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    Networking and Special Activities

    Networking and Special Activities

    In his book about the power of networking, Never Eat Alone, Keith Ferrazzi states: “And the rule in life that has unprecedented power is that the individual who knows the right people, for the right reasons, and utilizes the power of these relationships, can become a member of the 'club,' whether he started out as a caddie or not.”

    Whether it’s breakfast or lunch in the exhibit hall, evening receptions, B2B matchmaking, the Rising Leaders Forum, awards ceremonies, lectureships, or simply talking with the person next to you at a technical paper presentation, you’ll find many opportunities to “not eat alone.”

    Business-to-Business (B2B) Networking

    Monday 13 January 2014
    1000-1400 hrs 


    Susan Nichols
    Program Director
    DARPA Small Business Programs Office
    SBIR/STTR Program Manager 
      Joseph Grant Ph.D.
    Space Technology Mission Directorate
    NASA Headquarters
    SBIR/STTR Program 
      Nafiz Karabudak

    Global Technology Manager and SBIR/STTR Technology Lead

    Corporate Engineering & Technology

    Lockheed Martin Corporation


    Find out how your capabilities match with the needs of government R&D agencies and major aerospace corporations. Learn about the latest technology opportunities, form new alliances and partnerships, and maximize business resources. Companies will outline what they’re looking for in partnerships, followed by one-on-one matchmaking and detailed discussion about programs and opportunities.

    Exposition Hall Activities

    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 14-16 January 2014

    • 0700-0800 - Breakfast in the Exposition Hall
    • 0930 and 1500 hrs- Coffee Breaks

    Tuesday Reception – 1730-1830 hrs

    Wednesday Luncheon – 1230-1330 hrs

    Rising Leaders in Aerospace Forum

    AIAA's Rising Leaders in Aerospace Forum is a special initiative taking place during SciTech 2014 that provides a forum for young aerospace leaders, age 35 and under, to learn from 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 their perspectives, with subject matter relevant to your career stage.

    Recognition Events

    Join us as we celebrate individuals and teams whose work has fueled the collective human drive to explore, create, and be part of something bigger than ourselves.


    AIAA Associate Fellows Reception and Dinner

    Monday, 13 January 2014 Reception 1845 hrs; Dinner 1930 hrs
    Please support your colleagues, and join us for the induction of the 2014 Associate Fellows. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis and can be purchased via the SciTech 2014 registration form or onsite based on availability. Business attire is requested


    Awards Luncheon - Celebrating Achievements in Aerospace Sciences and Literature
    Tuesday, 14 January 2014, 1230-1400 hrs

    Awards to be presented include:

    • Aerospace Guidance, Navigation and Control Award
    • Gardner-Lasser Aerospace History Literature Award
    • History Manuscript Award
    • Intelligent Systems Award
    • John Leland Atwood Award
    • Mechanics and Control of Flight Award
    • Pendray Aerospace Literature Award
    • Summerfield Book Award

    All attendees must have a ticket for the luncheon.  Tickets may be purchased as part of a conference registration, or separately.

    Presentation of AIAA Sustained Service Awards
    Wednesday, 15 January 2014, 0930-0945 hrs
    Join us in the Exposition Hall when we recognize outstanding individuals for their volunteer contributions and service to AIAA.

    Awards Luncheon – Celebrating Achievements in Aerospace Design and Structures
    Thursday, 16 January 2014, 1200-1400
    Awards to be presented include:

    • Aerospace Design Engineering Award
    • Structures, Design and Materials Award
    • Survivability Award
    • ASME Adaptive Structures Prize

    All attendees must have a ticket for the luncheon.  Tickets may be purchased as part of a conference registration, or separately.

    Dryden Lectureship in Research
    Monday, 13 January 2014, 1730-1830 hrs
    Mark J. Lewis, Director, The Science and Technology Policy Institute, Institute for Defense Analyses will present Taking the Hype Out of Hypersonics: Research Contributions to Operational High-Speed-Systems.

    The lectureship is open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Durand Lectureship in Public Service and Public Policy
    Monday, 13 January 2014, 1130-1300 hrs
    Scott Pace, Director, Space Policy Institute, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University will provide the keynote address on American Space Strategy: Choose to Steer, Not Drift

    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. The Durand lunch is sponsored by Lockheed Martin



    von Kármán Lectureship in Astronautics
    Wednesday, 15 January 2014, 1730-1830 hrs
    Antonio L Elias, Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer, Orbital Sciences Corporation will Space Transportation: Past, Present, and . . . ??

    The lectureship is open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Student Activities

    AIAA is focused on the future. That’s why there’s a strong element of student participation woven throughout the technical program, as well as the special events at SciTech 2014.


    International Student Conference Sponsored by the AIAA Foundation
    Discover what may just be the next remarkable breakthrough that shapes the future of aerospace when the winners of the 2013 AIAA Regional Student Conferences present their award-winning work.
    Monday, 13 January 2014  

    • 0930 hrs - Undergraduate Division
    • 0930 hrs - Master Division
    • 1000 hrs - Team Division
    • 1430 hrs - Community Outreach Division



    AIAA Foundation Student Reception and Awards Ceremony
    Monday, 13 January 2014, 1830-2000 hrs

    Come meet the most intriguing people in the field! This reception acknowledges the significant accomplishments made by students in the aerospace field. Meet and mingle with the AIAA Board of Directors, AIAA Fellows and Associate Fellows, the winners of the Orville and Wilbur Wright Award, student conference award winners, and others who are as fascinated by aerospace as you are. 

    STEM Activities

    Introduction to the AIAA Educator Academy
    Wednesday, 15 January 2014, 1900 hrs

    Do you ever wish your local schools taught AIAA approved aerospace curricula in grades 3-12? Well, now they can, if you or your section engages them in using one of the AIAA's brand new Educator Academy curriculum modules. Come find out how! This presentation introduces the Educator Academy; describes the three exciting inquiry-based modules, Space Weather Balloon, Mars Rover Celebration, and Electric Cargo Plane; and gives details on how to adopt the Academy as one of your STEM K-12 Outreach Programs.

    More Networking Opportunities

    ARCS Foundation Partners Happy Hour

    Tuesday, 14 January 2014, 1630-1730 hrs


    If you are an alumni or current scholar supported by Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS), or if you represent one of 55 US ARCS-funded universities, or if you want to learn more about this organization, you are invited to an informal ARCS Networking Happy Hour. Many ARCS alumni and faculty from ARCS universities are also active members of AIAA, so we especially hope to see you there. This no-host happy hour will take place on Tuesday, 14 January, 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the National Harbor Gaylord Hotel lobby bar. Just follow signage to meet your ARCS colleagues. For information contact Dr. Kristen Bloschock (ARCS Alum/AIAA member).