In 2018, Derek Rowe (TN) and Angie Verissimo (IN) met through a mutual friend at the EAA Airventure in Osh Kosh, WI. It was the experience of being around 60,000 airplanes and thousands of pilots that they saw the need for younger students to be a part of the aviation family.
In Jan 2020, Aviation USA was formed to bring hands on airplane builds nationwide. A program was designed to educate high school students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) using an airplane as the byproduct.
With delays due to a worldwide pandemic, 2022 has become the year of growth and opportunities.
Aviation USA thrives to touch the lives of students far and wide in bringing them amazing and innovated STEM learning opportunities.
We appreciate the support and relationships we have with everyone of our partners, sponsors and communities.Together you help us soar to new heights  while preparing future generations to excel in the world of STEM!


Derek Rowe
Director of STEM Education
Angie Verissimo
Outreach Director
Derek Rowe

Derek Rowe is a former Army helicopter pilot with 37 years aviation experience presently teaching Aerospace and Aviation at a High School in TN. He is also the President and Founder of The High School Aviation Association. Derek has developed the 3 year AviationUSA curriculum as well as the build instruction manual for the AviationUSA Airplane builds.


He is a husband, father and passionate about bringing aviation education to students.


Angie Verissimo

Angie Verissimo brings outstanding STEM connections Nationwide having worked with an organization supported nationwide by NASA. Her background includes working with Industry Partners, Finance in Corporate America, an Entrepreneur, Mother and Community Leader.


Student growth, and career pathways in STEM fields are her passion.