Department of Aerospace Engineering
Students with a passion for the high-tech engineering world of airplanes, helicopters, and spacecraft are right at home in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Embry-Riddle. Founded in the 1950s, the department has a long history of excellence. The Aerospace Engineering Department is the largest in the country with 1,534 B.S. students, 122 M.S. students, (including 20 distance students) and 34 Ph.D. students as of Fall 2019. It should be noted that 13.4 % of our undergraduate students are honors students, while the rest of ERAU has 3.9% honors students. The undergraduate AE program has been ranked No. 1 by the US News and World Report for the past 16 years when Daytona Beach was classified among the non-PhD granting institutions 2000-2015). In 2016, for the first time US News & World Report moved ERAU’s Daytona Beach campus into the Ph.D.-granting category. In this new category our undergraduate program has now moved up to No. 4 (tied with Purdue), 1st in the State of Florida. This is up seven spots from last year when it was ranked No. 11. Our Graduate program is currently ranked by U.S. News & World Report No. 29 (tied), 2nd 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 (2014-15) alumni survey showed that 93% of graduates were either employed (75%) or accepted into graduate school (18%) 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, a three-story building with 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
- Distance Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering
- Master of Science in Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Engineering*
- Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering
* The M.S. in Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Engineering is a cross-departmental degree program.
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.
ERAU in the News
Message from Department Chair
Welcome Message from Dr. Anastasios Lyrintzis, Department of Aerospace Engineering Chair
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Keep your fellow Eagles soaring high! As we transition to a Ph.D.-granting department, we’ll need your support to improve the facilities and sponsor worthy students to hold on to our rank as the #1 Aerospace Engineering Department in the nation. Join the 100% of our dedicated faculty and staff who participated in the 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, AND 2018 development campaigns to support the Department.