9–13 January 2017
Gaylord Texan, Grapevine, Texas

Networking and Special Events


In 2017, AIAA SciTech Forum is expected to draw more than 3000 participants from across all facets of the profession working in aerospace research, development, and technology. Catch up. Meet someone new. Build relationships. Have fun!

Don't Miss These Opportunities

Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or receptions in the Exposition Hall; recognition ceremonies and lectures; bus trips to offsite tour locations; or simply talking with the person next to you in a session or in the hallway, you’ll find many opportunities, including:

Daily Coffee Breaks

0900-0930 hrs and 1530-1600 hrs

Generation STEM

AIAA Student Welcome Reception

Sunday, 8 January 1800-1930 hrs

AIAA SciTech Forum has the largest gathering of students of all of the AIAA forums. Come meet fellow students who you are sure to see again throughout the week. Many student award winners and presenters will be in attendance. Also, Executive Director Sandy Magnus will address the attendees. All attendees are welcome.

Members of the AIAA Board of Directors and the Technical Activities Committee will also be in attendance. Take advantage of this great chance to meet AIAA key members and learn about opportunities that are available to AIAA Student members.

International Student Conference Sponsored by the AIAA Foundation

  • Undergraduate Division
  • Community Outreach Division
  • Masters Division
  • Team Division

International Student Awards Breakfast (by invitation only)

AIAA Town Hall Meeting (Governance and Open Access)

Monday, 9 January, 1700-1830 hrs, Texas Ballroom C


  • Jim Maser, AIAA President
  • Frank Lu, Vice President, Publications

Generation STEM: Discovering Aerospace through Experience

Tuesday, 10 January 0900-1430 hrs

Hosted by the AIAA Foundation and Lockheed Martin Corporation, Generation STEM will be a day filled with fun and interactive educational STEM experiences for middle school students.

Generation STEM is designed to engage and stimulate students by offering the following interactive activities:

  • Participate in mini design competitions and challenges.
  • View engaging demonstrations from various aerospace companies.
  • Learn more about aerospace careers.
  • Discover aerospace findings that are impacting everyday life.

Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Wednesday, 11 January 1500 to 1700
Room: Grapevine A

The AIAA Young Professional Committee and the Diversity Working Group (DWG) have teamed up on this program. It will begin with a presentation on diversity in the workplace. A discussion of how things are changing and what can be expected as you enter the workforce will be presented. Everyone will interact with diversity in the workplace. Hear some ideas on what you can expect to see and what you may be able influence.

There will then be a discussion of what the AIAA Diversity and Inclusion Plan entails: current state, challenges, and goals. Through facilitation and audience participation we hope to elicit inputs from different perspectives: AIAA national, technical and program committees, regions, sections, campuses, and corporations. Help be a part of forging AIAA’s diversity plan and its response to diversity in the aerospace industry.

The event will be introduced by Dr. Hsiao-hua Burke (MIT Lincoln Laboratory) and Ms. Samantha Alberts (Purdue University).  Dr. Burke will facilitate the discussion of recent DWG accomplishments and action plans.

Invited speakers include:
Professor. Achille Messac, Dean of Engineering and Architecture, Howard University
Ms. Geeth Chettiar, Senior Fellow, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company
Dr. Basil Hassan,  Senior Manager, Thermal, Fluid, and Aero Sciences Group, Sandia National Laboratories

Design/Build/Fly Discussion (DBF)

Wednesday, 11 January 1800-1930
Room: Texas Ballroom D

In recent years the popularity and excitement of the AIAA Foundation/Textron Aviation/Raytheon Missile Systems DBF has been growing by leaps and bounds. In the last three years over 100 teams and universities have shown interest in their desire to participate each year. And over 600 students have shown up onsite each year to participate in the flyoff.

The organizers of the competition would love to hear your input on how the competition can or should grow over the coming years. So they are inviting persons that have participated in the past, persons participating this year, and students and faculty that might like to participate in the future to join us for a discussion about the competition and how it can grow to be an amazing competition for even more teams. It may take a few iterations of the competition to implement some ideas that come forth, but don’t miss this opportunity to provide your meaningful input into an amazing and unique competition.

Women at SciTech Social Hour and Keynote

Thursday, 12 January, 1730-1930 hrs

To celebrate women's accomplishments in aerospace and aeronautics and to provide an opportunity for women to network and share their experiences, AIAA and the AIAA Diversity Working Group are cosponsoring this event. The event is open to everyone.

Keynote: Mary "Missy" Cummings, Professor, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University and Director, Humans and Autonomy Laboratory, Duke Robotics will talk about The Workplace of the Future: Technology Traps and Leadership Challenges

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