2019 AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition to be Held in San Diego, Calif., January 7-11 Written 14 December 2018

CONTACT: John Blacksten

Forum will delve into how aerospace is being transformed by on-demand delivery of customized products and services

December 14, 2018 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will hold its 2019 Science and Technology Forum and Exposition ( AIAA SciTech Forum), 7–11 January in San Diego, Calif. The overarching theme of the event is how on-demand delivery of customized services and products are transforming aerospace. 

The 2018 forum was a record-breaker with nearly 4,200 attendees from all 50 states (including Washington, DC) as well as 39 countries. The 2019 AIAA SciTech Forum is on track to be even bigger, including 2,400 technical presentations on the latest innovations spanning 50 aerospace research topics that will drive advancements in the industry. 

“What makes the AIAA SciTech Forum stand out is it brings together the top decision makers and technological trailblazers in aerospace,” said Dan Dumbacher, AIAA executive director. “We’re discussing high-level issues one hour and the next, people are figuring out how to make those ideas happen. 

“AIAA SciTech is a busy place because we’re all curious people who want to find out how far our industry can go. Students and young professionals meet the experts who literally wrote the book. New collaborations and new research areas are created. People find jobs. We also have a lot of fun.” 

The sixth annual AIAA SciTech Forum will examine this year’s theme of Aerospace on Demand. Industry experts will discuss how advances in additive manufacturing, high-speed networked computers, autonomous systems, and big data analytics are reshaping aerospace supply chains, improving productivity, and opening the market to new competitors. A different area will be addressed each day, although the Aerospace on Demand theme will run throughout the forum. For example, Monday is focused on manufacturing; Tuesday on space; Wednesday on aviation; Thursday on autonomy; and Friday on education. 

AIAA SciTech’s signature sponsor is Lockheed Martin Corporation. Other sponsors include The Boeing Company, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Northrop Grumman Corporation, The Raytheon Company, DARcorporation, Bastion Technologies, and media sponsor Aerospace America. 

The forum will feature speakers from government, industry and academia, including Airbus SE, Blue Origin, Boeing, Georgia Institute of Technology, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Lockheed Martin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, NASA, Stanford University, and Virgin Galactic. 

Please visit scitech.aiaa.org/forumschedule/ for more information about the AIAA SciTech Forum schedule. The plenaries and Forum 360s will be streamed live at livestream.com/AIAAVideo. A schedule will be posted before the forum begins on Jan. 7, 2019. 

Members of the media may register here: scitech.aiaa.org/Press_Credential_Request 

Media contact: John Blacksten, 703.264.7532, johnb@aiaa.org

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  www.aiaa.org, or follow us on Twitter  @AIAA.


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