Message from the Department Head

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Dr. John Baker, Ph.D.

Welcome to the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics at The University of Alabama. I am excited to tell you about the educational opportunities we offer, and proud to explain how the results of our research impact the citizens of Alabama and the nation. Our diverse group of faculty is dedicated to fostering students’ education through research and teaching. Students will find that the broad range of disciplines represented among our faculty affords a challenging education that prepares them for a meaningful career.

As a graduate of the aerospace engineering program at The University of Alabama, you will be well prepared to compete in the global job market and to literally reach for the stars. Our alumni have gone on to such high profile careers as executive vice president at Lockheed Martin Corp. and as a NASA astronaut and space shuttle pilot. The University of Alabama is the only aerospace engineering program in the Southeast that has been continually accredited since 1937, and we strive to find new ways to meet the challenge of providing a superior education for our students.

Our commitment to providing students with an excellent educational experience includes focusing on small class sizes and hiring top faculty involved in national research projects. The faculty’s dedication to student education and small junior/senior level class sizes enable personal commitment and attention that is typically no longer a commonplace in the collegiate experience. Graduate students also reap the rewards of our dedicated faculty with their choice of a diverse set interests, expertise and experiences when pursuing graduate level research.

The hands-on education that the aerospace engineering program at The University of Alabama affords its students is unique to the Capstone, and I encourage you to contact me for more information or to arrange a department tour.

John Baker, Ph.D.
Professor and Department Head