9–11 July 2018
Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

Rising Leaders in Aerospace

What I really like about AIAA is their commitment to students. They have so many opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to get involved in the aerospace and astronomy communities.Kathie L. Olsen, Founder and Managing Director, ScienceWorks and winner of the 2014 AIAA Public Service Award


Rising Leaders in Aerospace LogoThis is a special initiative that provides a forum for young aerospace leaders, age 35 and under, to learn from and engage with others.

The multidimensional program features a speed mentoring leadership exchange, panel or keynote sessions, Q&A with top industry leaders, and multiple opportunities for networking. This exciting and energetic forum will provide access to top aerospace leaders and their perspectives, with subject matter relevant to your career stage.

2017 Rising Leaders in Aerospace events are sponsored by

2017 Program Includes:

Lunch with AIAA Technical Committees
Monday, 10 July
1200–1330 hrs
Exposition Hall

Technical Committees:

Electric Propulsion
Gas Turbine Engines
High Speed Air Breathing Propulsion
Hybrid Rockets
Nuclear & Future Flight Propulsion
Energetic Components and Systems
Inlets, Nozzles, and Propulsion Systems Integration

Members of several AIAA Technical Committees will be taking time to meet with the Rising Leaders in Aerospace participants and highlight their role within AIAA as well as how their committees serve the industry and Institute at large. This interactive event is a great way to get insight from your peers, gain industry contacts and meet your fellow young professionals. Boxed lunches will be available for the first 70 young professionals who attend! Please check back at a later date for a list of Technical Committees participating.

Keys to Success: Career Development for the Aspiring Young Professional
Tuesday, 11 July
0900-1000 hrs
Speaker: Laura Hopkins, Lockheed Martin Corporate Staffing Director

Are you a young professional navigating your life and career? Join us for an interactive session and get your questions answered! Aerospace industry experts will provide insight and concrete advice for young professionals looking to leverage their strengths and make the most of their career. Network and learn from your peers and don’t forget to bring your own career questions and dilemmas as well!

Speed Mentoring
Tuesday, 11 July
1000-1100 hrs

Senior Mentors:

Mark Lewis, Institute for Defense Analyses
Laura Hutchison, Lockheed Martin
Jeff Hakes, Lockheed Martin
Sandy Magnus, AIAA
R. Steven Justice, Centers of Innovation, Georgia Department of Economic Development

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.

Dates to Remember

  • Manuscript Deadline: 13 Jun 2018
  • Early Mem Reg Deadline: 18 Jun 2018
  • Cancellation Deadline: 25 Jun 2018

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