Program Management Corner


Aviation Week Network's annual Program Excellence Symposium will hit all the hot topics on October 23 at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner in McLean, Virginia. Our hit list of speakers will provide insight on:

• The future of space from a defense perspective
• USAF acquisition priorities
• How the Pentagon plans to do business going forward
• The range and depth of capabilities needed for 2025 and beyond
• A look at how the commercial air transport sector is shifting toward a broader, more flexible air mobility concept
• The future of defense aircraft programs
• Three program management best practices that will help you improve!

Speakers include USAF Secretary Heather Wilson, Pentagon pricing czar Shay Assad and futurist Alex Vacca. Engineering, program and strategy experts speaking this year include Scott Drennan of Bell Helicopter; Pradeep Fernandes, Boeing HorizonX; Rodin Lyasoff, CEO Airbus A^3; Gene Fraser, Corp VP of Engineering at Northrop Grumman; JD McFarlane, VP F-35 Test & Verification, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics; Paul Corkery, GE Aviation's Advanced Turboprop Program; Laura McGill, VP Engineering for Raytheon Missile Systems; and Dan Collins, COO United Launch Alliance.

Sponsored by Siemens PLM Software, the symposium will be capped off by the annual Program Excellence Banquet - honoring the best in performance from across the industry.

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Program Excellence Initiative

Gather, analyze, learn, apply.

Aviation Week’s annual Program Excellence Symposium unites leaders from across aerospace and defense companies, from program/project leaders and engineers to the IT experts, supply chain managers and strategic planning executives who together create performance success. This year’s program —to be held Oct. 23 in McLean, Virginia — will include: 

Insight about the future of critical programs
Analyze where the industry stands in setting strategies for the near and long term
Three best practices that will improve your program performance today 



Program Excellence Evaluation Team

Past Program Excellence Submissions

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Continuing Education Units

O.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are awarded to delegates of the 2017 Program Excellence Symposium by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University


Program Excellence Resources

View summaries, photos, supplier information and recent articles about important aircraft, engine, satellite, UAV and other programs.


Gain an inside look at the processes and methods used by the industry’s top programs.

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