Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering

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.

View Overview (including Admission Requirements), Program Requirements, and Roadmap for the BS degree in Aerospace Engineering

“Our engineering programs seamlessly partner with our engineering technology programs, providing an academic experience that is unlike any offered at an institution of higher education. Only in the College of Aeronautics and Engineering will students be offered the opportunity, even encouraged, to blend learning experiences and swing between the foundational principles of underlying theory and analysis techniques and the most current application and design methods. In other words, our students at every level are encouraged to not only discover but also to integrate and apply.” - Maureen McFarland, Ph.D., Associate Dean 

College of Aeronautics and Engineering Mission Statement

To embrace a unique synergy of aeronautics, engineering and technologies, positively changing the trajectory of the regional, national and global community by:

  • Providing a dynamic educational experience that fosters experiential learning;
  • Cultivating innovative research that transforms ideas into reality; and
  • Producing forward-thinking professionals dedicated to overcoming limits and improving lives.

Mission Statement – Aerospace Engineering

The mission of the Aerospace Engineering program is to successfully prepare the aerospace engineers of the future to work in multi-disciplinary teams to design products and perform research in innovative ways to affect positive change on a regional, national and global scale.

ABET Program Educational Objectives

Program educational objectives are broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years following graduation.

  • Graduates will affect positive change in the community by engaging in careers in the field of aerospace engineering and beyond in a manner that promotes excellence and integrity.
  • Graduates will practice forward-thinking through continued education by way of graduate education, professional development and other continued self-motivated learning.
  • Graduates will successfully navigate the ever-changing trajectory of the world, practicing compassion as they strive to meet their personal career goals.

ABET Student Outcomes

Student outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. These relate to the knowledge, skills\ and behaviors that students acquire as they progress through the program.

  • An ability to identify, formulate and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  • An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental and economic factors.
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental and societal contexts.
  • An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks and meet objectives.
  • An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  • An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Important Note on Accreditation - ABET: 

The College of Aeronautics and Engineering is seeking initial accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) for its Aerospace Engineering program. It is also going through the reaffirmation process with its Aeronautical Systems Engineering Technology program;  this program has been ABET accredited since October 1, 2013. With ABET accreditation, students, employers and the community we serve can be confident that our program meets the quality standards that produce graduates prepared to enter a global workforce. 

Our Request for Evaluation (RFE) for both programs has been submitted and accepted, and we are on track for the current accreditation cycle. The next steps of the process include the submission of our self-study reports, followed by a site visit in the fall of 2021. The accreditation body (ABET) will meet in July 2022, with a decision of accreditation in August 2022.   

This timeline allows CAE to coordinate the accreditation process for both the Aerospace Engineering and Aeronautical Systems Engineering Technology programs.

Please note: Accreditation for Aerospace Engineering will cover the first graduating class, May 2020.  Other engineering programs (mechatronics and cybersecurity) will be permitted to seek accreditation once we have graduated the first class. 

 

Enrollment and Graduation Data 

Enrollment Data

Fall 2016 Fall 2017 Fall 2018 Fall 2019 Fall 2020
18 28 42 63 73
Current as of Spring 2021; Total number of undergraduate students enrolled during the representative fall semester.

 

Graduation Data

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 2018 

 2019  

 2020  

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12

Current as of Spring 2021; Total number of undergraduate students who graduated during the representative calendar year. 

 

The Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering was added to the College of Aeronautics and Engineering in Fall 2016.  

Where are our Aerospace Engineering Graduates now? 

Our Aerospace Engineering graduates are applying engineering principles to the design, manufacturing, and functionality of aerospace vehicles in the global workforce. 

Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering Employment Profile - Current as of Spring 2021: 

  • Kent State University, Graduate School 
  • Arrow Industrial Solutions 
  • Jacobs Space Exploration Group, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center 
  • Northrup Grumman 
  • Ohio National Guard 
  • 2Lt, U.S. Air Force 
  • Steiner Aviation 
  • Ultraviolet Transactions 
  • Steiner Aviation 
  • CAD Consulting 
  • Air Force Life Cycle Management Center