Center for Aviation and Aerospace Leadership Hosts Industry and Government Leaders, Educators at Aviation, Aerospace Industry Summit

Daytona Beach, Fla., Oct. 24, 2013 – The Center for Aviation and Aerospace Leadership (CAAL) at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide hosted nearly 200 industry leaders, government officials and academics at the 4th Annual Aviation & Aerospace Industry Manufacturing Summit (AAIMS 2013) in Fort Worth/Alliance, Texas, last week.

Featured speakers included Clayton Jones, recently retired CEO, Rockwell Collins; Gordon England, former secretary of the Navy and deputy secretary of defense under President George W. Bush; Claire Leon, vice president of national programs, Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems; Lillian Zarrelli Ryals, senior vice president and general manager, Center for Advanced Aviation System Development, MITRE; and Robert Spingarn, aerospace and defense analyst, Credit Suisse First Boston.

AAIMS 2013 highlights included sessions on complex adaptive leadership, attracting and retaining women in aerospace, unmanned aerial systems, the future of airports and human capital. STEM education was also a recurring theme. Ralph Coppola provided an overview of the Real World Design Challenge, a national, high school STEM program that Embry-Riddle Worldwide supports. 

“The summit presented a wide range of economic, business, finance, policy and educational topics of value to members of the aviation and aerospace industry,” said Robert Mansfield, executive director of CAAL. “These topics provided attendees with perspectives on where the industry is headed over the next five years or so. And it once again provided insights on how aerospace companies can best prosper in the current environment.”

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