Propulsion Education

The Propulsion Research Center actively supports and promotes propulsion education activities at the local and national level. The PRC works closely with the UAH Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering by teaching and developing courses in all aspects of propulsion and propulsion-related technologies.

The Johnson Research Center houses Charger Rocket Works, a senior design course that designs and builds high powered rockets with scientific payloads. We also participate in and provide safety training for our staff and students. At the national level, PRC personnel lead short courses, workshops, and technical sessions.


Charger Rocket Works is a University Student Launch Initiative (USLI) team at UAH. Charger Rocket Works seeks to further the knowledge of high power rocketry. The program provides real world engineering experience through a student-lead design, build, and launch program.

UAH has been national champions in these competitions for many years. The Charger Rocket Works team recently participated in a Level II competition. This involved launching a rocket to 10,000 feet from NASA’s Wallops Test Flight Facility in Virginia.

Safety Training

The PRC recognizes the importance of safety training to our operation. Safety training for all personnel of the PRC includes the following:

  • First Aid/CPR/AED
  • Cryogenics
  • Oxygen safety (both gaseous and liquid)
  • Hydrogen safety
  • High voltage
  • Vacuum systems
  • High pressure systems (specialized to the specific project)

ASEE Sessions

Dr. Robert Frederick serves as a meeting organizer for the ASEE (American Society of Engineering Educators) session in the AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) Joint Propulsion Conference.  As the event organizer, Dr. Frederick solicits papers on propulsion education and selects chairs to lead these sessions.  He is also responsible for organizing panel sessions and workshops on propulsion education topics.

Visit the Call for Papers section of AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference at the AIAA Website to offer a paper for these sessions.

Undergraduate Courses

Visit the UAH Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering site for undergraduate information and list of courses.

Graduate Courses

Visit the UAH Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering site for graduate information and catalog.