AE200 Seminar Series | From Mass Ave. To Penn Ave. To Sand Hill Road: Reflections In A Journey Through Our Nation's Aerospace Sector

WHERE: Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Building, 1109 FXB Boeing Lecture Hall show on map

WHEN: February 4, 2022 1:30 pm-3:00 pmADD TO CALENDAR

AE200 Seminar Series | From Mass Ave. To Penn Ave. To Sand Hill Road: Reflections In A Journey Through Our Nation's Aerospace Sector

Dr. Robie I. Samanta Roy
Chief Operating Officer

In a sweeping discussion of the current aerospace landscape and the value of an aerospace engineering foundation, Robie will draw upon his experiences ranging from electric space propulsion physics to highlights of a career in the U.S. government at both the White House and Capitol Hill to one of the largest aerospace and defense companies to his latest venture with an advanced air mobility startup. The growing advanced air mobility and private space sectors are leading to boundless opportunities for graduates of not only aerospace engineering but many other science and engineering disciplines as well as supporting fields such as finance and communications. The field of “classical” aerospace engineering is being transformed by advances in areas such artificial intelligence, autonomy, advanced microelectronics, material science, and the possibilities of quantum science which are challenging the status quo in industry and academia. The need for informed science and technology policy has never been more demanding. And new business and financial models are turning long standing government/industry/academic interactions on their head. It is truly an exciting time.

About the speaker...
Robie I. Samanta Roy is the Chief Operating Officer of since 2021. Prior to joining Electra, Robie was Vice President of Technology – Government Affairs and the Corporate Vice President for Technology Strategy and Innovation at Lockheed Martin. Robie joined Lockheed Martin after over ten years of U.S. Government service at the Senate Armed Services Committee, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the Congressional Budget Office. He started his career at the Institute for Defense Analyses.

Dr. Samanta Roy earned his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in aeronautics and astronautics from MIT. He earned a master’s degree in space policy from George Washington University and diplomas from the International Space University and Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris.
Robie is a Fellow and a recent member of the Board of Trustees of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He is currently on the FAA’s Advanced Aviation Advisory Committee and has served on numerous committees and Boards. He continues to serve in the U.S. Air Force Reserve assigned to the U.S. Space Force.