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

Networking and Special Events

Connect at AIAA SPACE Forum

What makes being here in person so valuable? The exchange of information, the interaction with people in real time…all sorts of things go on in the hallways, in side meetings; and you really need to be here in person to experience that.—Jeffrey J. Puschell, Raytheon Company  

Dozens of planned and spontaneous networking activities ensure that you'll catch up with colleagues, make new contacts, and discover opportunities.

More than 80% of participants who responded to our satisfaction survey said that they'd met someone new, and almost 20% said that they established a personal contact with prospective employers.

Networking7   Networking8   Networking9

Meet the Employers

Sunday, 16 September 1600–1800 hrs

AIAA’s “Meet the Employers” event at the 2018 SPACE Forum offers students and young professional attendees the opportunity to meet AIAA corporate members. This is a fun and dynamic environment where students and professionals interact with organizations regarding employment opportunities. 

Participating companies/organizations will present a brief organizational overview and opportunities available, then have follow-on discussions with the attendees. Organizations will host a table and attendees will switch every 10 minutes.

 Participants include:

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne
  • The Boeing Company
  • Jacobs Technology
  • Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control (Invited)
  • MIT Lincoln Laboratory
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • Stellar Solutions
  • United Launch Alliance 

Immediately following the event, AIAA will hold its Student Welcome Reception in the same venue and company and organization representatives are encouraged to attend. There is no charge to participate in either the recruiting event or the reception. No RSVP is required. 

Corporate members and government agencies are invited to present; opportunities are limited so to secure your presentation please contact Tobey Jackson or call 703.264.7570.

An Evening of Astronaut Stories

Astronauts who participated in past programs: Sandy Magnus, Garrett Reisman, Kent Rominger, Steve Lindsey, and Robert Curbeam

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 1800–1930 hrs

Meet and greet with astronauts and hear their stories. There will be opportunities to ask questions and interact with all astronauts.

Confirmed Astronauts include:

  • Tony Antonelli, served as pilot on STS-119 and STS-132
  • Chris Ferguson, served as pilot on  STS-115, commander of STS-126 and STS-135
    …Others to be determined

Check back soon for more networking opportunities and special events!

FAQsContact UsPoliciesMedia