The Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics maintains internationally recognized academic programs in Aerospace and Avionics engineering via ongoing consultation with students, faculty, industry, and aerospace professionals. Results of these consultations are used in a process of continuous academic improvement to provide the best possible education for our students.
The aerospace engineer is primarily concerned with the design, analysis, testing, and overall operation of vehicles which operate in air, water, and space. The curriculum is designed to provide the student with an education in the fundamental principles of aerodynamics, flight dynamics, propulsion, structural mechanics, flight controls, design, testing, and space technologies. A wide variety of opportunities awaits the aerospace engineering graduate in research, development, design, production, sales, and management in the aerospace industry, and in many related industries in which fluid flow, control, and transportation problems play major roles.
The term avionics is a combination of the words aviation and electronics. Avionics are the electronic systems used on Aerospace Vehicles such as aircraft, satellites, and spacecraft. The systems include navigation, communications, display and management of multiple systems, and hundreds of other systems fitted to Aerospace Vehicle for performance of different functions. They may have implementation of Artificial Intelligence paradigms and development of new software based controls for autonomous systems. The systems may be as simple as a searchlight for a patrolling helicopter to complicated systems like fully functional tactical system for an airborne early warning platform integrated with on ground control center for live relay of information. The field of Avionics plays a vital role in modernization initiatives related to life cycle support of Aerospace Platforms. Cockpit of manned aircraft and control room of an unmanned aircraft are typical locations for avionic equipment.