Press Release

AIAA Propulsion Conference to Be Held July 21-23 in Hartford, CT

By SpaceRef Editor
June 24, 2008
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From Air to Space: Propulsion Technologies for Next-Generation System Solutions

June 24, 2008 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will hold the 44th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit July 21-23 at the Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, Conn. The conference is sponsored by Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company, located in East Hartford, Conn.

Through three keynote addresses and eight industry panels, the conference’s theme “From Air to Space: Propulsion Technologies for Next-Generation System Solutions” will receive a thorough exposition. Subjects to be discussed include: flight applications for next-generation commercial aircraft; military applications of next-generation propulsion systems; supersonic/hypersonic high-speed propulsion applications; and interstellar propulsion.

Keynote Addresses:

Monday, July 21, 8 a.m. – Military Aviation and Technologies, by the Honorable Gordon England, Deputy Secretary of Defense.

Tuesday, July 22, 8 a.m. – Space and High Speed Applications, by Brigadier General John E. Hyten, Director of Requirements, Headquarters, U.S. Space Command.

Wednesday, July 23, 8 a.m. – Commercial Aviation and Space, by Gary Scott, president, Aircraft Services and New Commercial Aircraft Programs, Bombardier Aerospace.


Monday, July 21, 9:30 a.m. – Future of Military Systems, chaired by Natalie W. Crawford, vice president, RAND Corporation, USAF Advisory Board.

Monday, July 21, 1 p.m. – Propulsion Technology Challenges for the Future, chaired by Dr. Alan Epstein, vice president, Technology and Environment, Pratt & Whitney.

Monday, July 21, 3:30 p.m. – Propulsion Integration Challenges for the Future, chaired by Frank J. Cappuccio, executive vice president and general manager, Advanced Development Programs & Strategic Planning, Lockheed Martin Corporation.

Tuesday, July 22, 9:30 a.m. – Future of Space Systems, chaired by George Muellner, AIAA president, and retired president of Boeing Advanced Systems, Integrated Defense Systems.

Tuesday, July 22, 1 p.m. – History of High Speed Systems, chaired by Dr. Ronald M. Sega, vice president, applied research, Colorado State University.

Tuesday, July 22, 3:30 p.m. – Future of High Speed Systems, chaired by Dr. Mark Lewis, Chief Scientist, United States Air Force.

Wednesday, July 23, 9:30 a.m. – Future of Commercial Systems, chaired by Bob Sala, vice president, Next Generation Product Family, Pratt & Whitney.

Wednesday, July 23, 2:30 p.m. – Public Policy Forum on Aviation and Its Role in Global Climate Change, chaired by Dr. James Kenyon, Acting Associate Director for Aerospace Technology, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Science and Technology.

Special Events:

Wednesday, July 2, Noon – AIAA Awards Luncheon

The luncheon will honor award recipients in several technical fields related to propulsion. Marion Blakey, president and CEO, Aerospace Industries Association, will be the event’s keynote speaker.

Wednesday, July 23, 6 p.m. – Dedication of the Pratt & Whitney/Rentschler Field Aerospace Historic Site

The ceremony will unveil a plaque commemorating the establishment of the Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Company and its manufacturing of the first air-cooled aircraft engine in 1926.

The conference is organized by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), SAE International (SAE), and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). The conference’s executive co-chairs are Tom Former, president, Military Engines at Pratt & Whitney, industry executive chair, and The Honorable John J. Young Jr., United States Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, government executive chair. The conference general co-chairs are Paul Adams, senior vice president, Engineering at Pratt & Whitney, and Joe Adams, vice president, Engineering and Technology at Hamilton Sunstrand. The technical program chair is Jayant Sabnis, chief engineer, Systems Analysis & Aerodynamics at Pratt & Whitney.

For more information about the conference, keynote speeches, panels, or special events, or to register, please visit Media registration is complimentary for credentialed members of the press.

AIAA advances the state of aerospace science, engineering, and technological leadership. Headquartered in suburban Washington, D.C., the Institute serves over 35,000 members in 65 regional sections and 79 countries. AIAA membership is drawn from all levels of industry, academia, private research organizations, and government. For more information, visit .

SpaceRef staff editor.