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

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. Activities typically include a reception, speed mentoring, a lunch and learn session, and a keynote address.

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Speed Mentoring and Reception

Monday, 25 June 2018, 1630 – 1930 hrs

Accomplished 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.

Continue your conversations and networking at the reception which will immediately follow. Take time to socialize with your fellow young professionals who are also attending the conference. Having just participated in the speed mentoring, you’ll definitely have at least one thing in common.  Don’t miss this rewarding opportunity. 

Lunch Panel - Moving Us Forward: Growing Diversity in the Aerospace Sector

Wednesday, 27 June 2018, 1230 – 1430 hrs

Despite making major advances in recent years, the aerospace sector still struggles with diversity, as many groups which comprise a large portion of the US labor force only account for a small fraction of the aerospace workforce. This panel will provide perspectives on the role of diversity in STEM fields and how creating a diverse workforce can propel technological innovation.  Panelists will also discuss efforts and best practices for closing the gap in STEM fields for minorities and women. Panelists will share their personal commitment, experiences, and activities related to growing diversity in the workforce as well as the efforts of their associated organizations.

Co-Sponsored by the AIAA Diversity Working Group
Boxed lunches will be available for the first 50 young professionals who attend. 

General Aviation Technical Committee and Rising Leaders Reception

Wednesday, 27 June 2018, 1600 – 1730 hrs

Network with panelists from the Forum 360 Session: Entering a New Era of General Aviation (Part 23), members of the General Aviation Technical Committee, and their peers. Discuss the future of general aviation, including electric flight, simplified vehicle operations and unmanned aircraft technologies; and learn more about the committee members’ roles within AIAA and the industry. 

Keynote Session

Thursday, 28 June 2018, 1630 – 1800 hrs

Check back for speakers and session description.


For more networking opportunities and information about the "Meet the Employers" event, please visit the Networking and Special Events page. 

Dates to Remember

  • Manuscript Deadline: 16 May 2018
  • Early Mem Reg Deadline: 04 Jun 2018
  • Cancellation Deadline: 11 Jun 2018

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