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Clone Aerospace Engineering

The Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering is a new offering as of Fall 2016. We're excited to help fulfill the needs of our communities and the dreams of our students.

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.

Program Information

  • The Aerospace Engineering undergraduate program normally begins in the second year, after completion of the common freshman engineering curriculum.
  • The sophomore year sets the foundation of basic engineering, including statics, dynamics, elementary structures, thermodynamics, and a broad introduction to the design of both aircraft and spacecraft.
  • In the junior/senior years, students learn about aerodynamics, propulsion, structures, dynamics, and control systems.
  • All students must complete a team-based senior design project, which integrates the technical disciplines and leads to a preliminary design of an aerospace system. Students may elect either aircraft or spacecraft versions of the senior design project.
  • Students successfully completing the curriculum will be awarded the Aerospace Engineering Bachelor of Science degree.
  • The curriculum is to be accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Program Objectives

The objective of the undergraduate this program is to prepare students for careers in aerospace engineering and related disciplines. We consider this objective to be achieved if:

  • All graduates are meaningfully employed in industry or government or are pursuing graduate studies within one year of graduation
  • Most of our graduates take jobs in the aerospace industry or pursue graduate work in aerospace engineering
  • After five years, most graduates are working in engineering
  • After five years most graduates have advanced their careers by, for example, promotion or pursuit of an advanced degree
  • All of our alumni feel that their education at Kent State was valuable preparation for their careers, whatever their field of endeavor

Student Outcomes

Through the course of their studies, students shall gain:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • an ability to design an aerospace system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve aerospace engineering problems
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • an ability to communicate effectively
  • an understanding of the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues in aerospace engineering
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for aerospace engineering practice

admissions criteria

photo, mounted engine, aerospace engineeringThe admission criteria for the Aerospace Engineering major are in line with selective-admission programs at Kent State. Admission requires a minimum 3.000 high school GPA, a minimum ACT 24 composite score (minimum ACT subscores of both 24 in English and math), a minimum SAT 1700 composite score (mathematics, critical reasoning and writing), and the capability of being placed directly into MATH 12002 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (or its equivalent). Students who do not meet these requirements may apply for admission to the aeronautical systems engineering technology concentration within the Aeronautics major and apply for transfer into the Aerospace Engineering major at the conclusion of their freshman year; admissions at that time will require a minimum 3.200 cumulative Kent State GPA and a minimum B grade in MATH 12002 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I and PHY 23101 General University Physics I.

Transfer students who wish to be admitted to the Aerospace Engineering program must have completed a minimum 12 semester hours in college-level coursework with a minimum 3.2 cumulative GPA and have earned a minimum B grade in MATH 12002 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I and PHY 23101 General University Physics I (or their equivalents).

Transfer applicants who have completed less than 12 semester hours of college-level coursework will be evaluated on both collegiate and high school records and must submit a final high school transcript and an ACT or SAT score.

Aerospace Engineering Roadmap Link

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diagram of a turbofanKent State Approves Degrees Aimed at Filling Need for Aerospace Engineers, Geographic Scientists

The Kent State University Board of Trustees approved several new degree programs aimed at filling critical needs in the workforce during its March 11, 2015, board meeting.

To help meet a growing demand for aerospace engineers who can apply the engineering principles to the design, manufacture and functionality of aerospace vehicles such as aircraft and spacecraft, the Board established an aerospace engineering major within the Bachelor of Science degree, effective Fall Semester 2016.

The new degree program, which was developed in alignment and in accordance with the standards of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), will be offered by Kent State’s College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology on the Kent Campus. In alignment with ABET guidelines, Kent State will pursue accreditation after the first class of students graduate.

The goal of the program will be to produce engineers who possess a deep understanding for the technical fundamentals of aerospace engineering, excel in the research development, innovation and operation of aerospace products and systems; and understand the importance of engineering and the responsibility of engineers in society.

This is an excerpt from an article written by: Eric Mansfield

Eric Mansfield, emansfie@kent.edu, 330-672-2797