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    2017 AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition to be Held in Grapevine, Texas, January 9–13
    Forum Will Address Full Spectrum Disruption Across the Global Aerospace Community

    November 28, 2016 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will hold its 2017 Science and Technology Forum and Exposition (AIAA SciTech Forum), January 9–13, at the Gaylord Texan Hotel and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas.

    AIAA SciTech Forum will bring together 11 aerospace science and technology conferences drawing an international audience who will hear from thought leaders across the aerospace community. There will also be over 2,300 paper presentations on cutting-edge, world-leading aerospace technical and scientific research and an exposition that will feature the latest in aerospace technology from over 50 companies and research organizations.

    “The global interconnectedness of the aerospace industry means that disruptive events, whether brought about by advances in science and technology, or changes in the marketplace or the political arena, are events that cannot be ignored,” said AIAA President Jim Maser. “Only by discussing and examining the role of disruption in our community can we adapt to the realities of a rapidly changing landscape. I can think of no better place for these timely and needed discussions than this year’s AIAA SciTech Forum, the world’s largest gathering of aerospace professionals.”

    Speakers at the weeklong forum will include: Dave Bowles, director, NASA Langley Research Center; Roy Bridges, former director, NASA Langley Research Center; Carissa Christensen, managing partner, The Tauri Group; Mary “Missy” Cummings, professor, School of Engineering, Duke University and director, Humans and Autonomy Laboratory, Duke Robotics; Delma Freeman, former director, NASA Langley Research Center; Neil Gershenfeld, director, The Center for Bits and Atoms, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Michael D. Griffin, chairman and CEO, Schafer Corporation; Rob High, vice president and chief technology officer, IBM Watson; Moriba Jah, director, Space Objects Behavioral Sciences, University of Arizona; Steve Jurczyk, former director, NASA Langley Research Center; George Nield, associate administrator, Commercial Space Transportation, FAA; Paul Nielsen, director and CEO, Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University; Robie Samanta Roy, vice president, technology strategy & innovation, Lockheed Martin Corporation; Jaiwon Shin, associate administrator, Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, NASA; and George Whitesides, CEO, Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company.

    The forum’s plenary sessions will tackle the question of disruption across the aerospace community, including factors driving disruption in the sector, disruptive business models, how the presidential transition will affect the aerospace industry, breakthroughs that promise to transform aerospace and how the next generation of aerospace professionals will help the community advance its knowledge and skills.

    The Forum 360 program will offer attendees a chance to dive deeper into topics offered in the plenary sessions as they will consider: enabling innovation through computational prototypes and supercomputers, the past and future of NASA Langley Research Center, the future needs of the aerospace workforce, how aerospace technology might be used in geoengineering efforts to mitigate global warming, space traffic management, transitioning ideas from the laboratory to flight testing, how to manage change in a disruptive environment, and the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts program and how it may enable missions from Venus to Alpha Centuri.

    The premier sponsor of the 2017 AIAA SciTech Forum is Lockheed Martin Corporation. The forum’s other sponsors are: Aerion Technologies, Airborne Systems, Airbus, Bastion Technologies, dSpace Inc., Dunmore Aerospace, dSpace, HondaJet, Northrop Grumman, PCB Piezotronics, SmartUQ, Space Electronics, The Boeing Company, TREK, and XFlow. Aerospace America is the event’s media sponsor.

    For more information on the AIAA SciTech Forum, please contact Duane Hyland at or 703.264.7558. Registration is complimentary for credentialed members of the press.


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