2022 FedEx AOPA Foundation High School Aviation STEM Symposium Presented by Boeing

Nov. 13-15, 2022
The Peabody
Memphis, TN




Each year, the AOPA Foundation High School Aviation STEM Symposium brings dedicated educators from around the nation for two full days of sharing insights, ideas, and best practices for starting and building aviation STEM programs.

This is the ONLY high school symposium in the nation that specifically targets aviation and aerospace content.

Pilots, drone operators, aerospace engineers, scientists, technologists, and technicians will always be in demand. Despite the impact of the pandemic, forecasts continue to project shortfalls over the next twenty years as a result of an aging workforce.

The AOPA Foundation High School Aviation STEM Symposium is an excellent opportunity for educators and administrators to discover how they can prepare students for success in these exciting and well-paying careers.

Why Attend?

Learn from the experts in aviation education. Join us for two full days of breakout sessions, industry tours, and networking opportunities you will not want to miss.

Get up close and personal with FedEx and its pilots at the FedEx Experience Center!

The AOPA Foundation High School Aviation STEM Symposium is your chance to get to know the leaders in the field. Our speakers come with a wealth of experience in education, aviation, aerospace, and more. They will share lessons learned and provide fresh ideas to take back to your classrooms. Breakout sessions are designed to help you get the most out of your experience, whether you’re interested in starting an aviation program, adding aviation content to STEM classes, or enhancing an existing aviation initiative at your school.

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Sunday, November 13, 2022

  • TBDTour(s)
  • 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.Symposium Registration Open
  • 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.Exhibit Area/Experience Lab Open
  • 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.Breakout Sessions
  • 5:00 p.m.Networking Hour (Sponsorship Available)

Download Breakout Session Descriptions
*Agenda subject to change.


Monday, November 14, 2022

  • 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
    Symposium Registration Open
  • 7:00 a.m. - 8:00a.m.
  • 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
    Boarding Shuttles to FedEx Experience Center
  • 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
    Shuttle to FedEx Experience Center
  • 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Opening session at the FedEx Experience Center
    Speaker: Don Dillman, FedEx Express Senior Vice President of Flight Operations
  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    Lunch with FedEx Pilots at the FedEx Experience Center
  • 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    Shuttle to Peabody Hotel
  • Various Times
    Exhibit Area/Experience Lab Open
  • 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    General Session, Breakout Sessions/Experience Lab, and Networking Break(s)
    (Sponsorship Available)
  • 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Download Breakout Session Descriptions
*Agenda subject to change.


Tuesday, November 15, 2022

  • 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
    Symposium Registration Open
  • 7:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
  • Various Times
    Exhibit Area Open
  • 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    General Session, Breakout Sessions/Experience Lab, and Networking Break(s)
    (Sponsorship Available)
  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    General Session, Breakout Sessions, and 2023 Symposium Announcement
  • 3:00 p.m.
    Symposium Ends

Download Breakout Session Descriptions
*Agenda subject to change.



Our Lineup of Speakers Includes:

Bradley Mims
Deputy Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration

Captain Andrew LaSusa
Manager, Aviate and Pilot Recruiting, United Airlines

Dierks Bentley
Singer, Songwriter, and AOPA Foundation You Can Fly Champion

Jim Coon
Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Advocacy, AOPA

Jacquie Brown
Senior Medical Certification Specialist, AOPA

Thomas Eaton
Coordinator, High School Initiative, AOPA Foundation

Michael Hangartner
Senior Manager of Curriculum Development, AOPA Foundation

Joseph Konopinski
AOPA Foundation Curriculum Teacher, Morris Hills (NJ) High School

Laura Malbec
AOPA Foundation Curriculum Teacher, Morris Knolls (NJ) High School

Martha Fundora
AOPA Foundation Curriculum Teacher, Morris Knolls (NJ) High School

Dr. Nisha Zoller
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Morris Hills (NJ) Regional District

Dr. Kevin Doyle
District Supervisor of Instruction/Science, Morris Hills (NJ) Regional District

Lt. Col. Michael Castania
New Jersey Wing Director of Aerospace Education, Civil Air Patrol

And more to come.

Richard R. Arnold II

Astronaut, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NASA Astronaut Richard R. Arnold II was selected by NASA in May 2004. Before his NASA career, the Maryland native worked in the marine sciences and as a teacher in places like Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and Indonesia. During STS-119, he accumulated more than 12 days in space. The objective of the mission was for the delivery of the final pair of power-generating solar array wings and a truss element for the International Space Station. While onboard, he conducted more than 12 hours of spacewalks. Arnold most recently served as served as Flight Engineer on the International Space Station for Expedition 55 and 56.

Mark Baker

Mark R. Baker President & CEO AOPA
Mark R. Baker joined AOPA in 2013 as president and CEO of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), the world's largest civil aviation organization. A native Minnesotan, Baker earned his pilot certificate in his twenties and has logged more than 10,000 hours of flight time in aircraft ranging from light seaplanes to turbines and helicopters. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Baker has served on numerous corporate boards and has taken leadership roles with several nonprofit organizations. Before his appointment at AOPA, Baker served in numerous senior executive roles, including CEO of Orchard Supply Hardware Stores Corporation, a leading retailer of home improvement and garden products. Baker also served in senior executive roles at Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, Gander Mountain Company, and The Home Depot. Earlier in his career, he also worked for HomeBase, Scotty's Home Improvement Centers, and Knox Hardware and Lumber. In conjunction with his role as president and CEO of AOPA, Baker is chairman of AOPA’s Political Action Committee; chief executive officer for the AOPA Foundation; president of the International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations, representing pilots in 81 countries; and publisher of AOPA Pilot, the world’s largest and most influential aviation publication.

Don Dillman

Senior Vice President, FedEx Express Flight Operations
Don Dillman is Senior Vice President of FedEx Express Flight Operations, overseeing the company's global Flight Operations organization, which includes a crew force of more than 5,600 pilots operating a fleet of more than 680 aircraft, serving more than 650 airports worldwide. In his previous role as Vice President of Air Operations Training, Don was responsible for the planning, development, direction, and control of the flight training elements of FedEx Express Air Operations. Additionally, Don was responsible for developing, planning, implementing, and evaluating compliance to standards pertaining to the safe, legal, reliable, and efficient operation of all FedEx Express aircraft fleets to ensure compliance with federal aviation regulations. He currently serves as the co-chair of the Airlines for America Carrier Training Aviation Rulemaking Committee. Married with three children, Don resides near Memphis, TN. He holds a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy and an MBA from Capella University.

Kellee Edwards

Pilot and Travel Personality
Kellee Edwards, "One of the Most Powerful Women In Travel," according to Conde' Nast, is an award-winning travel expert, journalist, and television host by land, air, and sea. She is a licensed pilot, advanced open water scuba diver, and explorer. A pioneer in her approach to adventure travel made her brand Kellee Set Go! become recognized by some of the biggest brands in travel, including The Travel Channel. Kellee is the host of Mysterious Islands, a series that explores some of the most remote islands in the world. She recently launched a new podcast with Travel + Leisure magazine, "Let's Go Together," amplifying diversity and inclusion in the travel and adventure space. An avid adventurer, Kellee has explored over 50 countries, including parts of North and West Africa, Asia, South and Central America, Europe, and the UAE. Her travels have taken her a long way from where she spent her early childhood – on Chicago's South Side – and where she was raised in San Bernardino, CA.

Hotel Information


AOPA has reserved a block of rooms at The Peabody Memphis (149 Union Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103) from November 13 through 16, 2022, at a group rate of $185 per night plus taxes. Participants are responsible for booking and paying for their rooms. Make your reservation early to ensure the block rate.

The negotiated room rate will be available through Thursday, October 13, or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. We strongly recommend booking your room early as the block of rooms usually sells out quickly.

Ensure your special rate by reserving your room today or call reservations at 901-529-4000. Be sure to mention your reservation is for "Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)" to receive your group rate.


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Symposium Registration 

  • Admission Three Days of Activities and SessionsAdmission to the entire symposium and attendance to all education sessions, exhibit area, hands-on Aviation Experience area, and networking opportunities. Tours are an additional cost.
  • Networking NetworkingThere are many opportunities to network with your peers from Sunday through Tuesday. Mingle with colleagues at our Monday evening reception in the exhibit hall.
  • MealsBreakfast and lunch are included on Monday and Tuesday of the symposium, and a happy hour is included on Monday evening!

Information about pre-conference tours will be available soon.

CANCELLATION POLICY: All cancellations are required to be made in writing for any applicable refund to be processed. No refund will be provided for cancellations received after Thursday, October 13, 2022.

Download Sponsor and Exhibitor Prospectus


COVID-19 Safety

The AOPA Foundation is actively monitoring the incidence of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). We have been asked how COVID-19 may impact the upcoming AOPA Foundation High School STEM Symposium. The AOPA Foundation will meet or exceed all local, state, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requirements regarding large gatherings and preventing the spread of COVID-19.

At this time, our upcoming AOPA Foundation High School STEM Symposium will take place as planned, in person and virtually. If you are sick or feel you are getting sick, we ask that you please stay home. The CDC recommends that people in high-risk groups consult with their healthcare provider about attending any large gathering. If you decide not to attend in person, we encourage you to attend virtually!



Interested in sponsoring this year's symposium? You'll find many opportunities in 2022 AOPA Foundation H.S. Aviation STEM Symposium Prospectus.

Exhibitor registration is full!

For information on sponsor opportunities or to be placed on the exhibitor waiting list, contact [email protected]


Title Sponsor


Presenting Sponsor


General Sponsors

California Aeronautical University

Military Sponsor

AOPA Foundation Sponsors

Williams International


Check back often for updates. Exhibitors include, but will not be limited to:

  • Boeing
  • California Aeronautical University
  • FedEx Express
  • Honeycomb Aeronautical
  • Kansas State University
  • King Schools
  • LIFT Academy
  • Montauk Systems
  • Redbird Flight Simulations
  • SimBird LLC
  • STEM Flights
  • True Course Simulation
  • University Aviation Association
  • United States Air Force
  • Western Michigan University