About This Degree
Aerospace engineers develop new technologies in the field of aviation, space exploration, and defense systems. They specialize in the design, development, testing, and maintenance of both commercial and military aircraft, spacecrafts and their components, as well as satellites and missiles.
The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering offers an MS and a PhD degree in aerospace engineering. Sometimes called Utah “Space” University, USU is ranked number two in the nation (2010) when it comes to funding for space research, according to the National Science Foundation. This funding, along with stellar faculty, has given the USU aerospace engineering program national recognition.
The USU rocket team, consisting of graduate and undergraduate students, took home the grand prize at NASA’s University Student Launch Initiative the last three years in a row. Also, through USU’s Space Dynamics Lab, USU holds the world record for the most student experiments sent into space.
Career And Outcomes
Graduates in aerospace engineering can pursue careers in the following areas:
- Aircraft manufacturing
- Spacecraft manufacturing
- Commercial airlines
- Federal agencies – NASA, Department of Defense, all branches of military
- Defense industry
- Space industry
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