Press Release

AIAA Science and Technology Forum – January 4 – 8 – San Diego, California

By SpaceRef Editor
December 16, 2015
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The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Science and Technology Forum and Exposition (SciTech 2016) will bring together the world’s largest gathering of aerospace professionals from industry, government and academia to discuss the current and future states of aerospace systems and science.

SciTech 2016’s plenary program will focus on: The future of aerospace policymaking; the potential impact of a coming wave of retirements on aerospace innovation; how truly resilient aerospace systems can be developed; the diversity of the aerospace workforce; and the future of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).

SciTech 2016 Forum 360 programs will examine use of the International Space Station to leverage groundbreaking research and development, cybersecurity, additive manufacturing; science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education; and the intersection of Hollywood and aerospace.


Monday, January 4 Friday, January 8


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Media Opportunities

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Monday, January 4

8:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m.: Aerospace Science and Technology Policy in the 2016 Political Arena, Seaport A E (Livestream)

Moderator: Courtney Stadd, management advisor, Catalyst Partners, LLC. Speakers: Mark Albrecht, chairman of the board, US Space, LLC; Carissa Christensen, managing partner, The Tauri Group; Jacques Gansler, distinguished professor, University of Maryland; Daniel Goldin, chairman, president & CEO, Intellisis Corporation; Timothy Persons, chief scientist, US GAO

9:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m.: Distilling Your MessagePutting Yourself Back Into Your Science and Engineering, Seaport F G, (Livestream)

Speaker: Christine O’Connell, associate director, Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, Stony Brook University

12:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m.: Durand Lecture for Public Service and Luncheon, Seaport A E (Livestream)

Speaker: Ronald M. Sega, director, Systems Engineering Graduate Programs, Woodward Professor of System Engineering, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado

2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.: Research Enabling and Enabled by a Cis-Lunar One-year Mission, Seaport F G (Livestream)

Moderator: Michael Moloney, director for Space and Aeronautics Space Studies Board Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board, National Academies of Sciences, engineering, and medicine.

Tuesday, January 5

8:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m.: Lessons Learned from a Half Century of Innovation in Aerospace Technology, Seaport A E (Livestream)

Moderator: Mason Peck, associate professor, Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University. Speakers: Zac Manchester, postdoctoral fellow, Harvard University Agile Robotics Laboratory; Hans Mark, The University of Texas at Austin; Mary Popp, propulsion engineer, Lockheed ; Martin Corporation

9:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m.: Innovation in SpaceHow Researchers Can Leverage the ISS National Laboratory for Pioneering Research & Development, Seaport F G (Livestream)

Moderator: Gregory Johnson, president and executive director, Center for the Advancement of Science in Space. Speakers: Dan Blaettler, senior program manager, CASIS; George C. Nelson, manager, technology and science research, ISS Program Office, NASA; Andrew Rush, president, Made in Space Inc.

2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.: Cybersecurity Below 30,000 FeetApplying Lessons from Other Industries, Seaport F G (Livestream)

Moderator: Chan D. Lieu, Senior Legislative Advisor, Venable, LLP. Speakers: Jeffrey Carr, CEO, Taia Global.

5:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m.: Dryden Lectureship in Research: “Blended Wing Body Technology Readiness,” Seaport F G (Livestream)

Speaker: Robert H. Liebeck, senior technical fellow, The Boeing Company

Wednesday, January 6

8:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m.: Designing for Resilience, Seaport A E (Livestream)

Speaker: Jeffery P. Holland, ERS community of interest (COI) lead; Director, US Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC); and director, research and development, US Army Corps of Engineers

9:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m.: Additive Manufacturing for Space Applications, Seaport F G (Livestream)

Speakers: Greg Arend, senior manager, additive manufacturing, United Launch Alliance; Jason Dunn, cofounder and chief technical officer, Made in Space; Robert Yancey, Vice President, Aerospace & Composites, Altair Engineering.

2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.: Space Exploration Through Advancing Technologies, Seaport F G (Livestream)

Moderator: Steve Gaddis, director, Game Changing Development Program, NASA. Speaker: Molly Anderson, principal technologist for Next Gen Life Support, NASA; Michelle Munk, principal technologist for entry, descent, and landing, NASA; Matthew Simon, habitat design lead for the Human Spaceflight Architecture Team, NASA

Thursday, January 7

8:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m.: Aerospace Frontiers Academia, Government, Industry, AIAA Collaboration, Seaport A E (Livestream)

Moderator: John Tracy, chief technologist, The Boeing Company. Speakers: Morteza Gharib, CalTech; Dana “Keoki” Jackson, chief technology officer, Lockheed Martin Corporation; Sandy Magnus, executive director, AIAA; Darryll Pines, professor, University of Maryland; Jaiwon Shin, associate administrator, Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, NASA; Steve Walker, deputy director, DARPA

9:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m.: Focus on the E in STEM, Seaport F G (Livestream)

Moderator: Meredith Drosback, assistant director for education and physical sciences, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President. Speakers: Edward J. Coyle, John B Peatman Distinguished Professor of electrical and computer engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology; Thea Sahr, director of programs, DiscoverE

2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.: Learning from Hollywood, Seaport F G (Livestream)

Moderator: Rick Loverd, program director, The Science & Entertainment Exchange, National Academy of Sciences.

Friday, January 8

8:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m.: Unmanned Aerial Systems, Seaport A E (Livestream)

Moderator: Speakers: Treggon Owens, founding partner and CEO, Aerial MOB LLC

For more information about AIAA SciTech 2016, please contact Duane Hyland at, or 703.264.7558. Media registration is complimentary for accredited members of the press.

AIAA is the world’s largest aerospace professional society, serving a diverse range of more than 30,000 individual members from 88 countries, and 95 corporate members. AIAA members help make the world safer, more connected, more accessible, and more prosperous. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter @AIAA.

SpaceRef staff editor.