Welcome! Alumni Advisory Board History
The UND Aerospace Alumni Advisory Board was created by the school’s first Dean and namesake, John D. Odegard. It was through his vision and leadership that UND Aerospace became a world leader in aviation education. As Dean Odegard was building the school’s legacy, he realized the importance of maintaining a link between current students, graduates, and professors. It was in that spirit that the Aerospace Alumni Advisory Board was launched. From those early days when UND Aerospace had only a handful of graduates to the tens of thousands of alumni today, the AAAB has worked to help maintain the success of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.
The UND Aerospace Alumni Advisory Board consists of over 40 graduates who work to support and promote the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. These volunteers play an integral part in the accreditation process of the University by advising faculty on curriculum. In addition, the Board provides undergraduates with insights into current industry trends and information on what they can expect after graduation. This is accomplished through guest speaking opportunities and participating in the Senior Capstone course. The AAAB also sponsors two scholarships each year to help outstanding underclassmen attain their goals. The backbone of the Board is its diverse membership, which varies by year of graduation and field of expertise. Some members are recent graduates who are just embarking on their first jobs in the aviation industry, and some members are seasoned veterans with over 30 years of work experience. It is this wide range of membership that allows the AAAB to provide unique and relevant information to the University through its numerous meetings and interactions on campus.
Alumni Advisory Board Members in menu item Meet the Board Members.