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AIAA Student Branches

Student Branches

Charter a Student Branch at Your School

Where Can a Student Branch Be Established?

A student branch may be established at any junior college, college, or university with programs in engineering or science leading to a bachelor’s or associate’s degree in science, technology, or a recognized equivalent.

Requirements for Starting a Student Branch:
  • The school must be accredited by ABET, Inc. (formerly the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) or by the appropriate regional accrediting body.
  • At least one school faculty member, who is an AIAA Professional Member, must act as Faculty Advisor to the student branch.
  • The Dean of the Engineering School, or an equivalent academic official, must write a letter of endorsement giving the school's official recognition of the group.
  • At least fifteen (15) students must have enrolled as charter members of the student branch.
  • The prospective branch must submit proof of accreditation of the school's engineering programs.
  • The prospective branch must submit a set of bylaws (these may be found in the Student Branch Manual).
  • The student branch subcommittee and Council of Directors must review and vote on your application for a charter. If the application is approved, your educational institution will be granted a charter.


2019 Application Schedule

  • Application submissions-June 1, 2018
  • Deadline to submit application-October 31, 2018 (11:59 p.m. EST)
  • Review by Committee-November 1 thru December 31
  • Council of Directors to make final vote at SciTech Forum January 2019

2020 Application Schedule
  • Application submissions-November 1, 2018
  • Deadline to submit application-March 31, 2019 (11:59 p.m. EST)
  • Review by Committee-April 1 thru April 30
  • Council of Directors to make final vote at Meeting in May


Current AIAA Student Branches

Here is a listing of all current AIAA Student Branches.


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For further information please contact Rachel Dowdy at or 703.264.7577.