Aviation and Climate Change Forum

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Thursday, January 20, 2022

10a.m.- 1:30p.m. (PT) | Link to register.

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Aviation’s impact on climate change is significant; without mitigation, this impact is expected to grow as the industry recovers from the global pandemic. Climate change has a correspondingly large impact on aviation; changing weather patterns can affect aircraft performance, infrastructure, and operations. Over the coming decades, the decarbonization of the aviation sector will present numerous technological, policy, and environmental challenges, while extreme weather will create challenges and new requirements for aviation safety and growth.

On January 20, 2022, SJSU and its Mineta Transportation Institute will host a virtual forum on Aviation and Climate Change to discuss these issues. The forum will bring together Silicon Valley leaders in academia, government, and industry to showcase the regional capabilities available to address climate change and aviation challenges, and to encourage the public-private partnerships and collaborations needed to do so.

3.5 PDH credits will be available for attendees.

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Welcome and Forum Overview, Dr. Karen Philbrick, Executive Director, SJSU Mineta Transportation Institute and Dr. Tina Panontin, Director of Program Content, Professor of Practice, SJSU College of Engineering

Welcome and SJSU Perspective, Dr. Vincent Del Casino, Provost and Senior Vice President, SJSU

Silicon Valley Policy-Maker PerspectivesCongresswoman Zoe Lofgren, 19th District of California and Senator Dave Cortese, State Senate District 15

1. Aviation and Climate Change: Phenomenology


  • Dr. Minghui Diao, Associate Professor, SJSU College of Science, Department of Meteorology and Climate Science

  • Raj Pai, Senior Technologist, NASA Ames Research Center

2. Aviation and Climate Change: Strategic Frameworks


3. Aviation and Climate Change: Technology Advances


  • Dr. David Wagner, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, SJSU College of Engineering

  • Dr. Alison Bridger, Department Chair, SJSU College of Science, Department of Meteorology and Climate Science 

  • Shawn Engelland, Aerospace Engineer, NASA Ames Research Center

  • Dr. Mark Hansen, Professor of Transportation Engineering, UC Berkeley

  • Kevin James, Senior Aerospace Engineer, NASA Ames Research Center

  • Dr. Serena Alexander, Associate Professor at SJSU, Research Associate at MTI

4. Public Private Partnerships


  • Shivanjli Sharma, National Campaign Deputy Lead, NASA Ames Research Center

5. Industry Roundtable


  • Andrea Pesce, Director, Industry Alliances & Licensing, UC Santa Cruz


  • Amy Gross, Sustainability Lead, Joby Aviation

  • Chris Bley, Co-Founder & Director, Monterey Bay DART

  • David Merrill, CEO & Co-Founder, Elroy Air

  • Michael Read, Founder, Skybase


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