Student Organizations

Aerospace Engineering Student Ambassadors

The Department of Aerospace Engineering's Student Ambassador Program is designed for sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students currently in aerospace engineering. Student ambassadors assist in multiple capacities, including the advancement of recruitment, outreach and development practices in aerospace engineering at Texas A&M by serving as representatives of the department to prospective and current students. Some of the events include weekly prospective student lab tours, Aggieland and ETAM Saturday, AERO town halls and representing AERO in engineering open houses. For more information, contact aeroambassadors@tamu.edu.


Aggie Aerospace Women in Engineering (AAWE)

Aggie Aerospace Women in Engineering (AAWE) is a student run Texas A&M organization dedicated to supporting and encouraging women in the Department of Aerospace Engineering through personal and professional networking, while also providing programs that promote interest in our field. Created in April 2012, AAWE is open to students, alumni, or any others interested in industry or academic careers related to aerospace engineering, regardless of major or gender.

Although AAWE is still in its infancy, broad support from industry giants, local companies, and interdepartmental faculty supports its steady growth. Current focuses include member exposure to employment opportunities, communication workshops, social and professional networking, and outreach opportunities for community service and to encourage interest in engineering. In the future, we hope to grow and improve our opportunities to our members through more AAWE organized activities and programs.


AggieSat Lab

AggieSat Lab is a Student Satellite Program housed within the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University. The goal of the Lab is to develop and demonstrate modern technologies by using a small-satellite platform, while educating students and enriching the undergraduate experience. Our Lab takes an integrated approach to small-spacecraft research, design-build-fly, and education for multidisciplinary teams of freshmen through graduate students, along with industry and government affiliates. Students are responsible for the whole design process from concept to end-of-mission. Students simultaneously pursue degrees and participate in a business environment with real-world deliverables, quality-assurance checks, documentation, design and safety reviews, and organization. The goal is for our students to gain hands-on mastery in current tools, systems engineering, and industry practices related to specification, design, analysis, fabrication, and testing of space vehicle systems, while actively applying and extending complementary concepts taught in classes and making critical decisions. The context for this program is in advancing small real satellites, yet the skill set learned is applicable to a wide variety of disciplines and industries.


American Helicopter Society (AHS)

The Vertical Flight Technical Society is the world’s only international technical society for engineers, scientists and others working on vertical flight technology. We bring together industry, academia and government to tackle the toughest challenges in vertical flight.

American Helicopter Society

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

AIAA is the national technical society for the aerospace industry. TAMU has a very active, nationally recognized student chapter. They bring in distinguished lecturers, organize outreach events, and even play intramurals together.

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

High Altitude Balloon Club (HABC)

Our goals are to understand the concept of balloon flying by designing, building and launching high altitude balloons, and design experiments that operate in the near-space environment. If you are interested in joining the club or have any questions, contact our advisor, Dr. Girimaji at girimaji@tamu.edu or our listerv at highaltballoonclub@gmail.com.

High Altitude Balloon Club Logo

SAE AERO Design Team (SADT)

The SAE Aero Design Competition challenges students to design, build, and fly a radio controlled airplane capable of lifting an internally stored payload within design constraints. The university’s team is student organized and run having graduate students and seniors leading the group and sophomores, juniors, and seniors as participants. The team is structured to emulate the real-world engineering environment where business and technical aspects of the design must be considered.

The students follow a design process much like what is used in the engineering industry. Team members are encouraged to innovate and develop ideas and support them with technical analysis and experimentation. This leads to a teaching philosophy unlike a classroom environment and more like a workplace.


Sigma Gamma Tau (SGT)

To recognize and honor those individuals in the field of aeronautics and astronautics who have through scholarship, integrity, and outstanding achievement been a credit to their discipline.


Society of Flight Test Engineers (SFTE)

The Society of Flight Test Engineers provides students with the opportunity to gain hands on design, build, and flight test experience in a collaborative environment. Students design and build a variety of aircraft-- including planes, hovercrafts, quadcopters, and more-- and collect flight test data based on parameters of the design. Students also learn basic engineering skills like CAD design and soldering. SFTE is open to students of all disciplines and levels.


Sounding Rocketry Team (SRT)

The Sounding Rocketry Team is a student-run organization which designs, builds, and tests a high-powered rocket to compete annually in the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition. The goal of the Sounding Rocketry Team is to provide a hands-on experience to both undergraduate and graduate students interested in the field of rocketry. These individuals work alongside each other and the engineering faculty at Texas A&M University to specialize each component of our student-designed rocket, including dynamics and operations, propulsion, and structures. While each member concentrates on one of these three divisions, the foundation of this team is build upon the importance of group collaboration, leadership development, and self-instruction. The team has one semester to analyze and design the most effective rocket to achieve the competition parameters set forth by the ESRA: Launch and recover a rocket precisely 10,000 feet above ground level while carrying a removable payload. The second semester is then spent constructing this rocket and testing for reliability and safety. 


Student Advisory Board (SAB)

The AERO Student Advisory Board represents the student body and strengthens communication between the students and faculty/staff of the department. Duties include: informing department members of general student opinion, mediating between the student body and staff on departmental improvements and meeting with the Industry Advisory Board to give and receive feedback about the department and recent graduates.


Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS)

SEDS is dedicated to expanding the role of human exploration and development of space. They seek to educate the public in such a way as to attain this goal.