News | April 21, 2010

AIAA To Host "Inside Aerospace" - An International Forum For Aerospace Leaders On Energy And Environmental Challenges

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will host "Inside Aerospace – An International Forum for Aviation and Space Leaders" on May 11 and 12, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington, Va. The forum will bring together leading representatives from academia, government, and industry for a candid discussion on the topic "Making a Difference: Aerospace Leadership for Energy and Environmental Challenges." The two topics that the forum will address are:

  • Energy and the "Greening" of Aviation
  • Aerospace Leadership for Climate Change, Understanding, Mitigation, and Adaptation.

Keynote speakers include: Mary Glackin, deputy under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere, U.S. Department of Commerce; Alexis C. Livanos, corporate vice president and chief technology officer, Northrop Grumman Corp.; Prof. Ian Poll, professor of aerospace engineering, Cranfield University, Cranfield, Bedfordshire, UK; and Rear Adm. David Titley, the oceanographer/navigator of the U.S. Navy. Among the many notable panelists are:

  • Lourdes Maurice, chief scientist for environment, office of environment and energy, FAA
  • Joanna Bauldreay, aviation fuels development manager, B2B Technology Group, Shell Global Solutions, Chester, Great Britain
  • Richard Lesner, senior policy analyst, technology division, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President
  • Col. Kevin Trayer, manager, fuel efficiency office, U.S. Air Force Air Mobility Command
  • Jean Botti, chief technical officer, EADS, Munich, Germany
  • Steve Ackerman, director, Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Randall Friedl, chief scientist for earth sciences and technology, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Mark Lewis, president-elect of AIAA, and general chair of the forum, stated: "The aerospace field is ultimately about converting energy from various sources into useful energy of flight, in a manner that is compatible with our environment. As such, the aerospace industry can lead the world in both green energy use and environmental monitoring. This year's Inside Aerospace forum will host a range of discussions that lay the groundwork for an increased focus on clean energy use in the aerospace community, and for establishing a sensible, politically neutral climate monitoring regime that can supply the real data that can enable sensible and sound climate policy."

Inside Aerospace is cosponsored by the Alliance for Earth Observations, the American Meteorological Society, and the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences. Aerospace America and Aviation Week & Space Technology are the official media sponsors. For more information about the conference, or to register, visit

About AIAA
AIAA is the world's largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. With more than 35,000 individual members worldwide, and 90 corporate members, AIAA brings together industry, academia, and government to advance engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense. For more information, visit

SOURCE: The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics