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AEM has graduated students who have achieved successful careers in industry, education, the military and government. Students utilize their technical education in a wide range of fields such as engineering, CS, business and medical.

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Message from the Department Head

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 of 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.

Mark Barkey, Ph.D.
Professor and Department Head

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Mission

The Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics will:

Vision

The University of Alabama will be nationally recognized for its outstanding programs in aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics. The faculty will be renowned for excellence in teaching and with their students will make significant contributions to the state of knowledge in important technology fields. The instructional and research facilities will be outstanding by any reasonable measure. Industry and government entities will be interested in teaming with faculty on collaborative projects and will actively recruit our graduates. Potential students will be aware of our reputation and will rate our program among the best choices of places to study aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics.

Goals

The Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics will:

ENROLLMENT AND GRADUATION STATISTICS

The University of Alabama Office of Institutional Research and Assessment maintains annual enrollment and graduate data for the programs in the College of Engineering. Please visit the OIRA Statistical Profiles website to find statistics for student enrollment, degrees awarded and faculty data.

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Departmental History

The University of Alabama established a Department of Engineering Mechanics in 1912. In 1993, it was renamed the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics to reflect its evolving interests.

Aeronautical engineering courses were first taught at the University in 1928. In 1937, the Department of Aeronautical Engineering was among the first 10 aeronautical engineering programs to become fully accredited in the United States and has continuously maintained its accreditation. In 1961, it was renamed the Department of Aerospace Engineering.

The two departments merged into its present state in 1996. Throughout its existence, the program has graduated numerous 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.

Read more about UA’s Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics in Aeronautics and Aerospace Engineering at The University of Alabama.

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