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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) at CSU

What is

AIAA?

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession, with over 30,000 members worldwide. AIAA commits itself to shaping the future of aerospace, providing resources and experiences to assist in personal and professional development. Involvement with AIAA provides growth opportunities, education, and access to a global network of fellow engineers and others in the industry.

AIAA at CSU

AIAA at CSU is an organization that is dedicated to introducing students to aerospace industry connections, as well as providing opportunities for students to gain experience in the fields of aeronautics and astronautics. Our organization is a registered student branch of AIAA dedicated to providing real world, hands-on experience to our student members through a collection of lectures, seminars, and competitions centered on the aerospace industry. AIAA welcomes students from all degrees at CSU – anyone with a passion for aerospace or aeronautics is encouraged to join! Being involved in AIAA is a great networking tool and a whole lot of fun!

Within the organization, you can choose between two paths of interest: aeronautics and astronautics.

Aeronautics is the study of the science of flight, and the method of designing an airplane or other flying machine.

EVENTS

AIAA Design, Build, Fly (DBF) Competition

The AIAA Design, Build, Fly (DBF) annual competition is a partnership between the AIAA Foundation, Cessna Aircraft Company, and Raytheon Missile Systems. This competition provides students an opportunity to design and build a radio-controlled aircraft to perform specific missions, and is available for teams across the world to compete in. Students who participate gain valuable team building skills while getting real world experience in aircraft design.

If you are interested in joining, please email Peter Sperl.

Astronautics is the science of the construction and operation of vehicles for travel in space beyond the earth’s atmosphere.

EVENTS

National Association of Rocketry (NAR) Competition

Join Ram Rocketry, CSU’s NAR club, in this model rocket competition. Born in 1959, the competition has evolved into a proven method for challenging students to improve craftsmanship and flying skills, and to pursue a “personal best” in performance with each flight. NAR is the only rocket organization in the US that has a structured program of rocketry competition, that recognizes national champions each year, and that sponsors a US team in world championships competition.

CSU ROCKET TEAM – RAM ROCKETRY

The CSU Rocket Team formed in 2014 as a senior design team. Since then, the group has grown from four to fourteen students, and innovations to the Aries rocket have record-breaking wins in intercollegiate competitions. If you are interested in joining, please contact Johhny Buck.

Follow CSU Ram Rocketry on Instagram!

Meetings

CSU Chapter

Next Meeting Date: TBD

Time:     7pm

Place:    Engineering B101

Additional details to come!

AIAA’s Rocky Mountain Section serves the professional aerospace community, and strongly encourages collegiate chapters to attend their programs and network with those already in the field.

Follow this link for more information on upcoming events, resources, and opportunities to connect.

Events

Aerospace Technology Innovation Talks

April Event:  Friday, April 29   |   4-5:30pm   |  Scott 101

Presenter: John Brophy, Engineering Fellow, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Topic: Ion Propulsion’s Present and Future Impact on Space Exploration

John Brophy received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1978 and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University in 1980 and 1984, respectively.

In 1991, he led a U.S. team in the evaluation of Hall thruster technology in the Soviet Union leading to its wide-spread adoption in the West. He initiated the NSTAR Project that resulted in the successful demonstration of ion propulsion on NASA’s Deep Space 1 mission. He was responsible for the delivery of the Ion Propulsion System for NASA’s Dawn spacecraft resulting in the first-ever use of ion propulsion on a NASA deep-space science mission. He co-led the Asteroid Retrieval Mission study at Caltech’s Keck Institute for Space Studies that resulted in NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Robotic Mission and became the mission’s chief engineer.

He is a JPL Fellow and an AIAA Fellow. He is a recipient of the Ernst Stuhlinger Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Electric Propulsion and the AIAA Wyld Propulsion Award. He is now the Project Systems Engineer for NASA’s VERITAS mission to Venus.

CONTACT INFORMATION

1374 Campus Delivery
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1374
 

JOIN!

AIAA Student Memberships have unique benefits. Explore everything a membership has to offer here. To join the CSU chapter, start by filling out this form, and we will follow up. Annual fees are $15.

High school students interested in joining AIAA before coming to CSU can sign up for free! Join here

CURRENT OFFICERS

AIAA Faculty AdvisorsKaren Thorsett-Hill and Xinfeng Gao.

If you’re not sure who to contact or have general questions, you can send an email to the general AIAA account: aiaa.colostate@gmail.com

SPONSORS

Our sponsors are an important part of our organization, and their gifts help support our events. If you are a company interested in sponsoring AIAA at CSU, please email aiaa.coloradostate@gmail.com.