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AEROCON 2020 | Event Date: Thursday, 5th, November 2020

SAEINDIA’s Aerospace Forum, in collaboration with SAE International conducted a premier Aerospace Conference AeroCON 2020 on 5 & 6 November 2020. The overall theme of the conference was “Flying Through Turbulence … Reimagining Aerospace Industry”. The conference aimed at bringing together Aerospace professionals to discuss the challenges and identify opportunities during and post COVID era for the entire Aerospace sector. Hindustan University was the Silver Sponsor of AeroCON 2020. Mr. Ashok Verghese, Director, Hindustan University presided the event as one of the Steering Committee Members with Industry Heads representing Boeing, Airbus, Collins, Lufthansa etc. Mr. C.S. Karunakaran, Assistant Professor, School of Aeronautical Sciences, Hindustan University was a Member of the Organizing Committee of this grand event. Over 120 student delegates and 18 professional delegates represented Hindustan Group of Institutions at the AeroCON 2020. The conference gave a great opportunity for Hindustan University’s Aero Community to represent its achievements among the Global Aero Community. The University brochures were displayed at SAEINDIA Stalls; and the promotion video was played along with Presenting and Platinum Sponsors.

Being a virtual conference, AeroCON had two business and two technology themes each comprising a Keynote Session and a Panel Discussion.

Business Theme 1: Reimaging Aerospace Industry in Post Covid Era

Business Theme 2: Challenges and Opportunities for Safe and Sustainable Operations

Technology Theme 1: Technology Landscape in Post Covid Era

Technology Theme 2: Taking off … Disruptive technologies in Aerospace

As a prelude to the conference, a Curtain Raiser event was organized on 9 September 2020. The event had welcome address by SAEINDIA President, Dr. Bala Bharadvaj, Managing Director, Boeing India Engineering and Technology Center as well as Mr. Murli Iyer, Executive Global Advisor, SAE International. Mr. Damodaran Subramanian, Managing Director, Safran Engineering Services and Chair, AeroCON 2020 Steering Committee introduced AeroCON 2020, key theme of the conference and expectations. The event had special address from Mr. A.S.Kiran Kumar, President AeSI and Former-Chairman ISRO. He reinforced that AeroCON 2020 will bring key stakeholders from Aerospace (Commercial, Military, General and Unmanned Space) industry, research institutions and Academia to exchange ideas and information on the latest technologies, trends and expertise to reimagining the Aerospace industry in the turbulent times of COVID-19. Mr. Sarbhpreet Singh Sawhney, Senior Representative, Asia-Pacific, Aviation Safety, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) spoke about how FAA was integrating Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) into National Aerospace and also shared perspective on UAS and COVID-19. Mr. Javaji Munirathnam, Chair, Organizing Committee and Founder & CEO, Javaji Consulting, spoke about the panelists and speakers lined up for the event. Dr. G. V. V. Ravikumar, Chair, Technical Committee and Associate Vice President & Head Advanced Engineering Group, Infosys went through the detailed agenda for two days during the main event. The event was complimentary and was streamed across multiple social media platforms and attended by over 1000 participants.

A recording of the event is available on YouTube


SAE has had a long association with Aerospace for over hundred years. Back in 1916, the Society of Automobile Engineers, the American Society of Aeronautic Engineers, the Society of Tractor Engineers and others interested in the growing mobility Industry came together to form the “Society of Automotive Engineers”. The term “Automotive” was intended to represent any form of self-propelled vehicle. Today, SAE International has a thriving community of members from the Aerospace Industry, and a commanding position in the area of Aerospace standards being maintained, managed and disseminated by SAE International through various Aerospace Standards Technical Committees. SAE International also organizes various Aerospace specific activities for its members. SAEINDIA, the largest strategic alliance partner of SAE International, expanded into Aerospace in 2009 by establishing the Aerospace Board on 17 December 2009. The timing of this expansion was driven by the emerging unprecedented growth in the Aerospace Industry in India.

SAEINDIA Aerospace Forum

The Aerospace Forum (previously known as Aerospace Board) of SAEINDIA was created to engage and support this increasing aerospace footprint in India. The Aerospace Forum was officially inaugurated on 17 December 2009, at a simple function in Bangalore, with Dr. Bala Bharadvaj, MD, Boeing India as its Chairman. In subsequent months, the Aerospace Forum set about creating a team of dedicated individuals to represent a broad spectrum of the industry, and defining the strategy and direction of this Board. The individual members of Aerospace Board are its major strength, each member of Aerospace Board had played key role in the development of Indian Aerospace community. This team defined the overall objective for the Aerospace Board to “Develop a strong community of interest, leading to a healthy aerospace ecosystem in India.” This objective was deliberately chosen to be broad since it was felt that the aerospace story was still unfolding and SAEINDIA should have the flexibility to engage in a wide range of activities. These activities were grouped into the following areas:

  • Assist with Education.
  • Provide opportunities for increasing Knowhow.
  • Increase access to Standards.
  • Increase awareness and influence of Policy.
  • Enable Networking.