American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

Name: Sarah McElman (Chair)

Major: Mechanical Engineering, 2012

Date Founded: (Reinstated March 2010)

Welcome to Johns Hopkins. You’ve probably been asked by just about anyone who’s heard of the school if you want to be a doctor. But did you know that, in addition to the discovery of restriction enzymes at the JHMI, engineers at Hopkins designed the first GPS satellite?

Scientists control the Hubble Telescope 20 feet away from the Physics Department. Satellites from Hopkins’ Applied Physics Lab are exploring far and near – from Mercury to the Kuiper Belt – and test pilots, astronauts, and a designer of the SR-71 Blackbird all teach undergraduate classes. The opportunities are overwhelming. Where to begin?

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics chapter at Johns Hopkins is Homewood campus’ outlet to space. The goal is to get people connected – through jobs, information, and plain ol’ fun – to aerospace. And you don’t even have to be a rocket scientist.

If you’re wondering what’s going on up there in the stars, we welcome you to be a part of AIAA. Our members get to tailor their experience by voting on speakers, picking trips, and suggesting events they’d be interested in bringing to campus. Ever wanted to be an astronaut? In conjunction with a research group at Hopkins Medical, we have internships on parabolic flight waiting for you.

Here, AIAA officers welcomed Lockheed Martin’s senior designer of the F-35 propulsion system to JHU

We host monthly talks on any and everything aerospace-related (designing the F-35? Check. Discovering Pluto’s moons? Check. Human adaptation to spaceflight? You bet!) AIAA Mid-Atlantic sponsors a student and young professional conference every year to allow students to present their research. Last year, Hopkins undergrads were awarded 1st and 3rd place, and we look forward to keeping up the tradition. We tour labs and host frequent networking events with aerospace professionals from the Baltimore and DC area. We have a Design, Build, Fly team that builds RC planes and competes in AIAA’s annual international competition (Kansas City, here we come!)

We’ve got lots of opportunities, and we love freshmen (check out our website at If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me at Don’t be left without hyperdrive – come and join us!