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Our Mission

"One Team, One Dream"

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is a national professional organization designed to help aerospace professionals and their organizations succeed. In 2013, the Student Branch of AIAA at the University of California, Merced was established. Since then, our members have grown exponentially, fueled by innovative ideas, ambitious energy, and a humble heart. We work on critical projects aimed at providing a well-rounded experience that challenges our members who come from all backgrounds and education. At UC Merced, it is our mission to prepare our members to reach their fullest potential and help launch the next journey of their amazing life.

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Community Involvement

Not only do we focus on our members' development, but we take our servant leadership into our local community. We work with several organizations both on and off-campus to plan events, and facilitate STEM activities for K-8 students. ​ With the organization motto of "One Team, One Dream", we realize how important it is to teach what we know, as well as, how jumping starting a child's interest in STEM can shape their life. ​ Our main involvement includes leading STEM activities with students at local elementary schools, and our local Girl Scout troop. Showcasing our fascination of science and engineering is our tool, and we plan on continuing our involvement with future engineers and scientists.

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Our members are at the center of what we do at AIAA. Our club provides a diverse portfolio of strategic experiences that offer skill-development opportunities that prepare our members for the professional world. In fact, our Alumni have received offers and now work at some of the top Aerospace Companies in the world. Interested in joining one of our projects? Click below to learn more about our projects.


"Your Mission is Our Mission"

David Millet
Briana Gomez
 Vice President 
Michelle Mora
Alexander Riou
Vishruth Adoni
 Aeronautical Director 
Kyle Chun
 Astronautical Director 
JJ Verhoeven
 Outreach Director  
David Gutierrez
 Publicity Director 
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