Aerospace Engineering, M.S.
Objective and Description
The overall objective of the graduate program in Aerospace Engineering is to develop in a student the ability to define a technical problem, establish an appropriate mathematical or experimental model based on a firm understanding of the physical nature of the problem, analyze the problem by theoretical, numerical, or experimental techniques, and evaluate the results. Although this ability is developed in the context of aerospace problems, it is applicable to the engineering of any physical system.
The program is designed for a student with any of the following specific objectives:
- A sound foundation in advanced mathematics, science, and engineering which will equip the student well for research and development work or for further advanced study toward a doctoral degree in engineering.
- A program of advanced study which allows specialization in one of the following areas:
- Fluid dynamics, aerodynamics and propulsion
- Structural mechanics and structures
- Flight mechanics and controls
- Vehicle design
- A balanced but non-specialized program of advanced study in aerodynamics, astronautics, flight dynamics, structural analysis, propulsion, and fluid mechanics, with emphasis on experimental techniques and modern mathematical analysis.
Requirements and Courses
The four core areas in the Aerospace Engineering program along with the recommended courses in each core area are listed below:
- Fluid Mechanics, Aerodynamics and Propulsion
- AE 5313 Fluid Dynamics
- AE 5342 Gas Dynamics
- AE 5326 Air-Breathing Propulsion
- Solid Mechanics and Structures
- AE 5330 Finite Element Methods
- AE 5340 Structural Aspects of Design
- AE 5331 Structural Dynamics
- Flight Mechanics and Controls
- AE 5302 Advanced Flight Mechanics
- AE 5362 Guidance, Navigation and Control of Aerospace Vehicles
- Flight Vehicle Design
- AE 5368 Flight Vehicle Synthesis and Systems Engineering
The Master of Science (M.S.) Degree in Aerospace Engineering is a research-oriented program in which completion of a thesis is mandatory. A minimum of 33 credit hours is required as follows:
- Two core courses (one course from either core areas one or two and one course from another of the four core areas, six credit hours)
- Two math or engineering analysis courses (six credit hours)
- Four courses (twelve credit hours) related to a specialty in Aerospace Engineering
- Six credit hours of thesis. The student must enroll in AE 5398 or AE 6297 every semester in which the student is actively involved in thesis preparation or research, except that the student must enroll in AE 5698 in the semester of graduation.
- A minimum of three credit hours of Graduate Seminar (AE 5101)
The balance of the required coursework hours may be chosen in consultation with the Supervising Professor to meet the student's needs and interests. Normally these additional elective courses should be selected from the offerings of the Program in Aerospace Engineering or the Program in Mechanical Engineering. Courses taken outside the two programs require approval of the student's Supervising Professor as well as the Graduate Advisor.
Dr. Donald Wilson
Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering