U-M’s Aerospace Engineering Department is looking to the future, intent on tackling the world’s biggest problems—and solving them.

With the oldest Aerospace Engineering program in the country, the University of Michigan has a long legacy of impact in the field of aerospace — but we’re not ready to stop there. This is our world, and what becomes of it is up to us. Join us in our quest for bold ideas and life-changing solutions. Together, we can solve the problems of tomorrow.


Luis Bernal Memorial Student Award

While we lost our dear friend and colleague Luis Bernal in April, the Department of Aerospace Engineering is perpetuating his legacy through a new student-focused award. The Luis Bernal Memorial Student Award will be presented each year to a junior or senior Aerospace Engineering student who has demonstrated notable improvement in his/her academic record from previous years.

During his tenure in our department, Luis touched the lives of hundreds of students as their advisor, teacher, or mentor. His infectious optimism and abundant patience left an indelible mark not only with the students but with staff and fellow faculty.

The Award will provide each recipient with $1,500 to use on such things as travel expenses, conference fees, and experiential learning opportunities—items that will enhance our students’ academic performance and career opportunities.

“If it wasn’t for Professor Bernal supporting my tenacity by allowing me to take Aerospace classes to gauge how well I could do in the program, I probably would have never made it into the college of engineering with the cross-campus transfer standards alone. He will always be my favorite professor.”

Jasmine LeFlore
michigan aerospace alumna | Staff Project Engineer—Advanced Design / Business Development, Collins Aerospace

Department Funds


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Visit the Michigan Engineering online giving site

To give, please select the preferred fund option, complete and submit the gift form. The University will process the gift and send the donor a tax receipt within 2-3 weeks.

By Check

Please make your check payable to the University of Michigan and write the name of the fund your gift will support in the memo line.

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University of Michigan
Michigan Engineering
1221 Beal Avenue, Suite G264
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2102

Cash/Wire Transfer

For information on how to make a cash transfer by wire, call the toll-free Office of Gift Administration Gift Help Line at 1-888-518-7888, from 8:00 am–5:00 pm ET, Monday through Friday.

Electronic Funds Transfer

Make a monthly gift from your checking account through this electronic funds transfer option. To initiate, please complete an authorization form (pdf).

Online Payroll Decution

U-M faculty and staff can now access our convenient online form (available through Wolverine Access) to make gifts through payroll deduction. To find more information about U-M Philanthropy, please visit the U-M Giving website.

Contact Advancement

To discuss your donation options, please reach out to your assigned gift officer.


Lend or Donate a Model

We would like to show models of aerospace systems in the AE201 class. Please contact our office if your corporation has logic and/or state machine models of aero systems that you are willing to share or donate for educational purposes. We can be reached at (734) 764-3310.


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diverse female student adjust a wing of the model
Janice Gong, Aerospace BSE Student and Michigan Aeronautical Science Association (MASA) member, adjusts the wing of the payload vehicle that is encased by the team’s rocket in the Gorguze Family Laboratory on June 27, 2013.