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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

In the aeronautical engineering major, studies in aerodynamics, flight mechanics, propulsion, aircraft structures and experimental methods prepare cadets to succeed in either of the two-course design sequences, aircraft design or aircraft engine design. Cadets will work on real-world design problems in our cutting-edge aeronautics laboratory, featuring several wind tunnels and jet engines. Many opportunities exist for cadets to participate in summer research at various universities and companies across the country.

The Aeronautical Engineering major is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

POTENTIAL JOB ASSIGNMENTS
Within the Air Force
  • 11x – Pilot
  • 62E – Developmental Engineer
    • Special Programs Office
    • Test & Evaluation
    • Research & Development
  • 63X – Acquisitions (Program Manager)
Outside the Air Force
  • Aeronautical R&D Engineer
  • Engineering Management
  • Test & Evaluation
  • Defense Contractor

SAMPLE COURSES
  • Aircraft Dynamic Stability and Control
  • Flight Test Techniques
  • Aircraft Feedback Control Systems
  • Aircraft Engine Design
SUGGESTED COURSE SEQUENCE
4th CLASS YEAR (FRESHMAN) 3RD CLASS YEAR (SOPHOMORE) 2ND CLASS YEAR (JUNIOR) 1ST CLASS YEAR (SENIOR)
Beh Sci 110 Aero Engr 210/315 Aero Engr 341 Aero Design Option
Chem 100 Aero Engr 241 Aero Engr 342 Aero Elective
Com Sci 110 Chem 200 Aero Engr 351 Aero Mat/Structure
English 111 Econ 201 Aero Engr 352 Aero Engr 442
For Lang 1 Engr Mech 220 Aero Engr 361 Aero Engr 471
For Lang 2 Engr Mech 330 ECE 315 Astro Engr 481
History 100 Law 220 English 211 Astro Engr 310
Math 141 Math 243 Engr Mech 320 Engr Mech 332
Math 142 Math 245 Math 346 History 300
Physics 110 Physics 215 Math 356 Soc Sci 311
  Pol Sci 211 MSS 251 Soc Sci 412
    Philos 310  

 

For full program requirements and course descriptions, download the current Curriculum Handbook.

ACCREDITATION INFORMATION

The Aeronautical Engineering degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

To ensure the success of our graduates, we prepare them to achieve the following Program Educational Objectives within two to five years after graduation:

  • Recognition as successful Air Force officers through demonstration of their ability to:
    • Rapidly acquire required knowledge
    • Lead others effectively
    • Apply ethical and moral standards
    • Improve unit performance by application of organizational skills
    • Make sound decisions based on critical thinking
    • Communicate effectively
  • Selection for career training on, or ahead of, schedule, and for a progression of assignments of increasing responsibility
  • Demonstrated ability to solve Air Force technical problems
  • Success in continuing education

These objectives are assessed through Student Outcomes—the skills, knowledge and behaviors students should acquire before graduation. The outcomes for this program are:

  • Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • Design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • Lead and function on multidisciplinary teams
  • Identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
  • Understand professional and ethical responsibility
  • Communicate effectively, both written and orally
  • Understand the impact of engineering solutions in a military, global, economic, environmental and societal context
  • Recognize the need for and ability to engage in life-long learning
  • Know contemporary issues
  • Use techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
CONTACT US

Major Judson Babcock
Assistant Professor and DFAN Executive Officer
Judson.Babcock@usafa.edu
(719) 333-3438

Colonel John D. Cinnamon
Department Head of Aeronautics
(719) 333-4010

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