Aerodynamics & Propulsion is important for numerous aspects of aerospace engineering, such as airplane aerodynamics, helicopter aerodynamics, jet propulsion, rocket propulsion, advanced propulsion, properties of the space environment, and many others.
The department has a long history of excellence in the areas of flight dynamics and control systems. It was one of the first engineering departments in the nation to offer courses in automatic control, flight dynamics, and simulation.
Computation plays a fundamental role in the design, analysis and operation of modern Aerospace systems. Applications include flight software, embedded computing for on-board control, optimization of structural, aerodynamic and propulsion systems, etc.
Engineering Lab provides forward thinking industry tools to fill some critical skills gaps between engineering graduates and industry requirements. Program projects undertake research that leverages digital modeling to improve operational and financial efficiencies in engineering design and development.
Structures & Materials
Structural mechanics is the study of the mechanical behavior of solids and structures. This specialization covers theory, computations, experiments and implementation issues, as well as the study of specific cutting edge aerospace vehicles.
Structural engineering is a branch of civil engineering that are concerned with the conception, analysis, design and construction of components or assemblies to resist loads arising from internal and external forces.