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

Rising Leaders in Aerospace

By attending Rising Leaders in Aerospace events along with the technical sessions of the AIAA forums, I am able to grow my career and expand my technical knowledge all at one venue!—Kate Stambaugh, JHU Applied Physics Laboratory

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. 

Networking 1  

Speed Mentoring and Reception

Monday, 5 June, 1600-1830 hrs, South Convention Lobby

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. 

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.

Sponsored by: Lockheed Martin

Senior Mentors:

  • Brad Belcher, Rolls Royce
  • Ron Bessire, Lockheed Martin
  • Megan Harrell, Lockheed Martin
  • Sandra Magnus, AIAA
  • Jeff Scheinost, Lockheed Martin
  • Nicola Wagner, Lockheed Martin
  • Rob Weiss, Lockheed Martin

Lunch and Learn
Your Next Move: How to Build a Strong Foundation for Long-Term Career Success

Tuesday, 6 June 2017, 1200-1330 hrs, Grand Ballroom I

Presenter: Ron Bessire, Vice President, Engineering and Technology, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Successfully navigating the waters of the real world to reach your career goals is challenging. It’s filled with risk, uncertainty, excitement, and opportunity. How do you know which way to go when confronted with a fork in the road? How do you know when it’s time for your next big career move? What can you do in the near term to best prepare yourself for long-term career success? Join us to hear personal perspectives and advice on how to tackle these tough questions from key executives in the aerospace industry. And don’t forget to bring your own career questions and dilemmas as well! Box lunches will be available for the first 70 young professionals who attend.

Sponsored by: Lockheed Martin

Boom Supersonic: Inside the Startup Developing the Next Gen Supersonic Commercial Airliner

Wednesday, 7 June 2017, 0930-1100 hrs, Grand Ballroom II

Supersonic flight has existed for over half a century, but it hasn’t been affordable for routine travel—until now. Nearly six decades after the dawn of the jet age, we finally have the technology for efficient, economical, and safe supersonic flight. Key technologies, such as composite fuselages and high-temperature material systems, have only recently been accepted by the FAA for commercial aircraft. A breakthrough aerodynamic design, state-of-the-art engine technology, and advanced composite materials enable an ultra-fast airliner as efficient and affordable as business class in today’s subsonic widebody airliners. Hangar 14 at Centennial Airport in Denver looks nondescript, but something historic is happening inside. Dozens of the best and brightest minds have gathered here to design, build, and fly XB-1, the first independently developed supersonic jet.

Join us for a panel discussion with some of Boom Supersonic’s engineering team to discuss the future of commercial supersonic flight.


  • Ben Marchionna, Skyspecs (Moderator)
  • Erin Fisher, Engineer for the Flight Control Systems on the XB-1 supersonic demonstrator, Boom Supersonic
  • Greg Krauland,Technical Program Manager of the XB-1 program, Boom Supersonic
  • Charlie Hoffert,Structures Design Engineer, Boom Supersonic

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