The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is a professional society catering to aerospace engineers around the world. The organization publishes journals, hosts conferences, and supports research and education in all aerospace fields. The AIAA has a large presence on university campuses, where students aim to "promote and foster interest in aeronautics and astronautics and to provide forum for intellectual engagement."
Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) was founded in 1980 at MIT and Princeton and consists of an international group of high school, undergraduate, and graduate students from a diverse range of educational backgrounds who are working to promote space as a whole. EDS is an independent, student-based organization which promotes the exploration and development of space. SEDS pursues this mission by educating people about the benefits of space, by supporting a network of interested students, by providing an opportunity for members to develop their leadership skills, and inspiring people through our involvement in space-related projects. SEDS believes in a space-faring civilization and that focusing the enthusiasm of young people is the key to our future in space.
Each year, we host several speakers from the aerospace community, as well as offer unique field trips and activities. These are all orientented towards the undergraduate Princeton AIAA/SEDS members, but the events are typically open to the general public.