Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
Space is still a destination and object of study, but it has also become the vantage point from which we investigate and improve our own planet. In aerospace engineering, students work closely with faculty to create, develop and apply aerospace technology to solve important global and societal problems through our research centers and laboratories — from mapping deforestation and migration to tracking weather patterns and earth sensing and imaging. Additionally, aerospace engineers investigate challenges in atmospheric flight, such as autonomous aircraft, flexible structures, more efficient propulsion with lower environmental impact and more.
Research and Education Programs
Dr. Tapley works in Orbital Mechanics with specific interests in Orbital Mechanics; Satellite Orbit Determination; Earth Satellite Applications.
Center for Space Research (CSR)
The Center for Space Research conducts research in orbit determination, space geodesy, the Earth and its environment, exploration of the solar system, as well as expanding the scientific applications of space systems data.
Undergraduate Degree Plans and Requirements
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At a Glance
- 10 U.S. News & World Report ranking of ASE's undergraduate program.
- 8 U.S. News & World Report ranking of ASE's graduate program.
- $69k The average starting salary for an aerospace engineer is $69,612.
- 8 Faculty who are members of the National Academy of Engineering.
- 6 Graduates have gone on to be astronauts for NASA and the European Space Agency.