American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

About Us

We are the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) chapter at the City College of New York, an undergraduate club that began in 2000 with a small group of people that shared the same interest for designing and building planes. Since then, the club has expanded to include many more members and we compete yearly in AIAA’s Design/Build/Fly competition against teams all around the world. Along the way, we enhance group dynamics and learn to work together to get the best results. Here at AIAA, not only do we strive to build better aircraft, but build better future engineers.

Join Us

Regardless of academic level, major, or experience, AIAA DBF is a competition for those interested in flight. The program offers a chance for students to gain real-world experience in a variety of STEM fields. Feel free to join our weekly meetings, hosted on Zoom (time TBD) until in-person classes resume.

To join the AIAA CCNY Chapter, it is important to first become an AIAA Student Member and obtain an AIAA ID. To do so, please follow this link and click "Become a Member" at the bottom.

To join AIAA CCNY Chapter, complete the following steps:

  • Campus Groups - Join us on Campus Groups through this link
  • Member Questionnaire - Fill out the Member Questionnaire with all pertinent information (will be posted 9/15/2021)

If you have any questions about the club, the DBF competition, or about joining, feel free to send us an email at aiaa@gtest.ccny.cuny.edu or stop by our office, ST - 231.

Member Benefits

Aerospace Engineering

Get hands-on experience in the many sub-fields of aerospace engineering including fluid mechanics, mechatronics, flight testing, numerical simulation/modeling,  technical writing, etc...

Software & Manufacturing

Learn and gain experience using programs such as SolidWorks, ANSYS Fluent, Excel, MATLAB, AVL, etc., all valuable in the real world.

Experience & Internships

Gain valuable technical and leadership experience, useful for finding internships with competitive companies/agencies (Boeing, Lockheed Martin, NASA, Collins Aerospace, Tesla, etc.)

Connections

Make valuable connections with other students and faculty members that can help with classes or finding internships/research experience.

Team Statistics

5

Officers

57

Members

3

Events

2

Emails/Newsletters

Officers

Michael Jacobson
President
Natalia Stefanowski
Vice-President
Kyle Rucker
Treasurer
Islam McDowell
Secretary
Prathap Ramamurthy
Advisor
 

Project Leads

 

Team

Lead

Contact

Aerodynamics

TBA

TBA

CFD Analysis

TBA

TBA

Structures TBA TBA
Stability & Control TBA TBA
Propulsion TBA TBA
Subsystems TBA TBA
Manufacturing TBA TBA
 

Project Timeline

2019 - 2020 team meeting during the detailed design phase

  1. 1

    Conceptual Design Phase

    Late Summer - Early Fall

  2. 2

    Preliminary Design Phase

    Early Fall - Mid-Fall

  3. 3

    Detailed Design Phase

    Mid-Fall - Mid-Spring

  4. 4

    Manufacturing & Flight Testing

    Winter Break - Early Spring

  5. 5

    Flight Competition

    Spring Break

Events (2021 - 2022)

Spring General Body Meeting                 April 22, 2021 | 12:30 pm | Zoom

General Body Meeting for current and new members of the team. Reviewed the project requirements, tasks, methodology, and results. Discussed technical and non-technical matters with members from various academic levels and positions within the team. Began planning for 2021-2022 DBF competition.

Annual Technical Review                          April 24, 2021 | 12:30 pm | Zoom

Reviewed and introduced methodology used in the 2020-2021 DBF competition. This introduced incoming members to typical manufacturing methods, software/programs, and schedules used in the project. Current and new executive-board members discussed the overall project and suggested improvements for the future.

Fall General Body Meeting                            TBD | 12:30 pm | TBD

General Body Meeting for current and new members of the team. Will review the project requirements and tasks. Will discuss technical and non-technical matters with members from various academic levels and positions within the team. Continue onboarding new members.

Spring General Body Meeting                 TBD | 12:30 pm | TBD

General Body Meeting for current and new members of the team. Will review the project requirements, tasks, methodology, and results. Will discuss technical and non-technical matters with members from various academic levels and positions within the team. Begin planning for 2022-2023 DBF competition.

Previous Competitions' Photos