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    Special Activities

    Special Events

    Young Professional Networking Reception

    space YP 96 poster 2012 The AIAA Young Professional Committee is hosting a young professional (YP) networking reception on Monday, 10 September 2012, 1900–2130 hrs at the Pasadena Convention Center in Ballroom A. This is a great chance for young professional members of the Institute, professionally employed members age 35 and under, to meet other members and make new contacts. Join the AIAA YP Committee for light hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and relaxed socializing.  

    Leading the STEM Charge: Illuminating the Potential in Aerospace

    Sponsored by Northrop Grumman
    AIAA, in partnership with Project Lead the Way (PLTW) and the Conrad Foundation (CF), will host a one-day educational event on Wednesday, 12 September 2012 to bring together high school students who have expressed an interest in aerospace engineering.

    The event will consist of a student poster session, panel discussion, and a private networking lunch. The students will have the opportunity to showcase their work, hear from those currently working in the industry, and ask questions during a “lunch-and-learn” session.

    Make sure to stop by the poster session in the exposition hall and see and hear work that future leaders of the aerospace industry find exciting and challenging.

    Report from the 1st Annual Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) Fusion Forum

    The Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) completed its first ever Space Generation Fusion Forum ( in conjunction with the 28th Annual National Space Symposium in April in Colorado Springs. Over two days, the Space Generation Fusion Forum offered the next generation of space sector leaders from government, industry, and academia the opportunity to come together to exchange views on current, hot space topics via interactive panels moderated by today’s sector leaders. The AIAA MVP Award was presented to Minoo Rathnasabapathy, who was selected from the best five participants of the Space Generation Fusion Forum. Minoo will represent SGAC and present the report of the Space Generation Fusion Forum on the presentation stage in the exposition hall during the Wednesday afternoon networking coffee break.

    William H. Pickering Lecture

    The William H. Pickering Lecture will be held Wednesday, 12 September 2012, 1800–1930 hrs, in Ballroom C-D at the Pasadena Convention Center. The lecture is named for the former NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Director to honor his initiation and leadership of America’s unmanned scientific space program, from Explorer I in 1958 through the development of the Viking orbiters and Voyager outer planet and interstellar missions. The lecture is open to all attendees and the general public. A light dessert reception will be held prior to the lecture.