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Student Organizations and Activities

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 College of Aeronautics and Engineering (CAE) student to join! For more info and organizations visit


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." Alpha Eta Rho

Faculty Advisor: James Ripple, MS, 330-672-7943,


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 University students.

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.

Please contact for more information on chapter and national membership dues.


Faculty Advisor: I. Richmond Nettey, Ph. D, 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.

American Foundry Society

Faculty Advisor: Trent True, MT,


The Kent State Universtiy American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics student organization first began in 2013 and is open to all students. The professional organization AIAA is the world's 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.

KSU-AIAA provides an environment for all Aerospace majors to meet, make new friends, get involved, help promote academic achievement, and ultimately get the most out of their time as an Aerospace student. Even if you have a passion for aviation, but aren't necessarily an aerospace engineer, we welcome you to join our family!


Faculty Advisor: D. Blake Stringer, Ph. D,

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 the High-Power Rocket Club webpage often as we create/update!

Faculty Advisor: D. Blake Stringer, Ph. D,


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, by-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: Tim Palcho, MS, 330-672-1937,


KAO is an organization of people who work together to create an incredible environment of learning, improvement, and enjoyment of all things air traffic. Contact info:

Kent State Air Traffic Control Organization

Faculty Advisor: Jason Boergerhoff, MS, 330-672-4273,

Kent State Business Aviation Association

Summer 2017 new student organization geared towards Business Aviation. This free membership organization is under the NBAA and offers networking opportunities within the industry, jobs, scholarships, and conferences to further your education.

Faculty Advisors: Thomas Long, MBA, AAE, 330-672-7403,

Kent State Korean Culture Club

The purpose of the Kent State Korean Culture Club is to promote and immerse students in Korean culture, language, music, history, and politics through cultural activities, field trips, and informational meetings.

Faculty Advisor: Chang-Geun Oh, Ph. D, 330-672-0871,


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.

Visit the Kent State Precision Flight Team on Facebook

Visit the Kent State Precision Flight Team's website

Advisor/Head Coach: George Armann, BS, 330-672-1496,

Kent State University Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (KSU-OBAP)

The Kent State University student chapter of the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals is a student organization that is rooted in providing support, community, and professional development for students on their collective journeys towards becoming aviation and aerospace professionals. Membership and participation is open to and welcome to all students. Instagram: @ksu_obap, Twitter: KentstateOBAP, email:


Faculty Advisor: Lawrence Epps, 330-672-9989,


LIFTED, Living in Faith Throughout Each Day, aims to teach aeronautics students as well as others about how the Bible applies, not just to our lives at church or Bible studies, but to our everyday life. LIFTED will remain open minded to anyone wishing to talk about any issue, problem, or concern they may have. The collective College of Aeronautics and Engineering society will become closer due to God’s love expressed through the actions and interactions of our members throughout each day.

Faculty Advisor: George Armann, BS, 330-672-1496,

National Gay Pilots Association (NGPA-KSU)

The National Gay Pilots Association Kent State University Chapter serves as a safe environment for pilots and aviation enthusiasts of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community and its allies. In addition, this chapter will promote safety and professionalism in the aviation community, and also enhance the mission of KSU by generally promoting diversity and inclusion on campus. Providing opportunities in leadership, networking, mentorships, scholarships and raising the profile of LGBT aviators.

Faculty Advisor: George Armann, BS, 330-672-1496,

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 CAE 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 CAE. 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:
Darwin Boyd, Ph. D,
Shin-Min (Simon) Song, Ph. D,

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Sustainable Living at Kent (SLAK)

The purpose of Sustainable Living at Kent is to incite change in the lifestyle of students, staff members, and the surrounding communities and organizations, while raising social awareness and preparing the way for a more sustainable world.

Faculty Advisor: Yanhai Du, Ph. D, 330-672-1910,

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. Men are welcome to join as well. Facebook: Kent State Women in Aviation, Instagram: ksu_womeninaviation

Faculty Advisor: Brian Neff, 330-672-1936,

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X-Bots Team

Robotics team focusing on remote-controlled robots that face off in BattleBots-style competitions.

Faculty Advisor: Trent True, MT, 330-672-7494,