As a major department within the Texas A&M University College of Engineering, we are excited and proud to be among the top Aerospace Engineering programs in the United States providing unique cutting-edge educational and research opportunities, including space exploration, national defense, air transportation, communications and sustainable energy.
Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University has a long and productive history, where the first aeronautical courses were introduced in 1928 to prepare students for careers in modern aviation. This was the beginning of what became the Aeronautical Engineering department, which was established in 1940. The name was later changed, in 1963, to Aerospace Engineering to broaden the scope to include astronautics as the nation was in the midst of the space race and dreaming of exploring the universe.
We currently enjoy an enrollment of nearly 500 undergraduate and 115 graduate students. Our students are offered a modern curriculum that is balanced across the three principal disciplines of aerospace engineering: Aerodynamics and Propulsion, Dynamics and Control, and Materials and Structures. The program also benefits from strong connections to major aerospace industries, the Department of Defense and NASA.
The undergraduate experience culminates with a capstone design, build and fly sequence, where, for the first time, our students choose between airplanes, helicopters, rockets and space missions. Extracurricular activities are also available, where Aggie design, build and fly solar planes, competitive airplanes, and satellites. In addition, opportunities exist for real-world experiences, such as study abroad, internships, co-ops, and departmental research.
Our graduate students and post-doctoral scientists are offered an advanced curriculum, exposure to current events through an active seminar series, and state-of-the-art research supported by the externally funded research programs of our faculty. This research supports assistantships, internships, and furnishes our laboratories with modern facilities, instrumentation and computing resources. Research topics include manned and unmanned aircraft, satellites and constellations, aerospace sciences, propulsion and energy, robotics and sensing, rotorcraft, hypersonic vehicles, autonomous morphing vehicles, advanced materials and structures, plus many more.
For future Aggies, we offer summer programs, such as Camp SOAR, where high school students spend one week at Texas A&M working with Aerospace Engineering students and faculty to gain an appreciation for the fundamentals of aerospace engineering through hands-on projects. Other opportunities include Aggieland Saturday, Physics Festival, Discover Engineering and the Youth Adventure Program.