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A&A Student Clubs & Organizations

To support student-led activities, the department has established a set of criteria for student groups to gain formal affiliation with the department. Currently, the following six student organizations have formal affiliation with our department.

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

The nonprofit American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is the principal society and voice serving the aerospace profession.  Our purpose is to ignite and celebrate aerospace ingenuity and collaboration, and its importance to our way of life.  The AIAA UW student chapter connects current students to the AIAA pacific northwest section and to the national AIAA organization.


A&A CubeSat Team (AACT)

The A&A CubeSat Team (AACT) is an organization of faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students working together to design, build, and test CubeSats. Our mission is to teach students the fundamentals of space systems and provide a hands-on experience that complements academic work.

Faculty Advisers: Prof. Mehran Mesbahi and Prof. Behcet Acikmese

Design, Build, Fly (DBF)

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.

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Society for Advanced Rocket Propulsion (SARP)

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.

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Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS)

Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) is a national student organization that advocates for space exploration and development. Our SEDS chapter at UW Seattle pursues these goals by engaging members with engineering challenges and competitions, space policy, connecting opportunities and networking within the industry. We want to empower all students, regardless of their major, to learn about space and create the solutions for the challenges it poses. Our work includes competitive space exploration-based team projects including rocket design and building, along with research into solutions for space policy and law development.

Give to Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) >>

Women in Aerospace at the University of Washington (WoA)

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.

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Other Engineering Clubs

The College of Engineering houses many cross-disciplinary organizations of interest to A&A students such as Engineers without Borders, Husky Robotics, Human Powered Submarine, Hyperloop, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.