American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics at San Jose State University

Welcome to San Jose State University's American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) student branch's website. Here you will find valuable information regarding the club and its related activities such as events and project funding.

With more than 35,000 members, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics is the world's largest professional society, principal voice, and information resource devoted to the progress of engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense. The purpose of our student branch is to support the success of San Jose State University's aerospace engineering students. AIAA will provide its members with access to events, workshops, club room resources, research projects, socials, and other related activities that will connect students with professionals and help prepare them for a career in the aerospace industry.

AIAA Officers


Kayla Parcero


Hi everyone! My name is Kayla Parcero and I am humbled to be your AIAA chair this year! I was born and raised in the relatively small city of Winnipeg, Canada. I moved to the Bay Area a few years ago and to be in the Silicon Valley, pursuing my passion is something I never thought would be possible. As a fourth year Aerospace Engineering student, I have seen many impossible things become possible with hard work and perseverance. My ultimate goal is to within the aerospace industry concentrating in automatic control systems. I am an avid lover of board games, movies and can always appreciate a good book recommendation!


I became involved with AIAA as an opportunity to find growth in my professional development. I was also an incoming transfer and it was through this organization I met my fellow classmates. Classmates became friends and some have invaluable in my success as a new student here at SJSU. I hope to make meaningful connections with all of you looking for a place that facilitates both academic and professional growth. Being an active member throughout the entire year has been the best decision for my success. I encourage you to do the same and to see what AIAA and its opportunities have to offer you. I am always happy to answer any questions through email. I am also always around campus or in the clubroom, so don’t hesitate to stop me to talk about anything!


Kiana Luongo

Vice Chair,

Hi everyone! My name is Kiana Luongo and I am this academic year’s Vice President for AIAA. This is my 4rth year as an SJSU Aerospace engineering student and my 3rd year as an AIAA officer. I have a special interest in aircraft and I hope to one day be part of a massive project that changes the way we look at air travel. I will do my best to improve our club by expanding its outreach and providing the best club experience for our fellow students. Together we can connect with our interests and build a community to help one another!


Jose Zarate


Hello Everyone!!!


My name is Jose Zarate and this upcoming 2018-2019 I am happy to be serving as AIAA Treasurer.  I was born in Lodi, CA and have always dreamed of moving here to study for AE. I love math and money handling and am disciplined in budgeting and making sure funds are being used properly.  I am a junior and hope to graduate by Spring 2020 with my BS in Aerospace Engineering. I have been in charge of another engineering club in the past known as SHPE but, in SJSU it is known as SOLES.  If there are any questions or concerns on how we are handling funds or fundraising ideas feel free to reach out to me and I will do my best to respond when I get the chance.


Noah Keefer


I’m Noah Keefer, I am the secretary for the school year of 18’/19’.  Some things I enjoy to do outside of school involve hang gliding, skydiving, and being outdoors, but I also like to play video games on down time (MHW) and love to nap.  I have worked in the veterinary field since I was 15, which I find to be very rewarding. I am currently a senior with interest in astro and would love to find myself in a job where I was on the front line in space advancement.   


Emily Pippin

Lead Event Coordinator,

Hello all! My name is Emily Pippin and I am one of your lead event coordinators for the 2018/2019 academic year. I am very excited to be your event coordinator because I love planning social, fun, and helpful events. This year you can look forward to game nights, movie nights, hikes, bowling, and ice skating as well as CAD, programming and other useful workshops.

Some more information about me is that I am a sophomore here at SJSU and an RA for Joe West. I have four young nieces and love to keep busy and study hard. I love making new friends so don’t be stranger. My favorite foods are Takis and mexican food and my favorite color is pink. My hope is that after I receive my  bachelors degree in Aerospace engineering I can get my masters in controls or something similar that will help me get a job building rovers, AI, space telescopes, or satellites.


Brayan Mendez

Lead Event Coordinator,



Ian Prado de Besemer

Public Relations,

Hi everyone, I’m Ian Prado de Besemer and I am the Public Relations Officer for the 2018-2019 school year. I am very excited to be in this role and look forward to meeting many of our AIAA members during our events. I’m a fifth year at SJSU studying Aerospace Engineering, will be graduating May 2020. I was born in Santa Clara but grew up in SoCal with my mother. Hobbies include, flying, traveling, and cooking. Currently working at Atlantic Aviation located at the San Jose International Airport and as a TA/grader for a professor at SJSU.


Fernando Ferreira

Industry Contact,

Hi everyone! My name is Fernando Ferreira and I am very excited to be this year’s Industry Officer. I was born and raised in Tustin, California and came to San Jose State as freshman. Currently, I am a fourth-year student on a fifth-year plan to complete my Aerospace Engineering Major and minors in math and physicsI started my freshman year as an undeclared student and transferred into Aerospace Engineering student my third year. AI

AIAA has been inspiring me from day 1 here at SJSU. Working with motivated student members and mentors has created a networking system that has helped me with many projects and concepts. Two years ago, I had the privilege of being the Industry Contact for AIAA Region 6 Student Conference and got to invite some really cool distinguished speakers. Last year, I also had the opportunity to invite many inspiring speakers and host some exciting tours with my Industry colleagues. This year, I have some even more exciting events and tours lined up for our members.

AIAA has offered me the opportunity to network to people and companies I would not have had been able to outreach to otherwise. I encourage you to come by our clubroom ENGR 240 and talk to one of our Officer or Club-members to see what it’s all about! Or stop by one of our events and I’m sure you’ll be as inspired as I was.

I hope you enjoy all the events in store for you this year!


Stanley Krzesniak


Hi everyone! I am Stanley Krzesniak aka Riven or 9S, and I am happy to be serving the chapter for this academic year as tech officer. Born and raised in San Mateo, CA, I have loved electronics, software, and most importantly, aircraft for nearly all of my life. I will be graduating Spring 2020, and I hope to continue onto my masters in aerospace after graduation at SJSU. If you have any questions regarding technical support, electronics, or senior design advice, feel free to reach out.


Joseph Chimenti

Clubroom Manager,

I'm Joseph Chimenti, your clubroom manager for the 2018/9 school year.  Some things about me are: I’m a slight clean freak || gaming is my top pastime || I aim for good sleep every night || I’m a senior || aeronautics > astronautics.  



Tommy Chin

Underclassman Representative,

My name is Wen Jian Chin, but I go by Tommy. I’ll be a sophomore here in SJSU for the 2018 - 2019 school year. I’m honored to serve you as your underclassmen representative of AIAA. So, if you have any complaints, concerns or suggestions, please feel free to share them with me. I would be more than happy to hear them, and would really appreciate the input and feedback. More about myself, I am driven by my passion for exploration. Ever since I was a kid, I love seeing new things, trying new activities, eating different food and visiting different places. I’ve always enjoyed adventures with good company. So, I guess Earth was just not enough for me. I’m fascinated with what’s out there in space and how much we don’t yet understand. Anyway, I hope we’ll have another great semester together as AIAA members and may this semester be another chapter to be remembered. Please say hi if you do see me in person, I would be delighted to meet you.



Czarina Catalogna

Underclassman Representative,

Greetings! My name is Czarina Catalogna and I am your AIAA underclassman representative for 2018-2019. I am a second year at SJSU, this is my second year as a member of AIAA and my first year as an officer! If you have any ideas for the club or any concerns feel free to reach out to me! A little about myself, I love sports, music, I have a specialty in piano and I  have an enormous passion for aircraft ever since I was little. When I first flown the 747 I instantly fell in love, especially with the engines. I find the concept how engines work very interesting and I hope to further my knowledge about them and one day create my own. I’ve worked with my dad on boat and car engines several times so if you ever want to rant about repaire jobs you can come to me. Don't be shy to say hi to me if you see me on campus, I am very friendly! I am looking forward to getting to know you all this year!  


Thomas Schumacher

Second Clubroom Manager,

Hi y’all! I’m Thomas and I am a junior.  I transferred from a local community college.  I am excited for the year and to be able to help all of you out by keeping the club room in order and stocked with some amazing snacks.  Looking forward to getting to know some of you throughout the year and making some friendships that last into our professional developments.  Feel free to come meet me in the club room.