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Aeronautics & Astronautics

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The Aeronautics & Astronautics department performs research dedicated to advancing the state-of-the-art disciplines, systems and design.

We focus on analysis methods needed to further our nation’s aerospace enterprise, and to educate our students to be lifetime learners, entrepreneurs, achievers and leaders.

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What are we researching?

We specialize in high-risk research that leads to disruptive technologies. Our current strategic thrusts focus on autonomous systems, cyber safety for transportation, future aircraft design and distributed space systems.


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Undergraduate program

Launched in fall 2017, Aeronautics and Astronautics now offers an undergraduate program.



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What is it like for graduate students?

The department graduates 11 percent of the nation’s PhDs in aeronautics and astronautics. We recruit from a large and exceptionally strong pool of applicants with diverse backgrounds, including physics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and, of course, aerospace engineering.