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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

Studies aerodynamics, aeroelasticity, aero-propulsion, boundary-layer stability, combustion, computational fluid dynamics, high performance computing, direct numerical simulation, electromagnetics, gas dynamics, hypersonic flow, laminar flow control, laser diagnostics, plasma, reduced gravity fluidics, space propulsion, subsonic flow, supersonic flow, transition, turbulence, wind energy, wind

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.

With so many new extensions in the fields associated with aerospace engineering, new research focuses arise, from multifunctional materials to wind energy.

Aerospace engineering at Texas A&M University goes beyond curriculum and essential laboratories, bringing relevance to aerospace courses and equipping our students with cutting-edge facilities and research opportunities. Our academic disciplines include aerodynamics and propulsion, dynamics and control, and materials and structures -- giving all of our students the balanced education and well-rounded start that they need to be successful leaders in the future.

With over $25 million in research awards in 2012, faculty members are engaged in a wide variety of research topics, including 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.