2021 Technical Symposium

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15th Annual PNW AIAA Technical Symposium

Saturday, November 6th 2021

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This year’s theme is Breaking Barriers of the Impossible. The conference aims to showcase future challenges of human travel and exploration that may look impossible to solve today but are actively being worked on by the aeronautical and aerospace community. We will also discuss some of the major challenges the industry has already overcome which create the foundation on which new technologies will be built upon.

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Featuring 2 Tracks



Opening Keynote | The Raymer Manned Mars Plane (RMMP)

Dan Raymer | President of Conceptual Research Corporation

Dan Raymer is President of the design and consulting company, Conceptual Research Corporation, and serves as Program Manager, Configuration Designer, and Chief Engineer for its varied projects. Currently these include the DARPA Flying Missile Rail, the Raymer Manned Mars Plane, and a proprietary high-altitude UAV.

Recipient of the prestigious AIAA Aircraft Design Award, Dr. Raymer is a recognized expert in the areas of Aerospace Vehicle Design and Configuration Layout, Computer-aided Design Methodologies and Design Education.

Dr. Raymer received B.S. and M.S. engineering degrees in Astronautics and Aeronautics from Purdue, an MBA from the University of Southern California, and a Doctorate of Engineering (Ph.D.) from the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology (KTH).

Mid-Day Keynote | The Case for Space: How the Revolution of Spaceflight Opens a Future of Unlimited Possibilities

Robert Zubrin | President of Pioneer Astronautics

Robert Zubrin, formerly a Staff Engineer at Lockheed Martin Astronautics in Denver is now president of his own company, Pioneer Astronautics. He holds Masters degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics and a doctorate in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Washington.  He is the inventor over 15 US patents for technologies in the field of space propulsion, exploration, and energy, the author of over 200 published technical and non-technical papers in the field.

He is a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society and former Chairman of the Executive Committee of the National Space Society. He is the founder of the Mars Society; an international organization dedicated to furthering the exploration and settlement of Mars by both public and private means.

Aviation Track Keynote | Challenges of Designing Hypersonic Vehicles

Ansys – Swati Saxena & Valerio Viti

Swati Saxena is the Technical Manager for Federal Aerospace &Defense at Ansys. She has been with Ansys since 2018. Swati is a lifetime senior member of AIAA. She holds a MS and PhD in Aerospace Engineering from Penn State University and B.Tech from IIT Kanpur, India.

Valerio Viti is the Aerospace and Defense industry technical lead at Ansys. Valerio has been with Ansys since 2006 working in the application of CFD tools to solve challenging problems in the Aerospace and Defense, Power generation and HVAC industries. Valerio sits on the AIAA Technical Committee for hypersonics. Valerio holds a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from Virginia Tech and a Masters in Aeronautics from The City University of London.

Space Track Keynote | Exploring Blue Origin’s capabilities and technologies including flying humans to space!

Dr. Yen Matsutomi | Senior Director of the Engines Design Office

Dr. Yen Matsutomi is the Senior Director of the Engines Design Office at Blue Origin. She leads a team of more than 300 engineers and is responsible for all design and development from engine components to the integrated systems and technical processes definition from concept through flight. She was appointed to her current position in 2019. Matsutomi received her bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees from the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University.