AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum, July 9-11, Looks Ahead to Newest Technologies Shaping Industry Written 22 June 2018

CONTACT: John Blacksten

June 22, 2018 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will hold its 2018 AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum, the only international event to focus on aeronautics and space propulsion, on July 9-11, at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Some of the best minds in industry, academia, and government will be exploring this year’s theme: “Building on the Past to Ignite the Future.”

“Ohio is known as both the ‘birthplace of aviation’ and the birthplace of more astronauts than any other state—the perfect location to host an aerospace forum focused on the future,” said Dan Dumbacher, AIAA executive director. “New technology and partnerships are transforming the industry. AIAA brings together leaders from across our community to take a close look at the challenges before us.”

The forum features high-level plenary sessions that dovetail into Forum 360 panels for dynamic discussions on past, present, and future propulsion and energy advances. The 170 concurrent technical sessions will dive even deeper into the subject matter and present cutting-edge research. All plenary and Forum 360 sessions will be streamed online. More information, including the program schedule, is available on the forum’s website.

Forum topics include the progress to flight of both of NASA’s flagship exploration programs – the Space Launch System and the Orion spacecraft. A panel of experts will field questions about the progress on this new capability for human exploration of our solar system.

The F135/LiftSystem® Development session with experts from Pratt & Whitney, Lockheed Martin Corporation, and Rolls-Royce will look at complex systems integration in the context of a real-life implementation.

Other sessions will parse hype from reality when it comes to the future of in-space propulsion, electric propulsion, and hypersonics. Additional notable sessions include big data impacts on aviation services, additive manufacturing, and workforce challenges.

Representatives of the media who want to attend must register at Press Credential Request or contact John Blacksten at

About AIAA
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is the world’s largest aerospace technical society. With nearly 30,000 individual members from 85 countries, and 95 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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