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A Tradition of Excellence, Unique Designs, Novel Implementation, Ambitious Engineers

VADL is an interdisciplinary aerospace engineering laboratory specializing in the design of novel rocket-flyable payload systems that highlight major challenges in space exploration and energy conversion.  VADL’s membership consists of engineering seniors and graduate students from Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering,  Computer Engineering and Computer Science, as well as select engineering underclassmen with demonstrated interest in aerospace engineering.   VADL design teams compete in the annual NASA Student Launch Competition, and  present  project results at AIAA Conferences.  VADL is directed by Professor Amrutur Anilkumar, a NASA Space Science Investigator, Aerospace Engineer, and Educator.