Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering
The Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering is offered by the College of Engineering. The objective of the program is to provide an opportunity for highly motivated students with a strong science and engineering background to participate in a program of research and course work in the areas of aerospace structures, propulsion and aerodynamic systems, while earning their doctoral degree.
The degree is conferred primarily in recognition of original research and completion of a dissertation — under the guidance of the faculty of the College of Engineering — resulting in journal publication. In addition, a minimum number of advanced courses that help students build a solid foundation for Ph.D. level research is required.
Although the program is designed for delivery through traditional residential format, provisions are in place to allow highly qualified working individuals in industry or government to participate, when appropriate arrangements can be made.
Areas of Concentration
Currently, there are two areas of concentration in the Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering: Aerodynamics and Propulsion and Structures. Additional areas — including aerospace systems design and guidance, navigation and control — will be added in the near future.
- Download an application form for the Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering.
The Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering program targets domestic and international students, as well as working professionals with a Masters degree in aerospace engineering (or closely related engineering disciplines), who have exemplary track records of academic achievement in their course work, and demonstrated keen interest and ability for engaging in research and independent inquiry.
The two areas of concentration in the Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering are Aerodynamics and Propulsion and Structures. The areas of research include, but are not limited to:
- Computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
- Air-breathing propulsion
- Rocket propulsion
- Experimental thermo-fluid sciences
- Simulation of aerodynamics & propulsion systems
- Health monitoring of aerospace structures
- Smart materials and structures
- Adaptive structures
- Composite materials
- Functionally graded materials
View requirements for the Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering on the Catalog site.