2014 Annual Technical Symposium

See the Poster (MS PowerPoint), Early Warning Flyer (PDF), Call for Abstracts (PDF), and Short Program (PDF).


Registration Options

  • $15 for AIAA Student Members (lunch included)
  • $20 for AIAA  and INCOSE Members (lunch included)
  • $25 for Non-Members (lunch included)

Note: Civil servants need to contact their Organization’s Conference POC/Training Coordinator by April 10th to be registered to attend.


08:00 – Registration
08:15 – Keynote speaker
09:00 – Morning Sessions
12:00 – Luncheon
13:30 – Afternoon Sessions

See the 2014 program (PDF). Check back often as this program will grow.
(Current as of May 2, 2014)

Important Dates to Remember

Monday, April 21, 2014 – Abstracts due to planning committee (contact us sooner if possible)
Monday, April 28, 2014 – Abstract authors notified of abstract acceptance
Thursday, May 1, 2014 – Luncheon Reservations (pay online at time of RSVP)
Friday, May 9, 2014 – Registration (all day, starting at 8:00 AM)

More information and abstract information is available on the 2014 ATS page.


Walk-In Registration:

ATS Volunteer Sign Up:

AIAA Houston ATS Kickoff with Cdr. Chris Cassidy: Go for EVA – words that all astronauts want to hear!

AIAA Houston welcomes Commander Chris Cassidy to kickoff our Annual Technical Symposium with his presentation, “Go for EVA – words that all astronauts want to hear!” Before becoming an Astronaut, Commander Chris Cassidy served 10 years as a Navy Seal. He made four six-month deployments: two to Afghanistan, and two to the Mediterranean. He deployed to the Afghanistan region two weeks after 9/11/01, served as Ground Assault Force Commander for international and U.S.-only combat missions in Afghanistan, and led two months of noncompliant ship-boardings in the Northern Arabian Gulf. In 2004 Commander Cassidy was selected as an astronaut by NASA. Before completing his first flight, he served as Capsule Communicator(CAPCOM) in Mission Control. Commander Cassidy flew on STS 127 which helped complete the construction of the Japanese Kibo module on the International Space Station. Most recently, Cassidy served as a flight engineer on Expedition 35/36, living and working on the station for more than five months. During his NASA career, Cassidy has completed six spacewalks, totaling 31 hours, 14 minutes and has accumulated 182 days in space.

Please RSVP by choosing a meal (dessert included) below and we will see you on May 8th to kick off our Annual Technical Symposium!




Parmesan Chicken:



Walk In Registration:


No Meal Options:


JSC State of the Center with Deputy Director Kirk Shireman

AIAA Houston Section will host Deputy Director Kirk Shireman for a Johnson Space Center State of the Center event February 27th, 2014. The Section invites all to RSVP at the event website below by February 18th.

Mr. Shireman’s extensive career in aerospace engineering began in 1985 with navigation and control for the space shuttle. He served as manager for Solid Rocket Booster and External Tank Separation and also manager for Ascent Guidance, Navigation and Control for the space shuttle. In 1994 Mr. Shireman began supporting the International Space Station, first as manager of Navigation and Control Subsystems and then as manager over the space station’s Russian Elements and Operations Integration branch. As deputy center director, Mr. Shireman works with Dr. Ellen Ochoa to manage the people, budget and activities of Johnson Space Center. He also serves as the chair of the International Space Station Mission Management Team, where he is responsible for all aspects of on-orbit operations of the International Space Station.

We look forward to seeing you at the event!


Lunch and Learn: Innovative Approaches to Technology Transfer and Commercialization at NASA Johnson Space Center

Presented by Dr. Kumar Krishen, NASA/JSC

Please RSVP Here:

NOTE: A Jason’s Deli Lunch Order Link will be available after you have RSVP’d.

One of the key strategic implementation goals at NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) is to expand relevance of its missions to life on Earth. In view of this, JSC will vigorously pursue mutually beneficial partnerships to maximize economic and societal impact. The primary responsibility of transfer and commercialization of technology and intellectual property (IP) is in support of this goal and is carried out at JSC by the Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office (TTCO) under the newly-formed Strategic Opportunities & Partnership Development Office (SOPDO). As JSC develops a new and diverse portfolio of projects, customers and stakeholders, the Center is positioned to collaborate and pursue new opportunities that enable our exploration goals and contribute to the advancement of science and technology for societal and economic benefit. This paper will document the goals and metrics of new and modified approaches for achieving substantial success. The elements of the new program include the following: New training topics for TTCO personnel; training and early contact with innovators, engineers, scientists, and management; early involvement of TTCO in Center-funded technology and research projects; involvement of Houston Technology Center, JSC Innovation Development Center, BayTech Technology Consortium, and other organizations in implementing faster and better processes; enhanced communication between various stakeholders; efficient and timely review methods; and timely recognition programs including Success Stories, Center publicity, awards and other means. The metrics for the effectiveness of new approaches that will be discussed in this paper will include: software usage agreements, licenses, IP portfolio movement, Spinoff stories, Tech Brief magazine articles, new technology reports, patents and patent applications, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) projects.