2017 AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum And Exposition to Discuss Pushing Boundaries Through Innovative Design and Technology Written 15 June 2017

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Military Propulsion Needs, Future of Aircraft Propulsion, Hypersonic Flight, Space Exploration Propulsion Among Topics to be Explored

June 15, 2017 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will hold its 2017 AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum and Exposition (AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum), July 10–12 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. The forum’s theme is “Pushing Boundaries Through Innovative Design and Technology.”

Featuring 25 discussion tracks and more than 600 technical presentations by attendees, the AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum is an international event that will bring together leading minds from industry, academia and government to provide actionable insights into the critical challenges facing the fields of propulsion, energy storage and use. The forum’s plenary sessions are: “Military Propulsion Needs”; “Aircraft Propulsion – What Does the Future Bring?”; “NASA Aeronautics”; “Presidential Transition”; “Civil Space”; and “Space Exploration Propulsion.”

“Ongoing and future initiatives in both flight and space exploration demand continuously evolving propulsion systems to advance our abilities to fly faster, explore longer, and travel farther afield than before,” said Sandy Magnus, AIAA executive director. “The AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum is an important gathering for the types of conversations which will result in breakthroughs in propulsion, energy storage and use. I am excited to see what ideas emerge during the forum, and to see the enthusiasm of our attendees for constantly pushing the boundaries of the known today to create the technological breakthroughs of tomorrow.”

Rafael A. Garcia, director, Propulsion Directorate, U.S. Air Force Materiel Command, will deliver the forum’s opening keynote address, “Military Propulsion Needs” on July 10. Other notable speakers include: Michael J. Barrett, acting chief, Space Technology Research Office, NASA Glenn Research Center; Nady Boules, president, NB Motors LLC; Dave Carter, senior vice president, engineering, Pratt & Whitney; William J. Fredericks, founder, and CEO, Advanced Aircraft Company; Neil Garrigan, executive manager, advanced technology systems, GE Aviation; William H. Gerstenmaier, associate administrator, human exploration and operations, NASA; Shawn Gregg, manager, propulsion engineering, Delta Technical Operations, Delta Air Lines; Mark Lewis, director, science and technology policy, Institute for Defense Analyses; Todd May, center director, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center;  Humphrey “Hoppy” Price, chief engineer, Mars Exploration Program, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Jaiwon Shin, associate administrator, Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, NASA; Robert D. Shultz, director, engine maintenance, Delta Technical Operations, Delta Air Lines; Venkat Srinivasan, director, Argonne Collaborative Center for Energy Storage Science; Paul Stein, chief technology officer, Rolls-Royce Corporation; Brad Tousley, director, Tactical Technology Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency; and Eric Walters, president, PC Krause and Associates.

AIAA Propulsion and Energy’s Forum 360 panel discussions are: “Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Power Generation and Storage”; “Aircraft Propulsion: The Airline Operations and MRO Perspective”; “Future of Electrified Aircraft Propulsion for Commercial Transports: Perspectives and Lessons Learned From Outside Aviation”; “Transition From Expendable to Reusable Hypersonic Platforms”; “Planetary Surface Power”; and “Aerospace Energy Focus.”

The executive sponsor of the 2017 AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum is GE Aviation. Additional sponsors are: Aerion Technologies, Ariane Group, Bastion Technologies, Dunmore Corporation, Georgia Center of Innovation for Aerospace, Lockheed Martin Corporation and VACCO Industries. The forum’s media sponsor is Aerospace America.


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The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is nearly 30,000 engineers and scientists, and 95 corporate members, from 85 countries who are dedicated to advancing the global aerospace profession. The world’s largest aerospace technical society, the Institute convenes five yearly forums; publishes books, technical journals, and Aerospace America; hosts a collection of 160,000 technical papers; develops and maintains standards; honors and celebrates achievement; and advocates on policy issues. AIAA serves aerospace professionals around the world—who are shaping the future of aerospace—by providing the tools, insights, and collaborative exchanges to advance the state of the art in engineering and science for aviation, space, and defense. For more information, visit www.aiaa.org, or follow us on Twitter @AIAA.


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