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

Rising Leaders in Aerospace

What I really like about AIAA is their commitment to students. They have so many opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to get involved in the aerospace and astronomy communities.Kathie L. Olsen, Founder and Managing Director, ScienceWorks and winner of the 2014 AIAA Public Service Award


Rising Leaders in Aerospace LogoThis is a special initiative that provides a forum for young aerospace leaders, age 35 and under, to learn from and engage with others.

The multidimensional program features a speed mentoring leadership exchange, panel or keynote sessions, Q&A with top industry leaders, and multiple opportunities for networking. This exciting and energetic forum will provide access to top aerospace leaders and their perspectives, with subject matter relevant to your career stage.

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Programming Includes:

RLA Dessert Reception
  • Monday, 25 July 2016
  • 1930-2100 hours
  • Room – Ballroom H

This reception kicking off the Rising Leaders in Aerospace events is a perfect opportunity for young leaders to mingle with others that that will be participating at Propulsion and Energy as an attendee, presenter, or veteran professional. After the Exhibit Hall Reception stop by for a little dessert with your fellow young professionals. Come meet other participants in a casual environment. You’re bound to see them again at the Speaker, Networking, Panel Event, or passing by in the hallways.

Rising Leaders of Aerospace Leadership Exchange/Speed Mentoring

  • Tuesday, 26 July 2016
  • 1000-1130 hours
  • Room – Ballroom H

Senior members of corporations and AIAA will be taking time to meet with the Rising Leaders in Aerospace participants and share their experiences. This event is a great way to get insight from top-level officials and make some great new contacts. Spend 10 minutes speaking with a mentor, then rotate and spend 10 minutes with another mentor. Repeat until the end of the session. Perhaps one will end up being a mentor for more than just this event!  Mentors will include:

Todd Barber, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Mary Beth Koelbl, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Jimmy Tai, Georgia Institute of Technology
Karen Thole, Pennsylvania State University
John Casani, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Janet Convey, GE Aviation

Rising Leaders of Aerospace Forum 360 Combined Session This session will begin with Rex Geveden speaking about Seven Career Hacks for Professional Success. After that, Mr. Geveden will moderate a round table discussion of professionals describing their own challenges and successes in the workplace. There will be time for a question and answer period.

  • Wednesday, 27 July 2016
  • 0930-1200 hours
  • Room – Ballroom F

We look forward to connecting with you!

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