Aerospace Engineering (ENAE)A. James Clark School of Engineering
3181 Glenn L. Martin Hall, 301-405-2376
Chair: N. Wereley (Techno-Sciences Inc. Faculty Fellow & Chair)
Professors: R. Celi, I. Chopra, A. Flatau, W. Fourney, J. Hubbard, S. Lee, J. Leishman, M. Lewis, D. Pines (Dean), N. Wereley
Associate Professors: D. Akin, J. Baeder, C. Cadou, J. Humbert, P. Martin, R. Sanner, R. Sedwick, A. Winkelmann, K. Yu
Assistant Professors: A. Jones, D. Paley
Lecturers: B. Barbee, C. Carignan, L. Healy, D. Israel, K. Lewy, J. Mitchell, E. Morelli, V. Nagaraj, D. Palumbo
Affiliate Associate Professors: A. Marshall, A. Trouve
Professors Emeriti: J. Anderson, E. Jones
Visiting Faculty: M. Bowden, F. Schmitz
Aerospace engineering concerns processes involved in design, manufacture and operation of aerospace vehicles within and beyond planetary atmospheres. Vehicles range from helicopters and other vertical takeoff aircraft at the low-speed end of the flight spectrum, to spacecraft traveling thousands of miles per hour during launch, orbit, trans-planetary flight or re-entry at the high-speed end. Between are general aviation and commercial transport aircraft flying at speeds well below and close to the speed of sound, and supersonic transports, fighters and missiles. Although each speed regime and each vehicle poses its special problems, all aerospace vehicles can be addressed by a common set of technical specialties or disciplines.
Sub-disciplines of Aerospace Engineering are: aerodynamics, flight dynamics, propulsion, structures, and "design". Aerodynamics addresses the flow of air and associated forces, moments, pressures, and temperature changes. Flight-dynamics addresses the motion of vehicles including trajectories, rotational dynamics, sensors, and control laws required for successful accomplishment of missions. Propulsion addresses the engines which have been devised to convert chemical (and occasionally other forms) energy into useful work to produce the thrust needed to propel aerospace vehicles. Structures addresses material properties, stresses, strains, deflection, and vibration along with manufacturing processes required to produce very light weight and rugged elements needed in aerospace vehicles. Aerospace "design" addresses the process of synthesizing vehicles and systems to meet defined missions and more general needs. This process draws on information from other sub-disciplines while embodying its own unique elements. The Aerospace Engineering program is designed to provide a firm foundation in various sub-disciplines.
Courses offered by this department may be found under the acronym: ENAE
The Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org , 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone: (410) 347-7700.
(1) Our graduates will be successful in their professional careers, including industry, government service, and academia, in the State of Maryland and beyond.
Program Learning Outcomes
As a result of completing our undergraduate program, our students should have developed the following skills:
Academic Programs and Departmental Facilities
The Aerospace Engineering Department has a number of facilities to support education and research across a range of special areas. The department has subsonic wind tunnels with test sections ranging from a few inches up to 7.75 feet by 11.00 feet as well as a supersonic tunnel with a 6 inch by 6 inch test section. There are a number of structural test machines with capabilities up to 220,000 pounds for static loads and 50,000 pounds for dynamic loads. The department also has experimental facilities to test helicopter rotors in hover, in forward flight, and in vacuum to isolate inertial loads from aerodynamic loads. There is an anechoic chamber for the investigation of noise generated by helicopters, and an autoclave and other facilities for manufacturing and inspecting composite structures. The neutral buoyancy facility, which investigates the assembly of space structures in a simulated zero gravity environment, is supported by robots and associated controllers. There are also many computers and workstations that provide local computing capability and extensive network access to campus mainframes, supercomputing centers, and all the resources of the Internet.
Admission to the Major
Admission requirements are the same as those of other Engineering Departments. For admission information please see A.James Clark School of Engineering under The Colleges and School section of this site.
Requirements for the Major
Minimum Degree Requirements: The fulfillment of all Department, School, and University requirements. A minimum of 124 credits are required for an Aerospace Engineering degree.
Students must select a track. All courses in either the Aeronautical or Astronautical track must be completed. Students in either track who wish to gain a broader education across the aeronautical or space application areas can take courses required in the other track as electives.
Academic Benchmarks: Students pursuing the major should review the academic benchmarks established for this program. See: www.4yearplans.umd.edu . Students will be periodically reviewed to insure they are meeting benchmarks and progressing to the degree. Students who fall behind program benchmarks are subject to special advising requirements and other interventions.
The Department offers a range of electives. The following courses have recently been offered as electives for the undergraduate degree:
Other Requirements for the Major
See Chapter 6 for minimum grade requirements in key prerequisite courses for engineering students. Students should follow the sequence of courses as outlined in the aerospace engineering degree requirements and four-year plan.
Advising is mandatory. Each student is assigned to a faculty member who must be consulted and whose permission is required for course registration each semester. The list of advisor assignments is available in the department's main office and on the department's website.
Undergraduate Research Experiences
Students can be employed and perform research in any of the department's research labs, centers, or facilities. Participation in an on or off campus internship, co-op, or other experiential learning opportunity is strongly encouraged. See the aerospace engineering undergraduate studies staff for information on performing research in a department lab and contact the Engineering Co-op and Career Services office for assistance in obtaining off campus positions or experiences.
The Aerospace Engineering Honors Program at the University of Maryland provides a rigorous and comprehensive education for a career in technical leadership and scientific or engineering research. Honors course work encompasses the required curriculum for all University of Maryland Aerospace Engineering students at an advanced level.
At the end of their first academic year, each aerospace student is evaluated and students are invited to join the program based on their University of Maryland cumulative grade point average and progress toward their degree in Aerospace Engineering. Honors sections of ENAE 283, ENAE 311, and ENAE 423 (designated by an 'H' following the course number) are offered as part of this program, in addition to an honors research project, ENAE 398H, which culminates in a scholarly paper and presentation at a professional conference. Students who complete the honors curriculum graduate with Aerospace Honors at the time of commencement.
Student Societies and Professional Organizations
The Department is home to student chapters of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, American Helicopter Society - International, and the Sigma Gamma Tau aerospace engineering honors society. Aerospace Engineering students are also frequent participants in student activities of the Society for Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering.
Scholarships and Financial Assistance
The Department offers academic scholarships and recipients are chosen based on merit. All admitted and current students in the department are automatically considered for these awards. No separate application is required. The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) administers all types of federal, state and institutional financial assistance programs and, in cooperation with other university offices, participates in the awarding of scholarships to deserving students. For information, visit: www.financialaid.umd.edu.
Awards and Recognition
The Department offers the following awards: Academic Achievement Award for the senior with the highest overall academic average at graduation; R.M. Rivello Scholarship Award and the Stephen Guthrie Memorial Award for highest overall academic average through the junior year; Sigma Gamma Tau Outstanding Achievement Award for scholarship and service to the student chapter and the department; American Helicopter Society Outstanding Achievement Award for service to the student chapter and the department; American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Outstanding Achievement Award for scholarship and service to the student chapter and the department; John Anderson Scholarship in Aerospace Engineering for the best paper and poster presentation based on research performed at the University of Maryland.