U.S. News and World Report recognized the U-M Aerospace Engineering program in its 2016 Best Aerospace Graduate Programs.
The undergraduate curriculum at the University of Michigan is designed to convey a clear understanding of the fundamental aspects of the fields most pertinent to aerospace engineering. Real-life problems in aerospace and related areas are emphasized in the applications of theory. In the senior year, students select a design course in which they are given an appreciation of the interrelation of the various areas of study in the design of an overall system.
At U-M, students in Aerospace Engineering begin with a set of courses that provide an exceptional background in all the fundamental aspects of the field. These span the entire spectrum of aerospace technologies, from aerodynamics and propulsion (collectively referred to as “gas dynamics”) to structural mechanics, flight dynamics and controls.
Courses in gas dynamics treat fluid and gas flow around bodies and through turbojet engines and rocket nozzles. Also involved is the study of large- and small-scale air motion in the atmosphere and its relationship to environmental and noise problems. Structural mechanics courses emphasize lightweight structures are studied not only from the strength point of view but also in their elastic dynamic behavior. Flight dynamics and control systems deal with the dynamical behavior of vehicles and systems as a whole, their stability and controllability both by human pilots and autonomous systems. These courses cover everything from the fundamentals to the design and construction of aircraft, spacecraft and other vehicular systems and subsystems.
Integration of all this material takes place in the senior design course, which gives students an appreciation of the interrelation of the various areas of study in the design of an overall system. Students can select either aircraft or spacecraft design.