Aerospace Systems Engineering


Note: This major is available only to domestic students.

This program trains engineers to become future project managers for the aerospace industry. The rigorous curriculum offers a unique blend of courses in mathematics and science, business, and mechanical and aerospace engineering. Students graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Systems Engineering.

Other distinctive features of the program include an internship following the student’s first year of study and four mandatory co-op periods, during which systems topics will be covered. In addition, students will be required to participate on the Society of Automotive Engineers Aero Design team, beginning in their first year.

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Our faculty

  • are innovative and interactive
  • incorporate real engineering design challenges into courses
  • conduct research year-round in state-of-the-art facilities

Akron Advantage

Hands-on research

Experience mechanical engineering firsthand by working alongside faculty at one of our research facilities, including:

  • NSF I/UCRC Center for Tire Research (CenTiRe)
  • 3D Printing of Smart Structures Lab
  • Conquer Chiari Research Center
  • Acoustic/Elastic Composite Metamaterials Lab
  • Computational Aerodynamics Lab
  • Electrospun Polymer Adhesives Lab
  • Micro/Nano Engineering Lab
  • Microelectromechanical Systems Lab
  • Multi-scale Modeling of Damage and Failure of Materials Lab
  • High-Temperature Lab
  • Surface Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing Lab
  • Nonlinear Dynamics and Structural Mechanics Lab
  • Autonomous Systems Lab
  • Advanced Energy & Sensor Lab
  • Solid Mechanics Lab
  • Human Factors Engineering Lab

Real-world experience

Gain important practical professional experience through the optional cooperative education program in the engineering field of your choice. Through co-op, you’ll alternate semesters of work and school following your sophomore year. As an added benefit, you’ll earn a competitive salary.

Join one of the award-winning UA design competition teams popular with aerospace engineering students, like Aero Design or Akronauts Rocketry.

Student organizations

Interact with other engineering students and professionals in the field through organizations and groups including:

  • Tau Beta Pi (engineering honors society)
  • Women in Engineering
  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineering
  • Society of Automotive Engineers
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Sample Curriculum

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Career Opportunities

The aerospace systems engineering degree provides students with a rigorous engineering background, and training in cost accounting, leadership and functioning in teams. The material presented gives students a breadth of knowledge that will serve them well in engineering or management positions.

Career outlook

Aerospace systems engineers design and build aircraft, missiles, systems for national defense, or spacecraft. Aerospace engineers are employed primarily in manufacturing, analysis and design, R&D, and the federal government.

Career Services

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