Distinguished Lecturers to Speak At AIAA Science and Technology Forum Written 10 December 2018

CONTACT: John Blacksten

December 10, 2018 – Reston, Va. –The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is pleased to announce that the following lectures will be presented during the 2019 AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition (AIAA SciTech Forum), to be held 7–11 January at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, Calif. 

The Durand Lecture for Public Service will be presented by Douglas L. Loverro, President, Loverro Consulting LLC, and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Space Policy, U.S. Department of Defense. His lecture, titled “Guarding the ‘High Frontier’ and Preserving Its Capability for Commercial Use – What Is Necessary to Assure a Secure Future for Our Nation and a Thriving Space Industry?” will be given 1230 hrs PT, Monday, 7 January. 

The Durand Lecture for Public Service, named in honor of William F. Durand, is presented for 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. 

Joseph A. Schetz, Ph.D., Fred D. Durham Chair in Aerospace and Ocean Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia, will present the Dryden Lecture in Research entitled, “Truss-Braced Wing Designs for High-Speed Transport Aircraft.” This lecture will take place at 1730 hrs PT, on Tuesday, 8 January. 

The Dryden Lectureship in Research, named in honor of Dr. Hugh L. Dryden, former director of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, and a renowned proponent of the value of research programs to aerospace, emphasizes the important role of basic research in the advancement of engineering and science in aerospace, and salutes the work that research scientists and engineers perform. 

For more information about the AIAA Honors and Awards program, please contact Patricia A. Carr, Manager, Honors and Awards Programs, at patriciac@aiaa.org.

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