Welcome to the UMBC Chapter for the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA)! The UMBC chapter of the AIAA is a manifestation of this interest.

The AIAA is a professional society for those who make a life long commitment to the field of aerospace.The society seeks to "inspire and advance the future of aerospace for the benefit of humanity." (

UMBC students have long shown a significant interest in the fields of aerospace and aeronautics. We seek to encourage students to pursue technical knowledge relevant to a


UMBC AIAA DBF 2018 Competition

Hey Everyone!
Check out this super rad video of our DBF team's trip to Kansas for the Design Build Fly competition. We hope you enjoy and get interested about joining us next year!

Watch as our team attempts to conquer the Design•Build•Fly (DBF) competition in Wichita, Kansas! Music: NOWЁ - Heart of Gold NOWЁ - Burning EDM Tropical House


Design Build Fly

Please consider donating to our GritStarter page to help send our Design Build Fly team to the competition in Kansas! Our proposal was accepted in our second year of competing, and we are excited to send a team of students to the DBF fly-off. However, to get there, we need help paying for our team's travel and lodging.

Any donation towards our campaign is greatly appreciated! Even if you aren't able to donate, please help by forwarding our campaign page to anyone who might be willing to support our team.

Thank you for your help! Help send our team to Kansas!


Hey Everyone!
Tomorrow we will be having our first GBM in ITE 237 at 6:30 pm. Kenneth Harris, a senior systems engineer for JPSS (Joint Polar Satellite System), will be coming in to speak to us about his experience working on NASA satellites! He is a UMBC alum and has worked on a variety of weather and research satellites for NASA, including the James Webb Space Telescope. Hope to see you there!


Hey Folks!
Just a little AIAA update. Our UMBC Design, Build, Fly team has made it through the entry proposal phase by being ranked 78th out of the 138 teams that entered! We are now in the construction phase and almost ready to submit our final report. Here is a CAD model of what our plane will look like. Have a great day!



The 2017-18 Design, Build, Fly draft rules have been posted on the DBF website ( The website has not yet been updated, so use the link to the draft rules on the "Rules" page. Have fun!!


Just a reminder to all returning AIAA members that we will be having a social meeting at 2pm today to talk about our future plans for this semester and decide on project leads! Room TBA


AIAA's Design•Build•Fly

Hey Everyone! We are still looking for design challenge team leads for next semester and need to hear back ASAP! There are three different design competitions that we will be competing in next semester:
- Design, Build, Fly! (DBF):
- NASA Robotic Mining Competition:
If you are interested in being the team lead for any of these projects, please reach out to any of the AIAA officers as soon as possible! Send an email to [email protected] if you are interested or have any questions. See you all soon!


Hey guys - please check your emails! We're looking for design challenge team leads for next semester and need to hear back before classes start. Email me or an officer if you have any questions!




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