25–27 July 2016
Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah

Plenary Program

Get the big picture on propulsion and energy from the thought leaders in the field during these high-level discussions and presentations. From perspectives on the future of propulsion and energy, to advanced manufacturing solutions for propulsion and energy systems—you’ll get the latest from elite leaders in the field. 


Aviation Innovation

Monday, 27 July, 0800-0900 hrs

Speaker: Christopher (Chris) Lorence, General Manager, Engineering Technologies, GE Aviation

Global Cooperation & Economic Development

Monday, 27 July, 1330-1500 hrs

The current international environment has introduced significant challenges to global cooperation, particularly in the propulsion community. This panel will examine the implications of the changing geopolitical landscape and the importance of international cooperation in our industry. How do partners cooperate without becoming overly dependent on any one player?

  • James G. Maser, Vice President, Strategy, Marketing & Business Development, Pratt & Whitney (Moderator)
  • Jean-Paul Ebanga, President and CEO CFM International
  • Leslie J. Kovacs, Director, Washington Operations, United Launch Alliance (ULA)
  • Richard "Ric" Parker, Director of Research and Technology, Rolls-Royce
  • Marc Vales, Head of Future Programmes, Airbus Safran Launchers
  • Bernard Zimmerman, Vice President, International Aero Engines, Pratt & Whitney

Cost & Affordability of Future Systems

Tuesday, 28 July, 0800-0900 hrs

Panelists will discuss the key issues and approaches associated with making future systems less costly and more affordable, and how to manage the balance between customer and seller needs.

  • Michael D. Griffin, Chairman and CEO, Schafer Corporation (Moderator)
  • Frank Culbertson, President Space Systems Group, Orbital ATK
  • Michael Hawes, Vice President, Orion Program Manager, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
  • Lee Monson, Vice President Sales – Middle East and Americas, Boeing Commercial Airplanes (ret.)
  • Mark Sirangelo, Corporate Vice President Space Systems, Sierra Nevada Corporation

Technology Development and Trends in Propulsion and Energy

Tuesday, 28 July, 1300-1430 hrs

Panelists will discuss the major technology challenges and opportunities that will shape the future of propulsion and energy, and how those challenges and opportunities should be addressed.

  • Graham Warwick, Managing Editor, Technology, Aviation Week & Space Technology (Moderator)
  • Jean Botti, Executive Vice President, Research and Technology, Airbus Group
  • Douglas Juul, Manager, Systems Technology, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control
  • Dick Scharnhorst, Associate Technical Fellow, Boeing Research & Technology
  • Tom Williams, Director Propulsion Systems Department, Engineering Directorate, Marshall Space Flight Center

Propulsion and Energy Lecture: The Transformation of the Kennedy Space Center

Tuesday, 18 July 1800-1900 hrs

Speaker: Robert Cabana, Center Director, NASA Kennedy Space Center

Workforce Development

Wednesday, 29 July, 0800-0900 hrs

Discover how the make-up of the workforce will change over the next decade, how we need to adapt, and how to attract the necessary talent.

  • Mark Lewis, Director, IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute (Moderator)
  • Steve Gorrell, Associate Professor, Brigham Young University
  • Michael Hawes, Vice President and Orion Program Manager, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
  • Carole Hedden, Executive Editorial Director, Aviation Week Executive Intelligence
  • Yvette Weber, Engineering Manager, U.S. Air Force, Material Command

Developing Creative Storytelling Using Model Based Design

Wednesday, 29 July, 1330-1500 hrs

Speaker: Michael Tschanz, Director of Technology and Analysis, Design and Engineering, Walt Disney World®


Dates to Remember

  • Manuscript Deadline: 23 Jun 2016
  • Early Bird Reg Deadline: 06 Jul 2016
  • Cancellation Deadline: 11 Jul 2016

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