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    Special Activities

    Special Activities

    2012 AIAA Foundation International Student Conference

    Monday, 9 January, 0830–1230 hrs

    Belmont A, B, and C

    The 2011 Regional Student Conference first-place undergraduate, masters, and team winners will compete for the 2012 AIAA Foundation International Student Conference awards. These papers, judged by AIAA professional members, have been deemed the best student papers for this year. The student winners will be announced at the AIAA Foundation International Student Conference Reception and honored at the Awards Luncheon. 

    Engineers as Educators

    Wednesday, 11 January, 1900–2200 hrs

    Lincoln A

    Learn how to teach aerospace concepts to kids while also showing them a good time. We will teach you the little (and big) things that help make working with students easy and fun, including ideas for hands-on activities! Learn how to:  

    • Connect your work to classroom objectives
    • Plan memorable experiences
    • Use simple and clear vocabulary
    • Engage with hands-on experiences, such as setting up a test flight line for gliders, paper airplanes, and straw rockets

    This workshop is free for AIAA members and conference attendees. Space is limited to the first 50 registrants.  

    Graduate Award Presentations

    Winners of the 2011 AIAA Foundation Graduate Awards will present their research and receive recognition. This is an opportunity to hear about the latest university research from some of the best students


    Dryden Lectureship in Research 

    Monday, 9 January, 1730–1830 hrs

    Presidential Ballroom D

    William C. Schneider, Texas A & M University/ NASA Johnson Space Flight Center, Houston, Texas (retired)/Bigelow Aerospace

    Space Hardware Design – 50 Years of Unique Lessons Learned

    The Lectureship emphasizes the great importance of basic research to advancement in aeronautics and astronautics, and is a salute to research scientists and engineers. The 2012 lecture will be given by William C. Schneider, Visiting Professor, Texas A&M University; Senior Engineer, NASA Johnson Space Center (Retired); Consultant, Bigelow Aerospace. 

    AIAA/SAE William Littlewood Memorial Lecture 

    Tuesday, 10 January, 1730–1830 hrs

    Presidential Ballroom D

    John-Paul Clarke, Air Transportation Laboratory, Georgia Institute of Technology
    NextGen? NowGen? What should we be doing now to achieve a pragmatic yet revolutionary Next Generation Air Transportation System?

    The Lectureship honors an individual who has made contributions to the field of civil air transportation that are of current interest and major importance. The 2012 lecture will be given by John-Paul Clarke, Associate Professor, Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering and H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Director, Air Transportation Laboratory, Georgia Institute of Technology. 


    von Kármán Lectureship in Astronautics

    Wednesday, 11 January, 1730–1830 hrs

    Presidential Ballroom D

    William H. Gerstenmaier, NASA

    Global Outpost in Space: A platform for discovery … the International Space Station

    The Lectureship honors an individual who has performed notably and distinguished himself/herself technically in the field of astronautics. The 2012 lecture will be given by William H. Gerstenmaier, NASA Associate Administrator for Space Operations. 

    Public Policy Luncheon

    Sponsored By: Lockheed Martin

    Lockheed Martin Logo

    Monday, 9 January
    1230–1330 hrs

    Presidential Ballroom A-D

    "Systemic Challenges to Defense Acquisitions"

    Speaker: Edward M. Kraft, Chief Technologist, Arnold Engineering Development Center, Arnold Air Force Base


    A systems view of defense acquisition is used to understand root causes for continually increasing challenges in producing timely and cost effective output from the acquisition process. An integrated approach using improved policies, capabilities, and processes is suggested as a way to increase the effectiveness of defense acquisition. A challenge is presented to the AIAA community to use the Technical Committees as a forum for potential technical process changes. 

    More Networking Opportunities at ASM 2012

    Are you looking for additional networking and learning opportunities at the Aerospace Sciences Meeting? Come visit the presentation stage located in the exhibit hall during your scheduled conference breaks. You can mingle with other attendees over a cup of coffee and listen to exhibitors provide interesting information relevant to the current trends of your industry. The current ASM presentation stage schedule can be found online here (link), in the final program at the conference, as well as on signage at the entrance of the exhibit hall and in front of the stage. AIAA staff and ASM exhibitors look forward to seeing you in Nashville in January!