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Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering

Programs of graduate study leading to both master’s and doctoral degrees are offered in the Aerospace Engineering Program. Graduate students may specialize in:
  • Dynamics and Control
  • Flight Mechanics
  • Structural Mechanics
  • Fluid Dynamics and Aerodynamics
  • Propulsion and Power

About the Program
The program in aerospace engineering has a distinguished history of significant contributions in theoretical fluid dynamics, especially in the areas of separated flows, radiative gas dynamics, biological fluid dynamics, and geophysical flows. For more than 30 years, our faculty have collaborated with members of the international scientific community on efforts that have led to fundamental advances in the theoretical description of high Reynolds number viscous flows and their stability properties.

We have also made significant contributions in theoretical and experimental thermal stress analysis of aircraft and spacecraft structures, including the effect of thermal stresses on the vibration frequencies of structural components. Such efforts are distinctive in that the concepts and activities are very 'flight vehicle'-oriented and are significantly different from concepts related to terrestrial applications.

In more recent years, our program has made significant advances in many areas. We have expanded our expertise and research in computational fluid dynamics, and our researchers have received acclaim for their contributions in the critical areas of basic and applied aerodynamics. We have also expanded graduate teaching and research in the areas of structures and structural dynamics, and especially in flight vehicle dynamics and control. Most recently, our program has renewed efforts towards developing a strong teaching and research capability in the field of air-breathing propulsion, with an emphasis on turbomachinery aerodynamics and computational fluid dynamics.