About Aero Assist

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.

The Aero Assist Constitution (last ratified on March 19, 2012) can be viewed here.  Additionally, a copy of the Aero Assist Bylaws (last updated on March 19, 2012) can be viewed here.

To contact Aero Assist, please e-mail us at aeroassist@ecn.purdue.edu

Current Aero Assist Executive Committee Members


Orzuri Rique



Hi! I am a third year PhD student in Aeronautics and Astronautics majoring in Structures and Materials working at the Indiana Manufacturing Institute. My research interest comprises composite structural mechanics and manufacturing simulation. I hold  a BSc and MSc in Aeronautical Engineering by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Barcelona, Spain) and a MSc in Mechanical Manufacturing and Automation by Beihang University. Prior to coming Aero Assist’s president, I was the PGSG Senator and Professional Development/RSS chair. In my free time, I enjoy traveling and cinema.


Jannuel V. Cabrera



Hi! My name is Jannuel Cabrera and I am currently a Master’s student in AAE. My major area of concentration is Astrodynamics while my minor area is Aerodynamics. I obtained my B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Syracuse University in 2016. Outside of engineering, I am involved on campus as a Graduate Assistant at the Purdue University Academic Success Center in Wiley Residence Hall. My pastimes include air-drumming, listening to records, playing Kan Jam, and playing baseball. 

Julio Hernandez


Graduate Student Mentorship Program Chair

Utsav Jain


Professional Development/Research Symposium Series Chair

Hi, my name is Utsav Jain and I am graduate student at the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue. I currently work on developing efficient computational models for turbulent combustion. Other than my love for research, I like playing sports (soccer, basketball etc.), taking part in outdoor activities and reading all kinds of books.

Juhee Hyun


Outreach and Departmental Research Symposium Chair

Juhee Hyun is from Warrensburg, Missouri. She graduated with her B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2016. Her interest in the commercial space industry and rocket propulsion ultimately drew her to Purdue University.  She is currently a first year master’s student studying propulsion and researching at Zucrow Laboratories. Her research area is in hydrogen thermal management. While not in lab, she enjoys running, trying out Korean skin care products, and traveling. She is excited to be the Outreach Chair for Aero Assist, as she loves being involved in the community and working with people.

Tugba Piskin


PGSG Senator

Hi, I am Tugba and I am from Antalya, Turkey. I got my B.S. degree from Physics Department, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey in 2012.  I got my MS degree from Aerospace Engineering Department of the same university in 2015. Currently, I am a Ph.D. candidate working on the numerical simulations of the gas discharges for the flow control applications.  If I am not doing research, you can find me as a volunteer in the events around the campus. I am also really into stargazing, hiking, cooking, and reading.

Smriti Nandan Paul


Social and Sports Co-chair

Hello everyone, I am Paul and I am a third year PhD student under the advisement of Dr. Carolin Frueh. I am mostly seen loitering in the second floor of ARMS. I am from the north-eastern state of Assam in India, and my favorite past time includes playing badminton, ukulele (dilettante) and social drinking (only beer and wine). I also like to try out new and weird food, like to dance (famously bad moves), and read Quora. When I feel lazy or demotivated, I binge-watch Netflix shows for days at a stretch.

Pia (Neelakshi) Majumdar


Social and Sports Co-Chair

I am a second year Master’s student in AAE. My major is Dynamics and Controls and minor is Aerospace systems. I graduated with B.E. in Electronics and Communication engineering from India and have a two years of work experience with Cognizant. My research area is in Aerospace system safety and I am also working as an instructor for undergraduate students at Purdue Polytechnic as a graduate staff. My recent passion is flying (being a student pilot) and I love swimming, painting, and traveling. Being a social chair for Aero Assist, I will ensure that you all get to attend many fun activities and networking events in this year!

TBD (incoming student)


Fundraising Chair

Ernesto is originally from El Paso, TX and has studied at Purdue since 2008.  Since then he has earned a B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering (Structures). He is currently in his fourth year in the PhD program in AAE. His research interests are in piezoelectric fiber composites with applications to morphing wings. He enjoys spending time with friends and family as well as various activities such as cycling, weightlifting, swimming, and motocross.

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Aero Assist Committee Members

Aero Assist has various committees to involve graduate students in various leadership roles and allow them to help shape the graduate student experience and program in the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics.  Below are the current committees and their members for the 2017 – 18 Academic Year.  These committees will be filled out with other graduate aerospace students early in the Fall 2017 semester.

Funding Committee

TBD (incoming student), Chair

Social and Sports Committee

TBD, Co-Chair
TBD, Co-Chair

Outreach and Professional Development Committee

TBD, Chair
TBD, Chair

Mentorship Committee

Julio Hernandez, Chair


Previous Aero Assist Committees

2016 to 2017 – Leadership Committee

2013 to 2014 – Leadership Committee

Leadership Committee 2013-2014

2012 to 2013 – Leadership Committee


2011 to 2012 – Leadership Committee and All Committee Members

2010 to 2011 – Leadership Committee