Go higher with aerospace engineering
The Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan has a long and distinguished history as the nation’s oldest aerospace program. Our graduate program is ranked No. 5 among public institutions.
The scope and quality of research here touches on all major technical disciplines of the field which attracts top talent to Ann Arbor. In addition, our reputation for collegiality provides an optimum environment for learning and growth.
Fundamental and applied research
Our graduate students perform cutting-edge research in aerospace engineering-related subjects. A combination of fundamental and applied research topics is a hallmark of our graduate program. In recent years our research has been additionally complemented by new efforts that are addressing engineering systems and applications research. These extend well beyond the traditional boundaries of aerospace engineering sciences and include such contemporary topics as energy usage, environmental sustainability, homeland defense, autonomous systems, and large-scale computing.
These developments are as globally relevant and outward-thinking as the world-class experts and students who call our department home.
LEADERS AND BEST
Our students break new ground in the field of aerospace and aeronautics and go on to join the largest aerospace engineering alumni base in the United States, including Kelly Johnson, the famous Lockheed Skunk Works designer behind innovative aircraft such as the SR-71.
Our large alumni base also includes faculty at prestigious universities, leaders and CEOs of established aerospace corporations and energetic start-up ventures, researchers in national government labs, and the brave people who explore space as astronauts.
Our graduate program is ranked No. 5 among public institutions in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.
Faculty and students work on research funded by the federal government and private sector worth millions of dollars.
Our graduate students hail from 32 countries, from every corner of the globe.
Top Notch Research
Thomson Reuters reports that Michigan Aerospace is at the center of the most impactful aerospace research being done.
RECENT GRADUATE STUDENT NEWS
The highly coveted FXB Fellowship is given to exceptional Aerospace Engineering PhD students to support their research on the analysis and design of flight vehicles. Meet recent graduate and FXB Fellow Behdad Davoudi.
“3D morphing” wings could help small aircraft safely navigate windy urban streets and land with shorter approaches.
Third year Michigan Aerospace PhD student, Christina Harvey, has been awarded a Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship to conduct research in the 2020–2021 academic year.
Congratulations U-M Aerospace Engineering PhD student Joshua Anibal on receiving a 2021 Outstanding GSI Award for his teaching in AEROSP 481 Aircraft Design.
Congratulations, Avin Vijay, on receiving the 2021 Aerospace Outreach Champion Award! Avin won the individual award for his efforts to inspire students to pursue STEM career fields with the Aerospace Teaching Academy
Congratulations Kunal Garg on being honored with the 2021 Richard and Eleanor Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement!
Congratulations to Nan Li and Kunal Garg on winning the Professor Pierre T. Kabamba Award in commemoration of the professor of Michigan Aerospace Professor Pierre T. Kabamba.
U-M Aerospace Engineering PhD student Shiyao Lin won the 2021 AIAA Harry H. and Lois G. Hilton Student Paper Award in Structures from the 2021 AIAA SciTech Forum and Exposition for his paper “A Comprehensive Experimental and Computational Study on LVI induced Damage of Laminated Composites.”
inspiring a new generation of aerospace leaders and shaping the future of flight and space travel
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