Aerospace Graduate Student Association (AeroGSA)
The purpose of AeroGSA is to promote and enhance graduate studies within the Department of Aerospace Engineering through professional development activities, promote interaction among the aerospace engineering graduate students and faculty, and provide a forum for communication between graduate students, faculty, and administration within the Department.
Membership applications and information on the benefits of belonging to this organization may be obtained from the AeroGSA faculty adviser, Dr. Michael Micci.
American Helicopter Society (AHS)
AHS International is the world’s oldest and largest technical society dedicated to enhancing the understanding of vertical flight technology. Since it was founded in 1943—just as the first US helicopter was being put into service—the Society has been the primary forum for interchange of information on vertical flight technology. According to the AHS Bylaws, the purpose of the Society is to advance the theory and practices of the science of vertical flight aircraft.
Membership applications and information on the benefits of belonging to this organization may be obtained from the AHS faculty advisers, Dr. Edward Smith and Dr. Jose Palacios.
AHS Penn State chapter news and events are posted on the chapter website.
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
The AIAA is the largest American technical society devoted to science and engineering in the fields of space, technology, rocket systems, aerodynamics, and marine systems. The mission of AIAA’s Penn State chapter is to provide aerospace engineering students with unique learning opportunities in addition to what is provided in a classroom setting. These opportunities are geared towards engaging students socially and promoting “hands-on” engineering work.
Membership applications and information on the benefits of belonging to this organization may be obtained from the AIAA faculty adviser, Dr. Robert Melton. Meetings and social events are held regularly during the academic year. Members can also attend the annual student conference for the Mid-Atlantic Region each April.
AIAA Penn State chapter news and events are posted on the chapter website.
LionTech Rocket Labs
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Michael Micci
Learn more about LionTech Rocket Labs here.
Penn State Lunar Lion
No matter what your academic discipline, we welcome your support and enthusiasm as together, we help make Penn State the first university to lead a mission to land a spacecraft on the surface of the Moon.
More information can be found on the Lunar Lion website.
Sigma Gamma Tau (SGT): National Honor Society in Aerospace Engineering
SGT is the honor society for aerospace engineering. It seeks to identify and recognize achievement and excellence in the aerospace field. SGT's collegiate chapters elect annually to membership those students, alumni, and professionals who by conscientious attention to their studies or professional duties, uphold this high standard for the betterment of their profession.
More information can be found on the Penn State SGT website.
Student Space Programs Laboratory (SSPL)
The SSPL allows undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to design, fabricate, and integrate space systems. The SSPL provides hands-on projects to apply classroom knowledge to real world, interdisciplinary settings. SSPL students experience working through a complete design cycle and must develop a systems engineering mind-set in addition to their component-level experience.
More information can be found on the SSPL website.
Undergraduate Student Organizations
Engineering Undergraduate Council (EUC)
EUC is the Student Government of Penn State as College of Engineering. We serve as a voice for the students in the College of Engineering.
More information about EUC can be found here.
Tau Beta Pi
Tau Beta Pi is an engineering honor society, highly regarded in the field. The national organization of Tau Beta Pi was founded in 1885 at Lehigh University, and has since grown to include over two hundred collegiate chapters and nearly sixty alumni chapters. The Pennsylvania Beta chapter of Tau Beta Pi was founded at The Pennsylvania State University on May 4, 1912, as the twenty-sixth collegiate chapter.
More information about Tau Beta Pi can be found here.
Graduate Student Organizations
Engineering Graduate Student Council (EGCS)
The purpose of the EGSC is to promote and enhance graduate studies within the College of Engineering through professional development activities, and to provide a forum for communication between graduate students, faculty, and administration within the College of Engineering.
EGSC news and events are posted on the council website.
Penn State Graduate and Professional Student Association
The Graduate and Professional Student Association is a University-level organization that aims to represent and support the interests of the University's current and future graduate and professional student community by supporting scholarly activities and providing leadership, service, and social opportunities.
More information about the Penn State Graduate and Professional Student Association can be found here.