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    Future of Aerospace Propulsion and Advanced Energy Systems Focus of San Jose Conferences
    Discussions on Propulsion Policy, International Collaboration, Mission Requirements, and More on Tap

    June 10, 2013– Reston, Va. – Energy conservation technology, advanced energy systems, and the future of aerospace propulsion will be among the topics discussed at the San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, Calif., July 15–17 at the 49th Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhbit (JPC) and the 11th International Energy Conversion Engineering Conference, hosted by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

    Through keynote addresses, panel discussions, and technical sessions, the co-located conferences will explore the future of aerospace propulsion and energy systems. Topics of discussion include the evolution of commercial space, international propulsion collaboration, recent developments with NASA’s Space Launch System, mission requirements and technologies for space transportation, legacy reusable launch systems, next-generation aircraft systems, energy conversion technology, advanced energy and power systems, devices for terrestrial energy systems, aerospace technology’s role in advanced power systems, and the future of the “Smart Grid” in the United States and abroad.

    Keynote speakers include: John Olson, assistant director, space and aeronautics, White House Office on Science and Technology Policy; Ric Parker, director, Research & Technology, Rolls–Royce, PLC; and Al Shafer, principal deputy, assistant secretary of defense for research and engineering. Panelists include: Simon “Pete” Worden, director, NASA Ames Research Center; Alton Romig, vice president and general manager, Skunk Works, Lockheed Martin Corp.; Daniel Dumbacher, deputy administrator, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters; William Gaubatz, former program manager, DC-X program, McDonnell Douglas; and Ed Lu, chairman and CEO, B612 Foundation.

    This year’s conferences will also feature various technical sessions addressing topics that are subject to the requirements of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). Attendance at these U.S. only sessions will require proof of U.S. citizenship for entry.

    Event sponsors are: Premier sponsors: Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne. Executive sponsors: GE and Jacobs. Welcome Reception sponsor: Lockheed Martin. Networking Break sponsor: United Launch Alliance. Attendee Bag sponsor: Dynetics. Lanyard sponsor: SpaceX. Mobile App sponsor: ATK. Media sponsors: Space News and Aerospace America. Conference supporter: MOOG.

    For more information about the 49th JPC or the 11th IECEC, or to register, please visit or, or contact Duane Hyland at 703.264.7558 or Media registration for both conferences is complimentary for credentialed members of the press. Follow the conferences on Twitter at #aiaaPropEnergy.


    AIAA is the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. With more than 35,000 individual members worldwide, and100 corporate members, AIAA brings together industry, academia, and government to advance engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter @AIAA.



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