Aerospace engineers are concerned with the application of scientific principles and engineering concepts and practices to design, build, test and operate aerospace systems. The aerospace engineering curriculum is intended to provide students with a broad understanding of fundamental scientific and technological principles, and to develop the ability to use these principles in developing solutions to engineering problems.
The educational objectives of the aerospace engineering program are:
- Many interested Auburn Aerospace graduates will successfully pursue advanced degrees in engineering, law, business, or medicine.
- Many Auburn Aerospace graduates will contribute in support and/or leadership positions in industry, academia, and/or government and professional aerospace organizations to maintain U.S. technical superiority in aerospace engineering.
- All Auburn Aerospace graduates will recognize the need to maintain and increase the depth and breadth of their competency in their area(s) of expertise (which may turn out to be areas other than aerospace engineering) by engaging in individual programs of life-long learning.
Outcomes of the aerospace engineering program include: (1) graduates acquire written and oral communication skills and a knowledge of history, literature and society; (2) graduates have a solid foundation in and a sound working knowledge of basic engineering principles; (3) graduates have an understanding of the engineering principles and skills specifically needed in the aeronautical and astronautical disciplines; and (4) graduates have an enhanced ability to learn and think creatively.
Required courses cover aeronautical and astronautical subjects. Students may also choose to emphasize either aeronautical or astronautical systems. Technical electives allow concentration in such areas as aerodynamics, astronautics, flight dynamics and control, propulsion, structures and structural dynamics. The design of aerospace components and systems is considered to be an integral part of the education of aerospace engineers. Hence, design is included throughout the curriculum, beginning with a sophomore course in aerospace fundamentals and cumulating in the senior design course sequence. Students are required to apply their theoretical knowledge of aerodynamics, dynamics, structures and propulsion to solve open-ended problems and to produce portions of preliminary designs.