Aerospace Engineering

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Unmanned aerial systems, airplane and space vehicle design, propulsion, flight technology, aerodynamics and astrodynamics, aerospace materials and structures, aerospace modeling and simulations, and sensing and control of aerospace systems are all components of our aerospace engineering degree. The aerospace engineering program at Rutgers provides a broad and multi-disciplinary education in the fundamentals of aircraft and spacecraft design. Rutgers is currently the only public university in New Jersey offering an aerospace engineering degree.

The aerospace degree program includes courses in spacecraft mission design, propulsion, mechanical control systems, system dynamics and controls, orbital mechanics, and power plants, among others. Proactive learning opportunities utilize classroom studying in applications and design, leading to a final aerospace design project in the senior year.

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Career prospects for aerospace engineers extend beyond the aeronautics field into other industrial sectors such as advanced manufacturing, energy, and automotive. Rutgers' corporate partnerships and alumni relations at leading aeronautic organizations, includ­ing NASA and the New Jersey Space Grant Consortium, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and others, help generate student internships and careers. Find out more about AE careers>>

Aerospace Engineering Degrees Offered

  • BS
  • BS/BS Five-Year Dual Degree
  • BS/MS Five-Year Dual Degree
  • BS/MBA

AE Highlights

  • Rutgers is the only public university in New Jersey to offer an aerospace degree.
  • Rutgers is one of six FAA-designated test sites for advancing the integration of drones into national airspace.
  • New Emil Buehler Aerospace Lab is a two-story testing space for drones and aerospace projects.
  • Faculty members include aerospace engi­neering experts. 

AE Hands-On Experience

  • Year-long aerospace capstone design experience includes students working in teams to conceptualize, design, and manu­facture aerospace system prototypes.
  • Research and teaching facilities include the state-of-the-art Buehler Supersonic Wind Tunnel and desktop and stand alone sub­sonic wind tunnels.
  • Build autonomous and wired controls, robotic systems, and unmanned aerial vehicles
  • Active flight control, computational simu­lations of aerospace structures, propul­sion, computational flow dynamics and visualization, autonomous control, lunar and Martian habitats, flexible robotic mechanisms, aerial micro vehicles, control and flight characteristics of high speed vehicles, space situation awareness, air and water autonomous vehicles, material systems for aerospace structures, and lightweight multifunctional materials.

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