NAE FOCUS-Bridge Aeronautics Event

NAE FOCUS-Bridge Aeronautics Event

(UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Friday, Aug 21, 2020
  • 10:00 AM To 10:03 AM
  • 10:03 AM To 10:10 AM
    Remarks from Editors of The Bridge Summer 2020 issue on Aeronautics
  • 10:10 AM To 10:55 AM
  • 10:55 AM To 11:25 AM
    Moderated Q&A
  • 11:25 AM To 11:30 AM
    Closing Reflections
  • 11:30 AM To 11:30 AM
  • John L. Anderson
    National Academy of Engineering

    John L. Anderson is president of the National Academy of Engineering since July 1, 2019. He was born in Wilmington, DE, and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware in 1967 and PhD degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1971, both in chemical engineering. He was most recently Distinguished Professor ...

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  • Alan H. Epstein (NAE) is the Chair of the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board (ASEB) and the R.C. Maclaurin Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has been an MIT faculty member since 1980. His research and teaching have included energy systems, aerospace propulsion, gas ...

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  • Dr. John Tracy
    The Boeing Company


    Dr. John J. Tracy was the chief technology officer of The Boeing Company and senior vice president of Engineering, Operations & Technology. He reported to the Boeing Chairman, President and CEO from 2006 through 2016. In addition to serving on the company's Executive Council, he oversaw the development and implementation of ...

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  • Dr. Lourdes Maurice has served on the Advisory Board of Boom, a start up company working on a supersonic passenger commercial airliner, since 2017. She is also the owner of a consultancy, DLM Global Strategies, LLC., focused on aerospace, environmental issues and international relations.

    Dr. Maurice was selected as Executive Director of the ...

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  • John Langford is the founder and CEO of, a new company developing hybrid electric aircraft for regional mobility.  He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the immediate past President of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

    Langford is an aerospace entrepreneur who founded Aurora ...

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Join the National Academy of Engineering’s Forum on Complex Unifiable Systems (FOCUS) program in conjunction with the NAE’s flagship quarterly The Bridge for the NAE FOCUS-Bridge Aeronautics Event on Friday, August 21, 2020.

This webinar will present on advances and opportunities in aeronautics. Articles in the summer issue assessed the prospects for a return of supersonic flight and even the possibility of hypersonic flight, which would enable same-day round-trip international travel. As environmental concerns have grown, so has the industry’s exploration of adaptations to mitigate impacts. Options such as hybrid electric and electrified propulsion require further research and development in order to be realistically considered.

Authors also discuss the role of autonomy – and the importance of human-machine teaming – and of prizes and competitions in spurring innovation, beginning with Lindbergh’s first transatlantic flight, which forever changed international travel and business.

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Dr. John J. Tracy
Retired Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President, The Boeing Company