Innovation @ the Edge: Tech Symposium 2014

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The 2014 PNWAIAA Technical Symposium took place Saturday November 1, 2014 at Future of Flight, Paine Field in Everett.

Download the complete color program by clicking here.

The Symposium focused on breakthroughs at the edges of our knowledge and imagination that solve new problems and extend beyond prior limits to find new solutions, new business models and new ways of thinking that illuminate the paths to surprising new futures that—in many ways—are already under way.

There are lessons in these experiences valuable to every professional, whether technical or management, that prepare us for breaking through the technical, business, social and political barriers we face every day.

Presentations Available for Download

Click on the links for PDF versions of the presentations.

Opening Session

Aquarius: a Practical Engineering Framework for Interplanetary Human Space Flightwith Daniel Adamo, Salem, Oregon-based AIAA Senior Member and astrodynamics consultant with NASA and United Space Alliance experience, including 60 space shuttle missions as a front room flight controller.

Keynote Session

Dispatches from the Edge with Cannae Drive founder and principal investigator Guido Fetta, exploring what happens at the “outlaw frontier” when people think you’ve broken a fundamental law of physics, even if you haven’t. At least not yet. (“NASA validates ‘impossible’ space drive” 7/31/14 Wired.co.uk)

Mid-Afternoon Session

The Bloodhound Supersonic Car: Innovation at 1,000 mph” with Tim Edwards, Chief Engineer at Atkins, Bristol UK. PLUS, they’ve provided additional links on Bloodhound and Atkins’ work on this fascinating car:

 Closing Session

Surfing Aircraft Vortices for Energy:  An overview of the DARPA/AFRL Formation Flight for Efficiency Program,” with David Halaas, Guidance, Navigation and Controls engineer, Boeing

Session Presentations

Attendee Survey

We asked attendees for their feedback on the symposium, and 49 out of the total of about 200 attendees provided some response to our survey. Some of the findings are:

  • Almost three quarters of those responding to the survey were attending their first symposium this year
  • Across all those responding, three quarters said it was better than expected, with comments mostly about the interest of the presentations and the variety of topics
  • All those who responded said they’d come back again next year and would recommend it to colleagues

The summary of survey responses is available for viewing here.