AEROTECH® Americas

March 26-28, 2019 │ Charleston, SC, USA

Special Events


The Hangar

Experience the future of the aerospace industry in “The Hangar.” This new event will be featured in the center of the exhibit hall floor, which promises to deliver pioneers and thought leaders from a spectrum of industries who convey technology, ideas, and concepts that go beyond traditional aerospace.

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Flight Deck

A small theater gives attendees unprecedented interaction with new technology from exhibitors. The venue accommodates interactive and one-on-one engineering innovation presentations where engineers and suppliers can discuss the latest mobility products.

Technical Tours

Boeing Charleston facility/plant tour

Date: March 25, 2019
Time: 1:00 – 3:45 p.m.
Price: $50  (make selection during event registration)

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Tour of Volvo Cars’ first plant in the U.S.

Date: March 29, 2019
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Price: $50  (make selection during event registration)

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Meet the Employers

Sponsored by:

March 25, 2019
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Ballroom Foyer

Aspiring aerospace industry professionals, the "Meet the Employers" event AeroTech® Americas offers students, young professionals or any attendee the opportunity to meet professionals from corporations and government agencies shaping what’s next in aerospace.

Bring your resume to this casual opportunity to interact with organizations with employment and internship opportunities for you. Participating companies and agencies will discuss their organizations—their place in the aerospace ecosystem—and an overview of the opportunities available with time for follow-on discussions with attendees. As a participant, you’ll switch stations every ten minutes to meet new experts and companies.

Participating Companies:
Aurora Flight Sciences
The Boeing Company
Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.
Lockheed Martin
Northrop Grumman
Roush and Yates Racing Engines

Please contact Arlene DiSilvio if your company is interested in participating in this activity:

Student Call for Posters

Students are invited to submit an abstract for a poster to be displayed at AeroTech® Americas. Abstract submissions will be evaluated, and authors will be notified in advance of the event. For those accepted, individuals will receive an official letter to attend AeroTech (travel expenses are not included).

Posters will be displayed throughout the event. A diverse panel of individuals from OEMs, suppliers, and government will be on site to review and provide feedback on your display. SAE will provide an easel, 22- x 28-in foam core board, and adhesive.


SAE Awards Luncheon

March 27, 2019
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Ballroom A/B

Award Recipients:

Charles M. Manly Memorial Medal
Joseph K. Ausserer,  Air Force Institute of Technology
Jacob Baranski, Innovative Scientific Solutions, Inc.
Paul Litke, Air Force Research Laboratory
Marc D. Polanka, Air Force Institute of Technology

Forest R. McFarland Award
Gordon L. "Gordy" Allen, Retired, The Boeing Company
Reuben Chandrasekharan, Bombardier Learjet
Paul Davies, The Boeing Company
Zheng Junqi, COMAC

James M. Crawford Executive Standards Committee Outstanding Achievement Award
Ron Clements, The Boeing Company

Rodica Baranescu Award for Technical & Leadership Excellence
Laura Hitchcock, Retired, The Boeing Company

SAE Aerospace Engineering Leadership Award
David Carter, Pratt & Whitney

Thomas H. Speller Award
Holger Maylaender, Broetje-Automation GmbH

William Littlewood Memorial Lecture
George N Bullen, Northrop Grumman Corporation

Wright Brothers Medal
Christian Boehlmann, Fraunhofer IFAM
Wolfgang Hintze, IPMT TU Hamburg-Harburg
Philip Koch, Fraunhofer IFAM
Simon Kothe, Fraunhofer IFAM
Christian Moeller, Fraunhofer IFAM
Hans Christian Schmidt, Fraunhofer IFAM
Jörg Wollnack, TU Hamburg-Harburg


Introduction to Propulsion Simulation Using NPSS Workshop

March 26, 2019

1:30-3:00 p.m.

Location: Exhibit Hall – Flight Deck


  • David L. Ransom, Southwest Research Institute
  • Charles Krouse, Southwest Research Institute
  • Brendan Nelson-Weiss, Southwest Research Institute
  • Tom Lavelle, NASA

Registration: Please contact Jim Sherman ( or Destiney Coy (

This workshop is intended to provide insight into the modeling of gas turbine engines, design and off-design analysis, and the interactions between the propulsion, power, and thermal management systems.

The following subjects will be covered:

  • Introduction to propulsion system simulation using NPSS
    • Cycle overview
    • NPSS intro
    • Anatomy of a model
    • Basic elements
    • Solver
    • Design/ off-design
    • Post processing
  • Turbomachinery design using NPSS
    • Introduction to OTAC
    • Example model and results
  • Simulation needs of hybrid electric systems
    • Overview of hybrid electric system concepts
    • Electric ports and elements
    • Integrated system simulation
  • Simulation of thermal management systems
    • Overview of thermal management concepts
    • Relevant elements and models
    • Integration with power and propulsion systems
  • Interface between simulation tools
    • File I/O interfaces
    • Application program interface (API)
    • Shared memory interface
  • Summary

Introduction to Composites Fabrication and Assembly in Aerospace, Space, and Transportation

Part 1: March 26, 2019
3:30-4:30 p.m.

Part 2: March 27, 2019
1:30-2:30 p.m.

Location: Exhibit Hall – Flight Deck

Instructor: George N Bullen, author of "Economics of Composites" by SAE International and "Successful Composite Technology Transfer, Lessons Learned from NASA’s Max Launch Abort System."

Registration: Please contact Jim Sherman ( or Destiney Coy (

The challenges associated with using composites as a replacement for aluminum reside primarily in the complex manufacturing processes and technologies for fabricating composite parts. The high cost of composites material and its manufacturing complexity have been inhibitors to the wide transfer of this technology to the non-aerospace market. The search for solutions to high manufacturing costs and efficient manufacturing processes have resulted in intense research by government, aerospace industry companies, and space agencies worldwide. This workshop will introduce participants to composites technologies that have applications beyond aerospace, including such markets as trucks, automobiles, and wind turbines. The instructor will define, illustrate, and describe the innovative manufacturing processes and technologies that have been used to solve the “composite challenge” for aerospace and space vehicles. The information presented in this seminar, derived from the successful application and demonstration of these technologies and processes on flight hardware, will serve to provide solutions for the manufacturing processes and technology challenges that have slowed the migration of this technology beyond the aerospace and space industries.

By attending this seminar, you will be able to:

  • Define the current state of composites manufacturing
  • Evaluate critical emerging technologies that will enable expansion of composites
  • Identify innovative manufacturing processes that enable low cost composite manufacturing
  • Determine the critical features for successful composite part assembly
  • Evaluate the key characteristics of various composites manufacturing processes

Who Should Attend

This seminar is intended for individuals looking for information related to efficient solutions for composites manufacturing and includes engineering disciplines from manufacturing, design, industrial, tooling, quality, and mechanical. In addition, non-engineering management and staff will benefit from information presented in this seminar.