19–22 August 2019
JW Marriott, Indianapolis, Indiana

AIAA/IEEE Electric Aircraft Technologies Symposium (EATS) – New Event!

Transformational Electric Flight
12-13 July 2018
Cincinnati, Ohio

Duke Energy Convention Center 

Registration Open On-Site:
12 July 2018, 0700-1100 hrs

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The aerospace industry has set ambitious goals for the next three generations of commercial transport aircraft to accommodate rapid growth in emerging markets and ensure sustainability of air travel. One approach being explored to meet these targets is non-traditional aircraft propulsion using electric, turboelectric or hybrid-electric powertrains.

Recent workshops by the IEEE and AIAA have identified the need to bring together electrical engineers and aerospace experts as the industry looks to more electric propulsion technologies for future aircraft. The AIAA Aircraft Electric Propulsion and Power Working Group and the IEEE Transportation Electrification Community are collaborating to organize a new two-day symposium to address these issues. The event is set for 12–13 July following the AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum.

The symposium technical program will focus on electric aircraft technology across three programmatic tracks:
(1) Electric-power enabled aircraft configurations and system requirements
(2) Enabling technologies for electric aircraft propulsion
(3) Electric aircraft system integration and controls



Edward M. Greitzer

H. N. Slater Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics                             
Massachusetts Institute of Technology     

Jay Dryer

Jay Dryer

Director, Advanced Air Vehicles Program 
NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) 

Rudiger Thomas

Rüdiger Thomas

Propulsion Roadmap Owner  
Airbus Americas

Brian Yutko Small

Brian Yutko

Vice President, Research & Development 
Aurora Flight Sciences

System Engineering Needs and Challenges Generated by Electrification of Air Vehicles

The introduction of electric power technologies to enable turbo-electric, hybrid electric and all electric distributed propulsion will impact vehicle designs from small UAVs to long haul transports. These highly integrated vehicle designs with distributed interfaces, multi-functional components, autonomy, and dynamic coupling between subsystems provide significant challenges for systems engineering which evolved from simplification of interfaces and interface configuration management. In addition to the complexity introduced at the vehicle level, the controlled airspace space system with increasing numbers of UAVs must share the airspace with piloted passenger aircraft. The communications infrastructure required to enable management of the public airspace is a system of systems structure with increasing complexity caused by new technologies such as autonomous vehicle interaction with human controllers. This system of systems infrastructure must address the issues of cybersecurity, institutional vulnerabilities, and extreme environment disturbances such as solar weather to guarantee public safety.

Panel members include:

  1. Marija Ilic – Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Integrated Dynamic Systems
  2. Brian Yutko – Aurora Flight Sciences – Unique and Novel Air Vehicles
  3. Troy Peterson – System Xi  - Model Based Systems Engineering
  4. Michael Watson – NASA Marshal Space Flight Center – Complex Systems
  5. John Juhasz – Telepath – Critical Infrastructure Protection and Recovery

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Symposium Organizing Committee

Symposium Chairs:

General Chair: Marty Bradley
Co-Chair: Kiruba Haran
Co-Chair: Chuck Lents 
Technical Program Chair: Phil Ansell
Assistant: Andy Gibson

Symposium Organizing Team:



Phil Ansell University of Illinois 
Mike Armstrong Electric Power Systems (EPS)
Edson Bortoni UNIFEI 
Cheryl Bowman NASA 
Marty Bradley Boeing 
Han-wook Cho Chungnam University 
Andy Gibson ES Aero 
Ed Grietzer MIT
Amit Gupta Rolls-Royce
David Hall Aurora Flight Sciences
Kiruba Haran University of Illinois 
Hyun Dae Kim NASA 
Chuck Lents United Technologies 
Nateri Madavan NASA 
John Nairus Air Force Research Laboratory
Luiz Neroski Embraer 
Kaushik Rajashekara    University of Houston 
Durrell Rittenberg Siemens
Jean Rivenc Airbus 
Bulent Sarlioglu University of Wisconsin 
Dave Torrey General Electric

All papers will be co-published in both AIAA's electronic library, Aerospace Research Central (ARC), and the IEEE Xplore digital library. In addition, the EATS organizing committee may recommend high-quality papers for journal publication and is exploring the development of an invited special edition publication in a relevant AIAA or IEEE journal, covering the most impactful work presented at EATS.  

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*NOTE: The Electric Aircraft Technologies Symposium has a separate registration fee from the AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum. 

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