Aaron Makikalli Named to CoSIDA Academic All-District Team

Photo by Lily Bailey '20
Photo by Lily Bailey '20

Cambridge, Mass. (November 8) – For the first time in his collegiate career, junior defender Aaron Makikalli (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) has been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Men's Soccer Academic All-District Team.

CoSIDA which began its recognition of NCAA scholar athletes in the 1950's, has honored thousands of deserving recipients across all divisions in numerous sports. To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a 4.00 scale, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her institution and be nominated by his/her Sports Information Director.

Makikalli will now appear on the national ballot for selection to the CoSIDA Academic All-America team which will be voted on by Sports Information Directors from across the country and will be released on Tuesday, December 3. Makikalli was one of six student-athletes selected from the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) as WPI had three honorees and Babson College had two selections.

Makikalli, who sports a cumulative grade point average of 3.84 on a 4.00 scale, is a double major in aeronautical and astronautical engineering and music. As a key member of the MIT defense, Makikalli started in and appeared in 14 matches this season and helped the Engineers to a 7-5-6 record, a 1.32 goals against average, which ranked fourth in the league and a pair of shutouts in 2019.

Off the field, Makikalli is a member of the MIT Rocket Team and is responsible for the integration of separation piston and avionics on launch day. He is also conducting research in the MIT Media Lab designing a lunar surface instrument in order to quantify the effect of lunar collateral dust adhesion on instrument and vehicle performance. Makikalli previously served as a Mission Systems Summer Intern at Northrop Grumman, as a Dynamic Environments Summer Intern at United Launch Alliance and also completed research in the MIT Space Propulsion Laboratory.

Makialli, a two-time New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Academic All-Conference Selection, also previously served as the President of Sigma Chi, as a Chapter Officer for AIAA and was named as an MIT Burchard Scholar, which is awarded by the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

MIT is the all-time Division III leader in producing Academic All-Americas (318) and ranks second across all NCAA Divisions only behind the University of Nebraska.

MIT closed its 2019 campaign on Tuesday evening in the first round of the NEWMAC Tournament. The Engineers finished the year with a 7-5-6 record and qualified for the postseason for the third straight season and 21st time overall in program history.

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