SAE 2015 AeroTech Congress & Exhibition

September 22-24, 2015

Seattle, Washington, USA

Washington State Convention Center

Young Professional Activities at AeroTech


Attention Young Professionals: How are you and your organization Shaping the Future of Aerospace? If you see yourself as a leader driving the decisions of tomorrow, you won't want to miss these activities created especially for Young Professionals like you!

Benefits of Attending
  • successfully transition into & manage your career
  • learn the fundamentals of effective leadership
  • find out the traits employers are seeking in a leader
  • hear industry leadership's perspective on young professionals
  • mentoring opportunities with executives
  • peer-to-peer networking

Speed Mentoring

Speed Mentoring Tuesday & Wednesday, September 22-23, 2015
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
"Executives Connecting with Future Leaders"

Located on the exhibit floor within the YP Lounge, this event is an opportunity for young professionals to engage with executives in an informal setting. Mentors will be stationed while small groups of the Young Professional participants rotate to different stations at set time intervals. The stations will consist only of chairs facing each other creating a comfortable, level atmosphere for communication. Don't forget to sign up for these sessions when you register for Congress!

Networking in the YP Lounge

YP Lounge Hours:
Tuesday, September 22: 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 23: 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Booth #223

Join us in the YP Lounge each day with casual networking for young professionals, their peers, and aerospace industry leaders. The YP Lounge, Booth #223, is located centrally on the AeroTech Exhibit Floor. Conclude your days with a dedicated hour of networking in the YP Lounge each evening during the general Networking Receptions:

Welcome Reception: Tuesday, September 22 - 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Pre-Banquet Reception: Wednesday, September 23 - 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Career Development Sessions

Tuesday, September 22: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Room #202

Dan Freeman The Secret to a Great Career: Align Your Personal Development with Your Company Strategy
Dan Freeman, Director of Payloads Engineering, Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Understanding your company's strategy is only the first step towards feeling engaged and contributing as a young professional. Dan shares why developing a personal development plan that aligns with your company strategy is the key to a rewarding career that truly makes a difference - for you and your company.

Mike Vander Wel Pay Attention!! Self-awareness Matters in Career Development
Mike Vander Wel, Chief Engineer for Equipment & Tool Engineering, The Boeing Company

Mike will reflect his twenty-five year career at the Boeing Company, and use a few stories to illustrate some "lessons learned." Careers can take unexpected twists and turns from unexpected sources and it is important to be ready to learn and adjust along your way.

YP Volunteers Needed

Young Professionals We are looking for YP's willing to volunteer at Congress for half a day. In appreciation for your volunteerism, a "free" day of access to Congress will be given to any individual who volunteers. For more information or to sign up, contact the YP Volunteer Chair, Hussain Boxwala, at Volunteers are needed to fill positions in the following areas:
  • Executive Speed Mentoring Volunteer
  • Discussion and Networking Leaders at the Young Professional Lounge
  • Technical Forum Volunteers
  • …and many more opportunities await!

Register Today

Join us today for an exclusive offer
When you register for the SAE 2015 AeroTech Congress & Exhibition as a 'Young Professional,' you are entitled to one FREE year of professional SAE membership.*
SAE membership will help you grow, both personally and professionally, through a number of available networking, leadership, and recognition opportunities. SAE members also enjoy a number of exclusive member benefits. Visit to learn more.
* This offer applies only to new SAE members pending approval of application. Good for one year of SAE Professional Membership only.

YP Leadership Team

SAE Young Professionals Leadership Sub-Team
Elisha (Eli) Sanger, Boeing
David Lazzara, Boeing
Sarah Guza, Delphi
Jeremy Kearney, General Motors
Cammi Siu, General Motors
Hussain Boxwala, McGill University