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BS in Aerospace Engineering

Students pursuing the aerospace engineering program will develop in-demand skills in the fundamental science and technologies to create, develop, and improve aircraft and spacecraft.

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About the Major

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The only program of its kind in Connecticut, UHart's new aerospace engineering undergraduate program offers students the opportunity to learn technical concepts relevant to aerospace engineering and design, utilizing the current equipment and facilities in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Acoustical Engineering. Spaces include:

  • wind tunnels, including:
    • large-scale turbomachinery cascade tunnel
    • boundary layer tunnel
    • low-speed tunnel with 6-axis force balance
    • water table
  • materials and structures testing equipment
  • controls instrumentation
  • thermal/fluids experimental setups

Explore broad engineering principles needed to develop the specialized skills that are essential for careers in aerospace engineering, including fundamentals in mechanical and electrical engineering. Through multi-disciplinary curricula and faculty-led research, you will apply what you learn with these state-of-the-art facilities and tools readily available to you. This program focuses on aerodynamics, aerospace materials and structures, aircraft design, flight stability and control, orbital mechanics, and propulsion systems.

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.

Degree Requirements

For more information, and to see a complete list of degree requirements, visit the Course Catalog.

Core Classes

  • 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

Professional Electives

  • 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

Career Outlook

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The newly added aerospace engineering program comes at a time when the field of aerospace engineering is growing. According to Bureau Labor of Statistics, with a 3-percent job outlook projected growth on the national level and a 7.3-percent job outlook projected growth locally in Connecticut over the next decade, students will be able to explore rewarding careers as practicing engineers in a wide range of aerospace engineering fields. This is because there is a growing industry around aerospace that continues to service suppliers around the world. Professionals in this field can earn an average median salary of over $116,500.

 

Program Director Paul Slaboch Interviewed By NBC Connecticut on Aerospace Program

Explore Your Options

Aerospace engineers can also work in a large number of fields besides aerospace, including:

  • Automotive (vehicle aerodynamics)
  • Sporting (everything from race cars to golf balls)
  • All other forms of transportation (trains, boats, cycling, etc.)
  • Construction and building design for aerodynamic loads
  • Drones and autonomous air vehicles

During their careers, graduates of this program may go on to work at well-renowned aerospace companies*, including:

  • Raytheon Technologies and its subsidiaries
  • Pratt & Whitney
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Sikorsky
  • NASA
  • Kaman Aerospace

*all, with the exception of NASA, are located right here in Connecticut

Alba Marcelin

BS in Aerospace Engineering, 2023

Alba Marcelin ’23, an aerospace engineering major, became interested in airports and planes at an early age. As she got older, she realized she could make a career out of this interest.

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.

Hands-On Learning Experiences

Inside the Aerospace and Turbomachinery Labs

Students pursuing the aerospace engineering program will have dedicated spaces housed in the University's new state-of-the-art academic building scheduled to open this fall. Check out some of our spaces below:

Our Faculty

Claudio Campana
Applied Assistant Professor
Mechanical, Aerospace, and Acoustical Engineering

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Howard Canistraro
Associate Professor
Mechanical, Aerospace, and Acoustical Engineering

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Robert Celmer
Program Director, Acoustical Engineering Program; Professor
Mechanical, Aerospace, and Acoustical Engineering

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Edward Diehl
PE; Assistant Professor
Mechanical, Aerospace, and Acoustical Engineering

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Suhash Ghosh
Associate Director, Center for Manufacturing and Metrology; Associate Professor
Mechanical, Aerospace, and Acoustical Engineering

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Reihaneh Jamshidi
Assistant Professor
Mechanical, Aerospace, and Acoustical Engineering

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Christopher Jasinski
Assistant Professor; Honors Program Coordinator
Mechanical, Aerospace, and Acoustical Engineering

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Ivana Milanovic
Professor
Mechanical, Aerospace, and Acoustical Engineering

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Enrico Obst
Visiting Assistant Professor
Mechanical, Aerospace, and Acoustical Engineering

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Mark Orelup
Adjunct Faculty
Mechanical, Aerospace, and Acoustical Engineering

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Allan Penda
Adjunct Faculty
Mechanical, Aerospace, and Acoustical Engineering

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Chittaranjan Sahay
Vernon D. Roosa Distinguished Professor; Director, Center for Manufacturing and Metrology
Mechanical, Aerospace, and Acoustical Engineering

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Paul Slaboch
PE; Program Director, Aerospace Engineering; Associate Professor
Mechanical, Aerospace, and Acoustical Engineering

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Akin Tatoglu
Associate Professor
Mechanical, Aerospace, and Acoustical Engineering

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Cy Yavuzturk
Department Chair; Program Director, Mechanical Engineering; Director, Clean Energy Institute; Professor
Mechanical, Aerospace, and Acoustical Engineering

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