The program emphasizes basic aerospace sciences to prepare students for the diversity found at the frontiers of research and industrial development. The faculty is particularly strong and active in fluid dynamics and aerospace systems, including fundamental and applied projects in noise generation, numerical methods, transonic flows, turbulence, nonequilibrium gas dynamics, unsteady and vortical flows, combustion processes, transport processes in microgravity, chemical kinetics, and dynamics and control of space structures.
The M.S. and Ph.D. programs provide an advanced level of training suitable for pursuing a career in research and development, education, or advanced engineering analysis and design. A reading knowledge of French, German, Japanese, or Russian is required of Ph.D. candidates whose native language is English. Doctoral candidates must take a qualifying examination in addition to the examinations required by the Graduate School. Teaching experience for two semesters, normally satisfied by a teaching assistantship, is required of Ph.D. students.
The professional degree of Master of Engineering (Aerospace) provides a one-year course of study for those who want to develop a high level of competence in current technology and engineering design and who plan to practice engineering in industry or professionally. The program has a thirty-credit curriculum and requires an engineering design project.