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Rising Leaders in Aerospace Events

Rising Leaders are graduate students and professionals that are 35 and younger. They are the persons that will become the leaders of tomorrow, the inventors of the next great things, and the individuals that will accept the mantle from those that have forged the way thus far.

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  • YP Networking Reception

    Monday, 19 August, 1800 – 1930


    Third Floor Pre-function


    Come unwind and network with other young professionals who are also attending the forum. 

  • Lunch and Learn: Beyond Apollo: Looking Forward to the Next Moon Landing

    Tuesday, 20 August, 1200 – 1330


    JW Grand Ballroom 2


    The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing reminds us of the legacy of the United States’ Space Program, the progress we have made in establishing a human presence in space, and the steps we still have to take to return to the Moon and reach Mars. Today’s aerospace industry provides young professionals a unique opportunity in history to contribute to the next big leap in space exploration.

    How can we use the past fifty years of history to reinvigorate the next era in human space flight? Join us for a discussion with our panel of technical and historical experts on the Apollo program as we look forward to the future.

  • Meet the AIAA Technical Committees

    Wednesday, 21 August, 0930 – 1030


    The HUB in the Exposition Hall


    Stop by this interactive session with some of AIAA’s technical committee members. Learn what exactly technical committees do, what initiatives they're currently working on, when they meet, and how you can bring your YP perspective to them!

    Participating Technical Committees include:

    • Aerospace Power Systems
    • Electric Propulsion
    • High Speed Air Breathing Propulsion
    • Hybrid Rockets
    • Inlets, Nozzles, and Propulsion Systems Integration
    • Terrestrial Energy Systems
    • Gas Turbine Engines

Sessions for Students

  • Meet the Employers Recruiting Event

    Sunday, 18 August, 1600 – 1800


    White River Ballroom AB


    This fun, dynamic event offers students and young professionals the opportunity to meet AIAA corporate members and government agencies and discuss employment opportunities. Organizations will host a table and attendees will switch every 10 minutes. Questions? Contact tobeyj@aiaa.org.

    Dress is casual. Don't forget your resume! 

  • Student Welcome Mixer

    Sunday, 18 August, 1800 – 1930


    White River Ballroom G


    Mingle with your peers and hear from AIAA Leadership! This networking event provides you with the opportunity to meet your fellow students and learn more about the opportunities available to you as an AIAA student member. Proof of student registration is required. Appetizers will be provided, and a cash bar will be available.  

What I really like about AIAA is their commitment to students. They have so many opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to get involved in the aerospace and astronomy communities.
Kathie L. Olsen, Founder and Managing Director, ScienceWorks and winner of the 2014 AIAA Public Service Award


Rolls Royce 
Lockheed Martin 
Aerojet Rocketdyne 
Northrop Grumman Corp 
Bastion Technologies