About VADL

About The Vanderbilt Aerospace Design Lab

The Vanderbilt Aerospace Design Laboratory (VADL) was founded in 2007 by Professor Amrutur Anilkumar to meet the emerging needs of Vanderbilt engineering students to pursue unique careers and advanced studies in Aerospace Engineering. The main agenda of the lab is to design novel, rocket-flyable payload systems that highlight major challenges in space exploration and novel technologies as applicable to the aerospace sector.

VADL’s membership consists of engineering upperclassmen who participate in the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering’s Senior Design Project, graduate students whose research is aligned with aerospace engineering, and select engineering underclassmen with excellent academic performance and a demonstrated interest in aerospace engineering. Vanderbilt students with a passion for educational outreach also contribute to the Vanderbilt Aerospace Design Laboratory’s robust outreach program that works to build STEM enthusiasm in aerospace engineering among middle school and high school students in Tennessee.

The current function of the VADL is to compete in the NASA Student Launch Competition, to present the project results at AIAA Student Conferences, and publish our research in select AIAA journals. VADL also represents the AIAA Student Chapter at Vanderbilt University.