10–12 July 2017
Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia

Plenary Program

Big Picture Conversations with Thought Leaders in Propulsion and Energy


2017 program coming soon! Check back often to see our speakers and panels as they develop.
In the meantime, last year's schedule will give you an idea what to expect for 2017!


Welcome and Opening Remarks

Monday, 25 July, 0800-0900 hrs

Opening Remarks: Dan Dumbacher, Professor of Practice, Purdue University
Keynote Speaker: Bran Ferren, Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer, applied minds, llc: "Innovate or Die! (and Dying is Easier)"

Systems Needs in Propulsion and Energy

Monday, 25 July, 1330-1500 hrs

  • Dan Dumbacher, Professor of Practice, Purdue University (moderator) 
  • Dennis Andrucyk, Deputy Associate Administrator, Space Technology Mission Directorate, NASA
  • Doug Blake, Director, Aerospace Systems Directorate at Air Force Research Laboratory

    Game Changing Developments in Propulsion and Energy

    Tuesday, 26 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.

    • Janet Kavandi, Director, NASA Glenn Research Center (moderator)
    • Tom Markusic, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Firefly Space Systems
    • Jay Littles, Director, Advanced Launch Vehicle Propulsion, Aerojet Rocketdyne
    • James Maughan, Technical Director, Aero-Thermal and Mechanical Systems, GE Global Research

    High Power Systems for Aerospace Applications

    Tuesday, 26 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)
    • John Nairus, Chief Engineer, Propulsion and Control Division, Air Force Research Laboratory
    • Randall Furnas, Vice Chair, Interagency Advanced Power Group, Chief, Power Division, NASA Glenn Research Center
    • Rick Hooker, Design Engineer, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
    • John Scott, Chief Technologist, Propulsion and Power Division, NASA Johnson Space Center

    Formula for Success and Longevity in the Aerospace Business

    Tuesday, 26 July, 1800-1930 hrs  

    • Dave Bowles, Director, NASA Langley Research Center
    • Duane Cuttrell, Director, Operations Engineering and Technical Operations, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
    • Julie Van Kleeck, Vice President, Advanced Space & Launch Programs, Aerojet Rocketdyne
    • Ricky Shyne, Director, Research and Engineering, NASA Glenn Research Center
    • Bonnie Prado Pino, PhD Student, School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University (co-moderator)
    • Guillermo Jaramillo Pizarro, PhD Student, School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University (co-moderator)

    The Impact of Additive Manufacturing on the Design Process

    Wednesday, 27 July, 0800-0900 hrs  

    • Elizabeth Robertson, Team Lead, Liquid Engine Systems Branch, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
    • Additional speakers to be added  

    Closing Plenary: The Strategic Challenges and Opportunities in the Power and Propulsion Markets

    Wednesday, 27 July, 1330 - 1500 hours
    Keynote Speaker:  Pierre Chao, Founding Partner, Renaissance Strategic Advisors

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    Dates to Remember

    • Abstract Deadline: 04 Jan 2017
    • Manuscript Deadline: 14 Jun 2017
    • Early Bird Reg Deadline: 19 Jun 2017
    • Cancellation Deadline: 26 Jun 2017

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