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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    Special Activities
    Tuesday, 26 June
    0800 – 1200 hrs

    Aerospace T&E Days Forum

    Theme: Dealing With Uncertain Futures: Challenges and Solutions

    Most of us are used to planning in a fiscally constrained environment. However, the challenges of planning under resource constraints are magnified when the budgeting environment becomes very uncertain as it is today.  This is also occurring at the same time that we are developing and fielding systems of increasing complexity and capability.  As we enter an era of austerity compounded with rising uncertainty due to economic, political, and social uncertainties, we must develop new strategies for maintaining the world-class test and evaluation capabilities we have in the United States so we can continue to develop and test research, military, and commercial systems.  Despite the challenges, we also have many opportunities. The purpose of this forum is to discuss: (1) the challenges that the acquisition and test and evaluation communities face now and in the future, and (2) potential solutions to those problems.  The forum will consist of two moderated panels of acquisition, technical, and test and evaluation leadership from the aerospace domain; the first panel will focus on the challenges and the second on the solutions.  Each panel member will speak for 15-20 minutes and then questions from the audience will be fielded.  


    Download T&E Days Speaker Biographies

    0800 – 1000 hrs

    T&E Days First Panel

    “Establishing Policies to Enhance Test and Evaluation Support to Acquisition Programs”

    This panel will discuss current DoD and AF policies relative to how acquisition programs engage with test and evaluation organizations to support their requirements. Discussion will include current policy as regards to use of government and/or industry test and evaluation capabilities.  Finally, panelists will discuss recommendations for policy changes to further enhance effectiveness/efficiency of test support. 

    Panel Moderator:
    Robert (Bob) Arnold
    , Chief Technologist, 46th Test Wing, Eglin AFB


    Major General David Eichhorn, AFOTC/CC 

    Maj. Gen. Kenneth D. Merchant, Commander, Air Armament Center, and Air Force Program Executive Officer for Weapons, Air Force Materiel Command, Eglin Air Force Base, FL

    Harry Strittmatter, Florida Site Manager, Modern Technology Solutions, Inc.

    1000 – 1200 hrs

    T&E Days Second Panel

    “Building and Maintaining Test Capabilities in Uncertain Times”

    This panel will discuss planning for the test and evaluation of technically advanced and complex systems in an era of downsizing, encroachment, and other uncertainties.  Panelist topics may include investment strategies (e.g., technology, facilities and people), policy changes, process improvements, partnerships, and other methods to deal with declining budgets and uncertain futures.

    Panel Moderator:
    Robert (Bob) Arnold, Chief Technologist, 46th Test Wing, Eglin AFB 

    Dennis O'Donoghue
    , The Boeing Company – BT&E
    Tim Marshall, Director of Aeronautics Test Program, NASA

    Eileen Bjorkman, Chief Technologist, Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB

    Tuesday, 26 June
    1400 - 1445 hrs

    Boundary Layer Analysis, Second Edition Author Signing and Information Session

    Stop by the AIAA Bookstore in the Exhibit Hall from 1400-1445 to have your copy of Boundary Layer Analysis, Second Edition signed by authors Joseph Schetz and Rodney Bowersox. AIAA Education Series Editor-In-Chief, Joseph Schetz, will also be answering any question you might have about authoring your own AIAA title. Boundary Layer Analysis, Second Edition will be on sale for $80.47 at the AIAA Bookstore.

    Design, Build, Fly Presentation

    "The AIAA/Cessna Aircraft Company/Raytheon Missile Systems - Student Design/Build/Fly Competition provides a real-world aircraft design experience for engineering students by giving them the opportunity to validate their analytic studies. Student teams design, fabricate, and demonstrate the flight capabilities of an unmanned, electric powered, radio controlled aircraft that can best meet the specified mission profile. The goal is a balanced design possessing good demonstrated flight handling qualities and practical and affordable manufacturing requirements while providing a high vehicle performance. The winning team from the 2012 competition will provide a presentation discussing their winning design. The AIAA Applied Aerodynamics, Aircraft Design, Design Engineering and Flight Test Technical Committees jointly form the basis for the DBF governing committee."

    AIAA Bookstore

    Stop by the AIAA Bookstore in the Exhibit Hall to browse and purchase specially selected titles for the Fluid Dynamic conference. Also featured will be the entire 2012 AIAA Book of Month collection at their special month prices. Lastly, the title History of Liquid Propellant Rocket Engines by George P. Sutton, has been selected as the conference book of Fluid Dynamics and is on sale for $51.97.