BYU has provided opportunities to associate with other engineers who share my love for flying aircraft. For two years, I was in the leadership of the BYU chapter of The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). In this position, I helped other students who were interested in building, controlling, and researching aircraft. Additionally, I participated in many design and flying activities focused on helping students make their own aircraft that they could fly.
In addition to developing the technical skills of the club, we also reached out to local elementary schools to teach them about the basics of flight and to get them interested in technology. Every year, we participated in Engineering and Technology week, in which elementary schools came to BYU to see the air show we provide for the students. Our efforts played a role in building the next generation of RC pilots, which will aid the research of autonomous systems in years to come.