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Sponsored by Stanford & MIT Departments of Aeronautics and Astronautics; the Ann & H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder, and the Penn State Department of Aerospace Engineering.




The Future Leaders in Aerospace Symposium aims to help the professional development of Aerospace Engineering professionals in academia and research. It will be hosted by the Stanford Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AeroAstro) in May 16-17 2024. The two day symposium will include a keynote address, round table discussions, and faculty panels, which will include topics such as:

  • The job search/interview process
  • Paths to academia and industry
  • Tenure and promotion
  • Work-life balance

Participants will be able to present their research to the attendees during “job talk starts,” gain career skills, engage with mentors, discuss emerging trends in aerospace engineering, and connect with a cohort of their peers.

Participants will be selected through a competitive application process. Applicants must be within 1-2 years of receiving their doctoral degree at the time of the workshop or must have received their PhD no earlier than 2021, and do not currently hold a faculty position. We expect that approximately 40 participants will be selected based on their academic excellence, interest in a research career in aerospace or related disciplines. 

Contact: Jenny Scholes (