American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is the professional society for aerospace engineering. Here at the University of Maryland, we have one of the largest and most active student branches on the East Coast.

We offer students interested in the aerospace field a chance to meet other students with similar interests, the opportunity to hear aerospace-related guest speakers, and to participate in a variety of activities, including field trips, group projects, and social events.

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Sigma Gamma Tau

Sigma Gamma Tau is the national honor society for Aerospace Engineering. It seeks to identify and recognize achievement and excellence in the aerospace field. SGT’s collegiate chapters elect annually to membership those students, alumni, and professionals who, by conscientious attention to their studies or professional duties, uphold this high standard for the betterment of their profession.

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Women in Aeronautics and Astronautics

The Women in Aeronautics and Astronautics (WIAA) organization fosters a professional and supportive community. Their goal is to empower women with opportunities for leadership, technical and professional development, networking, outreach, and advocacy on behalf of female students.

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AeroCorps is a department sponsored, student-run organization designed to address the needs of aerospace students by improving their academic and co-curricular experiences, as well as the needs of the department when engaging with prospective students.

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Terrapin Rockets

Terrapin Rockets is a student organization at the University of Maryland that designs and builds high performance model rockets. The team consists of 50 members who represent various majors, backgrounds, and experience levels when it comes to building rockets. We're constantly looking to expand and explore new territories within the field of aerospace and rocketry to propel us forward as a premier collegiate competition team.

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Near Space Balloon Payload Program

We fly high altitude balloons (routinely traveling to altitudes greater than 100,000 feet) with student-designed payloads attached to collect scientific data or test out engineering concepts and conduct an average of three to four launches a semester to test these payloads.

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Students for the Exploration and Development of Space

The UMD chapter of SEDS, a project-based space club that helps students get involved in space mission design, analysis, and testing.



Robotics @ Maryland is the student-run robotics team at the University of Maryland, College Park that builds robots to compete in AUVSI and ONR's RoboSub Competition. Sponsored by the Maryland Robotics Center.


UMD Autonomous Micro Air Vehicle (AMAV) Team

The AMAV Team designs, builds, and flys multirotors to compete in the VFS Design-Build-Vertical Flight Competition. This involves designing, fabricating, and flight testing of an electric-powered remote-control vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft. Sponsored by the Maryland Robotics Center.


UMDLoop/Maryland Boring

UMDLoop/Maryland Boring is an interdisciplinary team of students from across engineering, physics and beyond who compete in Elon Musk’s Hyperloop and Not a Boring Competitions.


Wind Terpines

The Wind Terpines is a team consisting of engineering and business students competing against top universities across the nation in the Department of Energy’s Collegiate Wind Competition. The team’s primary task is to create a working prototype of an off-grid wind turbine.

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UMD Drone Racing Team

The UMD Drone Racing team is a student team that participates in the MultiGP Global Drone Racing League and the Collegiate Drone Racing Association and is advised by Assistant Professor Mumu Xu.

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The MUAS Team builds a fixed wing aircraft (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle-UAV) for the AUVSI Student Unmanned Aerial Systems Competition to fly an autonomous mission with obstacle avoidance and fulfill various tasks like payload drop and object detection and localization. Sponsored by the Maryland Robotics Center.

To apply, contact team advisor, Dr. Mumu Xu

Turbo Terps

Turbo Terps builds quadrotor UAVs for the IROS UAV Racing Competition that can autonomously compete drone racing courses at the speed and precision of human-controlled racers. Sponsored by the Maryland Robotics Center.