College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture
BS in Aerospace Engineering
The only program of its kind in Connecticut, the aerospace engineering program offers students the opportunity to learn technical concepts relevant to aerospace engineering and design.
CETA's project-based curriculum will prepare you to master specialized skills that are essential to creating, developing, and improving aircraft and spacecraft.
About the Major
The aerospace engineering program exposes students to different aspects of the aerospace industry. Students will have the opportunity to explore which part of engineering complements their passions, interests, and skillset.
- On the aeronautics side, the coursework focuses on aeroacoustics and noise problems, vertical take-off, landing systems (drones or helicopters), and aircraft engine research. Students will finish the semester with a design-build-fly (DBF) capstone project that requires them to build their own remotely piloted vehicles.
By graduation, students will be able to apply the fundamentals of engineering analysis and design to the formulation and solution of emerging technical problems within their discipline of choice.
Our program offers industry-standard equipment and collaborative spaces for students to engage in hands-on learning. These resources include:
Pratt & Whitney Turbomachinery Laboratory: Equipped with wind tunnels for testing speed, movement, and airflow.
Large-scale turbomachinery cascade tunnel
Boundary layer tunnel
Low-speed tunnel with 6-axis force balance
Materials and structures testing equipment
Thermal/fluids experimental setups
UHart also shares close ties with Pratt & Whitney, and NASA. Many of our distinguished faculty have conducted research projects at NASA research centers.
About the Minor
The minor in aerospace engineering provides students matriculating into other degree programs at the University of Hartford with an introduction to the discipline of aerospace engineering. The minor in aerospace engineering consists of three required courses and three courses from the list below for a total of 18 credits.
For more information, and to see a complete list of degree requirements, visit the Course Catalog.
- ME 343 | Aerodynamics
- ME 230 | Flight Mechanics
- ME 420 | Gas Dynamics
- ME 421 | Gas Turbine Analysis
- ME 423 | Aerospace Dynamics, Stability, and Control
- ME 424 | Aerospace Structures
- ME 425 | Orbital Mechanics
- ME 422 | Fundamentals of Turbomachinery
- ME 423 | Aerospace Dynamics, Stability, & Control
- ME 455 | Applied Computational Fluid Dynamics
- ME 500 | Convective Heat and Momentum Transfer
- ME 506 | Principles of Combustion
- ME 533 | Turbomachinery Noise Control
- ME 554 | Advanced Fluid Mechanics
- ME 564 | Aerodynamic Design of Turbines and Compressors
The Aerospace Engineering program seeks to prepare our graduates for productive, rewarding careers in the engineering profession. During their careers, our alumni
1. will become successful practicing engineers in a wide range of aerospace engineering fields and will advance professionally by accepting responsibilities and, potentially, pursuing leadership roles (PEO1);
2. will advance their knowledge of engineering, both formally and informally, by engaging in lifelong learning experiences (PEO2); and
3. will, as contributing members of multidisciplinary engineering teams, successfully apply the fundamentals of engineering analysis and engineering design to the formulation and solution of emerging technical problems (PEO3).
The student learning outcomes of the aerospace engineering program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering degree will prepare graduates of the program to attain the program's educational objectives.
Student outcomes (1) through (7) are articulated as follows:
(1) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
(2) an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
(3) an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
(4) an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
(5) an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
(6) an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
(7) an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
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Connecticut ranks fourth nationally in terms of Aerospace & Defense (A&D) workers, offering an overwhelmingly positive career outlook for aerospace students. Numerous industry leaders such as Lockheed Martin, Sikorsky, Kaman Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney, Collins Aerospace, Raytheon Technologies, and more are within 50 miles of Hartford, CT, providing a solid industry network for UHart graduates to pursue.
BS in Aerospace Engineering, 2023
My ultimate dream is to become a commercial airline pilot. A degree in aerospace engineering is a great way to bridge and open doors to many possibilities in the aerospace industry in particular. Being able to work with airplanes and/or improving their systems for the environment is my main career goal.