5–9 June 2017
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Denver, Colorado

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, 4 June, 1600-1800 hrs, Majestic Ballroom

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 include:

  • 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, however, RSVPs are required. Complete the RSVP form.

AIAA Student Welcome Reception

Sunday, 4 June, 1800–1930 hrs, Windows

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.

Sponsored by: Boeing Logo

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

Tuesday, 6 June
0900-0930 hrs in Meeting Room Foyers
1600-1630 hrs in the Exposition Hall

Wednesday, 7 June
0845-0930 hrs in the Exposition Hall
1600-1630 hrs in Meeting Room Foyers

Thursday, 8 June
0845-0930 hrs in Exposition Hall
1600-1630 hrs in Meeting Room Foyers

Friday, 9 June
0900-0930 hrs and 1600-1630 hrs in Meeting Room Foyers

Welcome Reception

Tuesday, 6 June, 1830-2000 hrs, Exposition Hall, Plaza Exhibit/Foyer

CFD Flow Visualization Showcase

Tuesday, 6 June 1400–1600 hrs Plaza Exhibit/Foyer

The presenters of the CFD visualizations will describe their work and the significance of their animation as it plays on a large-screen monitor. Multiple visualizations will be shown during each of the four 30-minute time slots during the event. At the conclusion, awards will be presented for Most Artistic Flow Visualization Animation, Most Quantitatively Descriptive Flow Visualization Animation, and Most Comprehensive Flow Visualization Animation. The visualizations of the three winners will be displayed on a monitor in the Exposition Hall for the remainder of the exposition.

Meet the Author

Tuesday, 6 June, 1830-2000 hrs, AIAA Pavilion, Exposition Hall

Come by and chat with Leland Nicolai, author of Lessons Learned: A Guide to Improved Aircraft Design and Fundamentals of Aircraft and Airship Design.

AIAA Standards Program Open Forum

Wednesday, 7 June 1400–1600 hrs

The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the AIAA Standards Program and the proposed new AIAA Standards Operational Structure which calls for the establishment of a Standards Steering Committee supported by subcommittees that will oversee and manage the various standards domains, the standards development process, member recruitment and member recognition. At the Open Forum, we will be recruiting volunteers and requesting nominations of candidates to populate the new committees and domains. There will also be discussions of current and upcoming standards, review of what new standards are needed and what standards may need to be revised or withdrawn.

Certification Using Analysis and Simulation

Wednesday, 7 June, 1600-1745 hrs, Grand Ballroom I

  • Robert Gregg, Chief Aerodynamicist, Boeing Commercial Airplanes (Moderator)
  • Ben Linder, Director of Flight Sciences, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
  • Rich Wahls, Strategic Technical Advisor, Advanced Air Vehicles Program, Aeronautics Research MIssion Directorate, NASA Langley Research Center
  • Cord-Christian Rossow, Director, Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology, German Aerospace Center
  • John Fisher, Senior Technical Specialist, Aircraft Icing, FAA
  • Uwe Kerlin, EG-TEC Leader, Airbus

Luncheon in the Exposition Hall

Thursday, 8 June, 1230-1400 hrs, Exposition Hall, Plaza Exhibit/Foyer

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.

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