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Plenary Speakers

Maurilio Albanase Novaes Junior

Maurílio Albanese Novaes Júnior
Chief Technology Officer

Presentation Title: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities in the Aeronautical Sector

Senior executive with 18+ years of experience with solid international career, Maurílio is currently the Chief Technology Officer at Embraer.

He started as Product Strategist in the Market Intelligence and Strategic Planning Team. He later held the position of Sales Support and Market Analysis Manager for Executive Aviation, based in Singapore. Later, as Conceptual Design Manager, he led several conceptual design projects (technical studies and business cases) for Commercial, Executive, Agricultural and Defense Business Units.

Maurílio holds a master degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica & Executive Leadership Development Program from Fundação Dom Cabral in Brazil.

Maurílio lives in Brazil, with his wife and daughter.

Wayne Johnson

Dr. Wayne Johnson
NASA Ames Research Center

Presentation Title: Observations from Design of VTOL Advanced Air Mobility Aircraft

Wayne Johnson obtained SB and SM degrees in aeronautical engineering in 1968 and Doctor of Science degree in 1970 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He worked at the U.S. Army Aeromechanics Laboratory from 1970 to 1981, assigned to the 40- by 80-Foot Wind Tunnel branch of Ames Research Center. He was with NASA from 1981 to 1986, including a couple years as Assistant Branch Chief. In 1986, Dr. Johnson founded Johnson Aeronautics, and from 1986 to 1998 developed rotorcraft software. Since 1998 he has worked at the Aeromechanics Branch of NASA Ames Research Center. Dr. Johnson is author of the comprehensive analysis CAMRADII and the rotorcraft design code NDARC; and the books "Helicopter Theory" (1980) and "Rotorcraft Aeromechanics" (2013). Current activities are focused on design and analysis of vertical flight vehicles for Advanced Air Mobility and helicopters for Mars. He is a Fellow of AIAA and AHS, and an Ames Fellow, and has received the U.S. Army Commander's Award for Civilian Service, NASA Medals for Exceptional Engineering Achievement and Exceptional Technology Achievement, the AHS Grover E. Bell Award, the NASA Ames H. Julian Allen Award, the AIAA Pendray Aerospace Literature Award, the 2010 AHS Alexander Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship, the 2014 Alexander Klemin Award of the American Helicopter Society, the 2023 Daniel Guggenheim Medal, and the 2023 ASME Spirit of St. Louis Medal.

Susan (Sue) Paish

Susan Paish
Vice President of Mechanical Structural Engineering for
Boeing Defense, Space & Security

Presentation Title: Digitally Engineered Aerospace Structures @ Boeing

Susan (Sue) Paish is vice president of Mechanical Structural Engineering for Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS), where she is responsible for driving engineering excellence in BDS products and ensuring the technical integrity and success of BDS development and production programs. Her focus is on proactive risk identification and mitigation and rapid resolution of the top BDS mechanical structural technical risk/issues/opportunities and key technical decisions through personal engagement and leveraging the extensive knowledge base of Boeing's technical fellows and subject matter experts. Paish also serves as the BDS mechanical structural engineering capability leader, with leadership responsibility for about 3,000 mechanical structural engineers across BDS.

Previously, Paish was director of Structures Engineering for BDS, where she was responsible for strengthening mechanical and structural engineering capabilities, implementing new strategies and overseeing engineering functional excellence across all BDS programs. She also led the BDS Engineering Design Centers in Missouri, Pennsylvania, Washington and the southern United States (Alabama, Florida and Texas).

Paish also served as chief engineer for Boeing Global Services (BGS), where she led the engineering team through the business unit stand-up and was responsible for the technical excellence of the engineer and technologist workforce, as well as the technical integrity and safety of BGS products and services. She also oversaw compliance with the regulatory standards and acted as the primary technical interface with the Federal Aviation Administration.

Paish is a co-sponsor for Boeing’s National Society of Black Engineers, focal for Boeing's American Society of Mechanical Engineers and member of the Society of Women Engineers. Paish also serves as a board member for Ocean Institute in Dana Point, California.

Paish holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manitoba.

Sergio Pellegrino

Sergio Pellegrino
Joyce and Kent Kresa Professor of Aerospace and Civil Engineering
Jet Propulsion Laboratory Senior Research Scientist
Co-Director, Space-Based Solar Power Project
California Institute of Technology

Presentation Title: Deployable Structures for the Caltech Space Solar Power Project

Sergio Pellegrino is the Joyce and Kent Kresa Professor of Aerospace and Civil Engineering at the California Institute of Technology, JPL Senior Research Scientist and Co-Director of the Space Solar Power Project. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of AIAA and a Chartered Structural Engineer. He has been President of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) and is currently the Past President. He has been the founding chair of the AIAA Spacecraft Structures Technical Committee. He received a Pioneers’ Award in 2002 from the Space Structures Research Center, University of Surrey, NASA Robert H. Goddard Exceptional Achievement Team Awards in 2009 and 2016, and the IASS Tsuboi Medal in 2022.