19–22 August 2019
JW Marriott, Indianapolis, Indiana

Young Professionals and Students

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Meet the Employers

Sunday, 8 July
1600–1800 hrs
Junior Ballroom C

AIAA’s “Meet the Employers” event at the 2018 AIAA Propulsion and Energy 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.

 Past participants have included:

  • Aurora Flight Sciences
  • The Boeing Company
  • Gulfstream 
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation 
  • Northrop Grumman
  • United Launch Alliance

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, 8 July
1800–1930 hrs
West Foyer

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:

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

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. This 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.

How I Got My Dream Job in the Propulsion and Energy Sector?

Monday, 9 July
1200–1330 hrs
Junior Ballroom B

Our panelists are doing big things in the aerospace industry! In this session they will give the attendees an overview of their careers and how they got to where they are today.  They will discuss major career crossroad decisions they had to make and provide insight on how to be successful in your career. Ample time will be provided for audience questions.


Ashlee Youngpeters, PW Midwest & Canada Regional Office Delivery Assurance Lead, QuEST Global - Pratt and Whitney


John Horack, Neil Armstrong Chair and Professor, The Ohio State University

Chris Jorgens, Propulsion, Test Engineer, The Boeing Company

David Torrey, Senior Principal Engineer, GE Global Research

Mark Carter, Senior VP for Technology Development, Ad Astra Rocket Company

Ronald Ungewitter, R & D Engineer, Blue Origin, LLC

 Boxed lunches will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Networking Reception

Tuesday, 10 July
1830–2000 hrs
Moerlein Lager House - Beer Baron Hall

Join your peers for a night of networking at Cincinnati’s premier brewpub!  Moerlein Lager House is situated along the riverfront, and a quick walk from the Duke Convention Center. 

Moerlein Lager House
115 Joe Nuxhall Way
Cincinnati, OH 

Dates to Remember

  • Manuscript Deadline: 15 Jul 2019
  • Early Mem Reg Deadline: 28 Jul 2019
  • Cancellation Deadline: 05 Aug 2019

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