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    Rising Leaders in Aerospace Forum - SciTech 2014

    Rising Leaders in Aerospace Forum

    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.


    Forum Chair

    Tim Hinerman, Aeroject Rocketdyne


    Program Agenda

    Monday, 13 January

    1900-2000 hrs
    Potomac Ballroom 1-2


    Rising Leaders Reception

    The reception will kick off the Rising Leaders in Aerospace Forum. It is the perfect opportunity for young leaders to mingle with others who will be participating in the forum as attendee, presenter, or veteran professional, in a casual environment. You’re bound to see them again at the Speaker, Networking, or Young Professional Panel event.


    Tuesday, 14 January

    1630-1730 hrs
    Potomac Ballroom 1


    Rising Leaders Keynote

    Distinguished Speaker: Laurie Gallo, Executive Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton 


    Laurie Gallo


    Topic:  Career Advancement

    Wednesday, 15 January

    1430-1600 hrs
    Potomac Ballroom D


    Leadership Exchange  

    A networking event for young aerospace leaders, age 35 and under.


    Senior Mentors:  
    Jim Albaugh, AIAA President Elect
    Allen Arrington, Engineering Manager, Sierra Lobo, Inc.
    Mike Griffin, AIAA President
    Basil Hassan, Manager – Aerospace Systems Analysis Department, Sandia National Laboratories
    Kelly Laflin, Senior Specialist Engineer – CFD/AeroSciences, Cessna Aircraft
    George Lesieutre, Professor and Department Head, Penn State University
    Mark Lewis, Director, Science and Technology Policy Institute
    Sandy Magnus, Executive Director, AIAA
    Laura McGill, Engineering Deputy, Raytheon Company
    Mark Melanson, Manager – Integrated Operations, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
    Alton Romig, Vice President – Engineering and Advanced Systems, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
    Laura Richard, Mission Manager, United Launch Alliance
    David Riley, Program Manager, Boeing Research and Technology
    Merrie Sanchez, Senior Director – Space Exploration Systems, Sierra Nevada Corporation


    Annlisa Weigel, Director, Fairmont Consulting Group


    Thursday, 16 January

    1230-1400 hrs
    Potomac Ballroom 1

    Rising Leaders Luncheon Panel: "Expectations and Reality of Your Career"

    A networking event for young aerospace leaders, age 35 and under.   


    Moderator: Kate Stambaugh, JHU Applied Physics Laboratory


    Cheryl Blomberg, University of Colorado

    Ben Marchionna, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company
    Ryan Rudy, Boeing Engineering Operations & Technology
    Gregory P. Scott, Naval Research Laboratory



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