The Aerospace Engineering department is the largest of its kind in the country with 1,974 Bachelor of Science students, 104 Master of Science students and 57 Ph.D. students as of Fall 2022. Of our undergraduate students, 10.9% are honors students compared to 4.9% for the rest of the university. The undergraduate program had been ranked No. 1 by "U.S. News and World Report" from 2000-2015 when the Daytona campus was classified among non-Ph.D. granting institutions. Since being reclassified into the Ph.D.-granting category, it has been ranked in the top 10 the last four years. Currently, our program ranks No. 8 (tied) in the country and No. 1 in the state of Florida. Our graduate program is currently ranked 32nd in the nation and No. 2 in the state of Florida.
Aerospace Engineering deals with the scientific principles that govern the design of airplanes, spacecraft, and jet engines. After studying fundamental mathematics and physics, Aerospace Engineering students study the core areas of aerodynamics and propulsion, dynamics and control, and structures and materials. These studies give them the necessary background to take the year-long senior capstone aircraft/spacecraft/propulsion design courses. There are ample opportunities for lab courses and hands-on experiences.
Embry-Riddle is known throughout the aviation and aerospace industry as the top provider of hands-on, pragmatic education, producing engineers who are ready to solve the real-world problems encountered by the aerospace industry. A recent (2018-19) alumni survey showed that 93% of graduates were either employed (76%) or accepted into graduate school (17%) one year after graduation.
The department also offers several graduate degrees as well as an accelerated program. The recent addition of a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering increases opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students alike to pursue new and advanced knowledge to reinforce and enhance the classroom experience.
The Department of Aerospace Engineering is housed in the Lehman Engineering and Technology Center, and the John Mica Engineering & Aerospace Innovation Complex. Both of these facilities provide ample laboratory space for students and faculty to explore modern research questions in aerospace together.
Learn More About our Department Degrees
- Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering
- Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering
- Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering
Exceptional students have the opportunity to complete a Master of Business Administration at the same time as their Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering in just five years.
Accelerated master's degree programs for all of the College of Engineering Master's degrees are also available to exceptional Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering juniors and seniors; these degree programs apply a student's technical electives to their master's degree.
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Daytona Beach, Florida 32114
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Welcome Message from Dr. Anastasios Lyrintzis, Department of Aerospace Engineering Chair
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