AFIT Centennial 1919 - 2019

AFIT Centennial 1919 - 2019
AFIT Centennial

A Century of Education Excellence: Inspiration to Innovation

In 2019, AFIT will celebrate its 100th Anniversary with the theme “A Century of Education Excellence: Inspiration to Innovation.” 

In honor of that milestone, we are planning several events to highlight the impact our faculty, staff, students and alumni made over the last century and explore their current efforts to build and sustain the Joint Force’s unmatched twenty-first century military advantages across the globe.

We hope you will consider joining us at the centennial events as we celebrate AFIT and the impact it has had on aerospace and airpower education over the last one hundred years! 

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Event Information

5 March 2019: AFIT Centennial Symposium
We are kicking-off the anniversary year with an AFIT Centennial Symposium held in conjunction with the Dayton-Cincinnati Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Aerospace Sciences Symposium (DCASS) at Sinclair Community College's Ponitz Conference Center in Dayton, Ohio.

The invited keynote speaker for the AFIT Centennial Session is Dr. Richard J. Joseph, Chief Scientist of the United States Air Force.  Additional invited speakers include alumni:

  • Maj Gen William Cooley, Commander, Air Force Research Laboratory (PhD Applied Physics, 1997)
  • Dr. Travis Blake, Former National Space Policy Advisor (PhD Electrical Engineering, 2006 & M.S. Electrical Engineering, 2000)
  • Dr. Michele Gaudreault, Technical Director, Directorate of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance, AF Space Command (PhD Aeronautical Engineering, 1993 & M.S. Aeronautical Engineering, 1988 - the 2nd female to earn an AFIT doctorate degree)
  • Ms. Nagin Cox, JPL, Spacecraft Engineer, Curiosity Flight Team (Mars Science Laboratory) (M.S. Space Operations, 1990)

AFIT Centennial Symposium Agenda

7 November 2019: Centennial Day
Join us for a day of campus and lab tours, faculty and alumni forums, poster session, formal dedication of a time capsule, and a special Centennial Awards Banquet. 

More details, including a call for awards nominations, is forthcoming.  If you are interested in participating in the alumni forums and/or the poster session, please email us at