Aerospace & Aviation Affinity Group


The Aerospace & Aviation community is meant for engineers and persons who work in some kind of setting with aeronautic matters, or are considering entering a aeronautic field. Events and gatherings are meant for networking and engaging in conversation centered around the aerospace profession.

Upcoming Events

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Past Events

JHU Engineers Week 2021: Aerospace Exploration - Ignite Your Career Possibilities
Monday, February 22, 2021

Virtual Event: Aircraft Valuation - Airplane Investments as an Asset Class with David Yu (A & S'04, Engineering '05)
Thursday, October 8th, 2020

To Infinity and Beyond: A Space Law Conversation
Monday, May 4th, 2020

Aerospace Exploration - Ignite Your Career Possibilities
Monday, February 17th, 2020

Aerospace Exploration - Ignite Your Career Possibilities

Monday, February 18th, 2019

Engineer's Week Workshop - Dr. John Mather
Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

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Speed Networking at the Applied Physics Laboratory (APL)
Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 - 6:30pm

A Better Way to Get There: Engineering Transportation
Hosted by JHU Aerospace Affinity and Hopkins Engineering Alumni
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 6:00pm

Hidden Figures: More Than Just Numbers
Cohosted by Hopkins Biotech Network, JHU Aerospace, JHU Women in Business Affinities, and Carey Connect
Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 1:00pm

You CAN Fly - Indoor Skydiving Experience
Co-hosted by Outdoor Explorations and Aerospace Affinities
Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 9:00am

NASA's Asteroid Sample Return Mission - Meet the Stars...
Monday, October 17, 2016 – 6:00pm
Mason Hall, Homewood Campus
View OSIRIS-REx Timeline and Challenges Overview

Rock Climb, Network, Eat & Drink! With JHU Alumni Affinities
Co-hosted by Aerospace and "launching" Outdoors Exploration Affinity
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Science and Science Fiction Meet: The Martian Movie Watch
Saturday, October 17, 2015
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Rock Climb, Network, Eat & Drink!
Saturday, August 15, 2015

Aerospace Industry Event
February 25, 2015
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Click here to see Mike Pryzby, Eng '09, speaks about event

JHU Aerospace Affinity Gathering
January 28, 2015
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Laser Communication from the Moon: A Lecture about the Success of the LLCD Experiment" featuring Dr. Donald Cornwell
June 11, 2014
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Don Cornwell, LLCD manager at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center speaks about the history making Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD)

Aerospace Industry Event
April 9, 2014

JHU Aerospace Affinity Gathering
March 13, 2014
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JHU Aerospace Affinity Gathering
September 25, 2013


Aerospace News: Did you hear about this? 


April 5th, 2019 Return to the Moon This gallery highlights how NASA hopes to land on the Moon by 2024
February 27th, 2017 Space Junkyard & Economy Rocket and satellite litter is endangering private space commerce. Enter the cosmic debris tracking industry.





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August 16th, 2015 SpaceX & Mars

How and Why SpaceX will colonize Mars

April 24th, 2017 Silicon Valley's Flying Cars On a recent afternoon, an aerospace engineer working for a small Silicon Valley company called Kitty Hawk piloted a flying car above a scenic lake about 100 miles north of San Francisco.
May 28th, 2014 Rocket Man Alumnus Reid Wiseman makes his first spaceflight aboard the International Space Station. 
November 8th, 2014 Michael Pryzby Johns Hopkins University's Aerospace Affinity group member Michael Pryzby ('09) speaks about his career and involvement in the Affinity Groups and Communities.
November 25th, 2013

China's first moon lander

China's mission to robotically land on the moon next month is sure to stir up
lunar dust, but it may also cause a political dustup, too.
November 25th, 2013 FORTIS analyzes ISON Johns Hopkins student-built rocket blasts off on mission to analyze ISON. The rocket, named FORTIS, collected data on comet's composition
June 18th, 2013 NASA, Hubble & Outer Space: The Art of Astronomy An exploration of how images of space are created and used in everything from scientific study to pop culture.
September 7th, 2013 Giant Digital Camera Probes Cosmic Dark Energy With the whir of a giant digital camera, the biggest mystery in the universe is about to become a bit less mysterious.
June 27, 2012 DARPA Phoenix A depiction of how a retired satellite's still usable antenna might one day be salvaged and turned into a new space asset.
September 13th, 2013 Voyager 1 According to scientists, NASA's Voyager 1 has left our solar system.
November 1st, 2013 Virtual Telescope A team of scientists at Johns Hopkins has received a grant for $9.5 million over five years to develop, build, and maintain large-scale data sets that will allow for greater access and better usability of the information by the science community.



Meet Our Alumni


Michael Pryzby poses in front of a rocket, Discovery

Michael Pryzby

Michael Pryzby is a Project System Engineer for the Landsat 9 Mission. His primary focus is on instrument systems for the Thermal Infrared Spectrometer (TIRS) instrument and is also focused on Micro Meteoroid and Orbital Debris (MMOD) protection. He was previously a Project Instrument Systems Engineer for the OSIRIS-REx Mission. He oversaw the technical performance of the Visible and Infrared Spectrometer at GSFC, the X-Ray Spectrometer from MIT, and the Laser Altimeter from the Canadian Space Agency. Michael has supported both NASA/GSFC and DARPA over the past 24 years as a government contractor. Prior to OSIRIS-REx, he was the lead Spacecraft System Engineer for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter from development through launch. He was the lead Spacecraft Bus Systems Engineer for the DARPA Phoenix Mission during the design and development effort. Prior to those efforts, Michael supported the Space Shuttle program for over ten years developing secondary payloads for the Shuttle’s cargo bay. He earned a BSME at Virginia Tech in 1989 and an MSE in Systems Engineering at Johns Hopkins University in 2009. He is currently employed by ATA Aerospace in Greenbelt, MD.


Affinity communities are groups made up of members of the Johns Hopkins community, predominantly alumni and students who come together around an industry vertical or subject/area of interests.

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