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.

2013-2014 Officers


 Brian Ha

Chairman ,

Hello, my name is Brian Ha and I am a 4th year aerospace engineering student and your 2013-2014 AIAA Chairman. I joined AIAA as a sophomore and served as the club’s treasurer for two years. Through my involvement, I got to meet and work with some of the most brilliant and inspirational people I have ever met. I made connections with upper division students who supported me and helped me realize that aerospace engineering is definitely the major to be in. Because of the support I was given, I want to give back. My role is simple: to support San Jose State University’s aerospace engineering students. Whenever I walk into E164 or E272, I see the most talented group of students at SJSU who have the chance to really make an impact on our world. And if there’s anything that can be done to help them achieve their full potential, whether it be organizing events/workshops that supplement their education, providing a club room with student resources, or helping to fund the next breakthrough project, I want AIAA to be there.

Currently, I work as a Satellite Controller, taking pictures of the Earth from space for a company called "Skybox Imaging".  I hope to one day work on high speed aircraft. I’d like to learn more about flight test engineering and propulsion. I also plan to obtain my private pilot’s license after I graduate (I have only officially logged 45 mins of flight time in a Cessna 172 so far, but in that short amount of time, I can already tell you that flying is AMAZING). As for hobbies, I am a certified open water SCUBA diver (hoping to get my advanced diver cert. next year), amateur rocket builder, wannabe machinist/welder, mechatronics tinkerer, and a guy who loves being outdoors and wishes he had time to get back to playing tackle football/going to the gym/muay thai training.

You can find me in E164 or E272 pretty much everyday. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me! I'd love to talk about how AIAA can better support its students!


Huy Vu

Vice Chairman ,

I love aviation and aviation related activities. My experience with aeronautics started with my enlistment in the US Army as a helicopter powertrain repairer. After honorably discharged, I learned to fly in a Cessna 152 and 172SP and have more than 100 flight hours. I have parachuting experience in both US Army and civilian parachuting. And over the summer, I have earned a P2 rating in paragliding. I chose to study aerospace engineering because I dreams to be an aircraft designer and one day, to make the flying car possible. I have volunteered to be an AIAA's officer because I want to be the voice of the students and to provide them with what they need: a club room to study in, a place to be home away from home, and a chance to build relationship with other students and staffs. My interests and hobbies are riding and fixing motorcycles, building and flying R/C helicopters, paragliding, and of course, piloting planes. On some Thursday, you can find me hanging out with my classmates at a bar after a long week of studies and exams.


Christian Manlutac


Hello, my name is Christian Manlutac and I am your AIAA Treasurer! It is currently my fourth year at San Jose State as an Aerospace Engineering major. I'm starting my spacecraft design project this semester, and will be working on the SPHERES project at NASA Ames Research Center. I became an AIAA officer about two years ago. Since then, I've watched the club grow into the tight community that it is now. I joined AIAA looking to get involved, and was able to get in touch with DBF (Design Build Fly) teams during my time as an AIAA officer. I highly encourage all engineering students to get involved with clubs/projects whenever possible. It's a great experience and may open up opportunities.

Jason Punzalan


I am a senior and will be graduating in the spring. I am in spacecraft design thus my interests are in space travel and exploration. I've been involved with AIAA since I was a freshmen and this is my 3rd year being chapter secretary. I joined AIAA to get more involved in my major and for the resources the organization provides to us students. It is in my lifetime I hope to see and be a part of a spacefaring civilization, thus I would love to work for companies like SpaceX or Bigelow Aerospace.

Al Tabrizi

Lead Event Coordinator,

Since I was 6, I wanted to be an airplane. As I grew up I became more and more interested in airplanes. Now, I’m one semester away from Graduating! You can find me in the AIAA Club Room (E164) every day of the week. I joined AIAA so I could put it on my resume so that I could use it to get an Internship.


Abhra Dasgupta

Technical Lead,

I am a senior year undergraduate aerospace engineering student, who loves airplanes.  Enough so, that I have grown up collecting information about various planes throughout my life. I am now the proud owner of a collection of information cards of over a thousand different aircraft, as well as several books. I joined AIAA, as an event coordinator, so I could give back to the tight knit local aerospace student community that has helped me in many ways, while staying connected to the industry and its events at the same time. As an event coordinator, I get to act as a conduit of information between my fellow students and the community and industry at large. I expect to graduate after another semester here at SJSU, and look forward to working in the industry, and some real aircraft.

During the semester, I may be found in the engineering building, in room 164. Feel free to approach me at any time with questions, suggestions, or complaints regarding our club, schoolwork (or anything else!), and I will always try to help.


Emily Leong 

Club Room Lead,

I am a 5th year AE student. I joined AIAA because I wanted to meet the AE students that were going to be in my classes and I wanted to participate in projects. I became an officer because I wanted to be more involved on campus and I wanted to help out students who are looking for the same opportunity but don't know how to start. I love to play sports, snowboarding is my favorite hobby, but I can play basketball, football, soccer, swimming... any sport you name I can probably play. I am also a huge SF Giants fan. I look pretty intimidating at first but I'm really not all that scary once you get to know me. 

 Alex Mazhari

Public Relations Lead,

I'm an undergraduate Aerospace Engineering senior that loves aviation and soccer (Come on you Spurs!). In my spare time you can catch me studying, because I don't have any spare time.


Thomas Shu

Public Relations ,

Hello everyone! Like my fellow officers, I'm also an Aerospace Engineering undergraduate. Feel free to shoot me a message if you have any questions on how to join AIAA, if you think you can assist us in any way, or if you simply want to talk. I was originally wanted to be a pilot, but was encouraged to push myself even further and chose to major in Aerospace Engineering. AIAA was a natural progression from there in order to meet people in the industry and to get some hands on experience with what I hope to work with. My hobbies include badminton, tennis, bowling, sailing, swimming, and League of Legends. I want my degree to transfer into jobs related to exploration and innovation; while I would like to pursue that in the aerospace industry, it doesn't necessarily need to be. My current interests include formation robotics, 3D printing, green technology, and user-centered design. Hit me up, I'm always down to meet new people.

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Thomas Fenn

Support ,

Hello, my name is Thomas Fenn, a senior at SJSU currently studying aerospace engineering. I hope to be gradating next year spring 2015. The reason I decided to focus my days studying aerospace engineering, started with my fascination with space when I was a child.  This fasciation grew as I grew up constantly watching any science fiction show I could get my hands on. I hope that one day I will be able to bring some of that fiction into reality.  I want see humanity in space and traveling between planets making strides in science and engineering.  I decided to join AIAA and become an officer to get more involved and help aerospace students reach their full potential.