Upcoming Events

Alumni Weekend

Join us for the AE Annual Alumni weekend on September 9 and 10, 2022. This fall you will find opportunities to engage with current students, network with alumni, cheer the Fighting Illini onto victory and explore the new addition to the Talbot building. Events are listed below. Additional activities will be added as they are confirmed.

To help the department plan appropriately, please RSVP by August 26 for the events you would like to attend.

Group of alumni dressed in illinois gear

Alumni Weekend Itinerary

Friday, September 9
Parking for alumni guests will be reserved on Springfield Avenue between Wright Street and Mathews Street. Meters will be bagged for your convenience. 

Open Session of the AE Alumni Board Meeting
Illini Union Room 314 | Join the AE Alumni Board for breakfast and an open session with news from the department and the alumni advisory groups.

  • 8:00am - Continental Breakfast
  • 8:30am - Welcome and Introductions, Tracy Elving
      • Department Overview, Jonathan Freund
  • 9:15am - Industry Overview, Tracy Elving
  • 10:00am - AE Alumni Advisory Group Report Outs
  • 11:00am - Center for Sustainability Overview, Philip Ansell

Class of 1977 Reunion
12:00-1:30 pm | Murphy's Pub
Visit with members of the class of 1977 at this informal meet up for lunch.  

Walking Tour of The Grainger Engineering Campus
2:00-3:30 pm | The Engineering campus has undergone many renovations, additions, and upgrades over the past few years. This walking tour will highlight the new facilities that foster creativity and innovation in our current students and faculty. The tour will end at Grazianno Plaza in time for the reception.

Talbot Laboratory Annex Dedication Ceremony and Open House
3:30pm | Grazianno Plaza (between Engineering Hall and Everitt Lab)
Join the department as we dedicate the new annex laboratories. Reception will begin at 3:30 pm. Ceremony to start at 4:00 pm followed by tours of the new facility. All AE alumni and their guests are welcome at this event. 

 AE Alumni Social
7:00pm | Papa Del's Pizza
Join your fellow alumni at Papa Del's for good food, drinks, and networking. All AE alumni and their guests are welcome at this event. 

Class Reunion at Legends
9:30pm | Join the classes of 2008-2012 for this informal meet up at Legends. Email Coralie (Jackman) Adam at coralie.d.adam@gmail.com for more information or to RSVP. 

Saturday, September 10

Campus Tour
10:00 am | Illini Union
If you haven't been on campus for a while you won't want to miss this walking tour of the main campus. Join an AE staff member for a look at all changes this campus has undergone and relive your Illinois experience. Meet in the lobby of the Illini Union. 

AE Annual Tailgate
1:00 pm | Lot 31 on the northwest corner of 1st St. and Kirby Ave. (across from Grange Grove)
Join the AE department as we celebrate Illini football in the President's Tent at the annual tailgate. The tent is located at the northwest corner of First Street and Kirby Avenue across from Grange Grove. All AE alumni and their guests are welcome at this event. 

Fighting Illini vs. Virginia Cavaliers
3:00 pm | Memorial Stadium, Colonnades Club
There are a limited number of department football tickets available. Department seating is located in the Colonnades Club and must be purchased directly from AE to receive the discounted rate of $100/ticket. Kickoff is 3:00 pm on Saturday, September 10.

If you prefer another seating location general public football tickets can be purchased through the athletics website. 

Class Reunion at Legends
This event has been moved to Friday evening. 

To help the department plan appropriately, please RSVP by August 26 for the events you would like to attend.
If you have questions please email Courtney McLearin at aero-events@illinois.edu


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