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The 2019 AIAA AVIATION Forum schedule includes expert panels, high-profile keynote speakers, recruitment events, networking opportunities, technical sessions, and access to 40 exhibiting companies.
Courses at AVIATION
  • 15:30 – 17:00
    Ignite the "Meet"ing
    Room

    Peacock Terrace

    Description
    Nothing can be more intimidating than being a newcomer or young person at a conference or event where everyone already knows one another! Learn tips and techniques on networking and relationship building that will make your forum experience more enjoyable and productive. The session will focus on creating an introduction, understanding how to engage with others, playing off the unique networking styles of introverts and extroverts, and some "dos and don'ts" of networking. Then participants will take part in an activity designed to foster quick friendships so they never enter a forum session or reception feeling like a stranger.
  • 17:00 – 18:00
    RLA and Aircraft Technology, Integration and Operations Meet & Greet
    Room

    Tower Mezzanine Foyer

    Description

    Rising Leaders in Aerospace participants are invited to meet members of the Aircraft Technology, Integration and Operations (ATIO) Group and learn about the exciting work and volunteer opportunities in ATIO technical committees: 

    • Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems 
    • Air Transportation Systems 
    • Aircraft Design 
    • Aircraft Operations 
    • Flight Testing 
    • General Aviation 
    • HyTASP (Hypersonics) 
    • Lighter-Than-Air Systems 
    • Product Support 
    • V/STOL Aircraft Systems   

    Light refreshments will be served. 

  • 17:00 – 18:30
    Meet the Employers Recruiting Event Part 1
    Room

    Wedgwood Ballroom

    Description
    This fun, dynamic event offers students and young professionals the opportunity to meet AIAA corporate members and government agencies and discuss employment opportunities. In part 1, participating companies/organizations will present a brief organizational overview and opportunities available, then have follow-on discussions with the attendees. Organizations will host a table and attendees will switch every 10 minutes. Part 2 is an opportunity for students and attendees to meet with any of the employers that they didn’t have a chance to talk with on Sunday evening, and for any employers that could not participate in Sunday’s session to meet with prospective employees. Questions? Contact tobeyj@aiaa.org.

    Participating organizations include:

    • Aurora Flight Sciences, a Boeing Company

    • Calspan

    • Central Intelligence Agency

    • Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab

    • Lockheed Martin

    • Pointwise

    Dress is casual. Don't forget your resume! 

  • 18:30 – 19:30
    Student Welcome Mixer
    Room

    Peacock Terrace

    Description
    Mingle with your peers and hear from AIAA leadership. This reception provides you with the opportunity to meet your fellow students and learn more about the opportunities available to you as an AIAA student member. (Proof of student registration required.)
  • 07:30 – 08:00
    Speaker Briefing
    Room

    Session Rooms

  • 08:00 – 09:00
    Living in the Age of Airplanes
    Room

    Grand Ballroom

    Description
    As one of the most extraordinary and awe inspiring inventions in the modern world, the airplane has profoundly changed the world and our lives. Producer and Director, Brian Terwilliger, will discuss his captivating documentary and explore how far we've come and how fast we got here.
  • 09:00 – 09:30
    AVIATION 101
    Room

    Peacock Terrace

    Description
    Discover how you can make the most of your week at AIAA AVIATION Forum while meeting fellow attendees. This orientation is ideal for first time attendees, but all are welcome!
  • 09:00 – 09:30
    Networking Coffee Break
    Room

    Technical Session Foyers

  • 09:30 – 11:30
    Forum 360 Session: Monday AM
    Room

    Coronado ABCD

    Description
    Regular transportation access to the upper atmosphere, near-space, and orbit itself now seems closer than ever with innovative concepts that combine various combinations of launcher aircraft, hybrid concepts, and advanced aerodynamic features. This Forum 360 will explore the status and promise of some of the most exciting concepts and the technical challenges that still lie ahead.
    To Be Confirmed
    • Karina Drees Photo Karina Drees
      Chief Executive Officer, General Manager, Mojave Air & Space Port
  • 09:30 – 12:30
    Technical Sessions
  • 12:30 – 14:00
    Networking Lunch On Own
  • 14:00 – 16:00
    Forum 360: Flying Faster with the Science of Hypersonics: Challenges and Opportunities
    Room

    Coronado ABCD

    Description
    Hypersonic vehicles for military applications are bursting onto the scene, driven by an acceleration of technologies. At the same time, the "need for speed" has implications for future commercial applications as well. These experts will discuss current research, concepts, and the technical challenges that still must be solved.
    Moderators
    • Kevin Bowcutt
      Senior Technical Fellow, Chief Scientist of Hypersonics, The Boeing Company
    Panelists
    • Michael White Michael White
      Assistant Director, Hypersonics, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, Department of Defense
    • Graham Candler
      McKnight Presidential Professor, Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Russell J. Penrose Professor, Associate Department Head, University of Minnesota
    • Richard Hallion Richard Hallion
      Aerospace Historian and Founding Museum Curator, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution (ret.)
    • placeholder image Ivett Leyva
      Program Officer, Engineering and Complex Systems, Air Force Office of Scientific Research
    • Eric Marineau
      Program Officer, Hypersonics, Office of Naval Research
  • 14:00 – 17:30
    Technical Sessions
  • 16:00 – 16:30
    Networking Coffee Break
    Room

    Technical Session Foyers

  • 16:30 – 19:00
    Speed Mentoring & Networking Reception
    Description

    Accomplished professionals from a variety of backgrounds will take time to meet with the Rising Leaders participants and share their experiences. This event is a great way to get insight from industry leaders and make some great new contacts. And, maybe, they will end up being a mentor for more than just the 15 minutes at this event.

    Continue your conversations and networking at the reception, which will immediately follow. Take time to socialize with your fellow young professionals who are also attending the forum. Having just participated in the speed mentoring, you’ll definitely have at least one thing in common.  Don’t miss this rewarding opportunity.  

  • 18:00 – 19:00
    Wright Brothers Lecture: Turning Flight Control on its Head for the F-35, eVTOL, and Beyond
    Room

    Grand Ballroom

    Speakers
  • 07:30 – 08:00
    Speaker Briefing
    Room

    Session Rooms

  • 08:00 – 09:00
    Plenary Session: Tuesday
    Room

    Grand Ballroom

    Description
     
    To Be Confirmed
  • 09:00 – 09:30
    Networking Coffee Break
    Room

    Technical Session Foyers

    Description
    Sponsored by SmartSky Networks
  • 09:30 – 11:30
    Forum 360 Session: NASA Aeronautics Shaping the Future of Flight
    Room

    Coronado ABCD

    Description
     Today, we stand on the cusp of the next era in aviation. Recent technology advances are coming together to enable breakthroughs in the speed and efficiency of the transport aircraft that are the backbone of the aviation system. Other breakthroughs will enable new markets for smaller aircraft, from unmanned aircraft systems to new modes of passenger transport.

    To ensure research focus on enabling the next era in aviation, NASA Aeronautics guides its efforts with its visionary strategic implementation plan (http://www.aeronautics.nasa.gov/strategic-plan.htm) that lays out an approach to address growing demand for global air mobility, the major challenges of energy efficiency and environmental sustainability, and the opportunity for convergence between traditional aeronautical disciplines and technology advances in information, communications, energy and other rapidly evolving technologies.

    Panelists will include senior leaders from NASA Aeronautics who will discuss strategic directions for sustainable growth in subsonic transports, the safe and efficient emergence of new small aircraft markets, the reemergence of the supersonic transport market, and the fully integrated airspace system in which they must co-exist.
    Moderators
    • Richard Wahls Richard Wahls
      Strategic Technical Advisor, Advanced Air Vehicles Program, NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate
    Speakers
    • Jon Montgomery Jon Montgomery
      Deputy Associate Administrator for Policy, NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate
    Panelists
    • Bryan Barmore Bryan Barmore
      Deputy Project Manager for Technology, Air Traffic Management – Exploration Project, Airspace Operations and Safety Program, NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate
    • Barbara Esker Barbara Esker
      Director (Acting), Advanced Air Vehicles Program Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, NASA
    • Susan Gorton Susan Gorton
      Project Manager, NASA Revolutionary Vertical Lift Technology, NASA Langley Research Center
    • Davis Hackenberg Davis Hackenberg
      Strategy Advisor for Urban Air Mobility, NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate
    • David Richwine David Richwine
      Deputy Project Manager for Technology, Low-Boom Flight Demonstrator Project, Integrated Aviation Systems Program, NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate
  • 09:30 – 12:30
    Technical Sessions
  • 12:30 – 14:00
    Excellence in Aerospace Awards Luncheon (Proof of Purchase Required)
    Room

    Grand Ballroom

    Description

    Join us as we recognize the winners of student and technical paper competitions, and the following awards of Technical Excellence:

    • Aerodynamic Measurement Technology
    • Aircraft Design
    • Applied Aerodynamics
    • Atmospheric Sciences
    • Flight Test
    • Ground Test
    • Aeronautic Project Management
    • Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems
    • Plasmadynamics and Lasers
  • 13:00 – 16:30
    Exposition Hall Open featuring the HUB
    Room

    Chantilly Ballroom

  • 14:00 – 14:30
    Launch into AIAA Membership
    Room

    The HUB in the Exposition Hall

    Description
    Do you feel your professional life is on autopilot? Come see how AIAA Membership can propel you to new heights. Learn how to get in touch with other members using AIAA's Engage platform, reach out to your Region and Section, involve yourself in Student Branch activities, join a Technical Committee, or get a jump start on your job search with our Career Center. With this live question and answer session, AIAA's Membership team will demonstrate how an AIAA Professional and Student Membership can benefit you!
  • 14:00 – 16:00
    CFD Flow Visualization Showcase
    Room

    Chantilly Ballroom Foyer

    Description

    Authors of CFD visualizations papers will describe their work and the significance of their animation as it displays on a large screen monitor. Multiple visualizations will be shown during each of the four 30-minute time slots during the event. 

  • 14:00 – 16:00
    Forum 360: Why Wait? Point-to-Point Mobility Today!
    Room

    Coronado ABCD

    Description
    The aerospace industry is pursing very radical concepts for aerial mobility, such as flying autonomously in dense urban environments from rooftops to enable on-demand mobility services to a connected urban population. But there’s a segment of our industry that is working on connecting communities with point-to-point service right now – and they aren’t waiting around for new vehicles. In this panel, we will hear from the entrepreneurs, lessors, airlines, analysts, and academics that are bringing a new form of aerial mobility to travelers today.
    Moderators
    Panelists
  • 14:00 – 17:30
    Technical Sessions
  • 14:30 – 15:30
    Design Challenge: Marshmallow Lander
    Room

    The HUB in the Exposition Hall

    Description
    Contestants will design a shock absorbing method to protect their rover and other hardware from the impact of landing. Come join the fun as a contestant or a spectator!
  • 15:30 – 16:30
    Paper Airplane Contest
    Room

    The HUB in the Exposition Hall

    Description
    Create your paper airplane and aim for the bullseye for a chance to win a ticket to the Opening Reception!  All attendees welcome and templates will be provided.
  • 16:00 – 16:30
    Meet the Author
    Room

    The HUB in the Exposition Hall

    Description
    Meet, and have your books signed by, Leland M. Nicolai author of Lessons Learned  and Fundamentals of Aircraft and Airship Design, Volumes 1 & 2. Books available for purchase at a conference discount.
  • 16:00 – 16:30
    Networking Coffee Break
    Room

    Chantilly Ballroom

    Description
    Sponsored by SmartSky Networks
  • 17:30 – 18:30
    Addressing Aviation and Education Challenges with NASA University Leadership Initiative: A dialog with Helen Reed
    Room

    Peacock Terrace

    Description
    NASA’s University Leadership Initiative (ULI) provides the opportunity for university teams to exercise technical and organizational leadership in proposing unique technical challenges, defining interdisciplinary solutions, establishing peer review mechanisms, and applying innovative teaming strategies to strengthen the research impact. This is a conversation between Helen Reed and John Cavolowsky about Helen’s experiences while working in two of NASA Aeronautics’ multiyear, multimillion-dollar ULI awards. Their conversation will span the importance of her work, research freedom under the ULI philosophy, the opportunities created for undergraduate and graduate students, and experiences within a multi-disciplinary team of academics and industrial partners.
    Speakers
  • 18:30 – 20:00
    Opening Reception in the Exposition Hall (Proof of Purchase Required)
    Room

    Chantilly Ballroom

    Description
    Discuss the day's events and talk with exhibitors over drinks and light fare in the Exposition Hall. Enjoy a performance by Jon Christopher Davis, a multi-published singer-songwriter and recording artist. JCD's songs have been covered by major-label artists, such as Dolly Parton, Timothy B. Schmit of the Eagles, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Rodney Atkins. "Little Bird," recorded by Sherrie Austin, peaked at number 4 on Billboard's Top Country Singles Sales Chart.
  • 07:30 – 08:00
    Speaker Briefing
    Room

    Session Rooms

  • 08:00 – 09:00
    Plenary Session: Wednesday
    Room

    Grand Ballroom

    Description
    Christopher Emerson will provide his perspective on next generation vertical lift.
    Keynote
  • 08:45 – 16:30
    Exposition Hall Open featuring the HUB
    Room

    Chantilly Ballroom

  • 08:50 – 09:30
    Meet the Author
    Room

    The HUB in the Exposition Hall

    Description
    Meet, and have your books signed by, Leland M. Nicolai author of Lessons Learned  and Fundamentals of Aircraft and Airship Design, Volumes 1 & 2. Books available for purchase at a conference discount.
  • 09:00 – 09:30
    Networking Coffee Break
    Room

    Chantilly Ballroom

  • 09:30 – 11:30
    Forum 360 Session: Wednesday AM
    Room

    Coronado ABCD

    Description
    Modern missions are more complex. Learn about new developments in vertical lift and how they are expanding the envelop of possibilities.
    Moderators
    • Susan Gorton Susan Gorton
      Project Manager, NASA Revolutionary Vertical Lift Technology, NASA Langley Research Center
    Panelists
    • Nick Lappos
      Senior Technical Fellow, Advanced Technology, Sikorsky Aircraft
    • Jeff Trang Jeff Trang
      Vice President, Technology and Flight Operations, Airbus Helicopters, Inc.
    To Be Confirmed
  • 09:30 – 12:30
    Technical Sessions
  • 12:30 – 02:00
    Focus on Automation: Automation Q&A
    Room

    The HUB in the Exposition Hall

    Description

    This past year has witnessed the unveiling of several prototype and test air vehicles, indicating the challenge of creating on-demand personal air platforms is being addressed and progressing. Still on the critical path to widespread on-demand mobility is automation. In this series of interviews, we examine the progress being made by several organizations on automating flight. Automation in this context can include automating primitives for manipulation of flight surfaces, rotors, or actuators, or creation of routines to increase safety through automation in the cockpit, to creation of remote-pilot and autonomous pilotage flights and tasks. Work in this domain leads to greater on-demand mobility through simplification or pilot assistance in the complexities of flying is considered part of this focus. Aircraft created and manufactured to serve on-demand will need to simplify or automate the task of flying in order to make it affordable, safe, and widely used. The focus of the Automation Q&A will be to highlight what is being done in this area.

    Each speaker will be interviewed for 15 minutes.  Audience questions may be addressed informally, 1-1, after the interview.

    Session Participants
  • 12:30 – 14:00
    Networking Lunch On Own
  • 12:30 – 14:00
    RLA Lunch & Learn: Shaping the Workforce of Tomorrow
    Room

    Peacock Terrace

    Description
    Check back for session and speaker information.
  • 14:00 – 16:00
    Forum 360 Session
    Room

    Coronado ABCD

    Moderators
    • John Cavolowsky John Cavolowsky
      Director, Transformative Aeronautics Concepts Program, NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate
    Panelists
    • Lesa Roe Lesa Roe
      Chancellor, University of North Texas System
    • Tom Shih Tom Shih
      J. William Uhrig and Anastasia Vournas Head, and Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University
    • placeholder image Kristi Shryock
      Associate Department Head, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University
  • 14:00 – 17:30
    Technical Sessions
  • 15:00 – 16:30
    Introduction to Drones (I2D)
    Room

    The HUB in the Exposition Hall

    Description
    This overview covers the aerial environment with airspace physics, how to operate both large and small drones, and the role of GPS info as an integral part of navigation and control.  We cover fixed-wing aircraft designs based on the Breguet range equations, Reynolds Number, and parametric fuselage/wing/tail designs. Our intention is to review basic aerodynamics and aircraft controls, as the airframe follows a typical profile starting with take-off, climbing, steady-state flight, turning, performing its mission, returning home, and landing. 
  • 16:00 – 16:30
    Networking Coffee Break
    Room

    Chantilly Ballroom

    Description

  • 16:00 – 16:30
    Meet the Author
    Room

    The HUB in the Exposition Hall

    Description
    Meet, and have your books signed by, Leland M. Nicolai author of Lessons Learned  and Fundamentals of Aircraft and Airship Design, Volumes 1 & 2. Books available for purchase at a conference discount.
  • 18:30 – 20:00
    AIAA Backyard BBQ (Proof of Purchase Required)
    Room

    Anatole Sculpture Park

    Description
    Relax at the end of the day, breathe in the fresh summer air, and enjoy a taste of Texas complete with barbecue and cold brews in the outdoor Anatole Sculpture Park. (Note: Cash bar only. If weather does not cooperate, the event will be moved indoors.)
  • 07:30 – 08:00
    Speaker Briefing
    Room

    Session Rooms

  • 08:00 – 09:00
    The Future of Mobility – Aviation is Changing the World
    Room

    Grand Ballroom

    Description
    Futuristic concepts for new generations of air vehicles are all over the news, but how much is hype and how much represents tangible progress? Greg Hyslop, Chief Technology Officer, The Boeing Company, will provide his perspective on the transformation of how people and goods move around cities and around the globe. This session will paint a picture of the future for the aviation community, the traveling public, and people who just want a pizza delivered. It will provide a glimpse into promising developments, key technologies, tough problems, and how the aviation community will change the world.
    Keynote
  • 08:45 – 16:30
    Exposition Hall Open featuring the HUB
    Room

    Chantilly Ballroom

  • 09:00 – 09:30
    Networking Coffee Break
    Room

    Chantilly Ballroom

  • 09:15 – 09:45
    Calculating Shape From OFDR-Based Distributed Strain Measurements
    Room

    The HUB in the Exposition Hall

    Description
    This presentation describes how engineers are utilizing Optical Frequency Domain Reflectometry (OFDR) based fiber optic strain measurements to derive distributed shape. OFDR offers the ability to acquire strain measurements continuously along the length of an optical fiber. Coupled with fiber’s flexible routing options, this allows one to capture various components of strain continuously or quasi-continuously along the length of the substrate to which the fiber is bonded. Through any number of mechanics models or computational techniques, this information may then be used to determine distributed displacements and deflections along the length of structural components. This has been particularly useful in the aerospace industry for monitoring wing deflection in real-time during flight.
  • 09:30 – 11:30
    Forum 360: Autonomous Operation in an Evolving Network
    Room

    Coronado ABCD

    Description
    Autonomy is becoming ubiquitous in our modern world, but are we really moving the needle to integrate autonomous vehicle operation in our human piloted-world? Acceptance at each higher level of autonomy will not be the same. Verification and validation, testing, and ultimately certification for autonomous systems and complete vehicles will not be a single solution, but more likely a case-by-case solution. Panelists will explore how can we define and create a relationship among all stakeholders for autonomous technology to develop and operate seamlessly with or without humans in the loop.
    Panelists
    To Be Confirmed
  • 09:30 – 12:30
    Technical Sessions
  • 12:30 – 13:00
    F-35 Lightening II Discussion
    Room

    The HUB in the Exposition Hall

    Description
    An integrated story of the technical development of the F-35 Lightning II has heretofore never been presented in a single work. Visit the HUB as Lockheed Martin representatives debut The F-35 Lightning II: From Concept to Cockpit, the newly released book that chronicles a full-spectrum history of the design, development, and verification of the F-35 Lightning II as described by the engineers, scientists and managers intimately involved throughout the development program.
  • 12:30 – 14:00
    Networking Boxed Luncheon (Proof of Purchase Required)
    Room

    Chantilly Ballroom

  • 13:00 – 13:30
    Frontiers of Flight
    Room

    The HUB in the Exposition Hall

    Description
    Future 7th to 10th grade aerospace engineers have been working hard doing 3D modeling and experimentation this summer! Students from the Frontiers of Flight Museum Aero Lab Camp will showcase their custom rubber-band powered balsas plane that they have designed using computer-aided drafting software and a 3D printer. This is a hands-on demonstration and they’re looking to you, AVIATION attendees, to provide best practices, feedback and tips! This is your chance to help future aerospace engineers!
  • 13:30 – 14:00
    First Man Screening Party with James Hansen
    Room

    The HUB in the Exposition Hall

    Description
    Come meet the Author of First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong! James Hansen will be hosting a Q&A with the audience prior to introducing the movie First Man.
  • 14:00 – 16:00
    Forum 360 Session
    Room

    Coronado ABCD

    Moderators
  • 14:00 – 16:30
    First Man Screening
    Room

    The HUB in the Exposition Hall

    Description
    To help celebrate the momentous 50th anniversary of the Apollo, we will be screening the movie First Man, the riveting story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969. Popcorn will be provided!
  • 14:00 – 17:30
    Technical Sessions
  • 16:00 – 16:30
    Networking Coffee Break
    Room

    Chantilly Ballroom

  • 18:30 – 21:00
    ADS Banquet (Proof of Purchase Required)
    Room

    Peacock Terrace

    Description
    Join the Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technical Committee in honoring the 2019 Knacke award recipient, and the 2019 student paper finalists & winner.
  • 07:30 – 08:00
    Speaker Briefing
    Room

    Session Rooms

  • 08:00 – 09:00
    Plenary Session: Friday
    Room

    Grand Ballroom

    Description
     
    Speakers
    To Be Confirmed
  • 09:00 – 09:30
    Networking Coffee Break
    Room

    Technical Session Foyers

  • 09:30 – 11:30
    Forum 360: Accelerating through the TRL Scale
    Room

    Coronado ABCD

    Description
    Non-traditional configurations, system complexity and new transportation business models are forcing the aerospace industry to re-think V&V, flight testing and certification. Join us for an open discussion on what is working , what is not and how innovators in all phases of development are working to make technologies transition to flight faster. 
    Moderators
    • Starr Ginn Starr Ginn
      Deputy Aeronautics Research Director, NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center
    Session Participants
  • 09:30 – 12:30
    Technical Sessions

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Boeing 
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