The 2020 Women in Aerospace Symposium will be hosted at the University of Colorado Boulder by the Ann and HJ Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, May 12-13, 2020.  CU Smead Aerospace, MIT AeroAstro, and the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University are pleased to partner in this event, which offers doctoral candidates (within 2 years of receiving their PhD) and recent PhD recipients who are completing post-doctoral research or working in the aerospace field who identify as a woman or another type of gender-minority an opportunity to showcase their work to, and network with, their colleagues, university faculty, industry and government partners.

The Symposium will provide participants a unique opportunity to:

  • present their research to their peers and faculty members for feedback
  • learn about careers and pathways for success in academic and research positions
  • discuss emerging trends in aerospace engineering
  • find out what to expect in the academic recruitment process
  • talk with diverse faculty members about career choices and work-life balance

2020 WIA Symposium Co-chairs - Smead Aerospace, CU Boulder
Penny Axelrad - Joseph T. Negler Professor
Allie Anderson - Assistant Professor
Natasha Bosanac - Assistant Professor

Supported by:

Brian Argrow
Professor, Schaden Leadership Endowed Chair, Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder

Daniel E. Hastings
Cecil and Ida Green Education Professor, Department Head, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Charbel Farhat
Vivian Church Hoff Professor of Aircraft Structures, Chairman, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University


Q. May undergraduate students present at the symposium?
A. The Women in Aerospace symposium is open to women who are currently in a doctoral program and less than two years away from their defense and to women who have defended their PhD thesis less than two years ago. We will not consider applications from undergraduate students or students who are earlier in the graduate career, but we encourage those women to apply when they reach this stage of their academic career.

Q. May International students apply?
A. International students are welcome, but you must currently be studying or working in the US.

Q. May I participate in this symposium if I have participated in previous years?
A. No. If you have participated in previous years, you are not eligible to participate again. 

Q: What expenses for participants are covered?
A: We will cover pre-approved costs of airfare for those selected as participants and provide shared lodging and all meals during the workshop.

Complete Application Below

Please complete this application to be considered for the 2020 Women in Aerospace Symposium. All asterisked fields are required. You will also need to upload a copy of your CV (up to two pages in length) and a document containing the title and a one page abstract for your research presentation.

Applications are due by Feb. 28, 2020.

Please provide a short biography (300 words or less).
Briefly discuss your academic and research career goals (300 words or less).
(Up to two pages in length.)
Files must be less than 3 MB.
Allowed file types: rtf pdf doc docx odt.
Please upload a document with the title and one page abstract of your proposed research presentation.
Files must be less than 3 MB.
Allowed file types: rtf pdf doc docx odt ppt pptx odp.