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    Distinguished Lecturers to Speak at AIAA Science and Technology Forum
    Lectures to Focus on Basic and Applied Research and Public Service

    November 19, 2015 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is pleased to announce that two distinguished lecturers will speak on January 4 and 5 at the AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition 2016 ( AIAA SciTech 2016), January 4–8, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, California.

    Ronald M. Sega, director, Systems Engineering Graduate Programs and Woodward Professor of Systems Engineering, at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, will present the AIAA Durand Lecture for Public Service. The title of Sega’s lecture will be “Thoughts on Complex Systems Solutions in the 21st Century.” Sega will present his lecture at a 12:30 p.m. luncheon on Monday, January 4.

    The Durand Lectureship honors William F. Durand, and recognizes notable achievements by a scientific or technical leader whose contributions have led directly to the understanding and application of the science and technology of aeronautics and astronautics for the betterment of mankind.

    Robert H. Liebeck, senior technical fellow, The Boeing Company, Huntington Beach, California, will present the AIAA Dryden Lecture in Research. The title of Liebeck’s lecture will be “Blended Wing Body Technology Readiness.” Leibeck will present his lecture at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 5.

    The Dryden Lectureship, established in 1967, honors Dr. Hugh L. Dryden. The award succeeded the Research Award established in 1960. The lecture emphasizes the great importance of basic and applied research to the advancement of aeronautics and astronautics and is a salute to research scientists and engineers.

    For more information on these lectures, or the AIAA Honors and Awards program, please contact Carol Stewart at or 703.264.7538.



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