Student Organizations

The Aerospace Department is home to both the AIAA and SGT student organizations. It is also the home for other local Aerospace organizations such as AHS.

Wind Terpines

The Wind Terpines is a team consisting of engineering and business students competing against top universities across the nation in the Department of Energy’s Collegiate Wind Competition. The team’s primary task is to create a working prototype of an off-grid wind turbine. In addition to the prototype, the team is also creating a business plan describing how to implement and scale the product. The team is conducting market research and analyzing user requirements for the turbine, as well as researching industry best practices to incorporate into their prototype. In the spring, the Wind Terpines team will be travel to New Orleans, where they will be present their results to industry panelists at the American Wind Energy Association conference.

Women in Aeronautics and Astronautics

The Women in Aeronautics and Astronautics (WIAA) organization fosters a professional and supportive community. Our goal is to empower women with opportunities for leadership, technical and professional development, networking, outreach, and advocacy on behalf of female students. The group was formed in the Spring 2015 semester and is open to both undergraduate and graduate student from any academic department. 


American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is the professional society for aerospace engineering. Here at the University of Maryland, AIAA has one of the largest and most active student branches on the east coast. We offer students interested in the aerospace field a chance to meet other students with similar interests, the opportunity to hear aerospace-related guest speakers, and to participate in a variety of activities.

Connect with the University of Maryland AIAA Student Chapter.

Sigma Gamma Tau

Sigma Gamma Tau Founded in 1953, Sigma Gamma Tau is the honor society for Aerospace Engineering. It seeks to identify and recognize achievement and excellence in the Aerospace field. Sigma Gamma Tau's affiliate chapters elect annually to membership chapters 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. Sigma Gamma Tau currently has more than 14,000 inducted members.

Graduate Student Advisory Committee

The GSAC is an informal group of graduate students from each of the 5 major focus areas in the Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Maryland. The committee was formed in the Fall 2012 semester in response to the requests of graduate students and department faculty, and seeks to foster camaraderie, growth and success among the graduate student body.

The GSAC also hosts regular research luncheons to spotlight a variety of topics in aerospace engineering.