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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    The Energy Imperative

    Panel Discussion

    The Energy Imperative

    13 August, 1600–1800 hrs



        Chris Ryan
    Steve Csonka
    Executive Director, Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI)(Moderator)  
    Thomas W. Hicks
    Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy), U. S. Navy  
    Mauro Kern
    Executive Vice President, Engineering and Technology, Embraer  
    Alan H. Epstein
    Director General and Vice President, Technology and Environment, Pratt & Whitney  
     Chris Ryan
    President, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Technology Officer, Gevo 


    Rising fuel costs and price volatility have dramatic implications for both commercial and military aviation. Experimentation with alternative fuels to hedge against price increases and availability issues in the long term has become a high-profile subject. This session will focus on the following topics:

    • What is the future of alternative fuels and propulsion?
    • What global trends in energy will impact the aerospace industry?
    • To what extent can alternative fuel sources achieve cost reductions or reduce price volatility?
    • Are defense aviation and commercial aviation competitors or partners – or both – for alternative fuels?