Program Excellence Corner Preliminary Agenda

Aviation Week’s 15th annual Program Excellence Symposium provides insight about the future shaping of programs in space, commercial air transport and defense. You’ll hear from the leaders who are guiding massive changes to the types of development, production and sustainment that will form programs for the next decade.



Preliminary Agenda

8:00 am



Continental Breakfast




Redefining Defense Space and USAF Priorities
As ballistic missiles, hypersonics and space-based capabilities become more sophisticated, the USAF must redefine who and how space is used and protected while also entering a new phase of acquisitions for priority programs. The new Secretary of the Air Force will describe the challenges and some of the solutions.
Dr. Heather Wilson, Secretary, U.S. Air Force


The Art of Programs in a new Defense Environment
Shay Assad has led efforts to improve program performance and cost for over five years. He will return to the program conference to look at how industry and the Pentagon will work together to protect hard-fought ground gained and address changes required to bring a new wave of programs online.
Shay Assad, Director of Defense Pricing, U.S. Department of Defense




Future Tense: Creating Business Opportunity from Chaos
Forget Moore's Law—technology is creating all new ways of doing business and all new possibilities. Alex Vacca is among those who has his fingers on the pulse of this chaos and how it sorts into formidable opportunity.
Alex Vacca, Corporate Director Business Assessment, Northrop Grumman


Air Mobility
Moving passengers from place to place has followed a fairly specific pattern throughout the history of commercial flight. Now leaders in commercial air transport are looking at all-new ideas, from Boeing NMA to urban transport pods. Three leaders in this new arena will share their view of what commercial air transport programs could look like in the future.
Scott Drennan, Director of Innovation, Bell Helicopter
Pradeep Fernandes, Boeing HorizonX
Rodin Lyasof, CEO, Airbus A^3
Moderator: Graham Warwick, Managing Editor-Technology, Aviation Week


The Next Military Aircraft Programs
responsible for developing these new programs will share their view of what will be needed to succeed in the future.
Gene Fraser, Executive Vice President, Engineering, Northrop Grumman
J.D. McFarlan
, Vice President, F-35 Test and Verification, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

12:15 pm



It's a Digital World
Tools make a difference in the success of any program. And none has created a greater difference than the sensors and data weaving their way through the digitalization of design, build and sustainment. This session will provide an overview of how three companies are using digitalization to drive performance.
Paul Corkery, Advanced Turboprop Program Manager, GE Aviation
Laura J. McGill, Vice President, Engineering, Raytheon Missile Systems
Dan Collins, Chief Operating Officer, United Launch Alliance
Moderator: Barry Chapman, Vice President, A&D, Siemens PLM Software


Three best practices that will improve program performance right now
Speakers will be identified during the Program Excellence Evaluation process and posted on September 1


Program Excellence Reception


Program Excellence Awards Banquet

Who Should Attend?
Extended program management community:

  • Program managers/engineering project leaders
  • Engineering leaders
  • Quality and Process managers
  • Information Systems specialists
  • Strategic Planning and Business Development leaders
  • Operations and financial management

Don't Miss!
The 3rd Annual AerospaceDefenseChain Conference taking place on October 24-25 at the same venue will focus on key components affecting our industry and future programs as we seek to balance changing customer demands, global market conditions, macroeconomic challenges and A&D industry consolidation. Emphasis will be on forecasts and pursuing sustainable growth opportunities plus new initiatives. [More]

Platinum Sponsor:
Program Excellence Evaluation Team:
Boeing Elbit Systems General Atomic
Honeywell Lockheed Martin Moog
Northrop Grumman Rockwell Collins
Media Partners:
AWST   SpeedNews
Penton Corporate

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