The Student Aviation Management Association (SAMA) was founded in 1975 as an organization for Airport Administrative majors. Since then, it has grown to include members representing all aviation majors within the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.
SAMA’s primary goals are to promote aviation professionalism and camaraderie at the collegiate level, and to develop scholastic relationships with the entire University of North Dakota’s student population. In 1983, SAMA achieved what no other student aviation organization in the nation had by becoming an academic chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives.
SAMA prides itself on being one of the most active student organizations on the UND campus. Its members work year-round to organize an annual SAMA Conference and Career Fair. This massive event is among the largest solely 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 hosts a Resume Writing workshop, a SAMA Kids Day, takes an annual trip to an aviation city, and is working to reinstate the Odegard Open golf tournament.
More details on these events can be found on our Activities and Events page.