Cambridge, Mass. (June 3) - For the second consecutive year, MIT men's soccer senior captain Aaron Makikalli (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) has been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Team. The 2020-21 CoSIDA Men's Soccer Academic All-District Team recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom.
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, July 6. Makikalli was one of five student-athletes selected from the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) as WPI and Babson both had two selections this year.
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 has appeared in 22 career matches for the Engineers and has helped the team to an overall record of 21-18-14 during his time in Cambridge. Over the past four years, MIT and its defense has posted a 1.02 goals against average and has conceded just 58 goals over a span of over 5,000 minutes.
Off the field, Makikalli has served as a systems engineering intern at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, as a researcher in the MIT Aerospace Engineering Department and as a dynamic environments summer intern at United Launch Alliance. In 2019, the senior was named as the President of Sigma Chi and since the start of 2020-21 academic year, Makikalli has served as an Undergraduate Representative for the Presidential Advisory Committee at MIT. In the Fall of 2020, Makikalli was a student team member in course 16.851 (Satellite Engineering) and collaborated with graduate students to develop mission requirements for a repeating ground track satellite demonstration mission set to launch in summer 2022.
MIT is the all-time Division III leader in producing Academic All-Americas (339) and ranks second across all NCAA Divisions only behind the University of Nebraska (341).