The Yale Undergraduate Aerospace Association (YUAA) hosted its 3rd annual Aeronautica event on 25th March, 2015 in Sudler Hall, 4:30. It was an evening of rockets, radio telescopes, rovers, and aircraft; a display of the incredible work being carried out by members of YUAA, and a showcase of the scope and power of Yale’s engineering community.
YUAA is Yale’s largest engineering organization with upwards of 50 active members with backgrounds ranging from engineering to economics, and Aeronautica is YUAA’s most important showcase event of the year where project leaders share their accomplishments with Yale and the local community. Former Presidents Ari Brill ’15 and Jeff Gau ’16 gave a keynote address, highlighting everything the organisation has achieved so far, and what it hopes to achieve in the future. Following the address, the audience was invited to tour the auditorium to look at the various projects, which included a multi-stage rocket, a 2.4 meter radio telescope, a rocket that can deploy a planetary rover, and an unmanned aerial vehicle.
The keynote address itself was delivered beautifully by Ari and Jeff, who presented Yale Aerospace and its role in the Yale community. Ari went through 5 years of YUAA history, from the first projects like high altitude balloons to last year’s IREC (Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition), in which the YUAA team successfully launched and deployed a rocket with a payload designed to test the effects of special relativity. Jeff, on the other hand, talked about the impact that YUAA has had, both at Yale and beyond. His presentation highlighted the role of the organisation in STEM outreach events like SPLASH, the incredible alumni network that YUAA has built up over the past few years, and outreach programs at the nearby Wilbur Cross High School.
With distinguished guests in the audience, including President Peter Salovey, Dean Jonathan Holloway, and Deputy Dean of Yale Engineering Vincent Wilczynski, the team was proud to showcase the results of the hard work and dedication its members have put in over the last 2 semesters. As a graduating senior, Ari stated, “I would have loved to have been a part of this year’s projects, especially the astronomy-based project, but because I, as a senior advisor, couldn’t do that, I did the second-best thing I could — I contributed to building this organization to give it the support it needs to continue growing.” His words embody the vision that YUAA holds moving forward – that of expanding its student base and bolstering the STEM community at Yale.
[To read more, here is a link to the Yale SEAS blog about Aeronautica 2015: http://seas.yale.edu/news-events/news/infinity-and-beyond-yuaa-delivers-state-aeronautics-union]