Prestigious Speakers Added to 2023 AIAA SciTech Forum, World’s Largest Aerospace R&D Event Written 11 January 2023


January 11, 2022 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has added speakers and features to the 2023 AIAA SciTech Forum, 23–27 January, National Harbor, Maryland, and virtually. Registration is open. Journalists who wish to cover this event can request a Press Pass.

The five-day program will address solving societal grand challenges, investing in the future, connecting science and engineering, accelerating confidence in this digital world, and making Sci-Fi a reality. Esteemed speakers from across the aeronautics, R&D, and space community recently confirmed include:

  • Brig. Gen. Jason Bartolomei, USAF, Program Executive Officer for Weapons and Director of the Armament Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center
  • Sophia Bright, Vice President, US Navy Product Support, The Boeing Company
  • William Gerstenmaier, Vice President, Build and Flight Reliability, SpaceX
  • Dyan Gibbens, Strategic Advisor and Acting CTO, AFWERX/SpaceWERX
  • Zachary Jackowski, Chief Engineer – Spot, Boston Dynamics
  • Lt. Gen. Larry James, USAF (Ret.), Deputy Director, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Byron F. Knight, Chief Scientist, Advanced Systems and Technology Directorate, National Reconnaissance Office
  • Col. Pamela Melroy, USAF (Ret.), Deputy Administrator, NASA
  • The Honorable Bill Nelson, Administrator, NASA
  • Al Tadros, Chief Technology Officer, Redwire Space
  • Ryan Tintner, Vice President of Digital Transformation, Northrop Grumman
  • Stefanie Tompkins, Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
  • Graham Warwick, Executive Editor, Technology, Aviation Week & Space Technology

Jonathan Gardner, Deputy Senior Project Scientist, James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, will continue the William H. Pickering Lecture he began at 2022 ASCEND in Las Vegas. Gardner will engage attendees with a lively update on the science results and discoveries made by the JWST team.

LEONARDO – or LEO for short – the world’s first bipedal walking robot, will attend the forum, along with his creators from Caltech. Attendees will witness LEO’s dexterity and hear about how the technology designed for LEO could be adapted for future Mars missions.

Students from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, Virginia, will talk about the work they are already doing in space. Participants in TJ Space, a club that introduces principles of aerospace engineering and communications by building CubeSats, deployed their latest 2U CubeSat, TJREVERB, on 29 December 2022, from the International Space Station. TJREVERB was designed and engineered entirely by these students and did not use a satellite kit.

More than 70 of the leading companies and organizations across aerospace will showcase a range of transformative products and technologies in the Exposition Hall, which will be open 24–26 January. In addition, attendees can hear more on industry trends and insights in the heart of the Exposition Hall on the Innovation Stage @ the HUB. Sponsored by NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the HUB will feature short talks, interactive demonstrations, and media interviews. Topics include digital innovation, future technology development, and workforce development, as well as inspirational stories from authors, students, and others.

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