March 9-11, 2021 │ Orlando, Florida

AeroTech® 2021 Call for Papers and Presentations

SAE International’s AeroTech is the premier global aerospace technology conference and exhibition focused on nearly every facet of modern aerospace & defense mobility, including aircraft and spacecraft platform and system research and development, engineering, advanced manufacturing, test and verification, certification, deployment, and maintenance, repair, and overhaul.

Your expertise creates the conversations at AeroTech. Innovators from across the global aerospace community convene annually at SAE AeroTech to share the latest technical knowledge and innovations, discuss real-world challenge, discover new opportunities, learn about new technologies and trends, and network, collaborate, and problem-solve with peers.

Submission period: March 20 – December 31, 2020

New in 2021

You have two options to share your expertise. AeroTech provides the opportunity to present in-person in Orlando or remotely in the accompanying virtual conference without the expense or concern of travel.

Topics Under Discussion

Aircraft Systems

  • Automation & Artificial Intelligence
  • Avionics & Flight Deck
  • Connectivity & Communications
  • Data
  • Electronics – Cockpit & Cabin
  • Embedded Computing
  • Health Management
  • Human Factors & Ergonomics
  • Icing
  • Sensors & Electro-Optics
  • Software

Aero Fastening/Assembly & Tooling

  • Automated Drilling and Fastening Systems
  • Advanced Portable Semi-Automated Drilling and Fastening Systems
  • Assembly Methodologies & Advanced Assembly Fixtures and Tooling
  • Composites Assembly and Fastening
  • Composites/Heavy Drilling and Assembly
  • Large Component Assembly, Sub-Assembly, Major Section Join and Final Assembly
  • Robotic Applications in Drilling, Fastening, and Assembly
  • Advancements in Drill Bit, Temporary and Permanent Fastening Technology

Business, Economics & Forecasting

  • Education & Training
  • Future Mobility
  • Government Programs & Policy
  • Market Forecasts
  • New Markets
  • Program Management
  • Standards


  • Aircraft Design & Flight Engineering
  • Aerodynamics
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
  • Digital Transformation
  • Environmental Engineering Considerations
  • Systems Engineering
  • Test & Measurement
  • Modeling and Simulation

Flight Sciences

  • Autonomous Vehicles & Systems
  • Air Taxis & Systems
  • Electric Aircraft
  • Multi-Modal Mobility Flying Cars & Systems
  • Next-Generation Vehicles & Systems
  • Spacecraft & Satellites
  • Supersonic & Hypersonic Aircraft & Systems
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)


  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Augmented / Virtual / Mixed Reality Applications in Manufacturing
  • Automation & Robotics
  • Digital Transformation
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Human Factors & Ergonomics
  • Industrial Internet of Things
  • Lean Manufacturing & Six Sigma
  • Metrology & Quality
  • Supply Chain
  • Tooling Development
  • Smart Factory
  • Safety & Security


  • Aircraft Coatings, Polymers & Sealants
  • Composites
  • Graphene
  • High Production Rate
  • Metals
  • Nanomaterials
  • Powder development
  • Resin development
  • Sustainability

Power & Propulsion

  • Power
  • Thermal Management
  • Propulsion

Safety & Security

  • Certification
  • Cyber-Physical Security
  • Education & Training
  • Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMI/EMC)
  • Emissions & Climate Impact
  • Harsh Environments
  • Infrastructure & Integration
  • Noise

How to Submit an Abstract


Abstracts must be submitted online to only ONE session.

Offered papers shall not have been previously published; if accepted, contributors will not release their paper for publication through other media.

The following will be needed during the submission:

  1. A summary that states the objective of the paper/presentation

  2. Tentative title

  3. Name of the author and co-authors and all contact information

  4. Selection of the most appropriate technical Session

*Approval to publish will be based on an organizer-moderated peer review of a review-ready manuscript.

View the resources below to assist with preparing your paper and presentation.

Submit My Abstract


  • Portal for submission of abstracts will open: March 20, 2020

  • Abstract submission period: March 20 through December 31, 2020

  • Review-Ready Manuscripts due to session organizers: September 15, 2020*
    *Technical papers submitted after September 15 will be available post event.

  • Final Manuscripts and copyright assignment due to SAE: January 11, 2021

Upon submission, your submission will be assigned a tracking number and will be emailed to you as the confirmation of submission. Please include the tracking number in all communications. If you do not receive a confirmation with tracking number at that point, please retry on-line submission or contact Nori Fought.

View full list of deadlines here.

Benefits of Publishing & Presenting with SAE

  • Demonstrate thought-leadership and innovation in key subject areas.
  • Share, showcase, and discuss the latest research and technology advancements, and applications.
  • Expand your professional experience and influence as well as your organization’s leadership by demonstrating subject matter knowledge and expertise to mobility professionals from around the world.
  • Connect with subject matter experts in the mobility industry to expand business opportunities.
  • Be a conduit for discussion on further advancements in mobility in the areas of aircraft design, aircraft systems, transportation networks, infrastructure, electrification, connectivity, and materials.
  • Discuss successes and challenges with your peers who may have similar experiences and lessons learned to share.
  • Receive a discount on event registration.

For questions contact:

Nori Fought
Content Administrator
SAE International

Important Information

At AeroTech, not all published papers will be selected for presentation.  Presentations are selected on applicability and number of available speaking slots. To increase your chances to have an abstract selected and to receive a podium spot, it is critical that you clearly define the pain point engineers are having and proposed solutions that will allow them to move forward in their development process.

If you are selected for a podium and are a no-show, your paper will be withdrawn, and you will need to resubmit your abstract/manuscript for a completely new review.

Please note that speakers will be charged a nominal fee to attend this conference.