Aerospace Engineering and 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

Department Chair: Noel Clemens

Main office:WRW

Phone: 512-471-7593


Meet Our Faculty

Chad Landis

Photo of Landis, Chad

Dr. Landis works in Solids; Structures and Materials with specific interests in Mechanics of materials; Ferroelectrics; Ferromagnetic shape memory alloys; Fracture Mechanics; Continuum thermodynamics.

Affiliated Research Centers

Center for Mechanics of Solids, Structures and Materials (CMSSM)

The Center for Mechanics of Solids, Structures and Materials (CMSSM) promotes research addressing fundamental, as well as applied, issues in the broad field of mechanics of solids, structures and materials.

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.

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.