Academics | College of Aeronautics and Engineering | Kent State University

Statistics indicate that at the start of the 21st century, employment opportunities will be the greatest in engineering and high-technology fields. Kent State University’s College of Aeronautics and Engineering offers nationally accredited applied engineering and technology programs that provide students with the skills needed to compete in today’s job market.

The College offers several programs at the bachelor’s and master’s degree levels. With a talented faculty and flexible schedules that include evening, weekend, distance-learning and Web-based classes, the College has a program to match students’ needs and interests.

Construction Management will now be offered through the College of Architecture and Environmental Design.

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Aeronautical Systems Engineering Technology, BS

The Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Systems Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. The Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Systems Engineering Technology prepares graduates to enter careers in the design, installation, manufacturing, testing, evaluation, technical sales and maintenance of aeronautical/aerospace systems.

Students gain technical expertise in engineering materials, statics, strength of materials, applied aerodynamics, applied propulsion and electronics. Graduates will have strengths in the analysis, applied design, development, implementation and oversight of more advanced aeronautical/aerospace systems and processes.

The mission of the Aeronautical Systems Engineering Technology program is to prepare students for entry-level positions or graduate-level education in aeronautical systems, systems engineering, engineering technology, or other closely-related fields upon graduation.

Study Objective

The objective of the Aeronautical Systems Engineering Technology program is to prepare students for entry-level professional careers in aviation systems engineering and technology fields. The program education objectives are:

  1. Students shall demonstrate a thorough understanding of fundamental aeronautical concepts and practices
  2. Students shall understand attributes of a modern aviation professional
  3. Students shall apply engineering principles and practices to real-world design problems

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. An ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly-defined engineering technology activities
  2. An ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies
  3. An ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes
  4. An ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives
  5. An ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team
  6. An ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems
  7. An ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature
  8. An understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development
  9. An understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity
  10. A knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context
  11. A commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement

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Aeronautics, Aeronautical Studies, BS

The objective of the Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics, Aeronautical Studies is to prepare students for professional careers in aviation which require not only foundational knowledge of aviation but also specialized knowledge from associated disciplines.

Study Outcomes

  1. Students shall demonstrate a thorough understanding of fundamental concepts and practices in the aviation industry.
  2. Students shall possess an understanding of safety, strategic planning, organizational operations, and have the skills and attributes for applying the concepts to professional aviation organizations.
  3. Students shall have the ability to specialize in numerous areas of aviation.

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Aeronautics, Air Traffic Control, BS

The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics, Air Traffic Control is to prepare students for success at the FAA Academy and beyond by providing a broad knowledge of the aviation industry while honing the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities to succeed in air traffic control training. The program holds at its core the role as an academic program and the value added responsibility to the aviation academy to deliver the highest level of Air Traffic Control education available at a post-secondary institution.

Study Objective

The objective of the Aeronautics, Air Traffic Control, BS is to prepare students for careers as professional Air Traffic Controllers upon graduation. Under the FAA Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative the program will provide a continual pool of qualified applicants to fill developmental air traffic control specialist positions in both terminal and en route options.

Study Outcomes

  1. Students shall demonstrate a thorough understanding of fundamental aeronautical concepts and practices
  2. Students shall understand attributes of a modern aviation professional
  3. Students shall demonstrate a fundamental understanding of air traffic basics
  4. Students shall demonstrate the ability to effectively move traffic through all positions within the air traffic control environment

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Aeronautics, Aviation Management, BS

The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics, Aviation Management is to prepare students with the highest quality education for a career in aviation management and to provide the aviation industry with qualified candidates that possess skill sets comprised of solid management principles and technical skills consistent with those of successful aviation professionals.

Objective

The objective of the Aeronautics, Aviation Management, BS is to prepare students to be able to utilize current management theory and comprehensive aviation knowledge base to manage different segments of aviation.

Study Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to possess a working knowledge of the course material learned from technical and theoretical courses.
  2. Students shall demonstrate their use of techniques, skills and modern technology necessary for professional growth
  3. Students shall demonstrate a comprehensive working knowledge and application of aviation business management principles, practices and concepts.

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Aeronautics, Flight Technology, BS

The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics, Flight Technology is to prepare students to be professional pilots and enable them to qualify for Federal Aviation Administration certificates and ratings required for giving flight and ground instruction and commercial and instrument operations in FAR part 121 air carrier operations or business general aviation.

Study Objective

The objective of the Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics, Flight Technology is to prepare students for entry-level positions as a professional pilot.

Study Outcomes

  1. Students shall demonstrate a thorough understanding of fundamental aeronautical concepts and practices
  2. Students shall understand attributes of a modern aviation professional
  3. Students should demonstrate an ability to apply aeronautical knowledge and skills as well as communicate that knowledge to students as a flight instructor
  4. Students should possess the knowledge and skills to obtain a Commercial Pilot Airplane Multiengine Land with Instrument rating

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Aerospace Engineering, BS

The Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering focuses on the application of engineering principles to the design, manufacturing and functionality of aerospace vehicles such as aircraft, missiles and spacecraft, to include autonomous and semi-autonomous unmanned aerial systems. Students will gain an in-depth knowledge of aerodynamics, aerospace materials, structures, propulsion, flight mechanics and stability and control while being briefly exposed to orbital mechanics, control, space structures and rocket propulsion.

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Applied Engineering, Applied Engineering and Technology Management, BS

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Engineering, Applied Engineering and Technology Management is focused on the application of basic engineering principles, technological skills and management practices using a systems approach to solve complex technological problems. It also functions as a complete degree for students with engineering technology associate degrees. The majority of the coursework in the last two years focuses on the management of applied engineering. This program is ATMAE accredited.

The program includes instruction in fundamentals of engineering such as electronics, mechanical systems, CAD, materials, computer applications, quality, safety, sustainability and general management principles.

Study Outcomes

  1. Develop appropriate technology skills based on a broad knowledge of current technology to succeed in the changing knowledge economy
  2. Develop comprehensive knowledge and skills in the areas of manufacturing systems, electricity and electronics, computer aided design and programming in applied engineering, mechanical systems, management, and general technology
  3. Acquire a broad education in Technology and Applied Engineering that will enable successful employment in emerging jobs and careers

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Applied Engineering, Foundry Technology, BS

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Engineering, Foundry Technology prepares students for employment in the metal casting industry. Graduates of the program will have completed coursework in Materials and Processes, Cast Metals, Metallurgy and Material Science, Solid Modeling and Solidification and applied their knowledge and skills in the capstone course, Foundry Tooling and Pattern Making.This program is Foundry Educational Foundation (FEF) certified.

They will also have taken several management courses and have experience with programmable logic controllers, hydraulics and pneumatics and computer-aided manufacturing.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will:

  1. Develop technical competencies based on engineering principles.
  2. Integrate communications, social and physical sciences to develop critical thinking and quantitative skills.
  3. Develop the necessary skill set to solve complex technological problems from a systems and sustainability perspective.

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Computer Engineering Technology, BS

The Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering Technology provides students with the opportunity to study computer systems and software-hardware interface so that they are capable of analyzing the problems in the computer and networking industry and producing computer engineering, networking and software solutions. The major's curriculum includes materials necessary for students to be eligible for industry certifications (e.g., Cisco, Dell, Juniper Networks) for career advancement. This program is ATMAE accredited.

photo 2017 Juniper OS Bootcamp speaker and attendees
Photo: How did you spend your Spring Break? These students attended a free week-long Juniper Bootcamp! March 2017. Kent State University is part of the Juniper Networks Academic Alliance.

Computer engineering technologists focus on hardware or software issues. When companies need custom applications and network systems designed, they call the computer engineering technologist. In this age of heavy computer usage, with companies using computers for a large variety of functions, the computer engineering technologist is invaluable in keeping equipment running, updating software, maintaining connectivity and interfacing with users.

Computer engineering technologists typically work for large companies, installing, testing, operating and maintaining the computer network ins. They may also find employment with companies that sell computers, at computer repair stores or at independent emergency repair facilities. Other common work locations include computer and peripheral manufacturing facilities, computer distribution facilities, computer research facilities and educational institutions.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon program completion, successful graduates will have:

  1. A general understanding, and a depth of knowledge in core computer engineering concepts, principles and applications
  2. An understanding of recent, current, and upcoming trends and related applications in computer engineering
  3. An acknowledgement of necessary design steps involved in making complex computer systems; and a practical understanding of the skills necessary to analyze existing systems
  4. A practical knowledge of tools and techniques to design innovative solutions from requirements specifications
  5. An understanding of the ethical issues involved with the use of computer engineering related technologies; and a clear desire to strive for the best practices

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Mechanical Engineering Technology, BS

The Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology teaches design, operation, installation, maintenance and analysis of machinery. The program prepares students to become highly technical professionals in current and emerging fields using mechanical and computer-aided engineering. Students learn to develop innovative solutions to problems encountered in manufacturing. This program is ATMAE accredited.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Use the techniques, skill and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
  2. Apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering.
  3. Design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints, such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability.

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Mechatronics Engineering, BS

The Bachelor of Science degree in Mechatronics Engineering integrates mechanical, electrical, computer and controls. Mechatronics engineering revolves around the design, construction and operation of automated systems, robots and intelligent products, which result from the integration of software and hardware.

Mechatronics Venn Diagram

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering.
  2. An ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturing and sustainability.
  3. An ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

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Mechatronics Engineering Technology, BS

The Bachelor of Science degree in Mechatronics Engineering Technology integrates mechanical, electrical, computer and controls. Mechatronics engineering technology revolves around the design, construction and operation of automated systems, robots and intelligent products, which result from the integration of software and hardware.

Mechatronics Venn Diagram

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering and technology to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies.
  2. Design systems, components or processes for broadly defined engineering technology problems.
  3. Select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly defined engineering technology activities.

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Combined Bachelor and Master Program

Students may enter the graduate program before they complete their undergraduate degree. Up to 3 credits of graduate hours may be applied to their undergraduate degree.

Who is eligible?

Students with Junior or Senior standing who have achieved a GPA of one of the following may apply for the combined program:

  • 3.50 after 60 semester hours
  • 3.40 after 75 semester hours
  • 3.30 after 90 semester hours
  • 3.20 after 105 semester hours

Admission Process

Students interested in this program must complete an application for admission to the Master of Technology degree program and select the Combined program option on the application.

Contact:
Dr. Richard Mangrum
Coordinator of Graduate Studies, CAE
rmangrum@kent.edu
330-672-1933

Graduate Programs

The Master of Technology (MTEC) degree requires all students to complete a minimum of 33 graduate credit hours. Of the 33 graduate credit hours, at least 18 of those hours must be at the 60000 level, and at least 21 hours must be taken in the courses offered by the College of Aeronautics and Engineering (course name prefix AERN or TECH).

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Required Courses

All graduate students are required to complete four core courses in the Master of Technology degree program:

  • TECH 57010 Ethics, Technology and the Environment - 3 Credits
  • TECH 60000 Project Management - 3 credits
  • TECH 60001 Quantitative Methods in Technology - 3 credits
  • TECH 60078 Research Methods in Technology - 3 credits

A maximum of 4 semester credit hours earned in graduate workshops may be applied toward degree requirements

A maximum of 9 graduate credits from Individual Investigations may be applied toward degree requirements

A maximum of 12 semester credit hours may be accepted as transfer credits and applied toward degree requirements

Students are required to select the thesis or non-thesis option. The thesis option, recommended for students interested in research and development, allows students to acquire an in-depth knowledge of a narrowly-defined technical area of interest. The non-thesis option is suggested for students who seek a more general curriculum of advanced technical coursework. Those students who choose the thesis option must successfully complete TECH 61199 - Thesis 1 for a total of 6 credit hours.

Specialization Areas

Students have a unique opportunity to focus their coursework in specialized areas of interest such as:

  • Applied Technology
  • Aeronautics/Aviation
  • Computer Engineering Technology
  • Computer Technology
  • Construction Management
  • Engineering and Technology Management
  • Manufacturing Systems/Mechanical Engineering Technology/Mechatronics
  • Quality Systems
  • Radiation Processing
  • Sustainable Systems

Distance Learning

The greatest strength of the master’s program is its flexibility, which allows students to complete many graduate-level courses via the internet and video conferencing technology. Plans are underway to offer even more distance learning courses in order to meet the needs of today’s non-traditional students. Given the rapidly changing technologies in every field and the diverse needs of emerging careers and industries, that flexibility has been important to continue to meet the needs of northeast Ohio

Resources

A limited number of graduate assistantships are available for students in the MTEC program. In addition to regular coursework, graduate assistants are given teaching and/or research assignments. There are also opportunities for graduate students to collaborate with faculty and researchers on various research and development projects.

Graduate Faculty Advisors

Graduate Students are assigned designated graduate faculty advisors. Students will have the opportunity to work closely with the graduate faculty to tailor an individualized program of study, in addition to the core requirements, that suits their unique professional and educational goals.

Graduate Program Coordinator

Please direct all questions regarding the Graduate Program to Richard Mangrum, Ed.D at rmangrum@kent.edu or 330-672-1933.

 

Minors

The College of Aeronautics and Engineering offers a variety of minors under both the Aeronautics and the Applied Engineering program areas. We welcome students majoring within or outside of the College of Aeronautics and Engineering.

Aeronautics Program Minors

Engineering Program Minors