UND Celebrates 50 Years Of Aerospace Innovation With New Generations Dreaming Of Skyward-Focused Futures

Flying enthusiasts of all ages had the opportunity to hop into one of several flight simulators during UND Aerospace Community Day. This was just one of more than 20 different experiences spread throughout the facilities of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. Photo by Tyler Ingham/UND Today.

The energy of the buildings comprising the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences (JDOSAS) was atypical on Feb. 3, an especially cold and blustery Saturday.

Where you would usually see small pockets of students studying in corners or logging weekend flight hours in the simulators, hallways were instead packed with snow boot-clad children, wide-eyed high schoolers, and parents experiencing so much more than a simple escape from the weather.

This was UND Aerospace Community Day, an open house celebration to kick off a year of events reflecting on 50 years of JDOSAS education, research and service.

“We’re very excited,” said Beth Bjerke, associate dean and event organizer. “We don’t have a perfect way of tracking numbers, but I can tell with the overflowing coat racks and the people in the halls that we’re definitely talking at least 2,000 visitors on campus.”

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