What is Aerospace Engineering?
Aerospace engineering is concerned with the design, construction, and science of aircraft and spacecraft. It is divided into two major and overlapping branches: aeronautical engineering and astronautical engineering. The former deals with craft that stay within Earth's atmosphere, and the latter with craft that operate outside it.
Aerospace engineers design, develop, and test aircraft, spacecraft, and missiles, and supervise their manufacture. Those who work with aircraft are called aeronautical engineers, and those working specifically with spacecraft are called astronautical engineers. Aerospace engineers develop new technologies for use in aviation, defense systems, and space exploration, often specializing in areas such as structures, propulsion systems, vehicle movement and control, communications, and overall vehicle design.
- Our graduates will be successful in their professional careers, including industry, government service, and academia, in the State of Maryland and beyond.
- Our graduates will contribute to the creation of useful new products, or the generation of original research, by analyzing and implementing solutions to relevant problems in the component disciplines of Aerospace Engineering.
- Our graduates will contribute effectively when part of an integrated team, clearly communicating with team members, supervisors, and clients.
- Our graduates will understand the societal context in which their profession is practiced, and will successfully adapt to future developments in both technology and the employment market.
As a result of completing our undergraduate program, our students should have developed the following skills:
- Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics
- Ability to apply knowledge of basic science (chemistry, physics)
- Ability to apply knowledge of engineering principles
- Ability to use computers to solve engineering problems
- Ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
- Ability to design and conduct experiments
- Ability to analyze and interpret data
- Ability to design a component, system, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints
- Ability to use the techniques, skills, and tools of modern engineering practice
- Ability to write effectively
- Ability to speak effectively
- Ability to function effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team
- Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
- Knowledge of contemporary issues in engineering
- Understanding of the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
- Awareness of the need to continually upgrade my technical knowledge base and skills