AIAA/IEEE Electric Aircraft Technologies Symposium (EATS)


Description:  Driven by ambitious goals for the future of aviation, electrified aircraft propulsion has emerged as a key enabling technology for concepts ranging from more-electric aircraft to hybrid-electric propulsion systems and all-electric urban air mobility. Recognizing the growing importance of this multi-disciplinary field, AIAA and IEEE have identified the need to bring together electrical, propulsion system, and aerospace engineers as the industry looks to electrified propulsion technologies for future aircraft.

Upcoming Event:
2023: In conjunction with AIAA AVIATION, 12-16 June, San Diego, California
Call for papers is now Open!

Dates to Remember
Abstract Submission Begins: 6 September 2022
Abstract Deadline: 10 November 2022, 2000 hrs Eastern Time Zone, USA
Author Notification: 10 February 2023
Manuscript/Presentation Video Deadline:  3 May 2023, 2000 hrs Eastern Time Zone, USA


  • A workshop was organized in April 2016 at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne by Grainger CEME*, in partnership with NASA’s AATT Program and the IEEE, bringing together 60 technical experts from academia, industry and the U.S. government.
  • In August 2016 in Salt Lake City,  AIAA also hosted a workshop to define the technology advances required to realize electric and hybrid-electric propelled flight in civil and military aircraft. IEEE and other external experts were invited

    Attendees at both meetings recommended further collaboration between the AIAA and the IEEE to help facilitate this industry trend.

    Photo:  Marty Bradley at EATS 2018

  • EATS 2018 was created in response to this recommendation and was considered very successful with 172 participants and held 9-11 July, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

    In 2018 EATS began collecting and summarizing technical papers of interest to the aircraft electrification community from previous conferences and forums. These summaries were called “Rolling Recaps” and provided a one-slide overview of technical papers. The Rolling Recap evolved to provide summaries are significant panel sessions, as well as hosting spotlight sessions that engaged leaders in aircraft electrification an opportunity to describe their work. Currently, the Rolling Recap summaries are hosted on the AIAA Engage library page and are available to all AIAA members. 

  • EATS 2019 was the second edition and held 22-24 August 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana and grew to 270 participants.
  • EATS 2020 was held virtually and had 307 registered participants.
  • EATS 2021 was held virtually and had 322 registered participants.
  • EATS 2022 - In 2022, EATS teamed with the IEEE/ITEC conference for the first time and was held in Anaheim, CA and called ITEC+ and had over 665 registrants for the joint event
  • In 2023, EATS will team with the AIAA Aviation conference for the first time and will be held in San Diego



15-17 June 2022 - Anaheim, CA
For 10 years, ITEC has served as IEEE’s premier conference on transportation electrification, fostering connections between industry and academia. In 2022, for the first time, IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo joined forces with AIAA/IEEE Electric Aircraft Technologies Symposium (EATS).  This joint event will be held every 3 years.

EATS Events:

Date Location Conference Proceedings
12-13 August 2021 Virtual AIAA IEEE
26-28 August 2020 Virtual AIAA IEEE
22-24 August 2019  Indianapolis, Indiana AIAA IEEE
9-11 July 2018 Cincinnati, Ohio AIAA IEEE

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics - AIAA
IEEE Transportation Electrification Community

Papers for the events have been solicited in all relevant areas including, but  not  limited to, the following: 

  • Hybrid/Electric Propulsion Systems Architectures
  • Electrical Energy Generation and Storage (including battery, fuel cell, solar, turbo-electric, and others)
  • Electric Power Management and Distribution
  • Failure/Fault Mode  Protection, Diagnostics, and Modeling
  • Electrical Machines and Power Electronics
  • Superconducting and Cryogenic Systems and Components
  • Propulsor-Machine Coupling
  • Thermal Management
  • High  Voltage Considerations
  • New  Material Solutions or Applications
  • System Controls and Modeling
  • Electric Aero-Propulsive Coupling
  • Integrated Vehicle Design (including fixed wing and rotary wing)
  • Mission  Operation (Energy, Cost, Emissions)
  • Verification and Validation
  • Safety, Certification and Standards

Student Design Challenge

The aeronautics industry is in the midst of another revolution since the last century. On one side, ecological awareness is providing a strong push to reduce harmful emissions and the overall environmental footprint of aviation in general.  From the other side, new trends and needs in mobility are rising towards more autonomous vehicles. The reduction of weight, fuel consumption, and noise has been a continuous goal for many years, in order to improve aircraft performance. Linked to these challenges, new concepts have been rising and, in particular, in the “Urban Air Mobility” or UAM sector that will utilize electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft.

The “dream” of an electrically propelled flying car is now starting to become reality, and several demonstrators have been proposed worldwide. However, autonomy and performance are still limited, and one main question is to know how far we can go in performance, taking into account the technology evolution. This is the spirit of the following 

In 2020 and 2021 the Challenge question was:

QUESTION = What is the max payload (in kg) that can be achieved for an eVTOL aircraft, with no CO2 emission by the vehicle, according to the specifications below?

In 2022, the Challenge question was:

QUESTION = With the goal of consuming less fuel and emitting less noise, design a hybrid powertrain (e.g., Serial-Hybrid, Parallel-Hybrid, Powered by Hydrogen Fuel Cells, …) retrofitting a Dornier/RUAG Do 228NG aircraft (19PAX) as an alternative aircraft to fly on an existing route from Boston (BOS) to New York (JFK). Estimation of CO2 emissions and noise emissions should be performed for your design and compared with the conventional Dornier 228 aircraft.