Student Clubs & Organizations

Student-based groups, including professional societies and competitive teams, play an important role in a well-rounded, interdisciplinary education. The William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics encourages students to incorporate well-balanced extracurricular activities in their education whenever possible.

If you are interested in supporting a club with sponsorship, material resources, or mentorship, please click on the "Adopt this Club" link below each session to discuss your options.

Department-Affiliated Student Organizations

To support student-led activities, the department has established a set of criteria whereby student groups may become formally affiliated with the department. Currently, three student organizations have formal affiliation with our department.

The AIAA through the Applied Aerodynamics, Aircraft Design, Design Engineering and Flight Test Technical Committees and the AIAA Foundation invites all university students to participate in the Cessna/Raytheon Missile Systems Student Design/Build/Fly competition. The contest will provide a real-world aircraft design experience for engineering students by giving them the opportunity to validate their analytic studies.

Student teams will design, fabricate, and demonstrate the flight capabilities of an unmanned, electric powered, radio controlled aircraft which can best meet the specified mission profile. The goal is a balanced design possessing good demonstrated flight handling qualities and practical and affordable manufacturing requirements while providing a high vehicle performance. Faculty Adviser: Prof. Chris Lum
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The Society for Advanced Rocket Propulsion (SARP) is a group of students at the University of Washington that has come together to design, build, test, and launch an experimental hybrid rocket. Our mission is to develop reusable hybrid rocket technology as well as to apply scientific and engineering theory with hands on experience. Faculty Adviser: Prof. Carl Knowlen
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The nonprofit American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is the principal society and voice serving the aerospace profession. The AIAA branch chapter at the University of Washington facilitates outreach between the national AIAA organization and students studying for degrees in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. Faculty Adviser: Prof. Jim Hermanson
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The Women in Aerospace club will provide a forum to discuss diversity issues in the field of aerospace engineering, and organize outreach programs to encourage young women to pursue careers in aero/astro. Club membership is open to all UW students, regardless of gender identity. Staff Adviser: Ed Connery

College of Engineering Organizations

See the College of Engineering's Student Clubs & Competitions page for more opportunities to get involved.