Aerospace Science Engineering is concerned with engineering applications in the areas of aeronautics (atmospheric flight) and astronautics (space flight). Aerospace Science Engineering thus encompasses theory and application to a variety of flight vehicles ranging from balloons and sailplanes through jet-powered aircraft, rockets, space stations and interplanetary vehicles.
The Aerospace Science Engineering program offers course work in the areas of aerodynamics, air-breathing and rocket propulsion systems, aerospace structures, aircraft stability and control, avionics, flight vehicle design, orbital mechanics and satellite design. Laboratory courses are closely linked to lecture sessions to achieve a proper balance between engineering analysis and engineering practice. Modern laboratories include a low speed, low turbulence wind tunnel with computerized pressure and loads data acquisition system, two open-surface water tunnels with state of the art flow diagnostic instrumentation, a fully instrumented jet engine, an aerospace instrumentation laboratory, a flight vehicle design laboratory and a dedicated computer laboratory. Engineering software (CAD, FEA, CFD etc.) for design and analysis of aerospace flight vehicles are available to the students. Students enrolled in the program have opportunity to participate in design-build-fly of unmanned aerial systems and rockets.
Aerospace Science Engineering Departmental Mission
The mission of the Aerospace Science Engineering Department is to matriculate quality professional graduates through education in the disciplines and technologies pertaining to aerospace vehicles and systems. These graduates shall exceed the entry-level requirements for practice and advanced study in aerospace science engineering. In keeping with the Tuskegee University vision, the department also has missions of outreach and service to the world community.
The Aerospace Science Engineering program is designed to provide opportunities that will result in the following student outcomes:
- An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
- An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
- An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
- An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
- An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
- An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
- An ability to communicate effectively
- The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
- A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
- A knowledge of contemporary issues
- An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
Program Educational Objectives
Our graduates will be:
- Successful practitioners in Aerospace Science Engineering or related fields in industry, private practice or government.
- Engaged in graduate studies or continuing education endeavors in engineering or related fields.
- Engaged in professional development by participating in structured professional activities.
- Achieving broader opportunities for economically disadvantaged K-12 students through national pre-college programs.
- Generating and nurturing interest into Aerospace Science Engineering field though informative programs and activities.
- Encouraging students to assist K-12 students in attaining their own educational potential through tutoring and mentoring in local schools.
- Encouraging transitional design related research in the undergraduate program.
- Conducting research in Aerospace Science Engineering seeking to discover new knowledge and to better understand the current body of knowledge.
- Transferring research into the educational program at an early stage through involving students in conducing and reporting results of such research.