PAST EVENTS AND COMPETITIONS

Friday, April 7 - Saturday, April 8 2017:
Members of AIAA discussed their work with elementary and middle school students and parents at Engineering EXPO 2017 hosted by UW-Madison's Department of Engineering. Thank you to all members who volunteered their time.

Sunday, March 19 - Friday, March 24 2017:
Thank you to representatives of Lockheed Martin, United Launch Alliance, Ball Aerospace and Technologies, SEAKR Engineering, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), and Deep Space Systems for organizing tours.

Tuesday, March 7 2017:
Thank you to engineers of Sierra Nevada Corporation for joining our group's monthly meeting! The discussion of how AIAA can better connect to industry and build aerospace culture in Wisconsin was both informative and inspirational.

Friday, November 11 2016:
Both AIAA and the American Nuclear Society student organization represented the Department of Engineering Physics on Engineer's Day. Thank you alumni and professors for coming to the event! Thank you to all volunteers for showing their support and sharing their work.

Saturday, November 5 2016:
AIAA presented their work and organized a paper rocket building activity for kids and parents for the Saturday Science event at the Wisconsin Institute of Discovery Building. Thank you to all volunteers and visiting families!

Tuesday, November 1 2016:
The first preliminary design review held by the robotic mining team was successful. Thank you to professors Erick Oberstar, Aaron Nimityongskul, and Matt Allen for coming and giving the team great pointers! And thank you to graduate students Aaron Olson and Ziliang Guo for their advice and support.

Tuesday, September 20 2016:
Thank you to the Boeing employees visiting campus for the Engineering Career Fair and giving an extra presentation for AIAA!

May 2016:
The Badger Robotic Mining Team competed for its first year in NASA's Robotic Mining Competition. Team manager Tashi Atruktsang built a team from his peers and secured funding. The group's robot was named the Badger Lunar Excavating Robot (BLER). BLER went through several design phases using an auger, bucket wheel, and finally a scraper. Twelve team members went to Kennedy Space Center to compete. Members learned aspects of CAD through SolidWorks, fabrication with mills and lathes, and effective team organization.

April 2016:
A five member team competed in the Collegiate Rocket Launch Competition hosted by the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium. Teams were challenged to build a scale model replica of a real launch vehicle, target an apogee between 2500 and 3500 feet and predict the rocket’s apogee as accurately as possible. Members built a replica of the German V-2 missile and named it the Bucky-2. On launch day, the Bucky-2 reached an apogee of 2984 feet and the team made the third closest prediction among ten groups.