2020-2021 Executive Board
Captivated by the complexity and precision of transportation and defense systems, Zachary is a third-year aerospace student from Orland Park, Ill. His fascination with technology and inclination toward mathematics drive him to pursue dual degrees in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering and Aerospace Financial Analysis. Zachary believes AIAA provides a stellar opportunity to acquire and apply knowledge outside of the lecture hall, leading to personal and professional growth. Honored to serve as President of Purdue AIAA, Zachary seeks to stimulate engineering interest among community youth, propel club design teams to national success, and enhance learning experiences of fellow students.
Saunak Debnath is the Vice President of Purdue AIAA and is currently a sophomore in Aerospace Engineering with minors in Management and Mathematics. He grew up in Fremont, California and one of the best decisions that he made was joining AIAA as a freshman, as he was able to speak to many recruiters from a wide variety of companies. He also gained design team experience with AIAA Design, Build, Fly where the team designed a RC aircraft from scratch. Last year, he served as the outreach chair and enjoyed hosting outreach events where elementary students learned more about the opportunities in aerospace. He's excited for all the opportunities that will come from being Vice President!
Emma Duffy is the Treasurer of Purdue AIAA as a rising senior in Industrial Engineering with a minor in Psychology. She grew up in Washington with a strong STEM program and culture that inspired her to pursue a career in engineering. She joined VFS Purdue her sophomore year as a general member and worked with the design team to eventually become the Vice President. From there, she discovered her interest in Purdue AIAA. Although she is not in the Aerospace field as her choice of study, she is fascinated by the field and looks forward to working with her fellow students to learn and experience all that Purdue AIAA has to offer.
Leila Yanni is excited to serve as the Purdue AIAA secretary as she enjoys communicating with fellow students and spreading the word about all of AIAA's benefits. She's currently a junior majoring in Aerospace Engineering with minors in Organizational Leadership and Manufacturin. Originally from Washington state, she loves Purdue's aerospace programs and many extra curricular opportunities. She is also studying to become a private pilot and loves taking lessons at the local Purdue airport. Passionate about aerospace, she's excited to help grow Purdue AIAA so more students can benefit from all we have to offer!
Haley is excited to serve as the AIAA Public Relations Chair. She is a Sophomore majoring in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. She is from Fairmount, Indiana. Haley chose to serve as the Public Relations Chair because she wants to share her passion for Aero/Astro with younger children to inspire the next generation of STEM students. She also enjoys making sure that current students have a place to socialize, relieve stress, and make new connections.
As a senior in Purdue’s School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Adam is the AIAA Projects Coordinator. In this role, he oversees existing student project designs as well as looking to expand into more competitions in the future. Adam has internship experience in the asphalt and environmental industries and with Northrop Grumman Space Systems. He is currently specializing in structures and materials within the AAE program and plans to complete his Master’s degree after graduation.