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Aerospace Engineering & Engineering Mechanics

We're home to the second-oldest aerospace engineering program in the country with well-established ties to the aerospace industry locally and nationally. 

Modern aerospace systems become increasingly intricate as technology advances. Successful, safe, and sustainable aerospace engineering requires coordination of many interrelated processes and systems. 

Our Programs

By encompassing the areas of aeronautics and astronautics, the aerospace engineering program at UC prepares you to analyze, design and implement aerospace systems to become the next generation of explorers. You'll build a foundation in the contemporary aerospace engineering principles required to innovate in a variety of fields and learn to design and develop flight vehicles and aerospace systems like avionics, propulsion, remote sensing and autonomous navigation.

Course work includes the analysis and design of aircraft, spacecraft, missiles, rockets and satellites. Students engage in hands-on training in the fields of fluid mechanics, propulsion, structures, controls and electronics. Computer skills are increasingly vital in the aerospace industry, so students also take courses in computer-aided design, structural analysis and simulation studies.

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Alaska Airlines hires its first UC engineering co-op student

October 26, 2023

For University of Cincinnati aerospace engineering student Madison Byrd, her final co-op rotation was noteworthy for more than one reason. Byrd's co-op with Alaska Airlines marked both her final rotation as an undergraduate student and the first UC student to work for the West Coast airline.


UC engineer designs robots to fix satellites

October 2, 2023

The path to higher education looks different for every student. For doctoral student Andrew Barth, the inspiration to pursue a Ph.D. came after fifteen years in the aerospace engineering industry. While at the University of Cincinnati, Barth has been involved in several professional conferences, high school and undergraduate outreach programs, and was recently named Graduate Student Engineer of the Month by the College of Engineering and Applied Science.


Aerospace engineer studying electric aircraft battery health

September 13, 2023

After earning his bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from the University of the Basque Country (EHU) in his home country of Spain, graduate student Jon Ander Martin came to the University of Cincinnati through a dual degree partnership between the two universities. Inspired by a lifelong fascination with aviation, he earned his master’s in aerospace engineering and continued at UC for his Ph.D. program. His research project focuses on battery health management of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for space exploration. He works under the guidance of Kelly Cohen, professor of aerospace engineering, and was selected as Graduate Student Engineer of the Month by the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

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