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SAMA's primary goals are to promote aviation professionalism and camaraderie at the collegiate level at the University of North Dakota John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences

SAMA prides itself on being one of the most active student organizations on the University of North Dakota campus. Its members work year-round to organize an annual SAMA Conference and Career Fair. This massive event is among the largest student organized events held on the University of North Dakota’s campus, and acquaints the students of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences with prominent individuals and companies from across the nation. In addition to this event, SAMA also takes an annual fall trip to an aviation city and hosts the SAMA Open golf tournament.


Any student at the University of North Dakota is welcome to join. Member dues are must be paid to the membership director. First year members will receive a SAMA polo shirt upon joining. To join please fill out a membership form along with dues to our next meeting.


Annual Dues:

$35 - New members

$30 - Returning members 

SAMA Officers 2022-2023

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Alex Gladd


Alex Gladd is a senior at UND studying Commercial Aviation, currently in AVIT 414. Alex is a first generation pilot in his family! He started his aviation journey in 2016 flying part 61 at a school called FlightGest in Raleigh, NC, however, since coming to college, he now lives in the Charlotte area, and can't wait to continue to grow there after college! More recently, Alex has become a cadet with PSA Airlines, with the intent of flowing to mainline American Airlines later on in his career. In his free time, he loves going to the beach and working!

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Arjun Jagada

Vice President

Arjun is a sophomore from the DFW metroplex. He decided to pursue aviation as an extension of his love of all things transportation. He is currently pursuing majors in Aviation Management, and Aviation Safety and Operations. In the future, Arjun wants to hold both line pilot and management or safety roles within a major 121 carrier. Aside from SAMA, Arjun is a council member and Director of Public Relations for the Student Aerospace Advisory Council and the President of the Aviation Safety Association. Arjun also serves as the official photographer for UND Aerospace and is excited to see what the 22-23 year holds for SAMA. 

Gavin Parris


Coming Soon!

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Spencer Zeleny

Treasurer & Hospitality Director

Spencer Zeleny is a junior at UND, majoring in Commercial Aviation with a specialization in Aviation Business. He serves as the Treasurer and Hospitality Director for the club. This is his second year as a SAMA member. He is from Danville, California. In his free time on campus, Spencer enjoys watching hockey games at the Ralph and getting together with friends to compete in the university's intramural hockey league.

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Brendan Kelly

Conference Director 

Brendan Kelly is a senior and transfer student at the University of North Dakota and is a dual major in Commercial Aviation and Business Finance and Financial Support Services. Brendan is from Charlotte, NC and this is his second year in SAMA. In his time in Charlotte Brendan worked with introductory level supply chain management and vendor client relationships. He is excited to bring in industry leaders from all aspects of the aviation industry for the SAMA conference. 

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Dallas Horne

Career Fair Director

Dallas is a sophomore in Commercial Aviation, and this is his second year with SAMA. His position as career fair director will allow members of the student body and SAMA members to work closely with the airlines to learn more about their programs and make connections in the industry. In his off time, Dallas enjoys his job working for the university in IT and loves to attend the UND Hockey home games.

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Taylor Johns

Travel Director

Taylor Johns is a Sophomore at the University of North Dakota pursuing a degree in Commercial Aviation. Originally from Truckee, California, Taylor’s interest in aviation began at his local airport with a Young Eagles flight. This is Taylor's second year with SAMA and his first year in a leadership position. As Travel Director, he looks forward to networking and coordinating visits to industry leaders as well as the opportunity to represent UND Aerospace on such trips. Taylor is excited to continue his education and pursue his lifelong dream of becoming an airline pilot.

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John Nguyen

Membership Director & Social Media Manager

Coming Soon!

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Ryan Kaegi

Fundraising Director

Ryan Kaegi is a Sophomore at UND and is in charge of fundraising for the Student Aviation Management Association. This will be his second year as part of SAMA. In his free time he likes to go biking, try out new things to cook, and flying. Ryan looks forward to being able to achieve his goal of becoming a commercial pilot. Ryan looks forward to achieving his goal of becoming a commercial pilot.

Daniel Malott

Faculty Advisor

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