The Department of Aerospace Engineering is located in the François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Building on U-M’s beautiful North Campus. We look forward to welcoming students, families, and guests to visit our department for facility tours, class visits, meetings, annual lectures, and seminars. Our building is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Department of Aerospace Engineering
1320 Beal Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2140
Visits to Campus (On Hold)
College of Engineering and Aerospace Engineering visits are temporarily on hold until further notice due to COVID-19. We hope to resume visits as soon as we can. We encourage everyone to stay home and stay safe. Learn more about the measures taken regarding COVID-19 at the College of Engineering.
The University of Michigan started the first collegiate aeronautics program in the United States in 1914, just 11 years after the Wright Brothers’ first controlled, powered flights at Kitty Hawk. Since then, the Department has graduated more than 6,000 aeronautical and aerospace engineers.
Our student and family visits in-person are currently on hold due to COVID-19. Once they resume, students and family visits last approximately 1.5 hours. During this time, students and their families will meet with our Undergraduate Advisor, Professor Ken Powell and receive a full tour of our facility. Classroom visits during the academic year are welcomed with advanced notice. Visits are done by appointment through Michigan Engineering and the Department of Aerospace Engineering directly.
We encourage prospective graduate students to contact faculty members directly to arrange a visit. If you are unable to schedule a meeting with faculty we can usually schedule an individual tour with a member of staff, schedules permitting.
If a meeting with faculty is arranged, a tour can usually be arranged for the day of the meeting. Please contact the graduate student services coordinator, Ruthie Freeman, to arrange a department tour (when available) and meetings with the graduate coordinator and admissions coordinator, if desired.
You can also sign-up for a tour of North Campus
The Dude, part of the ENIAC, a giant solvable Rubik’s cube and a piece of the moon—these are just a few stops along this college tour of North Campus and University of Michigan Engineering.
March Doctoral Graduate Visit:
The Aerospace Engineering department hosts a Graduate Visit, typically in early or mid March, for US-residing, admitted doctoral students.
The purpose of this visit is for admitted students to learn more about the Department, the College of Engineering, and the University, prior to making their decision to attend. The visit generally runs from Thursday evening through Saturday morning. Students’ expenses for the visit are reimbursed, up to certain maximum amounts. More information about this opportunity will be sent individually to admitted doctoral students, together with their offer letters.
The Aerospace Engineering department orientation, as well as, other orientation programs by the International Center, College of Engineering and Rackham Graduate school are before the start of the fall term, in late August.
Facility Tours (On Hold)
College of Engineering and Aerospace Engineering tours are temporarily on hold until further notice due to COVID-19. In the future, please contact our office using the facility tour form below to schedule a one-hour tour of our facilities during the academic year. One-on-one and group tours are conducted by experienced technicians and/or trained aerospace student assistants. Tours may include our highly modern 100,000 square-foot complex, classrooms, teaching laboratories, research laboratories and wind tunnel facility.
Please click here to schedule your facility tour once tours resume on University of Michigan campuses.
Alumni & Corporate Guests
We welcome our alumni, fellow U.S. military officials, corporate and research partners, guest speakers and supporters to visit our department at any time during the year. Prior to your arrival, please be sure to click here to schedule your facility tour or contact your faculty host (faculty member who extended the invitation) for assistance with your visit.
Transportation & Parking
The Aerospace Engineering Department is accessible to all modes of transportation. Our building is less than two miles south of the US23 Plymouth Road Exit, #41.
Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) is approximately 30 minutes east of our location. Those needing transportation from the airport may consider AirRide, a shuttle service offered by the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AATA). Our convenient and free-of-charge University Commuter Bus service will literally drop you off at our front door. In addition, we are within close proximity to the Amtrak train station.
Guests arriving by car may select from several parking options on north campus, which are within walking distance of the FXB Building. Note: Parking permits are required for Blue and Orange parking lots. Parking permits may be requested on behalf of guests if you are being hosted by a faculty member.
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NORTH CAMPUS MAP
Resource to help you get acquainted when you’re here.