The University of Texas at Austin

Aerospace Engineering & Engineering Mechanics

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

At a Glance

  • 7 U.S. News & World Report ranking of ASE's undergraduate program.
  • 8 U.S. News & World Report ranking of ASE's graduate program.
  • $58k The average starting salary for an aerospace engineer is $58,618.
  • 9 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.

Department Chair: Noel Clemens

Main office: WRW

Phone: 512-471-4596

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Meet Our Faculty

Srinivas Bettadpur

Photo of Bettadpur, Srinivas

Dr. Bettadpur works in Orbital Mechanics with specific interests in Orbital Mechanics, Perturbations, and Orbit Determination; Space Geodesy (Earth's Shape, Orientation & Gravity Field); Modeling, Determination and Interpretation of Gravity Field; Space Mission Design; Data Processing and Numerical Methods.

Affiliated Research Centers

Center for Aeromechanics Research

The Center for Aeromechanics Research conducts computational, analytical and experimental research in supersonic and hypersonic aerodynamics, high temperature gas dynamics, turbulence, combustion, laser diagnostics, aeroelasticity and structural dynamics, control of flexible structures and flight structures.


Undergraduate Degree Plans and Requirements

Fitting all of the required courses into four years can be challenging. Use a degree plan that's specific to your major to help map your courses and be successful.

Download all 2010-12 and 2012-14 degree plans online.