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What makes the University of Maryland's aerospace program different from other schools?

The Department of Aerospace is a stand-alone department, meaning we are not part of a larger department, but instead we are a separate and distinct discipline. On some campuses, aerospace is a division of the mechanical engineering department. At Maryland, we have approximately 22 professors who predominantly or solely teach aerospace courses to our undergraduate and graduate students.

To help keep students excited about aerospace engineering, students will take at least one aerospace course every semester.  The first aerospace course, ENAE100, is typically taken during the student’s first semester on campus.  This course is designed to provide students with a practical introduction and further ignite their excitement of aerospace engineering.  In this course, students will get hands-on research experience working in a faculty member’s lab on an aerospace-related project. 

Due to our large research budget, over half of our undergraduate students are employed in one of our many research labs on campus. These research opportunities may begin as early as your freshman year, but most students begin their employment in their sophomore or junior year. Our students are able to take the knowledge gained in the classroom and utilize it in a hands-on experience in a research lab or center.

We are located in a geographical area which is rich in Co-op, internships, summer and full-time job opportunities. The campus is less than five minutes from NASA Goddard and the College Park Metro Station which is part of the Washington, D.C. Metro System. Numerous industry and government posts can be obtained in and around the D.C. and Baltimore corridor.

Want to learn more?

In addition to the information available on our website, there are several opportunities to learn more about the Department of Aerospace Engineering, the Clark School of Engineering, and the University of Maryland:

To learn more about the University of Maryland:

To learn more about the Clark School of Engineering:

To learn more about the Department of Aerospace Engineering:

  • The department participates in the University’s Open Houses.
    During an Open House or Visit Maryland Day event, prospective students and families will have the opportunity to speak with department faculty and staff, meet current students, take tours of aerospace research labs and campus services, and learn more about academic and student services.
  • The department participates in Maryland Day, which takes place every year on the last Saturday in April.  This campus open house will feature tours of several aerospace and other engineering research centers and labs.  The Dean gives information sessions about the Clark School of engineering, and faculty, students, and staff will be on hand to answer questions.
  • The department offers prospective undergraduate students the opportunity to speak with an advisor during normal business hours (M-F 8:40-4:30pm).  If you are interested in scheduling an appointment, please complete our online form, and someone from our office will contact you. Link to the Prospective AE Undergraduate Visit Request Form.

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