AIAA Young Professionals, Students, and Educators (YPSE) Conference

Starts:  Nov 17, 2023 09:00 (ET)
Ends:  Nov 18, 2023 17:00 (ET)
Associated with  New England Section

The Mid-Atlantic Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is organizing the AIAA Young Professionals, Students, and Educators (YPSE) Conference, to be held November 17th through November 18th. The conference will be held at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) Kossiakoff Center.

We are looking for 15 minute presentations in areas of interest to the aerospace community by young professionals (age 35 and under), graduate, undergraduate, high school students and educators. Topics can be technical in nature or focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). 

Technical track: Presentations will be scored on various criteria including ability to convey impact of work, demonstrate knowledge of the field, methodologies, communication and more. Awards will be given to exceptional presentations in the various categories listed above.

DEI track: Presenters are encouraged to share their story and speak on topics including but not limited to improving DEI in Aerospace, dealing with imposter syndrome/burnout, authenticity, empowerment and outreach, intersectionality and more.

This is an excellent opportunity to share your work with the aerospace community and learn more about the innovative work of fellow aerospace enthusiasts! You do not need to be a member of the Mid-Atlantic Section to participate!


Technical Keynote: 

Rebekah Sosland Siegfriedt, Deputy Team Chief for the Engineering Operations Team of the Mars Rovers Opportunity and Perseverance

DEI Keynote: 

Dr. Joi C Spraggins, AIAA National Diversity Working Group Committee, AIAA Greater Philadelphia Section Public Policy Officer

Technical Panel: 

Andrew S. Driesman, Parker Solar Probe Program Manager, Managing Executive for the JHU/APL Space Sector

Ralph Lorenz, Dragonfly Mission Architect, Planetary Scientist at the JHU/APL

Elena Adams, Mission and Spacecraft Systems Engineer for NASA DART Mission, Formulation and New Opportunities Lead at the JHU/APL

Alice Bowman, New Horizons Operations Manager, Space Missions Operation Group Supervisor at the JHU/APL


Registration for presenters and attendees is now OPEN at Presenter abstract submissions are due by Friday, October 20th. Abstracts should be a 250-500 word overview of the topic you will be presenting on. Abstracts may be released to conference attendees. Complete papers are not required. Abstract submissions should be emailed to the address specified during registration checkout. Notifications of abstract acceptance will be sent no later than Friday, October 27th.

Important Dates:

Presenter Abstracts Due: October 20th

Full Presentations Due: November 3th

Attendee Registration Deadline: November 10th


Kossiakoff Center
11100 Johns Hopkins Rd
Laurel, MD 20723