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Engineering Division

AERONAUTICS

Supports cadets, the Air Force, and the world through studies in aerodynamics, flight mechanics, propulsion, aircraft structures, and experimental methods.

ABOUT US

Since its inception, the U.S. Air Force Academy has been a major contributor to technological developments and the security of the United States through aerospace studies. More than 60 years later, the Department of Aeronautics continues to support cadets, the Air Force, and the world through a variety of studies in aerodynamics, flight mechanics, propulsion, aircraft structures, and experimental methods. Cadets interested in Aeronautical Engineering have two course design sequences to choose from—aircraft design or aircraft engine design.

Visiting Faculty Opportunity

The Department of Aeronautics at the U.S. Air Force Academy is seeking fresh perspectives on aeronautical engineering education. To that end, I am inviting you to apply to USAFA’s Visiting Faculty Program and join us from June 29, 2020 to May 27, 2021 (one academic year). Find out More…

The Aeronautical Engineering and Systems Engineering majors are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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August 10, 2020

USAFA Pandemic Math Team

Maj Erin Almand tests COVID samples By Nicole Cox, USAFA Graduate Liaison When USAFA made the difficult decision to send the majority of the cadet wing home in March, its faculty and staff immediately got to work to find ways to protect cadets and the USAFA mission. Experts from multiple disciplines came together to tackle the problem and answer an important question from the Superintendent: how might we safely return the entire cadet wing to USAFA for in-person instruction during the ongoing pandemic? Maj Erin Almand, a 2009 Graduate and Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology, had an answer....

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July 13, 2020

USAFA Recognizes Class of 2020 Top Graduate

On Thursday 9 July Lt Gen Silveria recognized the USAFA Class of 2020 Top Graduate, 2Lt Zack Bailey during a small ceremony in Polaris Hall. Lt Bailey was also recognized as the Outstanding Cadet in Mechanical Engineering, the Outstanding Cadet in Engineering and the Outstanding Cadet in Academic Performance. Lt Bailey is a recipient of the Marshall Scholarship and is on his way to King’s College London in the fall. Congratulations Lt Bailey!

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June 19, 2020

AF Academy remembers 2017 graduate, pilot ‘Kage’ Allen

Story by Ray Bowden, June 19, 2020 U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- The Air Force Academy graduate who died earlier this week when his fighter jet crashed into the North Sea is remembered for his smile and love for people. First Lt. Kenneth Allen, 27, was assigned to the 493rd Fighter Squadron at Royal Air Force Lakenheath’s 48th Fighter Wing, England, when his F-15C fighter jet went down off the East Yorkshire coast, June 15. Allen was from Perry, Utah. He left the Academy in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering and went on to pilot training...

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