National Aviation Symposium


November 8, 9 and 10, 2022 | PURDUE UNIVERSITY

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Symposium Mission

The Purdue University School of Aviation and Transportation Technology is convening a new, National Symposium to address the rapidly re-approaching shortage of pilots and aircraft maintenance technicians. Unless these shortages are addressed, the aviation industry will suffer a human resource crisis well into the future.

Our symposium will be held at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Representatives from all the stakeholders in the national aviation community will be invited to attend. These stakeholders include airlines, manufacturers, associations, labor unions, government agencies, academic institutions and the media.


Platinum Level

Purdue University Office of the Provost

Gold Level

Delta Air Lines
Republic Airways

Silver Level

Atlas Air
The Boeing Company
Envoy Air
Oliver Wyman

Friend Level

Purdue Aviation, LLC


November 7, Pre-Event
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Ice Breaker Reception
November 8, Day 1
9:00 - 9:30 AM Introduction

  • Introduction and Overview by Dr. Manoj Patankar, Conference Co-Chair
  • Welcome Remarks by President Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr., Purdue University
  • Opening Remarks by Dr. John Mott, Head of the School of Aviation and Transportation Technology
9:30 - 11:00 AM Session 1: National Aviation Talent Demand
Moderator: Geoff Murray, Oliver-Wyman

  • Flight Operations Workforce Demand

    • Speaker: Kit Darby
  • Technical Operations Workforce Demand

    • Speaker: Christian Klein, Aeronautical Repair Station Association
  • Labor Shortage Case Study from Nursing

    • Speakers: Deirdre Baggot, Oliver-Wyman
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Networking Lunch
1:00 - 3:00 PM Session 2: Economic and Workforce Development Programs
Moderator: Jeremy Peterson, Oliver-Wyman

  • Youth in Aviation Taskforce Report

    • Speaker: Nancy Shane Hocking, National Youth in Aviation Taskforce
  • Oliver-Wyman Flight Operations Report

    • Speaker: Geoff Murray, Oliver-Wyman
  • Women in Aviation Taskforce Report

    • Speaker: Allison McKay, National Women in Aviation Taskforce
  • Community-based Talent Development Program

    • Speaker: Tammera Holmes, AeroStar
3:00 - 3:30 PM Refreshment Break
3:30 - 5:00 PM Session 3: Collaborating for the Greater Good
Moderator: Manoj Patankar, Purdue University

  • International Brotherhood of Teamsters

    • Speaker: Chris Moore
  • International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers

    • Speaker: John Coveny, Jr.
  • Transportation Workers Union

    • Speaker: Gary Peterson and Carol Valentino-Barry
6:00 - 9:00 PM Banquet Dinner: Video Presentation by Billy Nolen, Acting FAA Administrator
November 9, Day 2
9:00 - 9:20 AM Recap & Intro to Day 2
Speakers: Dr. Manoj Patankar and Professor Michael Suckow, Conference Co-Chairs

  • Review of Day 1
  • Introduction to Day 2
9:30 - 11:30 AM Session 1: Talent Recruitment, Retention, and Development Models
Moderator: Leah Mask, Oliver-Wyman

  • Pilot Training Transformation in the United States Air Force

    • Speaker: Colonel Tracy Schmidt
  • ​Airline Recruitment and Retention Experience

    • Speaker: Lorel Roehl, Delta Air Lines, Talent Acquisition
  • Gen Z’s Interest and Passion to be a Pilot

    • Speaker: Septo Sudiro, Perkasa Flight School, Indonesia
  • The Aviation Professional Athlete Model

    • Speaker: Flack Maguire
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Networking Lunch
1:00 - 2:45 PM Session 2: Talent Development Models Part 1
Moderator: Nick Stone, Oliver-Wyman

  • Flight Operations

    • Speakers: Robert Lowe (Republic Airways), Jeff Carlson, John Schumacher, and Leisa Spears Snyder (Atlas Air), Brad Lambert (Frontier Airlines), and David Wright (The Boeing Company)
  • Global Flight Education Models

    • Speaker: Philip Adrian (MPS)
2:45 - 3:00 PM Refreshment Break
3:00 - 5:00 PM Session 3: Talent Development Models Part 2
Moderator: Oksana Bardygula, Oliver-Wyman

  • Technical Operations

    • Speakers: Ryan Goertzen (AAR), Tammera Holmes (AeroStar), Crystal Maguire (ATEC), and Joel English (AIM)
November 10, Day 3
9:00 - 9:20 AM Recap & Intro to Day 3
Speakers: Dr. Manoj Patankar and Professor Michael Suckow, Conference Co-Chairs

  • Review of Days 1 & 2
  • Introduction to Day 3
9:30 - 11:30 AM Session 1: Policy-based Approach to Accelerate Talent Development
Moderator: Jeremy Peterson, Oliver-Wyman

  • Competency-based Credit for Flight Hours

    • Speaker: Paul Kinstedt (Republic Airways)
  • National Center for the Advancement of Aviation

    • Speaker: Ryan Goertzen (AAR)
  • Civil Aviation Academy

    • Speaker: Rik Carlson (Retired Airline Pilot and Regulator)
  • Performance-based Oversight

    • Speaker: Phil Adrian (MPS)
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Networking Lunch
1:00 - 3:30 PM Session 2: Emerging Technologies and New Skills Required
Moderator: Brian Fasano, Oliver-Wyman

  • Advanced Air Mobility/e-VTOL Operations

    • Speaker: Dr. Parimal Kopardekar, NASA Aeronautics Research Institute
  • Electric Propulsion Operations

    • Speakers: Edward Espiritu (United Airlines Ventures) and Tom Anderson (Archer Aircraft)
  • AI, ML, and Big Data Analytics for Operational Safety & Resilience

    • Speakers: Raj Pai, Senior Technologist, NASA Ames Research Center, Margaret Ann Betz (Purdue Data Mine), Christopher Eastman (NetJets)
3:30 - 4:00 PM Closing Remarks
Speakers: Dr. Manoj Patankar and Professor Michael Suckow, Conference Co-Chairs


Space is limited. Registration is required to attend the Purdue National Aviation Symposium. Each participant must be registered. Full conference registration includes admittance to all sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Access to the Tuesday banquet is not included in the conference registration. A separate ticket must be purchased to attend. A morning beverage refreshment and lunch are included with your registration fee.

Advance registration is recommended for your convenience and to avoid possible delays registering onsite.

Conference Registration ($250)     Virtual Attendance Registration ($50)     Banquet Only

Conference Logistics

Purdue University is located in West Lafayette, Indiana. In making your travel plans, please note that Purdue University is in the Eastern Time Zone. Details on how to get to Purdue from Indianapolis and Chicago airports can be found here.

The Welcome Reception will be held in the lobby of the Union Club Hotel and the Banquet Dinner will be held in the North Ballroom of the Purdue Memorial Union (attached to the Union Club Hotel: 201 Grant Street, West Lafayette, IN 47906). All conference presentations and lunches will be held in the Shively Club (at Purdue University's Ross-Ade Stadium), 900 John R Wooden Drive in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Complimentary shuttle bus service will be provided between the Union Club Hotel and the Shively Club. Please note: There will be only one shuttle service in the morning and one at the end of all the presentations. If you need transportation at other times, we recommend a local car rental service or Uber.


Parking permits: If you plan on using a personal/rental vehicle for transportation, you will need two parking permits: one for the Union Club Hotel and one for the Shively Club. Please be sure to mark your parking needs at the time of registration. Appropriate permits will be provided when you check in. 

Staying in the Purdue Memorial Union Hotel OR commuting to the conference and taking the shuttle: Please park in the Grant Street Parking Garage (120 N. Grant Street), which is located across the street from the Purdue Memorial Union Hotel. You will need to collect a ticket upon entering the garage, and if you pre-purchased a parking pass you will receive this upon your check-in at registration and this is what you will use to exit the garage. If you did not pre-purchase a parking pass, you can pay for your parking before exiting the garage.

For the symposium at Ross-Ade Stadium, Shivley Club, you can park in the North Stadium lot just north of the stadium only if you pre-purchased an "A" parking pass during registration. If you did not prepurchase, you can purchase an "A" pass by clicking here. (Click for map - the North Stadium lot is highlighted in red & the Z lot for Tuesday ONLY is highlighted in gold).


Hotel Info

Blocks of rooms will be held for the conference at Union Club Hotel, conveniently located in the Purdue Memorial Union. The Union Club Hotel has been completely remodeled and was nominated for travel and leisure award, Union Club Hotel Nominated for Travel + Leisure 2021 Worlds Best Award | PMU Purdue University. For information or to make a reservation, call (800) 320-6291 or (765) 494-8922, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Purdue University is committed to keeping the campus safe for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

Please note that Purdue expects all symposium attendees to follow current Protect Purdue guidelines for campus visitors.