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Dr. Sandra Magnus, AIAA, Monday, 1-14-14 January 7, 2014

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Dr. Sandra Magnus, AIAA, Monday, 1-14-14


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Guest:  Dr. Sandra Magnus, AIAA Executive Director.  Topics:  AIAA SciTech Conference for 2014, AIAA Forum Reorganization Plan.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.
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We welcomed back Dr. Sandra Magnus, AIAA Executive Director, for a one hour discussion about the upcoming AIAA SciTech Conference 2014 to be held the week of Jan. 13, 2014 at the Gaylord Hotel in National Harbor, MD.  For more information, visit the AIAA conference website,
http://www.aiaa.org/scitech2014.  Dr. Magnus started the discussion by going over the new AIAA Forum structure for their meetings and conferences.  This Forum structure allows them to combine several smaller conferences held throughout the year into one larger conference.  In fact, when you visit the AIAA conference website, you will see all the conferences combined in the Science and Technology conference next week.  We talked about AIAA conferences being multi-track and Dr. Magnus defined the different AIAA forums for us.  Regarding the upcoming SciTech conference, we talked about student and youth programs at the conference, speed mentoring and the mix between public and private companies and organizations.  We learned that the poster sessions are now planned as electronic sessions, and our guest went over not only the keynote speakers but the special lecture programs that are part of the SciTech Conference.  Cybersecurity was highlighted in our discussion and we spent some time talking about cybersecurity and how it has grown in garnering attention over the years.  A listener wanted to know about business and investment panels.  Dr. Magnus talked about one such panel on Tuesday addressing “Turning Technology Into a Business.”  Doug called in to provide a personal testimonial to AIAA given his recent experiences at AIAA Space Conferences in Pasadena and San Diego.  As the program ended, our guest and I talked about the AIAA local chapters and their monthly meetings.  These local chapter meetings provide excellent discussions on hot topic issues and more.

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