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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    Why Attend?

    Why Attend?

    Find out what lies ahead, as leaders in space exploration, spacecraft systems and design, space science, military space, and more discuss their programs, challenges, and solutions during plenary and panel sessions.

    • Expand your knowledge, as expert engineers and scientists share their latest research and development findings.
    • Network, discuss challenges, and share ideas during technical sessions, luncheons, networking coffee breaks, and social activities.
    • Meet and greet your current and future colleagues, business partners, and employers, and learn about the newest groundbreaking technologies in the exposition hall. Check out the presentation stage, enjoy refreshments, and network with your peers. Daily exhibit activities will attract 1,000+ participants into the hall.
    • Stay at the top of your game with AIAA’s Continuing Education programs. Leave with insights and solutions that you can put to immediate use.
    • Access to the AIAA Complex Aerospace Systems Exchange (CASE) event and sessions.

    Who Should Attend?

    • Industry executives
    • Government and military officials
    • Program managers
    • Business developers
    • Engineers, scientists, and researchers
    • Professors, educators, and students
    • Consultants
    • Press/media


    What to Expect?

    Discussion and interaction with aerospace leaders such as:

    • Stephen Altemus, Director Engineering, Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (bio)
    • David Anhalt, Vice President, U.S. Government Solutions, Space Systems/Loral (bio)
    • David Barnhart, DARPA, (bio)
    • Col Scott W. Beidleman, Director, SMC/XR, U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (bio)
    • Robert D. Cabana, Director, NASA Kennedy Space Center (bio)
    • Bruce Chesley, Director, Advanced Space and Intelligence Systems, The Boeing Company (bio)
    • Jason Crusan, Director, Advanced Exploration Systems, NASA 
    • James Cutler, Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan (bio)
    • Thomas Cwik, Deputy Chief Technologist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (bio)
    • Charles Elachi, Director, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (bio)
    • John Elbon, Vice President and General Manager, Space Exploration, The Boeing Company (bio)
    • Roberta Ewart, Chief Scientist, U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (bio)
    • Lori B. Garver, Deputy Administrator, NASA (bio)
    • William H. Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations, NASA (bio)
    • John M. Grunsfeld, Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters 
    • Roger A. Krone, President, Network and Space Systems, Boeing Space, Defense, and Security, The Boeing Company (bio)
    • David H. Lehman, GRAIL Project Manager, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (bio)
    • Brig Gen Robert "Tip" Osterthaler, USAF (Ret.), President and CEO, SES Government Solutions (bio)
    • Lt Gen Ellen M. Pawlikowski, USAF, Commander, U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (bio)
    • Mason Peck, Chief Technologist, NASA Headquarters (bio)
    • Philip E. "Pepper" Phillips, Manager, Ground Systems Development and Operation Program, KSC (bio)
    • Garrett Reisman, Senior Mission Assurance Engineer, Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) (bio)
    • Jim Riker, Chief Scientist, Space Vehicles Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) (bio)
    • Wanda Sigur, Vice President and Deputy, Civil Space, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company (bio)
    • Jody Singer, SLS Deputy Program Manager, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (bio)
    • Michael T. Suffredini, NASA, (bio)
    • Sir Martin Sweeting, Group Executive Chairman, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (bio)
    • John Szymanski, Executing Advisor, Global Security, Los Alamos National Laboratory (bio)
    • Lt Gen Eugene L. Tattini, USAF (Ret), Deputy Director, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (bio)
    • Mark Valerio, Vice President and General Manager, Military Space, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company (bio)
    • Ken Washington, Vice President, Advanced Technology Center, Lockheed Martin Space Systems (bio)
    • Simon P. "Pete" Worden, Director, NASA Ames Research Center 
    • Yadunath Zambre, Senior Fellow and Manager, Internal Research and Development, Lockheed Martin (bio)
    • Maria T. Zuber, GRAIL Principal Investigator, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (bio) 

    Insight into the latest and future technologies and developments in:

    • Commercial Space
    • Intelligent Systems
    • National Security Space
    • Robotic Technology and Space Architecture
    • Space and Earth Science
    • Space Colonization and Space Tethers
    • Space Economics
    • Space Exploration
    • Space History, Society, and Policy
    • Space Logistics and Supportability
    • Space Operations
    • Space Resources
    • Space Systems and Sensors
    • Space Systems Engineering
    • Space Transportation and Launch Systems

    Networking and partnership-building with your industry peers during:

    • Opening Reception
    • Poster Sessions
    • Networking Coffee Breaks
    • Awards and Keynote Luncheons
    • Young Professional Networking Reception