Mar 08 2012

College of Engineering T-Shirt Design Competition

Here is an opportunity for you to employ your talents and see your design on the new T-shirts for Purdue Engineering!

This competition has been initiated by the College of Engineering and they will be accepting entries forwarded on by the Engineering Student Organizations. So, send your designs to by no later than March 20 in order for them to be considered. You may submit as many entries as you would like. AeroAssist will then select a design from those received to then forward on to the School of Engineering.
 The designer of the entry selected by AeroAssist will receive a free t-shirt, whether the design wins the competition or not.

Please see the following documents to help you with your designs:
Please do not hesitate to contact us at if you have any questions. We are really looking forward to seeing your creations!

Mar 07 2012

US Air Force Museum Field Trip

See first hand some of the finest aircraft to grace the skies. Be inspired by technology that has not only sped humanity to supersonic velocities, but also placed mankind on the moon. 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. Also, you are invited to visit the Presidential and R&D Hangars to see some of the most influential and advanced aircraft that have served the United States of America. Visit their website for more museum details.

The cost is $15, which includes transportation from West Lafayette to Dayton, OH and back. Please note that if you want to visit the Presidential and R&D Hangars, you MUST be bring either a state-issued ID for domestic students or a passport for foreign students and sign up BEFORE Spring Break.

We plan on leaving around 9 am from Armstrong Hall and will return later that night (approximately 9pm).

Ask anyone who has visited the USAF museum, this is a trip you will not forget. Sign up online now! 

Email Zach Hallum ( for more information or view the USAF Museum Trip Flyer.

Feb 28 2012

Aero Assist Professional Development Seminar Series: Ethics – A Brief Discussion

Why do the right thing…and how do you know if you are doing the right thing?
The Assistant Dean of Students at Purdue, Mr. Harry Brown, will be conducting thought experiments to help answer questions regarding the duties of an individual towards ethical conduct and the direct/indirect consequences that can result from unethical behavior. Come along to this interactive session to test your expectations of ‘what is acceptable moral conduct.’

Professional Development Seminar: Ethics – A Brief Discussion
Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
Time: 4:30PM
Venue: ARMS B071
Guest Speaker: Mr. Harry Brown, Assistant Dean of Students at Purdue University

Bio of Speaker:
Mr. Harry Brown is an Assistant Dean of Students at Purdue University and Director of the Office of Leadership Development and Community Service (more commonly known as the Boiler Volunteer Network). He directs the university’s co-curricular service and leadership development programs. He was the executive director of the Greater Lafayette Volunteer Bureau ( GLVB ) for 6 years. Under his leadership the GLVB emerged as a respected full-service volunteer center. He has served as director and senior consultant with the Western-Region of the Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network (a program of the Indiana Association of United Ways and the Lily Endowment). He continues to work with nonprofit organizations in the areas of board governance, outcomes measurement and evaluation, strategic planning, and volunteer program development and management. He is a former lobbyist and college instructor (Public Policy and Public Administration). He has also served two terms as president of the Indiana Association of Volunteer Centers and served as a member of the Indiana Commission for Community Service and Volunteerism. He has a BA in Political Science from Eisenhower College/Rochester Institute of Technology and an MA in Political Science from Miami University.

Free Pizza and soft drinks will be provided.

Feb 05 2012

Aero Assist Professional Development Seminar Series: Intellectual Property Considerations for Budding Engineers

Aero Assist is kicking off its Professional Development Seminar series for the semester with  Intellectual Property Considerations for Budding Engineers. This topic should be of interest to students who intend to develop new products or technologies at school or in their career–a group that should include all engineers!

Professional Development Seminar: Intellectual Property Consideration for Budding Engineers
Wednesday, February 8th, 2012
Time: 4:40PM
Place: ARMS B071
Guest Speaker: Cedric D’Hue

Bio. of Guest Speaker:
Cedric D’Hue has been a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office since 2006. He has drafted, filed and prosecuted patent, trademark and copyright applications to issuance and has also drafted patentability opinions, invalidity and obviousness opinions, and freedom to operate opinions. He counsels clients to develop a strategy to achieve their business goals and protect clients’ intellectual property. Cedric has incorporated business entities, drafted corresponding business documents and advised businesses regarding their contract provisions. He has assisted all sizes of businesses from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Cedric is actively involved in Indiana’s legislative and legal community. He champions the Patent Income Tax Exemption law and is a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers. Cedric received his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Tufts University in 1999 and his master’s degree in Analytical Chemistry from Purdue University in 2002. He received his Juris Doctorate from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 2005.

Free Pizza and soft drinks will be provided.

Jan 25 2012

2012 AAE Research Symposium Series – Call for Presentations

We are excited to announce the return of the AAE Research Symposium Series 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. The Research Symposium Series is designed to facilitate student-faculty discussions of research, provide opportunities for students to develop their technical presentation skills, and promote the research activities of the department. Free pizza will be provided at each session.

The best graduate student presentations will be awarded:

  • $500 for first place
  • $300 for second place
  • $200 for third place
  • $150 for best abstract
  • $150 will be awarded to the best undergraduate presentation

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 Friday, February 10, 2012.

Questions about the Research Symposium Series may be directed to

The official call for presentations can be downloaded here.

Jan 24 2012

Welcome to the New Aero Assist Site

Welcome to the newly redesigned Aero Assist website.  The goal of this new website is to make information about Aero Assist and our events easily available in a centralized location.  We hope that this site will become a useful resource for both current and prospective graduate students within the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University.

This site is a work in progress, so expect changes to be occurring all the time.  If you find anything that does not appear to be working properly, or if you have any ideas for things to include on the site, please contact us at

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.

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