25–29 June 2018
Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia

Networking and Special Events

This year AIAA AVIATION Forum is expected to draw about 2,500 participants from across all facets of the aviation enterprise who are shaping the future of flight. Dedicated networking breaks, luncheons, and receptions are woven throughout the forum, providing many opportunities to meet new colleagues and build new relationships.

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The forum is a great place for us to make contacts, network with our customers and talk about new, innovative ideas. It's important to find the newest and best ways to make our airplanes and our industry better. This is a great opportunity to network and make that happen.—Rob Fuller, Lockheed Martin

Whether it's breakfast, lunch, or receptions in the Exposition Hall; recognition ceremonies and lectures; trips to offsite tour locations; or simply talking with the person next to you in a session or in the hallway, you'll find many opportunities to engage with other participants.  

Meet the Employers


Sunday, 24 June, 1600-1800 hrs

This event offers students and young professional attendees the opportunity to meet AIAA corporate members in a fun and dynamic environment where they will interact with organizations regarding employment opportunities. 

The first hour will consist of briefs presented by five organizations. Participating companies/organizations will present an organizational overview and opportunities available, then have follow-on discussions with the attendees. The following hour will be roundtable meet-and-greet sessions, with organizations hosting a table and attendees switching every 10 minutes.

Participating organizations have included:

  • Aurora Flight Sciences
  • The Boeing Company
  • Gulfstream
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Northrop Grumman
  • United Launch Alliance

Corporate members and government agencies are invited to present; opportunities are limited so to secure your presentation please contact Tobey Jackson or call 703.264.7570.

All students and young professionals are invited to attend and there is no cost to participate.

AIAA Student Welcome Reception

Sunday, 24 June, 1800–1930 hrs

Mingle with your peers and hear from AIAA Executive Director Sandy Magnus. This reception, sponsored by the Boeing Company, provides you with the opportunity to meet your fellow students and learn more about the opportunities available to you as an AIAA student member.


Networking Coffee Breaks

Networking coffee breaks allow even more time for making new contacts, continuing discussions from sessions, visiting the Exposition Hall, or checking emails and voicemails to keep in touch with the office while you are at the forum. Networking coffee breaks will be held at the following locations and times:

Monday, 25 June
0900-0930 and 1600-1630 hrs in Meeting Room Foyers

Tuesday, 26 June
0900-0930 hrs in Meeting Room Foyers
1600-1630 hrs in the Exposition Hall

Wednesday, 27 June
0845-0930 hrs in the Exposition Hall
1600-1630 hrs in Meeting Room Foyers

Thursday, 28 June
0845-0930 hrs in Exposition Hall
1600-1630 hrs in Meeting Room Foyers

Friday, 29 June
0900-0930 hrs and 1600-1630 hrs in Meeting Room Foyers

Rising Leaders in Aerospace

This multidimensional program provides content and activities geared to those 35 and under who are new entrants to the corporate world. Take this opportunity to engage with new contacts and refresh old ones. A ticket for the reception is required and included in the registration fee where indicated. Additional tickets for guests may be purchased upon registration or on site.

Recognition Events

Dates to Remember

  • Abstract Deadline: 09 Nov 2017
  • Manuscript Deadline: 16 May 2018
  • Early Bird Reg Deadline: 04 Jun 2018
  • Cancellation Deadline: 11 Jun 2018

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