Aerospace Systems Engineering Program

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Department of Mechanical Engineering
Auburn Science and Engineering Center (ASEC), 101
The University of Akron
Akron, OH 44325-3903
    Tel: 330-972-7672
    Fax: 330-972-6027

Dr. Sergio Felicelli
Professor and Chair
    sergio@uakron.edu

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MS
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Aerospace Systems Engineering Program

Outside of the U.S. Air Force Academy, The University of Akron is the only institution in the U. S. that offers a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Systems Engineering. Our curriculum applies the principles of systems engineering to the aerospace industry, which is integral to Ohio and the region.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that nearly 55,000 aerospace engineering jobs will need filled between 2010 and 2020 due to growth and replacement needs.

Entrance Requirements

Entrance requirements are similar to those required by the University Honors College. Those requirements are to:

  • Achieve (usually 2 of 3 required):
    1. High school cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.50
    2. High school class rank among the highest 10%
    3. ACT composite score of at least 27 or SAT combined score of at least 1,200 (old test)/ 1,800 (new test)
  • Submit an essay on an assigned subject
  • Be interviewed by faculty of the University

Aerospace Systems Engineering Curriculum

Co-Op Students

1st Year (32)
Fall (15) Spring (16) Summer
4900:165 Tools for Aerospace Systems Engineering 2
3150:151 Principles of Chemistry I 3
3150:152 Principles of Chemistry I Lab 1
3300:111 English Comp[osition I 4
3450:221 Calculus I 4
5540: Physical Education 1
4900:166 Aerospace Systems Project Management 1
3300:112 English Composition II 3
3450:222 Calculus II 4
3650:291 Physics I 4
7600: Speech (105 or 106) 3
- Social Science Elective 3
Internship
2nd Year (67)
Fall (18)
Spring (15)
Summer
4300:201 Statics 3
3250:244 Intro. to Economic Anal. 3
3400:210 Humanities-West. Trad. I 4
3450:223 Calculus III 4
3650:292 Physics II 4
4600:203 Dynamics 3
4600:260 Engineering Analysis I 2
4300:202 Mechanics of Solids 3
4400:320 Basic Electrical Engineering 4
3450:335 Differential Equations 3
Co-op Assignment
3rd Year (90)
Fall (16)
Spring Summer (9)
4900:240 Aero. Sys. Engr. I 3
4900:336 Aerospace Structures 3
4600:300 Thermodynamics I 3
4600:310 Fluid Mechanics I 2
4600:360 Engr. Analysis II 2
6200:201 Accounting Prin. I 3
Co-op Assignment
4900:340 Avionics I & Lab 3
4900:380 Aerospace Materials 3
4900:470 Human Factors Engr. 3
4th Year (107)
Fall Spring (16)
Summer
Co-op Assignment
4600:315 Heat Transfer 3
4600:337 Design of Mech. Comp. 3
4600:411 Compressible Fluid Mech. 3
4600:413 Intro. to Aerodynamics 3
4600:483 Measurements Lab 2
- Area Studies & Cultural Div. 2
Co-op Assignment
5th Year (139)
Fall (15)
Spring (17)
4900:320 Aero. Sys. Engr. II 3
4600:112 Fundamentals of Flight 3
4600:414 Intro. to Aero. Propulsion 3
4600:400 Thermal System Components
4600:460 Concepts of Design 3
4900:420 Object Oriented Des. & Mgt. 3
4900:440 Avionics II & Lab 3
4900:450 Aerospace Computations 3
4900:460 Aerospace Systems Mfg. 3
4900:490 Aerospace Design Project 2
- Humanities Elective I 3

A total of 139 semester credits are required for the program with two additional hours for students in the Honors College.

For completion of this degree program, students will need to complete several required Co-Ops with corporations or governmental entities. If you are not a citizen or national of the United States or a permanent resident alien you may not be able to participate in the Co-Ops based on export control laws and will not be able to complete the degree program. If you are not a citizen or national of the United States or a permanent resident alien please contact the Dean’s office to determine if you will be able to complete the degree program prior to admission into the program.

Student Outcomes - B.S. Aerospace Systems Engineering

  1. Apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering in a logical and discerning manner.
  2. Design and perform laboratory experiments for aerospace systems engineering; know how to analyze and interpret results.
  3. Design thermal, fluid, mechanical, control systems, airborne structures and propulsion systems related to aerospace systems engineering to meet specifications within environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability constraints.
  4. Participate effectively in teams involving several disciplines.
  5. Identify, formulate, and solve problems in aerospace systems engineering by applying first principles, including open-ended problems.
  6. Develop practical solutions for aerospace systems engineering problems under professional and ethical constraints.
  7. Communicate effectively with written, oral, and visual means in a technical setting.
  8. Understand the impact of engineering in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context. 
  9. Be prepared for a lifetime of continuing education.
  10. Know about contemporary issues in engineering.
  11. Have an ability to use modern modeling and simulation techniques, and computing tools.

Enrollment and Graduation Data

Fall 2013 enrollment in the Bachelor of Science aerospace systems engineering program was 60 students. There were no graduates of the program for the 2012-2013 academic year. The first graduates of the program will graduate in May 2014.

Program Educational Objectives - B.S. Aerospace Systems Engineering

    1. Practice the aerospace systems engineering disciplines successfully within community accepted standards.
    2. Acquire teamwork and communications skills to develop a successful career in aerospace systems engineering.
    3. Fulfill professional and ethical responsibilities in the practice of aerospace systems engineering, including social, environmental and economical considerations.
    4. Engage in professional service, such as participation in professional society and community service.
    5. Engage in life-long learning activities, such as graduate studies or professional workshops.
    6. Develop a professional career in the prevailing market that meets personal goals, objectives and desires.