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Aeronautics & Astronautics

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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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.

Kendra Short

MS ’92

Aeronautics and Astronautics

I’ve been interested in space since I was in the third grade.

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

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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.