National Aviation Symposium


November 8, 9 and 10, 2022 | PURDUE UNIVERSITY

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.


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

  • Welcome Remarks by President Daniels
  • Opening Remarks by Dr. John Mott, SATT Head
  • Symposium Overview by Dr. Manoj Patankar, Conference Chair
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 and Travis Kistler, Oliver-Wyman
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Networking Lunch
1:00 - 3:00 PM Session 2: Economic and Workforce Development Programs
Moderator: Leah Wicks, Oliver-Wyman

  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce

    • Speaker: Niki DaSilva
  • Youth in Aviation Taskforce Report

    • Speaker: Nancy Shane Hocking, National Youth in Aviation Taskforce
  • 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: TBD

  • International Brotherhood of Teamsters

    • Speaker: Alynn Allen
  • Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association

    • Speaker: TBD
  • International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers

    • Speaker: Tom Regan
  • Transportation Workers Union

    • Speaker: Gary Peterson
6:00 - 9:00 PM Banquet Dinner
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 - 11:00 AM Session 1: Talent Recruitment, Retention, and Development Models
Moderator: Leah Mask, Oliver-Wyman

  • U.S. Air Force Strategy

    • Speaker: Major Kimberly Hoffman and Colonel Tracy Schmidt
  • Airline ab initio Training Academy

    • Speaker: Dana Donnati, Aviate
  • Global Flight Education Models

    • Speaker: Phil Adrian, CEO, MPS
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Networking Lunch
1:00 - 2:30 PM Session 2: Talent Development Models Part 1
Moderator: Nick Stone, Oliver-Wyman

  • Flight Operations

    • Speakers: Paul Kinstedt (Republic Airways), Jeff Carlson, John Schumacher, and Leisa Spears Mulcahy (Atlas Air), and Brad Lambert (Frontier Airlines)
2:30 - 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 Mcguire (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 - 11:00 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: Jared Britt (Southern Utah University)
  • Civil Aviation Academy

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

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

  • Advanced Air Mobility/e-VTOL Operations

    • Speaker: (TBD)
  • Electric Propulsion Operations and Sustainable Aviation Fuels

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

    • Speakers: Margaret Ann Betz (Purdue Data Mine), Christopher Eastman and Jason Demkowicz (NetJets)
3:00 - 3:30 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.

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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. 

The pre-conference Ice Breaker reception will be held at the Union Club Hotel, 201 S Grant Street in West Lafayette, Indiana.

All conference presentations, lunches, and the banquet dinner 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.


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.