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

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 40 minutes 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 80 minutes will be roundtable meet and greet sessions, with organizations hosting a table and attendees switching every 10 minutes.

Participating organizations include:

  • Aurora Flight Sciences
  • Boeing
  • 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

Mingle with your peers and hear from AIAA Executive Director Sandy Magnus. This reception, sponsored by Aurora Flight Services, 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, 5 June
Meeting Room Foyers
  0900-0930 hrs
Meeting Room Foyers
  1600-1630 hrs
Tuesday, 6 June  
Meeting Room Foyers
  0845-0930 hrs
Exposition Hall
  1600-1630 hrs
Wednesday, 7 June
Exposition Hall
  0845-0930 hrs
 Meeting Room Foyers
  1600-1630 hrs
Thursday, 8 June
Exposition Hall
  0845-0930 hrs
Meeting Room Foyers
  1600-1630 hrs
Friday, 9 June
Meeting Room Foyers
  0900-0930 hrs
Meeting Room Foyers 1600-1630 hrs


Rising Leaders in Aerospace Speed Networking and Reception

Monday, 6 June, 1600-1830 hrs

AIAA's Rising Leaders in Aerospace is a special initiative that provides a forum for young aerospace leaders to learn from and engage with others.

Senior members of corporations and AIAA will be taking time to meet with the Rising Leaders participants and share their experiences. This event is a great way to get insight from top-level officials and make some great new contacts. And, maybe, they will end up being a mentor for more than just the 15 minutes at this event. Don’t miss a terrific opportunity. Senior members of corporations and AIAA will be taking time to meet with the Rising Leaders participants and share their experiences. This event is a great way to get insight from top-level officials and make some great new contacts. And, maybe, they will end up being a mentor for more than just the 15 minutes at this event.

Immediately following the round table interchange with senior members of the industry there will be a follow-on reception. This will allow for conversations to continue, or if a conversation was cut short, an opportunity to have a follow-up discussion. It will also allow for a casual opportunity to meet the other young professionals that are attending the conference. Having just participated in the Leadership Exchange, you’ll definitely have at least one thing in common.

Don’t miss this terrific event!

Recognition Events

Dates to Remember

  • Manuscript Deadline: 03 May 2017
  • Early Bird Reg Deadline: 15 May 2017
  • Cancellation Deadline: 22 May 2017

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