Aerospace Engineering

Aerospace engineers develop leading-edge technology and integrate it into high-performance aircraft and spacecraft systems. Graduates find employment in a wide range of manufacturing, service and software companies, governmental organizations and research laboratories. With solid grounding in aerodynamics, propulsion, structures, controls, and information technology, aerospace engineering graduates also have the broad, multi-disciplinary understanding needed to play an important role as architects and integrators of increasingly sophisticated vehicle systems

Aerospace Engineers are involved in all aspects of aeronautics (working with aircraft) and astronautics (working with spacecraft). They conduct research, and design and develop vehicles and systems for atmospheric and space environments. These engineers often specialize in one of many areas such as aerodynamics, propulsion, flight mechanics, orbital mechanics, fluids, structures, guidance & control, and computation

  • Engineering Mechanics: Statics, Dynamics, & Strength of Materials - the study of the effects of external forces on stationary and moving objects, and on materials
  • Thermodynamics - the study of the development of motion (work) from heat
  • Fluid Mechanics - the study of external forces on stationary and moving fluids
  • Heat Transfer - the study of the flow of heat from warm objects to cool objects, and how to control this transfer of energy
  • Machine Element Design - the study of the pieces and parts that make up machines, and how to design them to meet required specifications
  • Kinematics - the study of how objects move 
  • Manufacturing Engineering - the study of manufacturing processes
  • Electrical Circuits, Devices, and Controls
  • Measurements and Controls - how to take measurements, and how to control motion based on these measurements
  • Design - how to incorporate all of the above into the design of a product or a measurement system
Topics for Seminar and Project Report
   

1903 Wright Flyer Canard Control Characterization

A 6-DOF Force Transducer Design From An Existing Rocket Payload Attachment Fitting

A Design of Experiments Approach to Deck Flow Characterization on an Aircraft Carrier

A Six-Axis Force and Moment Transducer Calibration using Design of Experiments

A Variable Acceleration Force Balance Calibration System

An Improved Method for Determining Pitch and Roll Angles using Accelerometers

Analysis of Helicopter Downwash/Frigate Airwake Interaction using Statistically Designed Experiments

Analytical Mechanics Associates

Calibration and Characterization of Pressure Transducers for Space Applications using Design of Experiments

Calibration of Internal Strain Gauge Balances by Design of Experiments

Concepts in Thermal Management Systems for Low-Gravity Applications: The Free-Piston Low-Mass Space Radiator

Design and Construction of a Solar Powered Aircraft,

Development of Wind Tunnel Test Techniques for the Identification of Ship Airwake/Rotor Downwash Coupling

Dynamic Response Study of Pressure-Sensitive Paint Using a Micro-Fluidic Oscillator

Experimental Investigation of Wake Boards for Drag Reduction on an Ahmed Body

Global Modeling of Pitch Damping from Flight Data

Investigation of Air flow over the Deck of Aircraft Carriers

Modeling Monte Carlo Entry Descent and Landing Analysis using Response Surface Methods

Modification of an Engine Air Intake for a Le Mans Prototype Racecar

Performance Automotive Applications of Pressure-Sensitive Paint in the Langley Full Scale Tunnel

PIV Measurements of an Aircraft Carrier Airwake

Proof of Concept Design and Control of a Dual Use Micro-Thruster Array

Response surface modeling using orthogonal least squares for measurement system characterization

Strain-Gage Balance Axial Section Design Optimization Using Design of Experiments,

Test Section Flow Quality Surveys of the Langley Full Scale Tunnel

The Effect of Systematic Error in Forced Oscillation Wind Tunnel Test Apparatuses on Determining Non-Linear Unsteady Aerodynamic Stability Derivatives

The Potential of Algae as a Biofuel in a Carbon Constrained World

Wake Drag Reduction of Military Transports




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