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!

Feb 01 2013

PGSG Newsletter and RSS

Check out the latest PGSG newsletter to find out what’s going on at the Graduate Student Council.

The abstract deadline for RSS (see post below) has also been extended until Wednesday, February 6, so get your abstracts in to compete for the prize money!

Jan 23 2013

2013 AAE Research Symposium Series – Call for Presentations

The AAE Research Symposium Series is back this semester!  The Research Symposium Series is a department-sponsored forum for graduate students and advanced-level undergraduates to present their research to a general audience. There will be free pizza at each session and $1300 in cash prizes!

If you are interested in presenting your research work in the Research Symposium Series, please submit a title and 200-word (maximum) abstract to the symposium coordinators, via e-mail at A written paper is not required. Further details, including abstract and presenter evaluation criteria, may be found on the Research Symposium Series web page at

The abstract submission deadline is 11:59pm Wednesday, January 30, 2013.

Questions about the Research Symposium Series may be directed to

Aug 22 2012

Become A Committee Member With Aero Assist!

Welcome back!  With the beginning of new academic year, Aero Assist is looking for various new members for different committees.  Please see the information below about them and contact us ( by Sept. 4th regarding positions that you are interested in.

Callout Flyer

Aero Assist Leadership Committee Member Position

We are looking for a new graduate student (among those who joined AAE this fall) to join Aero Assist leadership team. The fresh view of a new student will help us improve our activities. If you are interested please contact Aero Assist at by Sept. 4th. 

Aero Assist Committee Members Needed

Aero Assist is also seeking committee members for various committees in the organization. If you are interested in being involved on the departmental or university level, would like to take the challenge and make a difference, and thus develop valuable professional and social skills, please consider contacting us by Sept. 4th. Being on a committee is a small time commitment, but can result in gaining a very valuable experience. Plus, it also gives you an opportunity to influence and improve graduate student life in the department and whole Purdue. We encourage you to sign up.

To join or ask questions, email Aero Assist at

Social and Sports Committee

This committee will be in charge of the numerous social events by Aero Assist, such as the study breaks, department tailgate party, and socials.  The committee will be responsible for organizing, registering, and leading the teams in co-rec competitions and interdepartmental tournaments.

Outreach and Development Committee

This committee will be committed towards organizing events for the continual professional growth of Purdue AAE graduate students within and beyond the classroom. They will also be responsible to design and implement programs/resources to address professional needs of AAE graduate students.

Mentorship Program Committee

The mentorship program is a leading effort of Aero Assist. The future activities of the committee will include further events to foster mentor-mentee relationship, a trip to the National U.S. Air Force Museum in Dayton, OH, and running a mini mentorship program in the spring semester.

Fundraising Committee

This committee will be responsible for coordinating fundraising activities and work with the treasurer to ensure the financial stability of Aero Assist for future years.  The committee may also work with other student organizations within the department to coordinate combined fundraising activities, such as apparel sales.

Aug 22 2012

Aero Assist Informative Seminar Series

As part of the AeroAssit mentorship program, we have organized three info sessions providing useful information applicable to all graduate students. All AAE graduate students are invited to attend these seminars while enjoying some pizza and soft drinks.

Funding your Graduate Education

This session, presented by the Director of Graduate Education of Collage of Engineering will provide students suggestions on resources and methods to assist with finding funding for their graduate program.  It will also provide definitions for graduate employment terminology and locations for various employment opportunities on campus.

When: Thursday August 23rd at 5:30pm in ARMS B061

Accessing University Library Resources

This session will provide students with information on accessing all the Purdue University Library resources. Purdue Library provides access to numerous databases and journals that can be very helpful for graduate research (both classwork and thesis). This session will cover all the details you need to know to quickly find and access information that you are looking for.

When: Tuesday August 28th at 5:30pm in CIVIL 2107

Introduction to Matlab and Latex

This session will provide introduction to programming with Matlab and writing reports/papers using Latex. Both of these tools are widely used for many applications can easily be considered an “industry standard” in their domain. This session will be presented by Isaac Tetzloff, one your fellow AAE graduate student.

When: Thursday August 30th at 5:30pm in ARMS 1103

Mar 19 2012

Aero Assist Profession​al Development Seminar Series: Orbit Determination Toolbox

Aero Assist will be sponsoring a seminar on the Orbit Determination Toolbox (ODTBX). The ODTBX is an analysis toolset based on the integration of MATLAB and existing astrodynamics software developed by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Navigation and Mission Design Branch. It provides a flexible architecture for early mission analysis by facilitating the implementation of new measurement and dynamic models from a library of base classes. A Java Astrodynamics Toolbox is used as an engine for things that might be slow or inefficient in MATLAB, like high-fidelity trajectory propagation, lunar and planetary ephemeris lookups, precession, nutation, polar motion calculations etc. The primary analysis functions are sequential filter/smoother and batch least-squares commands that incorporate monte-carlo data simulation, linear covariance analysis, measurement processing, and plotting capabilities at the generic level. These functions have a user interface that is based on that of the MATLAB ODE suite.

For more information, see the following flyer!

Date: Thursday, March 22, 2012
Time: 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Venue: ARMS 3115
Speakers: AAE Grad Students Rosemary Huang, Chris Spreen and Alinda Mashiku, who are all Multiple-time interns at NASA GSFC who have worked on the ODTBX.

Free Pizza and soft drinks will be provided.

Mar 10 2012

Purdue Grad Olympics

On Saturday, April 7th, Aero Assist is giving you the opportunity to compete in an exciting event called the Purdue Graduate Olympics. It is a team competition where students will battle across a series of  physical challenges spread around the Purdue campus. If you enjoy a challenge and the thrill of competition, you will not want to miss this. Come out and have some fun, clash with opposing teams, win some great prizes and make some new friends. Take a look at the flyer below and then register your team at the link provided below. Registration ends March 24th, and the first 20 teams to register will be allowed to compete. So register early!

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