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College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture

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, the new STEM-designated 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
  • materials and structures testing equipment
  • controls instrumentation
  • thermos/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, as well as the turbomachinery concentration in mechanical 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. Five new courses offered distinctly under this program will focus on aerospace fundamentals, materials/structures, flight and orbital mechanics, system controls, and system design.

Degree Requirements

More information, including a complete list of degree requirements, will be available in the 21-22 Academic Year Course Catalog (published late August).

Core Classes

  • 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 337 | Thermodynamics II
  • ME 343 | Aerodynamics
  • ME 422 | Fundamentals of Turbomachinery

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 three 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. 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

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.

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 in Fall 2021.

Our Faculty

Claudio Campana
Applied Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering

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Howard Canistraro
Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering

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

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Edward Diehl
PE; Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering

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

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Reihaneh Jamshidi
Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering

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Christopher Jasinski
Assistant Professor; Honors Program Coordinator
Mechanical Engineering

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Ivana Milanovic
Professor
Mechanical Engineering

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Enrico Obst
Visiting Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering

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Mark Orelup
Adjunct Faculty
Mechanical Engineering

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Allan Penda
Adjunct Faculty
Mechanical Engineering

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

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

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Akin Tatoglu
Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering

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

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