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SpaceVision Conference 2015

This November YUAA traveled to Boston University, to attend the annual national SpaceVision conference for the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS). YUAA representatives included Co-Presidents Devin Cody and Gerardo Carranza, Director of Project Management Lucia Korpas, Advanced UAV Project Leader Andrew Arkebauer,  Optical Telescope Team members Raul Monraz Echeverria and Gray Newfield, and Rocket Team and PR Team members Olivia Scharfman and Huy Truong.


SEDS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering students, helping them achieve their goals by connecting students with the aerospace industry and each other. Each year, their annual national conference, dubbed SpaceVision, brings students together from across the nation to meet each other and listen to relevant speakers from around the world.

At the conference, YUAA representatives were thrilled to meet and converse with peers and industry giants alike. This year, their impressive guests included Chris Lewicki, the President and Chief Engineer at Planetary Resources, William Pomerantz, the Vice President for Special Projects at Virgin Galactic, Bob Richards, the CEO of Moon Express, Inc. and distinguished professors from Harvard, MIT, and CalTech. Each gave inspiring talks on the future of space exploration, development, and technology.

YUAA hopes to continue its relationship with SEDS in the future!

YUAA at the CT Space Grant Expo 2015

On 25th September, YUAA members visited the annual CT Space Grant Expo in East Hartford, Connecticut.

Co-President Devin Cody, Rocket team leader Brian Beitler and UAV project second Yerin Kim drove down for an afternoon of lectures, presentation and networking with some of the leading individuals in the CT aerospace circle.



YUAA had won $3000 as grant money from the CT Space Grant Consortium (a NASA initiative) in 2014-15, which it used to fund its projects. During the expo, Devin, Brian, and Yerin presented the details and successes of the various YUAA projects from last year.



YUAA is re-applying for CT Space Grant funds for its current projects, which include an Optical Telescope, a CubeSat, a high performance UAV, and a Competition Rocket.


YUAA Speaker Panel: Careers and Opportunities in Aerospace

Earlier in September, Yale Aerospace hosted a Speaker Panel titled “Careers and Opportunities in Aerospace” for the Yale community. For this event, we invited 3 distinguished Yale alums to talk to interested students about life in the aerospace industry:

Jason Rabinovitch (BS Mechanical Engineering, 2008): NASA Jet Propulsion Lab
Morgan Dwyer (BS Astronomy and Physics, 2008): Aerospace Corporation
Stephen Hall (BS Mechanical Engineering, 2008): Trinity Mobile Networks



The event, sponsored by Yale’s Traphagen Grant, was held at the Watson Center (formerly the Yale School of Management) and attracted a number of undergraduate students interested in aerospace.

To kick things off, Jason spoke about his work at JPL and some of their current projects, including an exciting new helicopter prototype to be used to assist the Mars Planetary Rover. He highlighted the importance of graduate school in his career, and also spoke about some technicalities he had to work through as an international citizen (he is Canadian) working for NASA.

The talk was furthered by Morgan who talked about her experiences working under the US government within the Aerospace Corporation. She stressed upon the key role that systems engineering plays in the work that the United States Department of Defence carries out in the aerospace sector. She also provided a different perspective, as unlike Jason, she entered the workforce straight after completing her bachelor’s degree.

As the final panelist, Stephen spoke about his experiences co-founding the startup Trinity Mobile Networks, and the triumphs and struggles associated with being a young entrepreneur. Being one of the former Co-Presidents of YUAA, he reminisced about his experiences with the organisation, and the projects he worked on during his undergraduate career at Yale.



To cap off a great afternoon, YUAA members had dinner with Jason, Morgan, and Stephen, where the conversation ranged from graduate school to classes at Yale, working in the industry to watching the movies “The Martian” and “Interstellar”.

YUAA hopes to continue collaborating with these 3 alums and to use their knowledge and expertise in hosting workshops, lectures, and connecting better with Yale alumni and the aerospace industry.


YUAA Info Session: September 9th, 2015

Interested in building rockets, rovers, telescopes, satellites and aircraft? Interested in joining one of the largest student-run engineering organizations on campus? Come to the first info session of the Yale Undergraduate Aerospace Association (YUAA)!

Date: Wednesday, September 9th, 2015
Time: 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Location: Mann Engineering Centre, Dunham Lab

Meet project leaders of YUAA and talk to them about the various projects that you could be a part of, including a payload-carrying rocket, a CubeSat, an optical telescope, and a UAV. YUAA members work in teams on our projects, which are entirely student-run. Since 2010, YUAA has helped foster a culture of engineering and innovation on campus through aerospace projects. We welcome students of any background, interest, and level of experience!

Rocketry at Yale Summer SPLASH

Earlier this summer, in the last week of July, members of YUAA taught a class on rocketry at the Yale SPLASH summer session. SPLASH is a student-run program conducted once every semester, in which undergraduates teach hour-long classes to middle and high school students on the topic of their choice.

Rebecca Beilinson, Bolun Liu, and Thomas Ryan taught a class on the basics of rocketry to participating students from the 7th, 8th, and 9th grades. The class began with an overview of the fundamentals of rocket design and also touched upon the efforts of NASA and YUAA in the field of rocketry. The students were then guided through the process of building their own mini-rockets using water bottles, which they then launched from the Becton Plaza  behind the Center for Engineering Innovation and Design (CEID).






YUAA Selected as Zipcar Grand Prize Finalist

Back in December, YUAA was selected for and won Zipcar’s monthly Students with Drive competition. We were recently selected out of all of this year’s winners to compete in the Grand Prize Competition. We need every vote we can get, so please follow this link to vote for Yale Aerospace. If we win, not only will we win $10,000 for our projects which promote engineering and education at Yale, but also $10,000 in scholarships for Yale students, as well as an additional $5,000 of Zipcar driving credits which help us get to competitions.

Please help us by voting and sharing the page! Every vote counts!

YUAA holds its first meeting of the year!

Last Sunday, the Yale Undergraduate Aerospace Association held a meeting to introduce new members to this year’s projects. More than 50 students came to hear about the organization and learn about how they could get involved. We started the meeting with introductions from each of the project leaders, who spoke briefly about their project goals to give the newcomers an idea of which team they would want to join.

The projects included a rocket competition, a multi-stage rocket, a radio telescope, and an advanced project.

10662028_707574812648864_6107689361998469968_oThe rocket competition team, led by Lucia Korpas, will design a payload with a scientific or engineering application and build both the payload and a high power rocket in which to launch it for a national rocketry competition.

10697302_707574865982192_9221127500820858986_oWarren Zhang will lead the multi-stage rocket project, whose goal is to design and build a rocket with two or more stages that will eventually be launched and recovered.

10551436_707574942648851_6732121260897928207_oThe radio telescope project, which is completely new to YUAA, will be led by Devin Cody. This team will involve many different types of engineering, and ultimately produce a fully steerable radio satellite dish with a collection of signal processing hardware and software.


The advanced project team, led by Thomas Ryan, will design and build an autonomous aircraft, building on the idea of last year’s unmanned aerial vehicle project.10478505_707574632648882_650543435403894910_o

After project introductions, everyone gathered outside for an icebreaker, after which the members would decide which group they wanted to join. The teams then split up, the the team leaders presented more information about their projects to interested members and began making plans for the semester. We’re very excited to welcome the new members and to introduce them to aerospace engineering at Yale!