Undergraduate students are very active within our department. With such interdisciplinary degrees, our students are allowed many opportunities to have hands-on experiences and join a variety of leadership and networking organizations. We encourage students to get involved and offer an hour of technical elective degree credit for every semester they work in student projects.

Student Project Teams

dbf 18 moduleDesign/Build/Fly (DBF)

Students design, build and fly remote controlled aircraft in AIAA's annual international competition. 

Longhorn Rocketry Association in labLonghorn Rocketry Association (LRA)

The Longhorn Rocketry Association is a student-run amateur rocketry group at the University of Texas at Austin. Their mission is to enhance undergraduate education by applying classroom knowledge to design, build, and launch our own rockets.

trel student projects photoTexas Rocket Engineering Lab (TREL)

The Texas Rocket Engineering Lab is a student-driven research group aiming to become the first student group to launch a rocket to the edge of space.

armadilloTexas Spacecraft Laboratory (TSL)

In the Texas Spacecraft Laboratory (TSL), undergraduate and graduate students work together to design, fabricate, test, and operate space-based tools. The TSL has traditionally focused on the creation of small satellites, and has seen missions like FASTRAC, Bevo-1, and Bevo-2 launched into Earth orbit.

UAV Team 2017UAV Austin

The UT Austin Unmanned Aerial Vehicles team designs and builds unmanned aircraft systems that can fly autonomously. The team has been recognized for their work in an annual competition hosted by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International.

student with drone helmetWomen in Aerospace for Leadership Development (WIALD)

The Women in Aerospace for Leadership and Development seeks to provide confidence and support that will empower all women in the aerospace field of study to successes at any hands-on endeavor.

Texas Aerial Robotics group photoTexas Aerial Robotics (TAR)

Texas Aerial Robotics was established in early 2017 with the purpose of competing in the International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC), a highly sophisticated competition requiring teams to learn and apply skills such as computer vision, computational simulation, parallel computing, controls, design, fabrication and corporate interaction.

Leadership and Networking Organizations

AIAA logoAmerican Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA)

The UT Austin chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics is a student organization for people with an interest in aviation and space. The AIAA itself is a worldwide organization of over 31,000 members, and is the largest professional organization devoted to the progress of aviation and space science technology.

LUNAR Council logoLUNAR Council

The LUNAR Council represents all student groups and organizations within the department by serving through Leadership, Undergraduate Networking And Recruitment. As an advisory council, it is a means for current undergraduates to provide continuous feedback to the department.

SGT logoSigma Gamma Tau (SGT)

Founded in 1957, the UT Austin chapter of Sigma Gamma Tau, an honor society, is primarily a service organization for Aerospace education. The student chapters participate in activities such as tutoring, peer-advising, and serving on academic committees.

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Texas Inventionworks

As an ASE/EM student, you'll have access to Texas Inventionworks, a a program that teaches research and development for projects executed by small, collaborative teams for the purpose of innovation.

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Support Our Students

Our student groups rely on external funding. Learn how you can support our students.

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Student Organization Policies

Student organizations must follow school and university guidelines for travel, reimbursement, and corporate relations.

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