The nonprofit American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is the principal society and voice serving the aerospace profession. Its primary purpose is to advance the arts, sciences, and technology of aeronautics and astronautics and to foster and promote the professionalism of those engaged in these pursuits.
Sigma Gamma Tau is the honor society for Aerospace Engineering. It seeks to identify and recognize achievement and excellence in the Aerospace field. The objectives of Sigma Gamma Tau as stated in the preamble of the Society's national constitution, are "to recognize and honor those individuals in the field of Aeronautics and Astronautics who have, through scholarship, integrity, and outstanding achievement, been a credit to their profession."
The University of Cincinnati Sounding Rocket Project began four years ago. Under the NASA Student Launch Project, NASA gives unversities the opportunity to apply for use of launch facilities, surplus rocket motors, and a small grant to design and manufacture the payload section of the rockets. Universities are selected for this program based on a competitive bid process. The flight experiments are judged for originality, implications for science, and educational value. The University of Cincinnati and the University of Colorado were the only institutions to be awarded a grant.
Tau Beta Pi is the national engineering honor society. It was founded in 1885 at Lehigh University by Dr. Edward H. William, Jr., because he wished to recognize students of distinguished scholarship and exemplary character. The organization sponsors projects which emphasize the Society's objectives--recognizing outstanding engineering students and professionals and encouraging the interests of engineers in non-technical fields.
The student chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society introduces students to the profession of biomedical engineering, and the social role and obligations of the biomedical engineer. They provide an environment for social interaction and exhange of ideas between all levels of undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty.