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Aero Summer Research Academy (AeroSRA)

What: AeroSRA is week-long (part-time) program that introduces students to engineering design in aerospace. Students participate in hands-on activities and informative presentations. The program is project-centered and divided into 5 modules:

  1. Design basics: defining design space and design objectives
  2. Modeling: exploring the design space and building response surfaces
  3. Design optimization: performing continuous design improvement
  4. Test and iterate: understanding failure and refining design
  5. Report out: design showcase and competition

Who: Rising 11th and 12th graders with a goal of increasing underrepresented communities (i.e. women, Hispanic, African American, Latino, American Indian/Alaskan native) in mechanical and aerospace engineering. Students must be a minimum of 13 years old on or before September 1, 2019 in order to participate.

When: Early in the summer. Dates vary by academic year.


The main focus of AeroSRA-2019* is the engineering design methodology. With that, students will (a) gain insight into how products are developed and optimized, and (b) get exposed to formulation and computer codes used in multidisciplinary optimization. The AeroSRA-2019 target project is the optimization of a paper helicopter for maximum flight time. Here are some of design tools learned during this program:

When: June 10-14, 2019.

Where: ENG1 on the UCF Main Campus.

* This program is limited to students participating in the University High School Global Technologies Program who have completed the Aerospace module by the end of the 2018-2019 academic year. We do not accept applications from outside of this program.