Retiree Events

AIAA Retiree events are open to all
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Past Events Available for Viewing Online

The Mother of Wi-Fi and the One-Weekend Wonder

Saturday, November 18, 2023, 9:00 to 11:00 AM Pacific

Boeing retired VP Pam Valdez shares two fascinating history of technology stories about (1) the invention of frequency-hopping by actress Hedy Lamarr, leading to her being dubbed the “Mother of Wi-Fi” and (2) how Boeing did the original design of the B-52 in one weekend in a hotel room.  Pam is a RAeS Fellow, pilot, AP mechanic, aerospace logistician and avionics technician!

Pam’s Hedy Lamaar frequency-hopping presentation

Pam’s B-52 miracle weekend presentation

Scott Day, Alaska Airlines Managing Director, System Chief Pilot presentation and Q&A

Saturday, September 16, 2023, 9:00 to 11:00 AM Pacific

Scott has worked at Alaska Airlines for 27 years as a pilot. He oversees the 3400 pilots at Alaska and his presentation includes the following talking points:

  • Brief History of Alaska Airlines.
  • Current technology in use on the line and in training.
  • Current challenges in the industry.
  • Discuss the strong partnership Alaska Airlines has with Boeing.

Scott’s recorded presentation

Scott’s recorded Q&A

Building a HuskySat-2 that will go into low earth orbit in 2025

Saturday, May 20, 2023, 9:00 to 11:00 AM Pacific

Alnis Smidchens (a third-year student in Applied Physics at UW with a focus on electricity and magnetism) talks about how an undergrad team building a Husky Sat-2, an open-source CubeSat satellite, will go into Low Earth Orbit in 2025.

HuskySat by Alnis Part1

HuskySat by Alnis Part2

What a Chief Mechanic Does at Boeing

Saturday, March 18, 2023, 9:00 to 11:00 AM Pacific

Jennifer Radtke talks to us about what a Chief Mechanic (her job) does for Boeing Commercial Airplanes Product Development.

Jennifer Radtke Part1

Jennifer Radtke Part2

Propellant depots in space

Saturday, January 21, 2023, 9:00 to 11:00 AM Pacific

Daniel Adamo tells us about the potential for placing propellant depots in space to facilitate human space travel beyond earth’s orbit. Mr. Adamo retired from the United Space Alliance and served as a flight controller for 60 shuttle missions. The links below are to his recorded presentation and a link to his deck of slides.

Daniel Adamo Part1

Daniel Adamo Part2

Daniel Adamo Slides

Future Airspace – Meeting Demand through Integration

Saturday, November 19, 2022 9:00 to 11:00 AM Pacific

Lynne Hopper, VPGM of Boeing’s Engineering Strategy and Operations, presented aspects of meeting future airspace demand through integration. The links below are to her recorded presentation and supporting Q&A files.

Lynne Hopper – Presentation

Lynne Hopper – Q&A

Commercial Space and Parallels to Air Transport

Saturday, March 19, 2022 9:00 to 11:00 AM Pacific

Blue Origin’s Tamaira Ross (Director, New Glenn System Definition & Design) discusses historic trends from the air transport industry and how commercial space transport plans to emulate that development path to orbit.

Tamaira Ross – Commercial Space

Tamaira Ross – Q&A

Flying at the Edge of Space: The Challenges and Opportunities of Hypersonic Flight

Saturday, January 15, 2022 9:00 to 11:00 AM Pacific

Kevin Bowcutt, Boeing Senior Technical Fellow & Chief Scientist of Hypersonics, describes key technical drivers, critical technologies, and unique challenges of designing and developing vehicles to fly at hypersonic speed. Kevin also describes a vision for the future of hypersonic flight and what Boeing is doing to turn that vision into reality.

Kevin Bowcutt – Hypersonics

The Bombing of the Falklands by the RAF, from the Tanker Cockpit

Saturday, November 20, 2021 9:00 to 11:00 AM Pacific

Commander Bob Tuxford describes how the British managed the logistical issues for such a long-distance target when they bombed the Falkland Islands.  He flew a Victor tanker on that mission, and he gives us a unique insight into the support required for the Vulcan bombers.

The presentation about the “Black Buck 1” mission is in two parts with Q&A included in the second part.

Bob Tuxford Black Buck 1 — Part 1

Bob Tuxford Black Buck 1 — Part 2

Commercial Aviation from end of WWII through 707

Saturday, September 18, 2021 9:00 to 11:00 AM Pacific

Mike Lombardi, Boeing’s Historian, talks about commercial aviation starting with what we learned from Germany at the end of World War II through the development of the 707 prototype, the DASH 80.

Mike Lombardi WWII thru Dash 80 — Part 1

Mike Lombardi WWII thru Dash 80 — Part 2

The evolution of commercial jet aviation

Saturdays, June 19, July 17, and August 21, 2021 9:00 to 11:00 AM Pacific

Peter Morton, retired vice president of Boeing, presents “The evolution of commercial jet aviation”, from the time period of the DASH 80 through the 707, 727, 737, 747, 757, 767, and 777. 

June 2021 presentation – DASH 80, 707 727, 737

Peter Morton Dash 80 thru 737 — Part 1

Peter Morton Dash 80 thru 737 — Part 2

July 2021 presentation – 747 and 757 / 767

Peter Morton 747 thru 757 / 767 — Part 1

Peter Morton 747 thru 757 / 767 — Part 2

August 2021 presentation – 777 development and 777 support and training

Peter Morton 777 Dev, Support, Training — Part 1

Peter Morton 777 Dev, Support, Training — Part 2

History and ancestry of the Nimrod

Saturday, May 15, 2021 9:00 to 11:00 AM Pacific

John Brown’s presentation is about the Nimrod which he flew from 1979 to 1984, entirely in flight-test mode. His talk includes the history and ancestry of the aircraft, its roles, and its detection systems. John shares several aspects of flight-tests in which he was involved including testing in support of the Falklands War operations. John was in the British Royal Air Force from 1963 to 1985, a National Test Pilot School instructor 1985 to 1988, with Northwest Airlines 1988 to 1996, at Boeing Commercial Airplanes 1996 to 2016, and worked with the FAA until 2019.

John Brown NIMROD — Part 1

John Brown NIMROD — Part 2

Electric and Electric Hybrid Commercial Aircraft; a Practical Approach

Saturday, March 20, 2021 9:00 to 11:00 AM Pacific

Alan Prichard, Royal Aeronautical Society, presentation is on “Electric and Electric Hybrid Commercial Aircraft; a Practical Approach” – A fully integrated solution.. Alan was born in New Zealand and educated in New Zealand and the UK, is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and retired from Boeing Commercial Preliminary Design and MR&D as an Associate Technical Fellow. During his career as an aerospace consultant, his focus was on carbon fiber usage and 3D weaving of carbon fiber. He has recently authored the chapter of a new aerospace structures handbook covering 3D weaving and braiding.

Alan Prichard Electric and Hybrid Aircraft Design

How I Accidently Trained for my Dream Simulator Career

Saturday, January 16, 2021 9:00 to 11:00 AM Pacific

John Hope shares his career experiences in “How I Accidently Trained for my Dream Simulator Career.” John is retired from the Boeing Commercial Airplane Company as the director of Flight Operations Engineering.  The organizations within this department provided customer airlines with engineering operational support, performance software, data, and related publications for all Boeing and former McDonnell Douglas airplanes world-wide and he has hosted numerous international conferences. 

John has had a colorful career with key roles in the development of all new simulator models through the 747-400 and then as senior manager through the 777.

John Hope Simulator Career — Part 1

John Hope Simulator Career — Part 2