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.
Aero Project 9: Next Generation Space Propulsion Testing
Faculty mentor: Prof. Benjamin Jorns
- Hands-on project work in both mechanical and electrical engineering.
- Programming experience in MatLab and LabView.
The purpose of this project is to assist the faculty mentor and his graduate students in a series of experimental campaigns planned over the summer. The goal is to perform performance and plasma measurements for several new electric thruster concepts under development at Plasmadynamics and Electric Propulsion Laboratory. Tasks may include probe construction, data analysis, or thruster development.
Research Mode: TBD
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 lab has won this award five times in the last six years
Joseph Breeden celebrated for his research on “Predictive Control Barrier Functions” for controlling systems subject to stringent safety requirements.
A conversation with Program Director and Professor of Practice George Halow and Kevin Michaels, Managing Director of AeroDynamic Advisory
Innovative academic program for engineering professionals fills a need in continuing education
Michigan Aero undergrad and masters student are two of 20 exceptional aerospace students to watch
U-M Aero PhD student lauded for research in aerodynamic shape optimization
Joseph Breeden lauded for paper on ensuring autonomous systems can operate safely within actuator constraints
inspiring a new generation of aerospace leaders and shaping the future of flight and space travel
Where can an aerospace engineering career take you?