On October 24, Brian Rowe, chairman emeritus of GE Aircraft Engines, will chair the inaugural symposium at the von Ohain Fuels and Combustion Center of the University of Dayton (Ohio). The symposium, "Impact of the Jet Engine on Aviation," will begin at 9 a.m. at the Sears Recital Hall on the University of Dayton (Ohio) campus. The event is free and open to the public. 

The symposium will highlight the influence of jet engines on civil and military aviation and will provide insight into the future of jet engine technology. Mr. Rowe, who served as president and CEO of GE Aircraft Engines from 1979 to 1993, will open the event. Other distinguished speakers include: 
- Sir Ralph Robins, chairman, Rolls-Royce; 
- Martin Helmsworth, former chief engineer, GE Aircraft Engines; 
- Timothy Dues, product group manager of propulsion systems, Tinker Air Force Base, OK; 
- Joseph Sutter, former executive vice president, The Boeing Company; 
- Mike Benzakein, general manager of advanced engineering, GE Aircraft Engines. 

The event is co-sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory, GE Aircraft Engines, ASME International Gas Turbine Institute, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Dayton-Cincinnati section. Additional information is available at: http://www.udri.udayton.edu/udri_extranet/VOFCC/. 

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