AIAA Complex Aerospace Systems Exchange (CASE)

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will hold its inaugural Complex Aerospace Systems Exchange (CASE) September 11–13 at the Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, California. Co-located with the AIAA SPACE 2012 Conference & Exposition, CASE focuses across aerospace, addressing complex programs and projects in both the aviation and space domains.

“CASE is an event where chief engineers, systems engineers, and program managers will come together to discuss real problems they face every day running engineering projects,” said Mike Griffin, president of AIAA, and the conference’s executive chair. “We are trying a new format that emphasizes audience participation, with panels instead of papers. Our intent is that people who come to CASE will acquire knowledge and shared experiences that will have immediate value back at the office.”

To stimulate discussion and the exchange of best practices among attendees, CASE will offer three tracks of discussion focused on the aerospace systems enterprise: Complex Systems Development; Integration, Test, and Verification of Complex Systems; and Program Management of Robust and Resilient Systems. The track structure will allow attendees to hear multiple perspectives on complex systems issues, helping them to tackle complex problems such as minimizing cost overruns and delays, and mitigating late test failures.

The general chair of CASE is Laura McGill, deputy vice president of engineering, Raytheon Missile Systems, and AIAA vice president for standards. Program chairs include Allen Arrington, engineering manager, Sierra Lobo Inc., and AIAA director-technical, Engineering and Technology Management Group; Paul Collopy, deputy director, University of Alabama – Huntsville Center for System Studies; and Abdi Khodadoust, senior manager, Phantom Works, The Boeing Company.

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