Building the Future - New Building Expansion for the College of Aeronautics and Engineering

The workforce is in great need of highly skilled aeronautics and engineering professionals and the College of Aeronautics and Engineering is in a unique position to fulfill that demand. The College of Aeronautics and Engineering (CAE) is the only college that combines the disciplines of aeronautics, engineering and engineering technology, thereby enabling cross-disciplinary synergy in academic programs and research. Programs such as Mechatronics Engineering, Cybersecurity Engineering, and Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle (UAV) Operations are unique in Ohio, providing much-needed expertise in these emerging technical disciplines.

Due to the inherent value proposition associated with a degree from the College of Aeronautics and Engineering, enrollment growth has exploded, with a 53.6 percent increase in enrolling freshmen since 2018 and an almost seven percent enrollment growth college-wide in 2020 - remarkable in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Completed in the Fall of 2023, this addition expands the present Aeronautics and Engineering Building’s capacity by approximately 44,000 square feet on the Kent State University campus, to accommodate increased enrollment.

The additional space includes classrooms, research laboratories, and maker spaces for student use. These facilities are grouped into learning and research hubs.