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Welcome to the Department of Aerospace Engineering.

Aerospace engineering deals with aircraft and spacecraft, and any other types of machine that can fly. Topics within aerospace engineering include, but are not limited to: aerodynamics', structural dynamics, fluid mechanics, orbital mechanics, flight dynamics, propulsion, and control systems. These topics can be applied to missiles, space structures, satellites, and all aspects related to atmosphere and space flight.

Aerospace engineers design, develop, and test aircraft, spacecraft, and missiles and supervise the production of these products. Those who work with aircraft are called aeronautical engineers, and those working specifically with spacecraft are astronautical engineers. Aerospace engineers develop new technologies for use in aviation, defense systems, and space exploration, often specializing in areas such as structural design, guidance, navigation and control, instrumentation and communication, or production methods. They also may specialize in a particular type of aerospace product, such as commercial aircraft, military fighter jets, helicopters, spacecraft, or missiles and rockets, and may become experts in aerodynamics, thermodynamics, celestial mechanics, propulsion, acoustics, or guidance and control systems.

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