17–21 June 2019
Hilton Anatole, Dallas, Texas

University Leadership Initiative Technical Interchange


NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate created the University Leadership Initiative (ULI) for a new type of interaction with the university community, where universities take the lead, build their own teams, and set their own research path. ULI seeks new, innovative ideas that can support the NASA Aeronautics portfolio and the U.S. aviation community.

In the first round of ULI,  NASA selected 5 multi-year awards. The ULI Technical Interchange is a peer review of these projects. In addition, an industry expert panel will discuss aviation industry challenges that could serve as future proposal ideas. NASA’s second ULI solicitation is open for proposals in NSPIRES. Proposals are due May 16th for this solicitation.

The ULI Technical Interchange is the ideal event to discover cutting-edge research and technologies that will advance U.S. aviation and for an inspired idea exchange and networking for both leads and partners looking to participate in future ULI solicitations.

Open to all AIAA AVIATION Forum attendees.


Monday, 25 June 2018

0930–1000 hrs:                                                                      
Introduction from NASA (Dr. John Cavolowsky, Transformative Aeronautics Concepts Program Director) 
1000–1100 hrs:    

Adaptive Aerostructures for Revolutionary Civil Supersonic Transportation (Dr. Dimitris Lagoudas, Texas A&M University)*

1115–1215 hrs:    

Hyper-Spectral Communications, Networking & ATM as Foundation for Safe and Efficient Future Flight (Dr. David Matolak, University of South Carolina)*

1215–1300 hrs: 

Lunch Break

1300–1400 hrs:

Panel Discussion - John Langford (President, Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation), Scott Drennan (Director, Innovation, Bell) and Eric Ringer (Director, Aviation Technology, Skyward) will talk about aviation challenges that the industry faces that could serve as future proposal ideas for university led teams.

1400–1500 hrs: 

Information Fusion for Real-Time National Air Transportation System Prognostics under Uncertainty (Dr. Yongming Liu, Arizona State University)* 

1515–1615 hrs:

Electric Propulsion: Challenges and Opportunities (Dr. Mike Benzakein, Ohio State University)*

1615–1715 hrs:

Advanced Aerodynamic Design Center for Ultra-Efficient Commercial Vehicles (Dr. James Coder, University Of Tennessee, Knoxville)* 

1730–1830 hrs:

Future ULI discussion and networking 

1830–1930 hrs:

Informal ULI networking in the hotel lobby

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

1830–2000 hrs:     Informal ULI networking at the NASA booth during the Opening Reception in the Exhibit Hall**

* 40 minutes presentation followed by 20 minutes of community feedback and Q&A
** Ticket required to attended Opening Reception

Dates to Remember

  • Manuscript Deadline: 14 May 2019
  • Early Mem Reg Deadline: 27 May 2019
  • Cancellation Deadline: 27 May 2019

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