STEM K-12 Outreach at AIAA

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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

A scientific executive with more than 40 years of experience, Dr. Jai N. Gupta serves as chairman and CEO of Centerline Biomedical. Outside of his work with Centerline Biomedical, Dr. Jai N. Gupta is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

A technical society dedicated to advancing the aerospace profession worldwide, AIAA sponsors numerous STEM outreach programs for teachers of grades K-12. The organization works closely with educators, providing classroom grants and helping them organize standards-based projects for their students. Through the Foundation Educator Achievement Award, AIAA recognizes as many as five teachers every two years who have fostered an appreciation of the science and engineering underlying aerospace.

The institute also supports student programs, such as Precision Unmanned Navigation and Cargo Handling (PUNCH). Designed for high school students and undergraduates, the PUNCH program challenges participants to create autonomous systems that deliver packages to precise locations on the competition field. Vehicles must autonomously recognize the target, navigate to it, avoid obstacles, and return to the landing area.

To learn more about STEM outreach at AIAA, visit the official website at