In an academic environment closely aligned with industry needs, UA aerospace engineering students learn to design and develop technologies for commercial aircraft, fighter jets, helicopters, spacecraft, missiles and rockets. The program stresses teamwork and collaboration as professors guide students toward mastery of the skills needed in fields such as of aerodynamics and propulsion, dynamics and controls, and materials and structures.
Many UA aerospace engineering students count the wind tunnel testing and lab
courses on instrumentation and materials strength among their favorite parts of the program.
Research Without Limits
The aerospace engineering program at the University of Arizona provides students with a broad, well-balanced foundation in the field. Students at all levels have ample opportunity to participate in high-profile, well-funded research, such as:
Fluid and solid mechanics
UA aerospace engineering is home to several water tunnels and subsonic wind tunnels, some rivaling many found in industry. From early in their academic careers, students get hands-on experience in laboratory courses that focus on instrumentation, materials strength and wind tunnel testing.
Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering Program
Outside the Classroom
Internships with industry partners help prepare students to join the workforce; design build, and compete clubs provide students with opportunities to explore and hone their crafts; and senior design projects give students unparalleled experiences working on real-world projects
Fortune ranks aerospace engineering as the No. 3 highest-paying college major. The median salary is more than $122,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Graduates are employed with companies and organizations such as NASA, Raytheon, Honeywell and Boeing. A degree in aerospace engineering can pave the way to joining the ranks of renowned scientists, astronauts, inventors and entrepreneurs.