Aerospace Engineering Option

Aerospace engineering is a diverse and rapidly changing field which consists of four primary technology areas: aerodynamics, structures and materials, propulsion, and flight mechanics. Aerospace engineers have traditionally applied their knowledge in these areas to the design and development of high performance flight systems such as aircraft, spacecraft, missiles and rockets. However, today's aerospace engineer may also participate in new areas such as ground transportations systems (automobiles, trains and nautical craft) and environmental aerodynamics (wind loads on structures, atomospheric pollutant dispersal). Therefore, the field of aerospace engineering is interdisciplinary in nature and draws upon knowledge from many of the traditional sciences.