American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) - AIAA Rocketry

AIAA Rocketry is a project team within The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics University of New South Wales Student Branch (AIAA UNSW).

AIAA UNSW is one of only 4 AIAA student branches in Australia. We work closely with our sister branches at the University of Sydney and University of Technology Sydney as well as the AIAA Sydney Section to better connect students with the aerospace industry and provide networking opportunities.

About AIAA

Who we are

The AIAA UNSW Student Branch is the society for students studying Aerospace Engineering at UNSW. Part of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the club offers resources and opportunities for members seeking to build connections with key industry professionals and explore the Aerospace industry. AIAA UNSW runs many events;  previously doing site visits to CSIRO, Qantas and Optus as well as the Sydney Section Networking Night with over 200 attendees.

In 2018, AIAA has established a competitive rocketry team which will compete in the largest rocketry events in the Southern Hemisphere! AIAA rocketry currently aims to construct two rockets, both of which are fully reusable and recoverable. The first rocket will be a kit called the Black Brant II while the second rocket (the competition rocket) will be built from scratch.

Major goals 

The recently formed UNSW AIAA Rocketry team aims to compete in and win the the Inaugural Australian Rocketry Competition which will be held in Queensland in early 2019. 

After the Inaugural Australian Rocketry Competition, the team will focus on the prestigious Design, Build & Fly competition held in America in early 2019 - a competitive event where the world's top 100 universities enter a competition to design, build and fly an RC aircraft.

The AIAA Rocketry team about to launch their first rocket!

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Information for Students

Who we are looking for

AIAA UNSW is looking for students who are passionate about the aerospace industry. We welcome members from all faculties and disciplines, but if you wish to join the official executive team, you must be enrolled in an Aerospace Engineering degree.

AIAA Rocketry us a unique opportunity for UNSW students to increase their employability in the aerospace industry. Team members learn first-hand how to design and develop components of a high-powered rocket as well as manufacturing techniques, project management skills and complex problem-solving skills.

Why you should join

Learn how to design and develop components of a high-powered rocket as well as a range of other skills valued by industry. 

  • AIAA provides fantastic opportunities to students who are passionate about the Aerospace industry.
  • We offer excellent site visit opportunities to places such as QANTAS engineering, Optus Satellites, a Canberra Space Tour, Holsworthy barracks and more!
  • We offer the chance to expand your network both within the aerospace industry and with your aerospace peers across multiple universities.
My Story - Sam Wilkinson and Daniel Walsh

My story

Sam Wilkinson is an Aerospace Engineering student at UNSW who joined the newly established AIAA rocketry team. Here is what he had to say about his experience so far.

"My name is Sam Wilkinson and I am currently studying Aerospace Engineering. I joined AIAA to participate in the rocketry team and meet like-minded people. Since joining AIAA, I’ve realised that there is so much potential for space and rocket programs in Australian Universities. I enjoy spending time with people who all have similar interests, and AIAA is a fantastic way to meet people who love Rocketry. The project has been able to help develop our team’s skills in building high-powered model rockets and will hopefully continue to do so well into the future!"

 The project has been able to help develop our team’s skills in building high-powered model rockets and will hopefully continue to do so well into the future!

Daniel Walsh is former chair of the AIAA UNSW Student Branch and a 5th year student studying Aerospace Engineering & Marine Science. Here is what he had to say about his experience at AIAA:

"During my two years on the executive team I have had the privilege of working with an amazing group of committed students, meeting some of the people working out in the industry at companies such as Boeing, Airbus, Qantas & Lockheed Martin to name a few. The AIAA Student-Industry Networking Night was a huge success both years I have been and the connections I made there played a part in my summer internship with Qantas Engineering, which was an amazing experience! It’s so important to build your network, both with your peers, who will one day become co-workers, and industry professionals who can give you ideas on your career and available opportunities. Get engaged during your time at university and you will get a lot more out of it!"

It’s so important to build your network, both with your peers, who will one day become co-workers, and industry professionals who can give you ideas on your career and available opportunities. 

Information for Sponsors

Can you help?

We are actively seeking sponsors to help us achieve our goals of training Australia’s top engineers, shaping the future of sustainable transport and inspiring the next generation of engineers still in school. Any support, whether it be in-kind material or machining, financial support or advice on our designs, is invaluable.

If you are interested in sponsoring any of our Student-Led Projects, please contact our Student-Led Projects Officer Stephanie Bagnell engprojects@unsw.edu.au

 

What’s in it for you?

Each project creates different opportunities to make great things happen, such as:

  • Access to and engagement with USNW Engineering’s top students
  • Ability to trial students via UNSW Engineering’s Industrial Training Program
  • Networking opportunities with other industry partners, UNSW academic and research staff and UNSW’s top students
  • Advertise graduate positions directly to UNSW Engineering students
  • Media and branding opportunities
  • News items and photos for your internal communications promotion

Get in touch to find out more about each project's sponsorship opportunities.

UNSW Engineering's Student-Led Projects