy



    The Honorable Sharon E. Burke
    Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs
    Office of the Secretary of Defense

    Vice Admiral Philip H. Cullom
    Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics U.S. Navy

    Lieutenant General William M. Faulkner
    Deputy Commandant, Installations and Logistics U.S. Marine Corps

    Mr. James Balocki, SES
    United States Army Corps of Engineers

    1600–1800 hrs
    Propulsion Challenges for Commercial Reusable Space Vehicles
    Moderator: Bruce Pittman, NASA Space Portal/Emerging Space Office
    Frank Zegler, Senior Staff Advanced Programs, ULA
    Tom Mueller, Vice President of Propulsion Development, SpaceX
    Tim Pickens, Chief Propulsion Engineer, Moon Express
    Greg Mungas, CEO and Founder, Firestar Technologies

    1600–1800 hrs
    Engineering Education in a New Fiscal Reality
    Moderator: Daniel Kirk, Associate Professor, Florida Institute of Technology
    Scott Hubbard, Professor, Stanford University
    Gary Kawahara, VP & General Manager, ATK Commerce
    Don Jaekle, Owner, PMD Technologies
    Michael Winter, Chief Engineer for Technology, Pratt & Whitney

    Wednesday, 17 July

    0800–0900 hrs
    Hypersonic Propulsion, Leveraging Today to Deliver Unique Capabilities in the Future
    Keynote Speaker: Mark Lewis, Director, Science and Technology Policy Institute

    0800–0900 hrs
    Power Generation and Processing Challenges for Near-Term High Power Solar Electric Propulsion
    Keynote Speaker: Roger M. Myers, Executive Director, Electric Propulsion and Integrated Systems, Aerojet Rocketdyne

    0930–1200 hrs
    High Speed Propulsion Development and Implementation
    Moderator: Mark Lewis, Director, Science and Technology Policy Institute
    John Korte, Research Directorate Chief Engineer for Hypersonics, NASA LaRC
    John Kusnierek, Director, Business Development, Rolls-Royce North American Technologies, Inc.
    Gerald (Scott) Cruzen, Vice President, Advanced Design and Technology, Williams International Co., LLC
    Curtis Berger, Director, Hypersonic Programs, Aerojet Rocketdyne
    Steven Beckel, Director, Advanced Propulsion Business Development, ATK

    0930–1200 hrs
    Public-Private Partnerships to Accelerate Technology Transition
    Panel will discuss barriers to effective innovation and technology transition to the aerospace industry as well as potential pathways to improved technology maturation and transition.
    Moderator: Graham Warwick, Senior Editor – Technology, Aviation Week
    Alton Romig, Vice President & General Manager of Advanced Development Programs, Skunk Works, Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Dale Carlson, General Manager Technology Strategy, GE Aviation
    Alan Epstein, Vice President Technology & Environment, Pratt & Whitney
    Mark Anderson, Director, Flight Sciences Technology, Phantom Works, The Boeing Company
    Jaiwon Shin, Associate Administrator Aeronautics, NASA

    1430–1630 hrs
    Technology, Education and NASA’s New Asteroid Grand Challenge
    NASA Technology and education-focused opportunities in the new fiscal reality. Overview of NASA’s new “Protect the Planet Grand Challenge”, in which we invite worldwide participation with NASA on discovering all the asteroid threats to human population and figuring out what to do about them - both science and technology research have a stake in it
    Guest Speaker: Mason Peck, NASA Chief Technologist

    1430–1730 hrs
    The Aerospace Industry Coping with the Current Fiscal Environment
    The Panelists will provide a senior level perspective and discussion on how our Propulsion Industry is coping with and adjusting to maintain success in the current challenging fiscal environment.
    Moderator: Sandra Magnus, Executive Director, AIAA
    Jaiwon Shin, NASA Associate Administrator for Aeronautics
    Henner Wapenhans, Head of Technology Strategy, Rolls-Royce
    Jim Maser, Vice President for Corporate Strategy and Development, Gen Corp
    Dale Carlson, General Manager Technology Strategy, GE Aviation
    Ray Johnson, Vice President Space Launch Operations, The Aerospace Corporation