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Aeronautical Engineering

Successful completion of the aeronautical engineering major leads to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering and prepares cadets for a wide variety of Air Force assignments in research and development, testing and operations in the discipline. The aeronautical engineering major is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

To ensure the success of our graduates, we prepare them to attain Program Educational Objectives two to five years after graduation. These are:

  1. Recognition as successful Air Force officers through demonstration of their ability to:
    • Rapidly acquire required knowledge.
    • Lead others effectively.
    • Effectively apply ethical and moral standards.
    • Improve unit performance by application of organizational skills.
    • Make sound decisions based on critical thinking.
    • Communicate effectively.
  2. Selection for career training on, or ahead of, schedule, and for a progression of assignments of increasing responsibility.
  3. A demonstrated ability to solve Air Force technical problems.
  4. Success in continuing education.

The foundation that prepares graduates for attaining the Program Educational Objectives is provided by Student Outcomes . Student Outcomes describe what students must attain prior to graduation. These relate to the skills, knowledge, and behaviors that students acquire as they progress through the program. These Student Outcomes are:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  4. an ability to lead and function on multidisciplinary teams.
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. an ability to communicate effectively both written and orally.
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a military, global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

In the aeronautical engineering major, studies in aerodynamics, flight mechanics, propulsion, aircraft structures and experimental methods prepare cadets to succeed in either of the two-course design sequences, aircraft design or aircraft engine design.

For more information, download the recommended course sequence for this major.

Aeronautical Engineering

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