Aerospace Engineering


Aerospace engineering is a four-year curriculum that begins with fundamental engineering courses in mechanics, thermodynamics, materials, solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer. Additional courses are required in aerospace structures, aerodynamics, flight mechanics, propulsion, controls, and aerospace design. Graduates of this program normally enter the aerospace industry to develop aircraft and spacecraft, but also find employment in other areas that use similar technologies, such as mechanical and energy-related fields. Examples include automobile, naval, and sporting equipment manufacturing. This program received ABET accreditation in 2002.

Four year plans

Three year plans

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The mission statement for the Jacobs School of Engineering is to educate tomorrow's technology leaders; conduct leading edge research and drive innovation; and to transfer discoveries for the benefit of society.



  1. To provide our students with a strong technical education that will enable them to have successful careers as engineers, technology leaders and innovators.
  2. To prepare our students for rapid technological change with the core knowledge central to assuring that they are able to further develop their kowledge and skills across a range of disciplines throughout their professional careers and pursue advanced education.
  3. To prepare our students to communicate and to work in groups effectively and to deal knowledgeably and ethically with the impact of technology in our society and on global issues.



Graduates of AE are expected to have:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, ands welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgements, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgement to draw conclusions.
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
  8. An ability to develop accurate models of aerodynamic characteristics.
  9. An ability to analyze performance level data and models of air vehicle propulsion systems.
  10. An ability to analyze and select appropriate materials considering all design requirements.
  11. An ability to analyze static loads and accurate component sizing.
  12. An ability to predict flight performance of advanced air vehicle configurations.
  13. An ability to estimate air vehicle stability characteristics and develop appropriate control systems.
  14. An ability to perform analysis necessary to demonstrate compliance with relevant air vehicle standards and specifications.
  15. An ability to implement an attitude determination algorithm for purpose of aerospace vehicle control.
  16. An ability to design and analyze structures appropriate for space environment.
  17. An ability to accurately analyze and predict orbit characteristics.
  18. An ability to analyze performance level data and models of rocket and space vehicle propulsion systems.
  19. An ability to perform analysis necessary to demonstrate compliance with relevant launch/space vehicle standards and specifications.
  20. An ability to perform detailed analysis and integration of aerospace topics to prove design feasibility.
  21. An ability to implement and execute computational algorithms using Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) software.