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Professor Stanley E. Jones, Department Head
Office: 205 Hardaway Hall

The Aerospace Engineering Area of the aerospace engineering and mechanics department is concerned primarily with the design and analysis of vehicles such as aircraft, spacecraft, and missiles that operate at all speeds and altitudes. To design these vehicles, the aerospace engineer must have a broad background that includes knowledge of the flow of gases and liquids; the strength, stiffness and stability of lightweight structures; propulsion systems; guidance and control systems; and the effects of environmental conditions. The Mechanics Area concerns the engineering science that describes the response of solid or fluid bodies to force systems. Virtually all undergraduate engineering students are required to take courses in engineering science and mechanics in preparation for work in their chosen professional areas.

The undergraduate curriculum in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics leads to a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering and provides a background in the basic sciences, engineering sciences, humanities, applied analysis, and design that enables graduates to take advantage of the many career opportunities in the aeronautical industry, the space program, and related engineering activities. Graduates with suitable academic records are also prepared to pursue advanced degrees in aerospace engineering or mechanics, other related technical areas, and professional areas such as law and medicine.

Taking the Fundamentals of Engineering examination is a departmental requirement for graduation.

Program Objectives

Undergraduate aerospace engineering students are expected to

Research. A broad-based program of research is being conducted by the faculty of the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics. Research efforts are concentrated in three areas:

Dynamics and Controls: aeroelasticity, differential game theory, multidisciplinary modeling, navigation and gyroscopes, numerical models, spacecraft dynamics and control, and structural dynamics and control of flexible bodies.

Fluid Mechanics: aerospace propulsion, computational fluid mechanics, experimental aerodynamics, flow control, heat transfer, luminescent sensing, novel LDV and PIV development, transport phenomena, and turbulence modeling.

Solid Mechanics and Structures: advanced composites, elasticity and plasticity, fatigue/fracture mechanics, machine design, material joining, mechanical characterization, MEMS, nondestructive evaluation, nonlinear mechanics, penetration mechanics, photoelasticity, and stress analysis.

Excellent computing and laboratory facilities are available to support these areas of research. Research assistantships are available for undergraduate and graduate students on many of these research projects.

Aerospace Engineering Curriculum

In addition to maintaining the grade point averages specified by the University and the College of Engineering, aerospace engineering students must earn at least “C” averages in all aerospace engineering courses designated AEM. Deficiencies in the AEM grade average may be overcome only by repeating courses in which grades of “D” or below were previously earned.

The BSAE curriculum is subject to change as circumstances dictate. Contact the AEM department for current curriculum requirements.

First Semester Hours
AEM 121/131 Introduction to Aerospace Engineering 2
CH 101 General Chemistry I (N) 4
EN 101 English Composition I (FC) 3
ENGR 111 Engineering the Future 1
ENGR 131 Engineering Concepts and Design I 1
MATH 125 Calculus I (MA) 4
Second Semester  
EC 110 Principles of Microeconomics (SB) 3
EN 102 English Composition II (FC) 3
ENGR 141 Engineering Concepts and Design II 1
ENGR 151 Fundamental Engineering Graphics 1
MATH 126 Calculus II (MA) 4
PH 105 General Physics with Calculus I (N) 4
First Semester  
AEM 201 Statics 3
AEM 249 Algorithm Development and Implementation 2
MATH 227 Calculus III (MA) 4
MATH 237 Applied Matrix Theory (MA) 3
PH 106 General Physics with Calculus II (N) 4
Second Semester  
AEM 250 Mechanics of Materials I 3
AEM 251 Mechanics of Materials Laboratory 1
AEM 264 Dynamics 3
AEM 311 Fluid Mechanics 3
ECE 320 Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering 3
MATH 238 Applied Differential Equations I 3
First Semester  
AEM 313 Aerodynamics I 3
AEM 314 Aircraft Performance (C) 3
AEM 341 Aerospace Structural Analysis 3
AEM 349 Engineering Analysis 4
ME 215 Thermodynamics I 3
Second Semester  
AEM 368 Flight Dynamics and Controls 3
AEM 413 Aerodynamics II 3
AEM 461 Computational Methods for Aerospace Structures 3
History (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective 3
Humanities (HU), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective 3
First Semester  
AEM 402 Integrated Aerospace Design I 3
AEM 408 Propulsion Systems 3
AEM 468 Flight Dynamics and Controls II 3
AEM 495 Aerospace Engineering Seminar (W) 2
Aerospace engineering elective 3
Science elective 3
Second Semester  
AEM 404 Integrated Aerospace Design II 3
AEM 451 Structural Design and Testing (W) 4
Aerospace engineering elective 3
Humanities (HU), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective 3
History (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) electives 3
  Total: 127 hours


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