2018 Annual Conference: Aerospace

2018 Annual Conference

Texas is a leader in aerospace, home to the only human space flight center in the nation, a planetary institute and over 1,400 aerospace-related companies. Texas also employs more than 148,000 aerospace workers and exports billions in manufactured aerospace goods. Aerospace is an important research and business sector for the state.

At the TAMEST 2018 Annual Conference: Aerospace, we explored the potential in Texas for greater research and development in aerospace, specifically in the areas of human space flight, aeronautics and commercial space exploration.

Texas’ top minds gathered on January 10–12, 2018, at the South Shore Harbour Resort and Conference Center in League City to explore what the future has in store for aerospace in Texas, the country and the world.

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Texas has a wealth of expertise in aerospace. This conference is a unique opportunity for us to not just learn from each other, but also to share with Texas and the nation what we can do.
– Bonnie J. Dunbar, Program Chair

Featured Speakers

Chris Ferguson

Christopher Ferguson

Deputy Program Manager of Operations
Boeing Commercial Crew Program

Robert Lightfoot

Robert M. Lightfoot, Jr.

Administrator (Acting)

Ron Ricks

Ron Ricks

Vice Chairman, Board of Directors
Southwest Airlines Co.


Julie Robinson, Ph.D.

Chief Scientist
International Space Station

Gwynne Shotwell

Gwynne Shotwell

President and COO

Sam Ting

Professor Sam Ting

1976 Nobel Laureate, Physics

Program Chair and Committee

Bonnie Dunbar

Bonnie Dunbar, Ph.D. (NAE)

Program Chair

Texas A&M University

Retired Astronaut

Program Committee Members

  • Bobby Alford, M.D. (NAM), Honorary Co-Chair; Baylor College of Medicine
  • Norman Abramson, Ph.D. (NAE); Southwest Research Institute
  • John L. Junkins, Ph.D. (NAE), Texas A&M University
  • Hans M. Mark, Ph.D. (NAE), The University of Texas at Austin
  • Ellen Ochoa, Ph.D., NASA Johnson Space Center
  • Louise M. Prockter, Ph.D., Lunar and Planetary Institute, USRA
  • Paul D. Spudis, Ph.D., Lunar and Planetary Institute
  • Jeffrey P. Sutton, M.D., Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine
  • Byron D. Tapley, Ph.D. (NAE), The University of Texas at Austin



Lockheed Martin


Bell Helicopter
The Welch Foundation
Texas A&M University
Texas Instruments


Bank of America
The University of Texas at Austin
The University of Texas at Dallas
Rice University
UT Southwestern Medical Center & Southwestern Medical Foundation


Leonardo DRS
Southwest Research Institute
University of Texas at Arlington
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
UTMB Health
Southern Methodist University
University of Houston
Winstead PC

Supporting Organization


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