UA’s Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics undertakes an integral role in educating aerospace engineering and mechanics students, conducting innovative and exciting scientific research, and improving the economic development of the state of Alabama.

The department has a long and rich history dating to 1912 with the formation of the Department of Engineering Mechanics and to the late 1920s with the start of the aeronautics program. The two departments merged in 1996 to form the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics. Today, with innovative programs and research, UA’s aerospace engineering continues to be an important training ground for future engineers across the state, region and nation.

The Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics has graduated students who have achieved successful careers in industry, education, the military and government. These students have been able to utilize the technical education they received at the Capstone in careers in a wide range of fields ranging from engineering to computer science to business and medical fields.

The Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics is seeking outstanding applicants for multiple faculty positions. Additional details and a method to submit applications for each rank position can be found by visiting the UA hiring website.

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Aerospace Engineering, BS

Given the inherent interdisciplinary nature of aerospace engineering, it is not surprising that graduates from the aerospace engineering program achieve success in a wide variety of fields.

Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, MS

An MSAEM can be earned by coursework only or by a combination of coursework and an approved thesis. Most distance learning students elect to complete the coursework only degree option. On-campus students supported by assistantships are expected to complete an approved thesis.

Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, Ph.D.

A research-based degree, students are required to propose, complete and defend an approved dissertation on a research topic that contributes to the field of aerospace engineering and/or engineering science and mechanics.


Aerospace Engineering, Minor

A minor in aerospace engineering requires the completion of a minimum of 21 hours including the listed courses and required prerequisites.

Extended Options

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UA’s Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics Department offers various opportunities for research with our faculty members in areas including, but not limited to:

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