The WSAS 2023 symposium will inform participants of the status, opportunities, and challenges in the rapidly developing sustainable aviation sector, including science, technology, infrastructure, and workforce development.

The WSAS Symposium convenes scientific and technical experts to discuss and move towards solutions on issues that affect Washington State.

The 16th Annual WSAS Symposium

Thursday, August 17, 2023

12:30pm to 7:00pm

The Museum of Flight, Seattle


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THE SYMPOSIUM will review the status, opportunities, and challenges in the emerging sustainable aviation sector, including technology, infrastructure, and workforce development, and provide a valuable networking opportunity for the aviation community.

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Sustainable Aviation Symposium Planning Committee

Roger M Myers, PhD, Chair

Beth Hacker, PhD, UW/JCATI

Kayla Coffee, Aerospace Futures Alliance

Mehran Mesbahi, PhD, UW

Cindy Messey, The Museum of Flight

Kristi Morgansen, PhD, UW

Robin Toth, WA Department of Commerce

Emily Wittman, Aerospace Futures Alliance

Symposium Program

Welcome: 16th Annual Symposium Chair Roger Myers, WSAS Past-President and Aerospace Consultant, and a Washington State Official, to be confirmed

Brief introduction to opening presentationRoger Myers

Keynote Presentation: A Vision for Sustainable Aviation, an overview of the need for sustainable aviation, technology options, and implications
Richard Wahls, Sustainable Flight National Partnership Mission Integration Manager, Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate

PANEL 1: Sustainable Aircraft Propulsion Technologies and Fuels
Moderated by Dr. Anna Oldani, Sustainable Aviation Fuel Program Manager, Federal Aviation Administration


Dr. Josh Heyne, Director, Bioproducts Science and Engineering Laboratory, co-director of the Bioproducts Institute, Washington State University. SAF
Dr. Scott Cary, Ports and Airports Program Lead, Energy Systems Integration Directorate, NREL. Electric Aircraft
Dr. Jonathan Gladin, Senior Research Engineer, Chief, Propulsion and Energy Division, Georgia Tech, Hydrogen

PANEL 2: Infrastructure Changes for Sustainable Aviation
Moderated by Melinda Pagliarello, Managing Director, Environmental Affairs Airports Council International — North America


Dr. Michael Wolcott, Regents Professor and LP Distinguished Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, WSU: Sustainable Aviation Fuel – scaling production and engine certification
Dr. Florian Allroggen, Research Scientist, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, and Executive Officer, Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment, MIT: Hydrogen production and transportation challenges
Dr. Subramanian Vadari
: Founder and President of Modern Grid Solutions: Electric Aviation – challenges to the power grid

Introductory Remarks by Roger Myers and Kristi Morgansen

2ND KEYNOTE: Workforce Development for the Sustainable Aviation Ecosystem In light of the technology and infrastructure challenges, what new educational and training initiatives will we need in this new sustainable ecosystem?
Howard E. McKenzie, Chief Engineer and Executive Vice President, Engineering, Test & Technology, The Boeing Company

PANEL 3: Workforce Development Needs to support the Sustainable Aviation Ecosystem
moderated by Dr. Kristi Morgansen, Chair, Dept. of Aeronautics and Astronautics, University of Washington


Dr. Nancy Allbriton, Dean, College of Engineering, UW: Academic Pipeline
Dr. Dana Riley Black, VP of Education, The Museum of Flight: K-12 and Training Pipeline
National Initiatives: TBD

Symposium summary and closing remarks by Chair (Myers)

Reception and networking in The Museum of Flight’s Great Gallery

The event will be live streamed by TVW.

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