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Aerospace Engineering Research

Modern aerospace engineering encompasses so much more than simply aeronautics and astronautics. Aerospace engineering is constantly evolving and focusing on new research thrusts stretching the imagination of researchers and students alike.

Research Fields

The study of Aerodynamics and Propulsion develops numerical and experimental methods and takes advantage of unique TAMU facilities to create new concepts and new understanding involving the motion and control of fluid flows and combustion phenomena for applications related to aviation, space and energy conversion.

Studies analytical and computational methods, autonomous stability and control, controls, design, optimization, dynamics, guidance, human factors, human space flight systems, robotic systems, space situational awareness, systems, tensegrity, unmanned air vehicles (UAVs).

Studies computational mechanics, damping, experimental solid mechanics, mechanics of composite materials, high temperature materials, meta materials, multifunctional materials, nano-mechanics, space suit design, structural design and optimization, wave propagation.

A new area under development to explore fundamental approaches to integrate the traditional disciplines of AERO, facilitate an infusion of Systems, Design and Human Integration into AERO courses, and provide an AERO focus on emerging national opportunities in systems engineering.

Research News

A team of researchers in the Department of Aerospace Engineering designed a personal flying vehicle to compete in the third phase of the GoFly competition.

Dr. Brent Bielefeldt '16, ’20 is pursuing his research full-time as part of a National Research Council research associateship. His proposed solution to a major pitfall in the field of topology optimization earned him the opportunity upon receiving his doctorate from Texas A&M University.

The Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station will lead a $20 million-per-year Department of Defense initiative for modernizing hypersonic flight capabilities. The five-year initiative will also involve many of the nation’s top research universities.