Upcoming Events

Alumni Weekend

Join us for the AE Annual Alumni weekend on October 6 and 7. 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 and additional activities will be added as they are confirmed.

Group of alumni dressed in illinois gear

Alumni Weekend Itinerary

Friday, October 6

Open Session of the AE Alumni Board Meeting
8:00am - 11:45am
Electrical & Computer Engineering Building, Room 3002
Join the AE Alumni Advisory 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 Department Overview    
  • 9:15am – Undergrad Curriculum Committee
  • 9:45am – New Faculty/Staff Introductions
    • Corporate Relations Update
  • 11:15 am – AE Alumni Advisory Group Report Outs 
AE Annual Tailgate
Time: 4:00pm
Lot 31 (across from Grange Grove)
Join the AE department as we celebrate Illini football. The tent is located in Lot 31 across from Grange Grove. This year's tailgate will be exclusive to AE alumni, their guests, faculty, staff and students.  

 Illini Football
Kickoff Time: 7:00pm
Memorial Stadium
The department is offering two discounted seating options this year for the football game. 

  • Priority seating in section 125 is available for alumni and their guests at a cost of $65 per ticket. These tickets will be seated with other AE alumni and will be distributed by the department the week of the game. There are a limited number of tickets still available. To purchase tickets email aero-events@illinois.edu.
  • General Seating discounted tickets will also be available this year at a cost of $33 per ticket. These tickets will not be seated with other alumni. Location will be determined at the time of purchase. Tickets will be distributed by athletics.


Saturday, October 7

9:00 am | Campus Instructional Facility, Fourth Floor
Join the department for brunch before morning activities begin.

Talbot and OPEL Tours
10:00 am | Starting at Talbot Laboratory
Talbot Laboratory and the Optical Engineering and Physics Laboratory (OPEL) will be open for self-guided tours of the new facilities including the UAV laboratory, the Laboratory for Advanced Space Systems at Illinois, the composites laboratory and the CF3D printing laboratory in OPEL.

After the Talbot and OPEL Tours are complete you can continue on with a tour of the engineering campus led by an engineering student. If you haven't been on campus for a while you won't want to miss this walking tour for a look at all changes the engineering campus has undergone and relive your Illinois experience.

To attend any of these events or to request disability accommodations, 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