Aerospace Engineering

Aerospace Engineering

Aerospace Engineering is an engineering discipline that is focused on the design, construction, testing and operation of airplanes and spacecraft.  Aerospace engineers are also employed in related transportation industries such as automotive, ship building and high-speed trains.  AE is divided into two branches:  aeronautical engineering, which focuses on aircraft operating in the Earth’s atmosphere, and astronautical engineering, which focuses on spacecraft.  Aerospace engineering has many of the same underlying core disciplines as Mechanical Engineering, including mechanics, thermodynamics, materials science, design and structural analysis, along with an additional layer of knowledge specific to the aerospace discipline.

Aerospace Engineers have transformed society through modern air travel, developing state-of-the-art materials, design optimization and manufacturing schemes, and guidance, control and navigation systems that impact our everyday life well beyond the traditional aerospace applications.   We build more than airplanes!       

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) at the University of Florida administers the Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Aerospace Engineering.

Please explore our undergraduate and graduate pages to learn about our programs, as well as our Research page to learn about our research projects and faculty interests.

 Students are the lifeblood of any university.  As you consider your future educational plans, we thank you for exploring MAE at the University of Florida.