Purdue University School of Aeronautics and Astronautics
|Head||Tom I-P. Shih|
|Undergraduates||712 (Fall 2017)|
|Postgraduates||504 (Fall 2017)|
701 W. Stadium Ave.|
West Lafayette, IN 47907, West Lafayette, Indiana, United States
The Purdue University School of Aeronautics and Astronautics is Purdue University's school of aerospace engineering contained within the Purdue University College of Engineering. The school offers BS, M.S., and PhD degrees in aeronautical and astronautical engineering. Its main office and some of its labs are located in the Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering.
- 1 History
- 2 Distinguished Alumni
- 3 Student Organizations
- 3.1 AAE Graduate Women's Gathering
- 3.2 Aero Assist
- 3.3 Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering Student Advisory Council
- 3.4 American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics
- 3.5 Amateur Student and Teacher Rocketry Organization
- 3.6 Purdue Space Day
- 3.7 Sigma Gamma Tau
- 3.8 Students for the Exploration and Development of Space
- 3.9 Women in Aerospace
- 4 References
- 5 External links
The school was officially established as a separate degree program on July 1, 1945, but elective courses in the field of aeronautical engineering were offered through the School of Mechanical Engineering as early as 1921. The aeronautical engineering option in Mechanical Engineering was offered as a full degree program in 1941, and in 1942, Mechanical Engineering became the "School of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering." The school's present name was adopted in 1973.
Purdue students have built and restored several aircraft as part of the program. The sole Curtiss P-6 Hawk was restored by students and resides at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. In 1971 students restored a Ryan PT-22 Recruit, and completed a homebuilt Schreder HP-14 glider.
Purdue aerospace has had a long tradition of excellence. Many of its graduates have gone on to become astronauts or other prominent members of the aerospace and defense industry. Purdue University has graduated 23 astronauts, more than any other public institution, and 13 of those hold degrees from the aerospace department. The only non-military institution to graduate more astronauts is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. One-third of all of NASA's manned space flights have had at least one Purdue graduate aboard, and two of the six American astronauts to fly on the Russian space station Mir held Purdue degrees.
- Neil A. Armstrong, B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering, 1955
- John E. Blaha, M.S. in Astronautics, 1966
- Roy D. Bridges, Jr., M.S. in Astronautics, 1966
- Mark N. Brown, B.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, 1973
- John H. Casper, M.S. in Astronautics, 1967
- Roger B. Chaffee, B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering, 1957
- Richard O. Covey, M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1969
- Guy S. Gardner, M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1970
- Gregory J. Harbaugh, B.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, 1978
- Gary E. Payton, M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1972
- Mark L. Polansky, B.S., M.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, 1978
- Loren J. Shriver, M.S. in Astronautics, 1968
- Charles D. Walker, B.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, 1971
- Loral O'Hara, M.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, 2009 is a NASA astronaut candidate of the class of 2017.
Notable aerospace engineers and inventors
- Paul Bevilaqua, the principal inventor of lift fan engine for the Joint Strike Fighter F-35B
- Lana Couch, director of National Aero-Space Plane office at NASA
- Darryl W. Davis, President of Boeing Phantom Works
- William H. Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator for Space Operations for NASA
- John L. Hudson, Program Director for Joint Strike Fighter
- Yu Matsutomi, BE-4 deputy program manager, Blue Origin
- Jordi Puig-Suari, co-inventor of CubeSat
- Daniel Raymer, a widely recognized expert in aircraft conceptual design
- David Swain, former President of Boeing Phantom Works
Notable business executives
- Tony Gingiss, CEO of OneWeb Satellites
- Randall Herrell, CEO/President of Santa Catalina Island Company, former CEO/President of Ashworth
- James Miller, CEO of AREVO, former VP of Worldwide Operations at Google and VP of Amazon
- Mike Moses, President of Virgin Galactic
- Herbert F. Rogers, President of General Dynamics
Other notable alumni
The School of Aeronautics & Astronautics is also home to 9 student organizations that engage its members in a wide array of social, outreach, engineering and service activities. They are:
AAE Graduate Women's Gathering
The student organization formed in 2011 brings together graduate women in a comfortable setting for mentoring experiences to meet and share information and strategies for achievement of personal, academic, and professional success. 
Aero Assist is a student organization at Purdue University that caters to graduate students within the school of Aeronautics & Astronautics. A committee of 10 graduate students organizes several activities that are beneficial to graduate students such as the Research Symposium Series, the Graduate Mentor Program and recreational/leisure activities for the students.
Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering Student Advisory Council
AAESAC serves to facilitate interactions and the relationship between faculty and the student body, to advise the administration on issues and concerns of students pertaining to the department, and generally strives to improve the school in hopes of enhancing the educational experience.
American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics
AIAA is the leading professional society for the field of aerospace engineering. The Purdue chapter works to support the institute's main objectives which is to advance the arts, sciences, and technologies pertaining to the aerospace field.
Amateur Student and Teacher Rocketry Organization
A.S.T.R.O is not only focused on research of solid fuel rocketry, but interacting with the community as well.
Purdue Space Day
Organized by university students, Purdue Space Day (PSD) is an annual educational outreach program, which provides school students in grades 3-8 the opportunity to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by participating in three age-appropriate activity sessions throughout the day.
Sigma Gamma Tau
SGT is the American honor society for engineering students. It was founded at Purdue University on February 28, 1953. It seeks to identify and recognize achievement and excellence in the Aerospace field.
Students for the Exploration and Development of Space
SEDS is a prominent student-run international grass-roots movement dedicated to space advocacy. Through 3 missions, its chapter at Purdue University allows its members to broaden their technical skills in space-related projects, educate K-12 through outreach programs, and network among other space enthusiasts at conferences such as Space Vision, NewSpace, and ISDC. Every spring, Purdue SEDS hosts its flagship event known as the Spring Space Forum. The goal of the forum is to invite prominent members of industry, academia, and other space-related fields to discuss a current relevant issue. Previous speakers include Michael D. Griffin, former NASA administrator and John Gedmark, co-founder of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation and Purdue alumnus.
Women in Aerospace
The purpose of Women in Aerospace is to provide undergraduate women in the aerospace engineering program educational, social, and professional opportunities. WIA seeks to raise awareness of the gender disparity in aerospace engineering and encourage to learn more about how to create inclusive environments.
- http://engineering.purdue.edu/AAE/AboutUs/History History of the Purdue School of Aeronautics and Astronautics
- Air Progress: 14. December 1971. Missing or empty
- http://www.purdue.edu/space/astronauts.html Purdue grads in space
- http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/general/2010/100216JamiesonDEA.html Purdue University News – "College of Engineering to honor 9 alumni"
- http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G1-73827224.html Speech by David Swain
- https://engineering.purdue.edu/AeroAssist/ Aero Assist
- https://engineering.purdue.edu/aaesac/ Purdue AAESAC
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 7, 2015. Retrieved July 19, 2012. Purdue AIAA chapter
- https://engineering.purdue.edu/PurdueSpaceDay/about_psd/aboutspaceday.html Purdue Space Day
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 11, 2012. Retrieved July 19, 2012. Purdue SGT
- https://engineering.purdue.edu/AAE/Academics/StudentOrgs/seds/about.html Purdue SEDS
- https://engineering.purdue.edu/AAE/Academics/StudentOrgs/seds/ssf.html Spring Space Forum