17–19 September 2018
Hyatt Regency Orlando, Orlando, Florida

Aerospace Industry Must Adapt to Attract and Retain Top Talent


Moderator Carole Rickard Hedden, executive editor, Aviation Week Executive Intelligence; Joe Anselmo, editor-in-chief, Aviation Week; Matthew Cannella, chair, AIAA Young Professionals Committee, and systems engineer, Ball Aerospace; Miguel Smart, partner with PwC Strategy & Aerospace & Defense

by Lawrence Garrett, AIAA web editor

AIAA SPACE FORUM, Orlando, Fla., Sept. 19, 2018 — The aerospace and defense industry must adapt and become more flexible if it’s to continue to attract and retain top-level talent, panelists said during the “What Does It Take to Be a Top Employer in the New Space Age?” session.

Miguel Smart, partner with PwC Strategy & Aerospace & Defense, said the five global trends effecting aerospace and defense talent management are demographic shifts, a shift in global economic power, accelerating urbanization, climate change and resource scarcity, and technological breakthroughs.


Participants in the panel discussion "What Does It Take to Be a Top Employer in the New Space Age,” Sept. 19 at the 2018 AIAA SPACE Forum in Orlando, Fla.

Smart said that with research and development in commercial technology rapidly outpacing the aerospace and defense industry, one of the industry’s biggest challenges is recruiting the best talent while competing with the Googles and Amazons of the world.

Matthew Cannella, chair of the AIAA Young Professionals Committee and a systems engineer at Ball Aerospace, said that for aerospace and defense companies to attract the best talent, they must evade stagnation, provide early exposure to leadership and provide more flexible work hours.

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