Women in Aerospace Announces its 2011 Conference Agenda

April 7, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Posted in Aerospace Law Interfaces | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: WIA


Women in Aerospace Announces its 2011 Conference Agenda!

Aerospace 2011: The Road Ahead is the theme of WIA’s day-long conference on issues of importance to women and men in the aerospace industry.

Coming to the Key Bridge Marriott on Friday, June 3, 2011, the conference agenda features morning sessions of special interest to women in aerospace and those who hire, mentor and promote them.  Lunch and afternoon sessions follow which focus on topics of broad interest across the aerospace industry. End your day with a networking reception!

Registration is now open!

Morning Agenda

8:00 a.m.  Registration and Welcome

9:00 a.m.  Keynote Address

Aerospace 2011:  The Road Ahead

Peggy Whitson, Ph.D.,Chief, Astronaut Office, NASA’s Johnson Space Center and first female commander of the International Space Station.

10:30 a.m. Panel Discussion

Are There Steeper ‘Heels’ to Climb in Aerospace?

Women executives in business, academia and government will discuss the challenges and competition they face as well as the collaboration necessary to succeed in the aerospace industry.

Jane Chappell, Vice President of Business Development and Strategy, Raytheon Intelligence & Information Systems

Victoria Cox, Senior Vice President for NextGen and Operations Planning Services in the Air Traffic Organization of the Federal Aviation Administration

Linda Y. Cureton, Chief Information Officer (CIO), National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Cindy Edgerton, CEO and President, Edge Space Systems

Alison Flatau, Ph.D., Assistant Dean and Professor of Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland

Mina Samii, Ph.D., Vice President, Science & Engineer Center, NPS – Civil and Health Services Group, Computer Sciences Corporation

Moderated by Bridget Chatman, Senior Manager, Civil Space Mission Operations & Solutions, Raytheon Intelligence & Information Systems

11:30 a.m.  Lunch

Featured Speaker:  TBA

Afternoon Agenda

1:15 p.m. Plenary Session

Has America Lost Its Edge?

A panel discussion to explore America’s current and future role in aviation, space, technology and science.

Anita Antenucci, Senior Managing Director of Houlihan Lokey, leading the firm’s Aerospace·Defense·Government (ADG) Group

Remy Nathan, Vice President of International Affairs, Aerospace Industries of America (invited)

Jamie S. Gorelick, partner at the law firm WilmerHale, and former Deputy Attorney General of the United States (invited)

Leocadia I. Zak, Director, US Trade and Development Agency

2:00 p.m.  Breakout Session

Accessing the International Space Station

A discussion of the challenges to successful commercial cargo and crew programs and how to overcome them

2:00 p.m.  Breakout Session

The Future of Military Space in a Budget-Constrained Environment

How should our military best address persistent programmatic challenges and the need to integrate emerging technologies in the face of shrinking budgets, increased requirements and alternative options?

Colonel Stephanie Foster, Project Manager, Soldier Sensors and Lasers (SSL) (invited)

Rear Admiral Gretchen S. Herbert, Director, Net-Centric Capabilities for Information Dominance (invited)

Lieutenant General Susan Lawrence, Chief Information Officer/G6, United States Army (invited)

Richard W. McKinney Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force for Space Programs (invited)

Rear Admiral Elizabeth Young, Director, Systems Engineering, National Reconnaissance Office.She is also the Commanderof the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command’s Space Field Activity (SSFA), and PEO for Space Systems, U.S. Navy

3:30 p.m.  Breakout Session

Is the Future of US Weather and Earth Science Satellites in Jeopardy?

An examination of the current NOAA and NASA weather and earth science satellite program budgets, including what changed and why.

Antonio J. Busalacchi Ph.D., Chair, Joint Scientific Committee, World Climate Research Program Director and Professor, Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC) at the University of Maryland

Grace Hu, Office of Management and Budget (invited)

Mary Kicza, NOAA Assistant Administrator for Satellite and Information Service (NESDIS)

Peg Luce Ph.D., Deputy Director, Earth Science Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA

Eric Webster, Vice President and Director, Environmental Programs, ITT Geospatial Systems

Moderated by Jennifer Smith, Senior Vice President for Business Development, SAIC

3:30 p.m.  Breakout Session

Beyond LEO: The Battle of the Heavy Lift Vehicles

This session will compare and contrast the options for NASA’s development of a Human Space Flight vehicle for taking humans beyond low Earth orbit.

Jeff Bingham, Staff Director, Senate Subcommittee on Science and Space, Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee

Doug Cooke, NASA Associate Administrator, Exploration Systems Missions Directorate

Jim Maser, President, Rocketdyne Division, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne

Charlie Precourt, Vice President and General Manager, ATK Space Launch Systems

Moderated by Lon Levin, President, SkySeven Ventures; co-founder, XM Satellite Radio

4:30 p.m.  Reception

Continue the discussion and network with representatives from industry, the government, academia and the press.


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