Press Release

Cleveland AIAA Conference to Explore Future of Clean Energy and Propulsion Systems

By SpaceRef Editor
July 21, 2014
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Cleveland AIAA Conference to Explore Future of Clean Energy and Propulsion Systems


AIAA’s Propulsion and Energy Forum (Propulsion and Energy 2014) is an international forum that will bring together leading minds from industry, academia and government to provide actionable insights into the future of energy and propulsion technology.

Propulsion and Energy 2014’s plenary program features thought leaders and industry luminaries discussing the critical issues facing the energy and propulsion enterprises both in the U.S. and globally.

Propulsion and Energy’s 2014 Forum 360º speakers will examine the technology and processes that will make the future of energy and propulsion possible.

Plenary speakers include representatives of: Airbus, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, GE Global Research, General Motors, Lockheed Martin Corporation, NASA, National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining, Rolls-Royce PLC, Sandia National Laboratories and United Launch Alliance

Speakers from these Ohio based enterprises: Belcan Corporation, Case Western Reserve University, GE Aviation, NASA John H. Glenn Research Center, Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation, Lorain Community College, Ohio Aerospace Institute, The Ohio State University, University of Cincinnati, U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, and the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology.


  • Monday, July 28 – Wednesday, July 30


  • Cleveland Convention Center, 300 Lakeside Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio, 44113

Media Opportunities

(Events with a “Livestream” indicator will be viewable at (All times are EDT)


Monday, July 28

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.Perspectives on the Future of Propulsion & Energy – The Art of the Possible (Grand Ballroom A) (Livestream)

Moderator: James Free, center director, NASA John H. Glenn Research Center.Panelists: Richard Parker, director, research & technology, Rolls-Royce plc;Eric Bachelet, executive vice president, research and technology, SAFRAN; James Maughan, technical director, aero thermal and mechanical technologies, GE Global Research

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.Compressing the Technology Development and Transition Timeline (Room 26B)

Interviewer: Alan Epstein, vice president, technology and environment, Pratt & Whitney

Interviewees:  Ed Greitzer, H.N. Slater Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Thomas Irvine, Deputy Associate Administrator, NASA Headquarters; Interviewer: Anthony Dean,technology leader, combustion Systems organization, General Electric Global Research, Interviewees: Scott Cruzen, vice president, advanced design/technology, Williams International Co., LLC; Tom Fetterhoff, technical director, test operations, Arnold Engineering Development Complex;Interviewer: Ted Fecke, senior leader for propulsion, U.S. Air Force (retired), Propulsion, Universal Technologies Corporation,  Interviewee: Keith Leverkuhn,vice president, Boeing Commercial Airplanes

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.A Future with Hybrid Electric Propulsion Systems—Opportunities and Challenges (Room 26A) (Livestream)

Moderators: Ruben Del Rosario, NASA Glenn Research Center and Nateri Madavan, NASA Glenn Research Center. Speakers: Kevin Daffey, global head, electrical power and control systems, Rolls-Royce plc; Marty Bradley, technical fellow, Boeing Commercial Airplanes; John Nairus, chief engineer, Power and Controls Division, Air Force Research Laboratory; Neil Garrigan, executive manager, aviation advanced technology, GE Aviation

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.Perspectives on the Future of Propulsion & Energy – The View from Users (Grand Ballroom A) (Livestream)

Moderator: Graham Warwick, managing editor, technology, Aviation Week.Speakers: Sebastien Remy, senior vice president, head, Airbus Group Innovations, Airbus Group; James Petersen, vice president/senior chief engineer, Boeing Commercial Airplanes; John Henderson, Lockheed Martin Fellow, space propulsion, Lockheed Martin Corporation; Leslie J. Kovacs, director, Washington Operations, United Launch Alliance (ULA)

3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.Assuring Critical System Behavior in an Era of Increasing Complexity and Change (Room 26A) (Livestream)

Moderator: John Thomas, John A. Thomas & Associates LLC. Speakers: David Long, president and chief executive officer (CEO), Vitech Corp; Paul Nielson,CEO, Software Engineering Institute; Eric Gebhardt, chief technology officer (CTO) and vice president,  engineering, GE Oil & Gas; John Wade, professor, Stevens Institute of Technology; Don Burns, head, Innovation Systems Engineering, Rolls-Royce Corporation 

7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.Rising Leaders in Aerospace: Town Hall: Where’s MY Apollo Vision for the Future? (Room 5)

Moderator: Christine Pastor-Barsi, Sierra-Lobo, Inc. Speakers: Curtis Johnson, product group lead, Blue Origin; Michael Kynard, manager, Upper Stage Engine Element, NASA Marshall Spaceflight Center; Robyn Ringuette,director, liquid propulsion, Virgin Galactic; Jeffery Thornburg, director, propulsion, Space X


Tuesday, July 29

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.Future Trends, Opportunities and Challenges at the Nexus of Aviation, Aerospace and Energy (Grand Ballroom A) (Livestream)

Speaker: Alton Romig, vice president, engineering and advanced systems, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.Educating The Next Generation of Propulsion Engineers – Are Changes Needed to Better Prepare the Future Workforce?(Room 26A)(Livestream)

Moderator: Nicholas Garafolo, assistant professor, mechanical engineering, University of Akron. Speakers: Lisa Teague, director, research and technology, Rolls-Royce Corporation; Dimitri Mavris, director, ASDL, Georgia Tech; Mike Benzakein, director, Executive Partnerships in Aerospace Aviation, and Flight, The Ohio State University; Jose Camberos, senior research aerospace engineer, U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory; Paul Orkwis, department head and professor, Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, University of Cincinnati

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.Advanced Terrestrial Energy Technologies: Generation, Storage, Distribution (Room 26B)

Moderator: Timothy J. Peshek, research professor, Materials Science and Engineering, Case Western Reserve University. Speakers: Robert Savinell,George Dively Professor of Chemical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University; Ina T. Martin, director of operations, Materials for Optoelectronic Research and Education (MORE) Center, Case Western Reserve University;James Soeder, senior technologist, power, NASA Glenn Research Center; Emily Pentzer, professor, chemistry, Case Western Reserve University 

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.High Energy & Power Technologies – The View from Users (Grand Ballroom A) (Livestream)

Moderator: Richard Stulen, vice president, Sandia National Laboratories (retired). Speakers: Gary Smyth, executive director, North American Science Labs Global Research and Development, General Motors Company; Pierre-Guy Amand, director, engineering and economics, SAFRAN; Sunita Satyapal,director, Fuel Cell Technologies Office, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy; Rickey Shyne, director, Research and Engineering Directorate, NASA Glenn Research Center

3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.Implementation, Utilization, and Coordination of Advanced Energy Concepts within the Government and Department of Defense (Room 26A) (Livestream)

Moderator: Michael F. Piszczor Jr., chief, Photovoltaic and Electrochemical Systems Branch, NASA Glenn Research Center. Speakers: Dr. Phillip Jenkins,senior technologist, Naval Research Laboratory; John Nairus, chief engineer, Power and Controls Division, U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory; Randall Furnas, chief, Power Division, NASA John H. Glenn Research Center; Evan O. Jones, manager, energy and environment, national security, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


Wednesday, July 30

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.Advanced Manufacturing Solutions for P&E Systems – The Art of the Possible (Grand Ballroom A) (Livestream)

Speaker: Greg Morris, manager, additive strategy and business development, GE Aviation

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.Additive Manufacturing: A Holistic View – From Education, Design, Research, and Production (Room 26A) (Livestream)

Moderator: David Salay, consultant, Ohio Aerospace Institute. Panelists: Tim Shinbara, technical director, Association for Manufacturing Technology; Dan Hartman, DMDI representative, Rolls-Royce ; Terri Burgess Sandu, director, Entrepreneurship Innovation Institute, executive director, workforce, Lorain Community College; Lawrence Brown, executive director, American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII); and Larry Knauer,president, HSSE, Inc.

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.Keeping It Going: Sustainability and Growth in Technology and Workforce (Room 26B)

Moderator: Mark Lewis, director, Science and Technology Policy Institute.Speakers: Christopher Singer, director, engineering, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center; Jarrod “Jay” Littles Jr., director, Advanced Launch Propulsion Programs, Aerojet Rocketdyne; Neil Garrigan, executive manager, aviation advanced technology, GE Aviation

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.Advanced Manufacturing Solutions for Power and Energy Systems – The View from Users (Grand Ballroom A) (Livestream)

Moderator: Christine Furstoss, global technology director, manufacturing and materials technologies, GE Global Research. Panelists:  Homer “H.D.” Stevens,chief engineer, STAR Labs, Lockheed Martin Space Subsystems, Space Technology Advanced R&D Labs; Edward Morris, director, America Makes – National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute; vice president, National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM); Jerrol “Jay” Littles Jr., director, Advanced Launch Propulsion Programs, Aerojet Rocketdyne;Tom Williams, manager, Propulsion Engineering Division, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.Energy Trends and Its Implications on Advanced Technology (Room 26A)

Moderator: Matt Moran, sector manager, energy and materials, NASA Glenn Research Center. Panelists: Larry Viterna, president, Nautica Wind Power LLC;Rao Tatavarti, technical director, MicroLink Devices, Inc.


AIAA will present four awards recognizing technical excellence in propulsion and energy fields at a noon awards luncheon on July 30. Receiving awards are: Ashwani Gupta, AIAA Fellow and distinguished university professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland College Park, receiving the Air Breathing Propulsion AwardWilliam E. Lear, AIAA Associate Fellow and associate professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Florida, receiving the Energy Systems AwardFrederick L. Dryer, AIAA Associate Fellow and professor emeritus, senior scholar, mechanical and aerospace engineering, Princeton University, receiving the Propellants and Combustion Award; and Roger M. Myers, AIAA Fellow and executive director, Advanced In-Space Programs, Aerojet Rocketdyne, receiving the  Wyld Propulsion Award.

The executive sponsors of Propulsion and Energy 2014 are GENASA, and Lockheed Martin Corporation. Additional sponsors are Dunmore CorporationIEEEINCOSE,JacobsOhio Aerospace InstituteSierra LoboSouthwest Research Institute, andUnited Launch Alliance. The media sponsor is SpaceNews

For more information on AIAA Propulsion and Energy 2014, please contact Duane Hyland at 703.264.7558 or Conference registration is complimentary for credentialed members of the media.

About AIAA 

AIAA is the largest aerospace professional society in the world, serving a diverse range of more than 35,000 individual members from 80 countries, and 100 corporate members. AIAA members help make the world safe, more connected, more accessible, and more prosperous. For more information, visit

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