Aero Assist – The Graduate Student Organization for AAE at Purdue

Aero Assist is the graduate student organization for the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University. All graduate students within the School are automatically members. Aero Assist oversees the Research Symposium Series, the Graduate Mentor Program, and helps to keep graduate students in the School up to date with all the important and relevant events and deadlines. Program activities include recreational sports, tailgates, and other activities to improve the graduate student experience in the School. A committee of ten graduate students serves as the leadership team of Aero Assist.

Sep 09 2013

Graduate Aerospace Website

Over the course of the next semester the aerospace department is going to be updating the section of their website devoted to graduate students.  While there are many objectives in this task, one of them is to make the site more functional for current students.  This will likely include things like a clearer layout of graduation requirements, better descriptions which classes apply where, and many other additions.

For this update Aero Assist will help in being a conduit for student input and suggestions.  If you have any thoughts or comments to add on the project help us out by going to the following form:

Graduate Website Suggestions

This form will be open for a while, so if something pops in to your head a couple weeks from now come back and let us know.  Thanks for your help!

Sep 09 2013

Aero Assault T-Shirts

Wish you were more stylish?  Want to keep up with the leading edge of fashion?  You’re in luck!  Aero Assault is once again selling t-shirts!

Aero Assault t-shirts can be worn with any outfit throughout the year, but are particularly useful as IM sports jerseys.  Shirts will cost $15 this year.  To order them go to the following link:

You can see the design below.


Jul 02 2013


Each fall Purdue Aero Assist helps organize a mentorship program to aid new graduate students in the trying adjustment to graduate school.  This program relies heavily on student mentors, and we are now looking for volunteers.  That means you! (assuming you’re a current Purdue Aerospace grad student).

If you have interest contact Sam Alberts ( and let her know your area of focus and advisor.

If you’re an incoming student who is ahead of the game by looking at this site know that sign ups will be out soon.  If it helps you sleep better, I bet you can e-mail Sam anyways and she’ll get you on a list.

May 08 2013

Aero Assist, New For 2013-14!

It’s finally the end of the school year.  For many research involved grad students that actually doesn’t signal much, but there is one big change: a new Aero Assist Executive Committee!  Over the next few days we’ll be updating the website to reflect the new members, and beginning to plan exciting events as Aero Assist has always done.

One of the major goals we’re working on is getting even more people involved with the events that we have, and encourage interaction and feedback.  In those lines, we’re joining the social media world, so follow us on Twitter or Facebook to get updates and talk back!

Twitter:  @PdueAeroAssist



Apr 15 2013

Vote for New Aero Assist Committee

Vote for our new executive committee for the next academic year at:
Use your Purdue Career Account login information to access the link. The link will close on midnight ​at Friday, ​April 19.Vote for up to 5 people. Your participation is greatly appreciated!

Mar 25 2013

Aero Assist T-Shirt Sale

Running out of black t-shirts? Want to support Aero Assit? Need something that has Purdue AAE on it?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, buy an AAE t-shirt for only $10!

Pre-order by March 31 via T-shirt Pre-order

Megan Kinney will be collecting money on Tuesday, April 2 from 11 am to ARMS B119.


Mar 25 2013

Trip to USAF Museum at Dayton, OH

What: USAF Museum Field Trip
When: Saturday, April 13th, 2013, 8AM departure from Armstrong 
Cost: $15/person (Includes transportation from West Lafayette to Dayton and back)
Sign up to to join Aero Assist on a field trip to the USAF Museum trip at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, home of more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles.
NOTE:  if you are a non-US citizen AND would like to join everyone to tour the Presidential Hanger (which is located inside the Air Force Base), we need to send additional information about you so that you can enter the Air Force Base. The additional information is included on the form, and please include it when you RSVP otherwise you will miss the best part about the museum.
Remember sign-up sheet is located here: USAF Museum RSVP.  Sign up by Wednesday, March 27th.

Feb 27 2013

NSF Innovation in Graduate Education Challenge

Have you ever thought of ways to improve STEM graduate education? Do you have a creative idea regarding graduate training? If so, NSF wants to hear from you!

The National Science Foundation Innovation in Graduate Education Challenge is calling for entries from currently enrolled STEM graduate students and teams. They are invited to submit innovative ideas to prepare today’s graduate students for tomorrow’s opportunities and challenges. Entries are solicited for ideas with the potential to improve graduate education and professional development. Ideas can be directed toward students, faculty, departments, institutions, professional societies, and/or federal agencies. Winning ideas will be shared widely and winners will receive prizes between $1000 and $3000.

For more information and to enter the challenge, go to

Entry deadline is April 15th!

Feb 15 2013

Upcoming Events: Rubik’s Cube Challenge and Ice Skating



Feb 12 2013

Potbelly Fundraiser Thursday, February 21st, 5 to 8 pm


Eat delicious sandwiches and raise money for Aero Assist!  All you have to do is show up to Potbelly (near the West Lafayette library) and get some food.

Stop by Potbelly on Thursday, February 21st from 5 to 8 pm.

See you there!

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