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

Young Professionals and Students

Networking 1 

Meet the Employers

Sunday, 24 June, 1600-1800 hrs
Centennial IV

AIAA’s “Meet the Employers” event at the 2018 AVIATION Forum offers students and young professional attendees the opportunity to meet AIAA corporate members. This is a fun and dynamic environment where students and professionals interact with organizations regarding employment opportunities. 

Participating companies/organizations will present a brief organizational overview and opportunities available, then have follow-on discussions with the attendees. Organizations will host a table and attendees will switch every 10 minutes.

Participating employers include:

  • Aurora Flight Sciences, A Boeing Company
  • Boeing Commercial Airplanes
  • Honda Aircraft Company
  • Georgia Tech Research Institute
  • Gulfstream
  • Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Spectral Energies
  • Textron Aviation
  • The MITRE Corporation
  • United States Air Force, Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC)

Immediately following the event, AIAA will hold its Student Welcome Reception in the same venue and company and organization representatives are encouraged to attend. There is no charge to participate in either the recruiting event or the reception. No RSVP is required.

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.  

AIAA Student Welcome Reception

Sunday, 24 June, 1800–1930 hrs
Regency Ballroom V

Mingle with your peers and hear from AIAA Executive Director Daniel L. Dumbacher. This reception provides you with the opportunity to meet your fellow students and learn more about the opportunities available to you as an AIAA student member.


Rising Leaders in Aerospace Events:

Rising Leaders are graduate students and professionals age 35 and younger. AIAA's Rising Leaders in Aerospace (RLA) multidimensional program features a leadership exchange/speed mentoring, panel session, and multiple opportunities for networking. 

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


Speed Mentoring and Reception

Monday, 25 June 2018, 1630 – 1930 hrs
Regency Ballroom V

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 – 1400 hrs
Regency Ballroom V

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.

Panelists include:

Cynthia Calhoun (Moderator), Deputy Chief, Program and Project Assurance Division, NASA Glenn Research Center

Ashlie Flegel, Aerospace Engineer, Fluid Mechanics Icing Branch, NASA Glenn Research Center

Birdel Jackson, Ill, President, Jackson-Davis Foundation

Rumaasha Maasha, Aerospace Engineer, Dynamics, Loads, and Strength Branch, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

Christine Pastor-Barsi, Aerospace Engineer, NASA Glenn Research Center 

Ashley Simpson, Vice President, Research and Technology, Airbus

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
Terrace Foyer

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. 

Partnerships for Transformation and Skills for the Next 100 years in Aerospace

Thursday, 28 June 2018, 1630 – 1730 hrs
Centennial IV

Speaker: Starr Ginn, Deputy Aeronautics Research Director, NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center

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