SusTech 2022 Sustainable Aviation Forum


The SusTech 2022 Program features Keynotes, Panels, Papers, Student Posters, and a Sustainable Aviation Forum.

The Preliminary Program Schedule (including papers) is now available here.

The Sustainable Aviation Forum features Keynotes and a Panel with world class aviation experts, plus a special session in the SusTech sessions on Powering Sustainable Aviation.

 Sustainable Aviation Forum has been approved for IEEE CEU/PDH credit! 7 PDH or 0.7 CEU

Early Registration ends April 15. Register here.

Forum Keynote Speakers:

  1. “Powering Advanced Air Mobility”

Dr. Stefan Breunig – Head of Strategy, Rolls-Royce Electrical

  1. “A Bright Era for Electrical in Aviation”

Dr. Hao Huang, Retired Technology Chief – GE Aviation Electrical Power

  1. “How Can We Decarbonize Commercial Aviation by 2050?”

Zia Abdullah, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

  1. Sustainable Aviation EcoSystem Model for a Regional Airport”/li>

Jean Louis Debauche – Founder and CEO of JLD Consultant, Co-Founder of ZE-Glue Limited

  1. “Vehicle Management System Challenges in Emerging Air Mobility Aircraft”

Brian Barker, Hummingbird Aero

  1. “Planet Positive 2030: Prioritizing Sustainability for Technology”

John C. Havens, IEEE Standards Association


Panel: “Evolving Aviation Ecosystem”


We are now seeing a fundamental paradigm shift in the way the aviation sector is embracing a net-zero emissions target by 2050, with a common understanding that it will take multiple stakeholders working together to make it possible.  There is a coming together of industry stakeholders including airlines, airports, aircraft /engine manufacturers, fuel suppliers as well as government and regulators in declarations of commitment and partnerships to work together to reach the aggressive emission reduction target while the industry is forecasting passenger numbers and air traffic to double in the same timeframe.

While aviation has historically been quite successful in leveraging technology to reduce its contributions to climate change, clearly there is more to do. More recently, technological advancements in aircraft/engine design and manufacturing, alternative jet fuels, airport and air traffic management, and maintenance practices have sustainability as part of its core value proposition.

This panel of aviation experts will take a deep-dive into the challenges and opportunities within sustainable aviation including technology innovation, R&D collaborations, regulatory regimes, infrastructure and financing with the ultimate goal of achieving net-zero emissions.

Key Discussion Points:

  • What will air transport in the future look like?
  • Airframe and Propulsion Technology innovations – challenges and opportunities
  • Challenges in ensuring sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel supply and ways to overcome them
  • Airport infrastructure and services needed to build net-zero emission aviation ecosystems
  • Evolving regulatory regimes to achieve sustainability targets
  • Sustainability as a key enabler to aircraft technology innovations


Steve Csonka, Executive Director, CAAFI (Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative)

Val Miftakhov, Founder & CEO of ZeroAvia

Melinda Pagliarello, Managing Director, Environmental Affairs at the Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA)

Ms. Valentina Vecchio, Sustainability Policy& Partnerships Regional Lead, Europe – Boeing Corporation

Dan Wolf, Founder and Executive Board Chairman, Cape Air


Siobhan Dolan Clancy, Founder & CEO of SDC Business Consulting Ltd.