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We encourage our students to get involved outside the classroom and join organizations related to their fields of interest. You don't have to be a CAEST student to join! For more info and organizations


Alpha Eta Rho International Aviation Fraternity is a professional collegiate fraternity founded to bring together those students having a common interest in the field of aviation. Since 1929, the organization has fostered a unique bond among fellow aviators and aviation enthusiasts, and has aspired to uphold our longstanding motto of "Collegiate Aviation Leaders of Today... Aviation Industry Leaders of Tomorrow." This year we travel to San Diego for what should be the best National Conference in our history. The conference features: student led general and breakout sessions to shape the future of Alpha Eta Rho, networking with active industry players, and the list goes on.


The Kent State Student Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives (KSU-AAAE) was officially charted in January 2005 as the first student chapter of AAAE in Ohio - birthplace of aviation.  As a student chapter of AAAE; which was originally established in September 1928 as a professional organization to advance the interests of the airport management profession, membership in KSU-AAAE is open to all Kent State students who wish to be members.

Members of KSU-AAAE engage in several professional development activities that include guest lectures and seminars by aviation professionals. They also participate in educational field trips to aeronautical facilities, such as airports and air traffic control towers.  Membership in KSU-AAAE provides students with opportunities for conference travel, cooperative education and training, internships, scholarships, and interaction with current and aspiring professionals in aviation.

In June, 2015, KSU-AAAE Faculty Advisor Dr. I. Richmond Nettey and Chapter President Josh Euston led a delegation of five from the Kent State chapter of AAAE to participate in the 87th Annual Conference and Exposition of AAAE in Philadelphia, PA. During this conference, Dr. Nettey and Josh Euston were selected to facilitate the Faculty Advisor Workshop and Student Chapter Workshop, respectively, a distinguished privilege.

In Academic Year 2015-2016, KSU-AAAE plans on field trips to PIT, DTW, YYZ, etc. KSU-AAAE also plans on attending NBAA’s 2015 Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Las Vegas, NV in Fall '15 and AAAE’s 88th Annual Conference and Exposition in Houston, TX during Spring '16. Membership dues in the KSU-AAAE Chapter are $10/Semester while national AAAE dues are $40/Year.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. I. Richmond Nettey, Associate Dean, College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology
202J Aeronautics and Technology Building, 330-672-9476



The purpose of the student chapter of the American Foundry Society, KSU-AFS, is to educate students about the metal casting industry; provide networking opportunities with practitioners in the field; gain experience through in- house foundry activities and to assist students in finding co-op opportunities in the industry.

Students involved in the chapter manufacture castings and sell them to a variety of different customers. The income derived from these sales help finance student trips to various trade shows and conferences held throughout the U.S.

Membership in the student chapter also qualifies those students for scholarships offered through the Foundry Educational Foundation (FEF) as well as those offered by the professional chapters of AFS. Each year, over twelve thousand dollars in scholarships are awarded to members in the organization. The American Foundry Society exists to promote knowledge and services that strengthen the Metal Casting industry for the ultimate benefit of its customers.

Faculty Advisor:
Trent True


The Kent State American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics student organization first began in 2013 and is open to all students. The professional organization AIAA is the worlds largest technical society with more than 30,000 members from 88 countries. Since 1963 AIAA has been the driving force of ingenuity and collaboration in the aerospace industry. The purpose of this student organization is to advance the arts, sciences, and technology of aeronautics and astronautics and to promote the professionalism of those engaged in these pursuits.

Northern Ohio Professional Section:

AIAA Homepage:

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. D. Blake Stringer, Assistant Professor, College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology.


Epsilon Pi Tau is a scholastic honorary for individuals in the professions related to technology including teachers of technology education and practitioners of technology. Membership to EPT is by invitation to technology students with high academic standing and practitioners of technology. The initiation ceremony is held each Spring.

High-Power Rocket Club (KSU-HPRC)

The Kent State University High-Power Rocket Club began in 2016 and is open to all students. The club is an Integrated Product Team comprised of members with varying technical majors, assembled with the intent to design and build high-power rockets for professional competition. The purpose of this student organization is to advance the arts, sciences, and technology of aeronautics and astronautics, to develop professionalism and leadership of those engaged in these pursuits, and to promote community outreach of the sciences. Visit our webpage often as we create/update!

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. D. Blake Stringer, Assistant Professor, College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE)

Join a community of over 425,000 technology and engineering professionals united by a common desire to continuously learn, interact, collaborate, and innovate. Questions? Contact Walter Pechenuk, Akron/Canton Chair at


The KSU Flying club is a student organization that allows access to university aircraft for rental purposes for students of the university as well as pilots in the community. The student organization has elected officers, bi-laws, and bi-yearly club dues. Club members will adhere to all KSU Flight Training Procedures as outlined in the Flight Operations Manual. Students and community members can use the aircraft for takeoff/landing and IFR currency, as well as flight reviews, Instrument Proficiency checks. This club cannot be used to receive dual instruction towards a certificate or rating.

Faculty Advisor
Dr. Tim Palcho, Associate Professor


KAO is an organization of people who work together to create an incredible environment of learning, improvement, and enjoyment of all things air traffic. Meeting times: Wednesdays at 5:30 in Bowman 201. Contact info:

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Jason Boergerhoff, Assistant Professor Aeronautics

The Kent State Construction Management Organization

The Kent State Construction Management program began in 2007 and has grown exponentially since then. There are now over 100 students in the major and over 50 members of the Construction Management Student Organization. The Organization participates in CMAA as well as MCAA, NAHB, CSI, and Habitat for Humanity. During April, May, October, and November 2009-2010 our CM organization students and faculty adviser have logged over 1000 hours working for Habitat for Humanity of Canton/Stark County and New Orleans. The organization also participates in Relay for Life and Adopt-A-Highway where students clean up a two-mile stretch of highway at least twice a year.

Faculty Advisor:
Joe Karpinski, Assistant Professor & Lead Faculty, Construction Management


The team is a registered student organization at Kent State and is open to all students with an interest in aviation. Membership is required and attendance at practices, meetings etc. is also required. The team is part of a national organization known as the National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) which has 11 regions situated geographically around the nation. Kent State is in Region III with OU, OSU, University of Cincinnati, and Western Michigan University (WMU). Region III perennially has Kent, OSU, and WMU ranked in the top ten nationally and OU occasionally makes it as well. It is considered the toughest region in NIFA.

Kent State Precision Flight Team Webpage

Head Coach:
George Armann, Lecturer, Aeronautics

Team Advisor:
Ben Satyshur, Aviation Safety Program Manager

Robotics Club


  1. To promote student participation in activities, such as the annual ATMAE student robotics contest, in the areas of robotics and mechatronics and enhance their marketability in job search.
  2. To develop a robotics laboratory facility in the CAEST and accumulate the knowledge and experience in robotics and mechatronics for future research and development of projects related to these areas.
  3. To support teaching in robotics and mechatronics areas.
  4. To attract industry support for our activities and lab development.

Implementation Plan:

  1. Faculty and staff are encouraged to help recruit students for the Robotics Club. Faculty members who are interested in this effort are welcome to work together.
  2. Faculty Advisors will work with students to form two groups to work on the following tasks:
    a. 2014 ATMAE robotics contest: This group of students will design and build a robot to attend the 2014 ATMAE student robotics contest in St. Louis in November 2014.
    b. Robotics and mechatronics lab development: Students will learn how to operate the robots and Rockwell Automation's motor controllers in CAEST. They will also develop new automation labs and/or improve the existing lab.
  3. Resources: The College will provide lab space to support the development of the Robotics Club. The funding for the activities will be provided by a combination of the following two ways:
  4. External funding sources: Faculty adviser(s) will work with students to write proposals to apply for funding.
  5. College funds
  6. Upon formation of the Robotics Club in the college, the students will elect officers and apply to KSU for a student organization status.
  7. Students will meet once a week with the advisor(s) to work on the projects. During summer, students may register for a "Special Topic" course to continue to work on the projects.

Visit the Robotics Club webpage

Students who are interested in participating in activities of the Robotics Club should contact Professor Simon Song in person (ATB Room 220M) or by email:

Faculty Advisors:
Dr. Darwin Boyd, Assistant Professor, College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology
Dr. Shin-Min (Simon) Song, Professor, College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology

 Kent State Robotics

Women in Aviation

AKA Flying Black Squirrels. It’s a great chance to meet mentors, fellow students and even future employers. A few of the things we do is mentoring in and outside of the group with events such as mock interview night, the national conference, WOW (wings of women event), giving everyone the chance to meet mentors, future employers, find internships and learn new things about aviation and tours such as airport tower tours, museum tours, airplane hangar tours. Of course we have fun nights and get together to get to know each other more and make new friends. Meetings are held on Tuesdays. Men are welcome to join as well. Facebook: Kent State Women in Aviation, Instagram: ksu_womeninaviation

Faculty Advisor:
Brian Neff, Assistant Chief Flight Instructor

Kent State Women In Aviation

Xtreme Bots Team

Check out the Collegiate Clash and the Xtreme Bots on the Xtreme Stem website

Maddie Wilson, president
Kyle Smith, vice president
Chad Soukup, treasurer
Emily Perrine, secretary
Josh Anselm, project manager

Faculty Advisor:
Trent True

Meeting times for spring semester of 2017 (in ATB classroom 102):
Wednesday 1:00pm-2:00pm
Friday 5:00pm-6:00 pm