Women in Aerospace

Women in Aerospace (WIA) is a registered student organization at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign whose goal is to promote and maintain women's interests in the field of aerospace engineering. WIA also aims to provide a supportive resource for current and prospective female aerospace engineers and foster a sense of community for women in the aerospace engineering department here at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Educational Outreach
  • Technical Projects
  • Social Events
  • Professional & Academic Development
  • Networking

2018-2019 Executive Board

Ash Stahulak


Jigisha Sampat

Vice President

Needhi Jayswal


Emily Williams


Avantika Murali

External Coordinator

Katie Carroll

Outreach Director

Neha Bagde

External Representative

Siddhi Suri

Projects Team Lead

Karolina Koziarski

Academic Team Lead

Kierstin Kim

Social Team Lead

Harriet Hunt

Professional Team Lead

Educational Outreach

State Farm Millennium Girls
Fall Semesters

An outreach event hosted by State Farm Corporation that aims to provide 5th-8th grade girls in the Bloomington area with a day full of science activities to get them interested in various STEM fields. WIA typically has two exhibits, including film canister rockets and a liquid nitrogen display, in which the girls are able to interactively participate with the various experiments.

Illinois Space Day
Fall Semesters

Free public event to intrigue and educate students from kindergarten through 12th grade on the basics of space exploration and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines hosted by the Illinois Space Society in conjunction with other registered student organizations, including WIA.

Girls Learning Air and Space Sciences (GLASS) Day
Spring Semesters

Annual outreach event hosted by our organization in which students learn more about aerospace engineering and get some hands on experience through rocket and glider design challenges.

Register for GLASS 2019

Engineering Open House
Spring Semesters

Annual event at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where engineering students and societies create exhibits to showcase their projects and teach others about engineering. This event is free and open to students, families, and community members. In the past, we've held rocket races right along Boneyard Creek!

Technical Projects

NASA's Space Grant Midwest High-Powered Rocketry Competition
Fall & Spring Semesters

    For this competition, the team built a high-powered rocket with an active drag system capable of flying to at least 3000 feet. Placing 2nd overall, the team also predicted flight performance with and without the drag system engaged and built an on-board data collection package. See this recap article featured by the Aerospace Department for more information.

Airbus Fly Your Ideas
Fall & Spring Semesters

    Beginning in Spring 2019, our team is participating for the first time in the Fly Your Ideas competition from Airbus. Airbus offers a unique opportunity for students worldwide to activate their pioneering spirit and innovate for the future. With support from Airbus, teams will tackle global challenges, harnessing the latest digital tools and technologies to create a safer, cleaner, better connected world. Keep checking back here for updates!

    If you have a technical project that you would like our organization to consider, please contact our Projects Team Lead Siddhi Suri at siddhis2@illinois.edu!

Social Events

Professional & Academic Development

Resume Reviews
Fall & Spring Semesters

    Partnering with Engineering Career Services, Engineering Ambassadors, and company HR representatives, WIA will hold resume reviews and cover letter tutorial sessions open to all, especially around the time of the fall Career Fair.

Alumni Roundtables
Fall & Semesters

    WIA is fortunate to have former members that are now prominent and established in industry willing to return to campus to help advise and mentor our members. Representing a minority group in a male-dominated field sometimes takes a little encouragement, which our alumni are happy to assist with!

    If you have a developmental event idea that you would like our organization to consider, please contact our Academic Team Lead Harriet Hunt at fhunt2@illinois.edu or our Professional Team Lead Karolina Koziarski at kk13@illinois.edu!

Our Network



Collins Aerospace

GE Aviation

Northrop Grumman



The Aerospace Corporation

Contact us

Call: 217-333-2295

Email: wiasecretary@gmail.com

Location: 104 S. Wright St.
Urbana, IL 61801