Ph.D. in
Aerospace Engineering

Ph.D. Programs offered in Daytona Beach

The Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering program gives highly motivated students with a strong science and engineering background an opportunity 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 Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering program targets domestic and international students, as well as working professionals with bachelor's or master's degrees 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 Ph. D. in Aerospace Engineering degree is housed in the Aerospace Engineering Department of the College of Engineering.


The three areas of concentration in the Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering are Aerodynamics and PropulsionStructures, and Dynamics and Control. The areas of research include, but are not limited to:

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
  • Aeroacoustics
  • Air-breathing propulsion
  • Rocket propulsion
  • Combustion
  • Experimental Thermo-Fluid Sciences
  • Simulation of Aerodynamics and Propulsion Systems
  • Health monitoring of aerospace structures
  • Smart materials and structures
  • Adaptive structures
  • Composite materials
  • Functionally graded materials
  • Dynamics and control of manned and unmanned aircraft
  • Parameter identification of aircraft
  • Space mission design
  • Design and control of spacecraft
  • Orbital debris remediation
  • Spacecraft rendezvous and proximity operations
  • Control of chaotic systems