Aerospace at Illinois has a tradition of working hard to lead innovation and discovery. We inspire young minds to look to the sky, provide top level engineering education, and our alumni and faculty work to solve the world’s most important challenges. Your support ensures that the department continues a global standard for engineering research and education. Gifts, mentorship, alumni boards, and youth outreach are all valuable ways to grow and support the aerospace community.

A young George Carruthers with the far-ultraviolet camera and spectrograph
George Carruthers (right) and a telescope developed by Dr. Carruthers

Aerospace Engineering at Illinois has a long history of providing students an all-encompassing educational experience. Many of these experiences result from the students’ interaction with our diverse alumni, who remain engaged with the department years after leaving campus.

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If you are interested in participating in Engineering Open House judging, Senior Design, mentoring students or giving a professional or technical lecture, please contact Tim Cochrane at or 217-333-1149. You can also let us know about your recent activities by using this online form. We appreciate hearing from you!

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Tim Cochrane

Tim Cochrane
Associate Director of Advancement

Debra Levey Larson

Debra Levey Larson
Communications and Alumni Relations

Courtney McLearin

Courtney McLearin
Event and Alumni Relations Coordinator