Wharton Undergraduate Aerospace Club, a student group at the University of Pennsylvania, serves to explore business principles via the aerospace domain. Our primary prerogative is to open the highly technical industry of aerospace to non-engineering majors. We host many different functions including an aerospace equity research group, applied case-study component open to all members, mentorship program alongside Wharton Aerospace, networking sessions, case competitions, fields trips to aerospace facilities, a podcast, and newsletter.
Divisions within WUAC include:
Frontiers- Our flagship program, Frontiers is an interactive case study/competition series run throughout the year. Open to all club members, Frontiers is designed to provide accessible and valuable experience to prepare for a career in the aerospace domain. Past judges include the Chief Technologist at NASA Ames, Innovation Manager of the ISS, and co-president of Wharton Aerospace. Judges and facilitators depend on the topic area of focus and span all facets of aerospace including aviation, defense, space travel, world affairs, etc.
Insights- From NASA contracts for 10-cents to billionaires in space, there's a lot happening in aerospace. The Insights division analyzes new developments, technologies, and contracts to evaluate their effect on the aerospace industry and broader global market. This division will be producing industry commentary, a newsletter, and our podcast.
Space Law & Policy- With the continuing expansion of the space industry and the privatization of space exploration comes the need for law and regulations to control their potential detrimental effects on society at large. Space Law & Policy addresses environmental, technological, corporate, data/information, and international concerns regarding space and explores the ongoing debates about exploration ethics.
NASA T2U- NASA Technology Transfer University Program is an informal partnership between NASA, the University of Pennsylvania, and WUAC. Participants have the opportunity to work directly with NASA innovators to develop business proposals for the commercialization of NASA technologies. These projects are developed over the course of the semester culminating in a final presentation.
Investment Team- Intended to concentrate understanding into specific aerospace companies and/or verticals and teach basic equity research and stock pitch principles. Participants select companies within the aerospace domain to learn about through the course of the semester. Can’t be a business club without a finance branch.
Corporate Outreach- In collaboration with Wharton Aerospace, WUAC seeks to build and grow a network of aerospace startups and established companies alike. Within this, members will put together deal and investment memos to perform due diligence by diving into all aspects of each targeted company. We additionally seek to foster connections between undergraduate students and Penn/Wharton alums within these companies, culminating in the Wharton Aerospace conference held annually in San Francisco.
Design Lab- The creative factory of WUAC, Design lab is given the freedom to create anything they can imagine. From comics to music videos to live plays, design lab ensures WUAC continues to pump out fresh original content to redefine what a club can be. Design Lab builds our brand.
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