Resources for New Graduate Students

Welcome to our program!  To help get you started, here are some useful resources for you.


The new student orientation was held August 20, 2021, for those starting AE @ Illinois in Fall, 2021.  Any AE graduate student was welcome.

The agenda is below.  The welcome was held in person in DCL 1320 for those satisfying the campus requirements on-campus events (see and also available on zoom.   The individual topics link to the slides shown for that portion.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact

VIDEO: Fall 2021 Aerospace Engineering New Graduate Student Welcome

Time (Central time, US) Topic Speaker(s)
10:30 -- 11:15 a.m. Welcome and Graduate Program Overview Professor Daniel Bodony and Ms. Jenna Russell
11:15 -- 11:30 a.m. Department Head's Welcome Professor Jonathan Freund
11:30 -- 11:45 a.m. Master of Engineering in Aerospace Sys. Eng. Professor Jason Merret
11:45 -- 12:00 p.m. Office of the Dean of Students Ms. Katherine Snyder
12:00 -- 12:15 p.m. AE Graduate Student Advisory Committee (GSAC) Mr. Jacob Eisen
12:15 -- 1:00 p.m. Q & A All

Undergraduate & Graduate Contacts

Brian S. Woodard

Brian S. Woodard
Director of Undergraduate Programs
(217) 300-8109

Laura Ann Gerhold

Laura Ann Gerhold
Academic Advisor & Coordinator of Undergraduate Program
(217) 244-8671

John Lambros

John Lambros
Interim Director of Graduate Studies
(217) 333-2242

Jenna Russell

Jenna Russell
Graduate Programs Coordinator

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