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.

2014-2015 Officers


 Abhra Dasgupta

I am a senior year undergraduate aerospace engineering student, who loves anything that flies.  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 last academic year, as an event coordinator, so I could give back to the tight knit local aerospace student community that has helped me in so many ways, while staying connected to the industry and its events at the same time. This year I have taken up the responsibilities of the chapter president to help the club progress farther and expand on the momentum last year's officers helped build for us. I particularly want to help include our junior classmen into rest of the AE family as well as greatly increase SJSU's imprint on national aerospace competitions.  I expect to graduate soon from 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, or find someone who can.


Emily Leong

Vice Chairman,

This year I am your 2014-2015 AIAA Vice Chair and I will be graduating in the spring. I was the Club Room Manager last year and I thought that this year I could give more to AIAA so I decided to run for a more ambitious position. Although I am balancing school, work, and AIAA, I try to give 100% in everything that I do. AIAA has definitely rewarded me in many ways, whether I am a general member or an officer. I have gained leadership experience, given the exposure to grow as a professional, and given the opportunity to meet fellow ae students. The SJSU ae community is a tight knit family and no matter how many obstacles I face, I will never replace this experience with anything else. But besides all that business talk, I like to think that I have a life outside of ae. I love to play sports and go on adventures. I am taking the beginner scuba KIN class at SJSU and after I get certified, I plan on getting certified for skydiving. During the winter season you can find me in Lake Tahoe with my purple and white snowboard and my GoPro. Feel free to contact me with questions/concerts and I look forward to meeting you all.  


Ian Ramos


Hello, I'm Ian Ramos, your AIAA Treasurer. Although I am a Computer Engineer, I share a deep interest in aeronautics and wish to expand my knowledge in the field. As aircraft and spacecraft advance in their design and function, I see the opportunity to combine the new planes and computers being created today in the hopes of expanding the function and potential uses of aircraft in the future; the first usage of drone aircraft from surveillance to package delivery just being one new ideas being created today. Of course, the new engineers to build this must first learn the know-hows to building what once Science Fiction inventions. As your Treasurer, you can count on me and your other AIAA officers to help you succeed in Aeronautics Engineering.

Kris Nemirsky


I am a devoted worker who combines the best of my skills acquired from music and engineering together to all aspects of my life. This combination gives me a unique perspective when engaging myself in problems I have never encountered before. I don’t settle for anything less than perfect and will strive to achieve perfection. I can bring that unique perspective and work ethic to the AIAA officer team as Secretary. I wanted to get more involved because I want to help keep the AIAA club at SJSU alive and thriving. But more than that, my ambition to give back to the club and the aerospace program, what I have been given, is a deeper and more accurate description to why I decided to be more involved in AIAA.

I am currently a senior in Spacecraft Design working on designing and constructing a Micro-satellite that potentially will conduct thermal experiments on upcoming innovative materials. My interests are heavily delved into space and space exploration. I hope to work for companies like NASA, Lockheed Martin, Space X, and Space Systems Loral. At the end of the day, my main goal is to advance the space industry in technology and in public accessibility. My dream is that one day we’ll conquer space just like how we conquered the skies.

Julia Bowen

Lead Event Coordinator,

Kyle Roh

Event Coordinator suport,

I am a senior in the AE program.  I have been involved in aviation since I was 12 years old.  I love anything that has to do with airplanes or space. I am a pilot, previously an aircraft mechanic, and held other jobs such as line technician, operations manager for a start-up aircraft charter company, and half owner of an aircraft detailing business that was based out of San Carlos.  I have many contacts in industry and currently have an internship at NASA Ames in the Unitary Plan Wind Tunnel as an Aerospace Engineer Assistant.  My dream is to design, build and fly point-to-point private suborbital transportation.

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Emelon Atanus

Event Coordinator Support,

I'm currently a junior and will graduate in 2016. I became an AIAA officer last spring. I love AIAA because it's cool and I have gained a lot of experience also made a lot of friends. I workout and I think I'm one of the fittest guy on campus. I'm pretty sure you will notice me, feel free to ask me any question about AIAA.

Joseph Burces

Tech Lead,

Hi my name is Joe and I'm a junior at SJSU. I became interesed in planes when I was a kid. I remember building plastic military aircraft models around the age of seven. Eventually I progressed to building and flying model rockets when I was around ten. One day I decided to stuff a model rocket engine into a plastic F-4 Phantom II model, brought it to school and launched it at the playground one summer day. Needless to say it didn't fly well, but I still had a blast. I loved going to the Moffet Field airshows to watch F-18 fighter jets fly and roar across the sky. I piloted a Cessna 172 over the summer and had such an awesome and unforgettable experience. Someday I hope to get my pilots license. I currently work part time as a motorcycle mechanic and also do custom metal machining on the side. When I do find the time, I enjoy hiking various trails around the Bay Area, rock climbing at Castle Rock, and riding my Ducati in the Santa Crus Mountains.


Rick Morrison

Tech Support,

I have always had the dream of working on space vehicles -yes, definitely Star Wars type. Before I was in AIAA I was a grocery store cashier. Being a cashier I met and worked with dozens of different people every day. On top of being a cashier I am also an Eagle Scout. As far as projects go, I have spent the last couple years working on a collapsible two-wheeled robot that I hope to put on Mars. I like planes.


Thomas Fenn 

Club Room Lead,

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.

Don Nguyen

Club Room Support,

Hello everyone, my name is Don Nguyen and I am your AIAA Support Clubroom Manager! I am currently a senior in Aerospace Engineering but this is only the beginning of my second year here at San Jose State University. I transferred from EVC and SJCC after three years of doing my undergraduate education. I am focused on spacecraft design and more specifically I am building a CubeSat for my senior design project. When I first arrived at SJSU I didn't have any friends here but joining AIAA allowed me to meet many like minded people that I have become great friends with. AIAA allowed me to meet new people, have a place where I felt like I belonged and also gave me a place where I could easily ask for help from my fellow peers. This is why I became an officer, so that I can ensure that the clubroom remains a place where new students can come and have a place of belonging and somewhere they feel at home. I look forward to meeting all of our new members this year and helping out however I can.

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Victoria Reyes

Public Relations Lead,

Hey everyone! My name is Victoria Reyes and I am your 2014-2015 Public Relations Officer. I’m a 3rd year Undergraduate Aerospace Engineering student. I joined AIAA last year because I wanted to meet other AE students and experience the different opportunities that AIAA offers. I decided to become your Public Relations Officer because I want to help other AE students who feel lost, find a place where they can make friends and mentors that they will see throughout their college career. If you see me around campus, feel free to say hi and introduce yourself! I want a chance to get to know all of the future and current members of AIAA!

Daniel Aguilar

Public Relations,

I am an undergraduate Aerospace Engineering Senior student. I have been always interested in space exploration and aviation, so that's why I chose Aerospace engineering as my major. I also like sports, especially soccer. I joined AIAA because I wanted to be more involved in a club related to my field of study. AIAA is a good way to meet people with your same interests and learn more about space and aviation. Contact me if you have any questions on how to join AIAA.

Robert Dueball

Public Relations AIAA/SGT,

Matthew Zupko

Vice Treasurer,

Hi, I’m Matt and I’m currently a 4th year Aerospace Engineering major here at State. This is my second year in AIAA and my first year as an officer. Even over these past two years I’ve seen huge progress made by AIAA, and I decided that’s something that I wanted to contribute to. Since I was young I’ve always had a strong interest in planes, as well as designing things, so when I started college it just sort of made sense to major in AE. Outside of engineering I compete on the speech and debate team, as well as enjoy the outdoors and the gym. As your vice-treasurer it’s my goal to maximize funding for what AIAA can provide for students. Overall, I want AIAA to be there not just as a resource, but as a community to all students who want to join.