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    Orlando Panel to Examine Future of Renewable and Sustainable Energy in Florida

    July 16, 2014 – Reston, Va. – A panel of experts will examine the potential future of renewable and sustainable energy in Florida on Wednesday, July 29, at 9:00 a.m. (EST). The panel is being held in conjunction with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ (AIAA) Propulsion and Energy Forum and Exposition 2015 (AIAA Propulsion and Energy 2015), July 27–29, at the Hilton Orlando, 6001 Destination Parkway, Orlando, Florida.

    Specific areas of discussion will include: the need for greater reliance on sustainable and renewable energy in Florida; how ongoing research and technology development will meet those needs; the benefits derived from sustainable and renewable energy; and how wind power and solar technology may power Florida’s future.

    “This panel brings to the forefront the renewable and sustainable energy debate in Florida,” said S. A. Sherif, professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, the panel’s organizer and moderator. “The discussion gives end users, utilities, the business community, and researchers a chance to join in a long-awaited discussion – the purpose of which is to synergize the needs, capabilities, and available resources for the benefit of all involved.”

    Joining Sherif on the panel will be: Prabir Barooah, associate professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Florida; Jon Ippel, sustainability director and senior aide to the Chief Administrative Officer, City of Orlando; Saeed Moghaddam, associate professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Florida; and Jennifer S. Szaro, manager, renewables, Orlando Utilities Commission.

    For more information on this panel, or on AIAA Propulsion and Energy 2015, please contact Duane Hyland at or 703.264.7558.

    About AIAA Propulsion and Energy 2015
    Featuring three discussion tracks, a dynamic plenary program, a robust Forum 360 program, and over 600 individual presentations from 300 institutions in 28 countries across 24 topic areas, AIAA Propulsion and Energy 2015 is an international forum that will bring together leaders in the propulsion and energy fields from government, industry and academia to discuss mission-critical topics that are timely and relevant to the aerospace and energy communities. Specific plenary topics include: “Global Cooperation and Economic Development”; “Cost and Affordability of Future Systems”; “Technology Development and Trends in Propulsion and Energy”; “Propulsion Safety”; and “Workforce Development.”


    About AIAA
    AIAA is the largest aerospace professional society in the world, serving a diverse range of more than 30,000 individual members from 88 countries, and 95 corporate members. AIAA members help make the world safer, more connected, more accessible, and more prosperous. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter @AIAA.



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