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Dianna Stanger posing for a photo next to an airplane.
Dianna Stanger establishes the Stanger Endowed Graduate Fellowship for students pursing a Ph.D. in the Department of Aerospace Engineering. | Image: Courtesy of Dianna Stanger
Dianna Stanger has recently established the Stanger Endowed Graduate Fellowship. Distributions from this endowment will be used to provide multiple fellowships to full-time students in good standing pursuing a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering at Texas A&M University.
Although Stanger is not an Aggie herself, she has been impacted by many throughout her career, inspiring her to give to Texas A&M. Stanger moved to the Texas coast in 1997, where she has encountered many people encompassing the Texas spirit.
“There is no mistaking Texan pride and spirit, but whatever I did and wherever I went in the state, the people who impacted me the most were graduates of Texas A&M,” said Stanger.
One Texan that she, in turn, inspired was a high schooler by the name of Darren Hartl, who would go on to become an associate professor at Texas A&M.
“Dianna Stanger represents the pure joy of aviation and aerospace better than anyone I’ve ever met. It means so much to me to have her connected to our department,” said Hartl.
Stanger is the owner of Darkstar Air Racing, where she and a group of pilots compete in the Reno Air Races in Nevada. A few years ago, Stanger and her team made a trip to visit the Department of Aerospace Engineering to discuss ways to improve the performance of their newest jet for the 2019 Reno Air Races. Other visits followed with the sole purpose of being updated on the latest research throughout the department.
“Each time I visit the aerospace engineering department, it leaves me wanting more,” Stanger said. “The excitement, challenges and vision of the students are what drive me in my aerospace manufacturing company.”
Stanger hopes this gift will empower the future of aerospace engineering by giving students the confidence they need to pursue their dreams regardless of the obstacles that are in their way. She believes in the aerospace engineering department here at Texas A&M and wants to aid in continuing greatness far into the future.
“This gift will empower the future of aerospace in varying degrees by allowing a student to pursue their dreams, regardless of cost, as our fate is indeed in their hands,” she said.
Stanger has a heart for helping others, which has been her motivation throughout her career.
“Each and every one of us should have the opportunity to hear the words, ‘You are the reason I am who I am,’” she said. “I have always been dedicated to helping others achieve. However, it was a Texas A&M graduate, now a Texas A&M professor, who gave me a small credit that became the highest praise.”

How to Give

Endowments supporting students in the college have an immeasurable impact on their education. If you are interested in supporting the College of Engineering and its departments or would like more information on how you can give, please contact Anna Norville, senior director of development.