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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: aeroacoustics, aeroelasticity, genetic algorithms, multidisciplinary modeling, navigation and gyroscopes, neural networks, numerical models, structural dynamics and control of flexible bodies, and vibroacoustics

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: advance 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.


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.

First SemesterHours
AEM 125 Introduction to Aerospace Engineering2
CH 101 General Chemistry I (NS) 4
EN 101 English Composition I (FC) 3
GES 131 Foundations of Engineering I2
MATH 125 Calculus I (MA) 4
DR 100 Sketching1
Second Semester
EC 110 Principles of Microeconomics (SB)3
EN 102 English Composition II (FC) 3
GES 132 Foundations of Engineering II
    or CS 114 and CS 1162-4
MATH 126 Calculus II (MA) 4
PH 105 General Physics with Calculus I (N) 4
First Semester
AEM 249 Algorithm Development and Implementation3
AEM 201 Statics3
MATH 227 Calculus III (MA) 4
PH 106 General Physics with Calculus II (N) 4
Humanities (HU), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective3
Second Semester
AEM 250 Mechanics of Materials I3
AEM 251 Mechanics of Materials Laboratory1
AEM 264 Dynamics3
AEM 311 Fluid Mechanics3
ECE 225 Electric Circuits
    or ECE 320 Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering3
MATH 238 Applied Differential Equations I3
First Semester
AEM 313 Aerodynamics I3
AEM 314 Aircraft Performance (C) 3
AEM 341 Aerospace Structural Analysis3
AEM 349 Engineering Analysis3
ME 215 Thermodynamics I3
Second Semester
AEM 413 Aerodynamics II3
AEM 368 Flight Dynamics and Controls 3
AEM 461 Computational Methods for Aerospace Structures3
History (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective3
Humanities, literature, or fine arts elective3
First Semester
AEM 402 Integrated Aerospace Design I 3
AEM 408 Propulsion Systems 3
AEM 468 Flight Dynamics and Controls II3
AEM 495 Aerospace Engineering Seminar (W) 2
Humanities (HU), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective3
Science elective3
Second Semester
AEM 404 Integrated Aerospace Design II3
Aerospace engineering electives6
History (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) electives3
AEM 451 Structural Design and Testing (W) 4
Total: 128 hours

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