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- Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering
Overview: The curriculum in aerospace engineering is designed so that theoretical studies are complemented with laboratory hands-on experiences. State-of-the-art computer laboratories along with the state-of-the-art software such as MATHCAD, MATLAB, STK, Fluent, Pro Engineer, FACES, Patran, and Nastran, to name a few, are available for mathematical modeling and analysis. Students get training in computer aided manufacturing using a state-of-the-art rapid prototype machine along with a high speed machining center. Fluid, thermal, material, mechatronics and structural testing equipment provide an excellent opportunity to tie the theory and the real-world applications.
A state of the art engineering flight simulator is available for flight vehicle design, evaluation of handling qualities, and flight dynamics research. A well equipped university library provides easy access to technical literature and data bases. Students have the opportunity to get involved in the activities of student chapter of AIAA, student paper competitions and design competitions.
Curriculum: The Aerospace Engineering Curriculum is professionally accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineers and Technology (ABET), the agency for accreditation of engineering curricula in the U.S.
Students of the aerospace engineering program at Parks, will gain a solid foundation of course work in the engineering sciences such as computer graphics, mechanics of solids, fluid and thermal sciences, vibrations and controls, and electronics. The students will then progress to take courses in such areas as aerodynamics, structural design and analysis, propulsion, and stability and control. Technical electives such as orbital mechanics, helicopter theory and performance, hypersonics, flight testing, aeroelasticity and flight simulation will provide opportunities for greater depth of study. Well equipped laboratory facilities emphasize measurement techniques and experimental methods that allow the student to verify theory learned in the classroom.
Engineers design and create. Students will learn this process early in a sophomore level course, An Introduction to Aeronautics and Astronautics. The concept of design has been carefully integrated at all levels of engineering courses. This culminates with a sequence of two capstone flight vehicle design courses during the senior year that provide greater depth in design. Students will learn the importance of design decisions not only on vehicle performance, but on society as a whole.
Each Aerospace Engineering student's sequence of courses will vary according to credits taken in high school, ability level, individual preference and career goals.
Faculty: The low student-to-faculty ratio allows our world-class faculty to inspire our students, feed their curiosity, awaken their minds and to instill in them the joy of lifelong learning.
Careers: The graduate of the B.S. in aerospace engineering is well prepared to continue studies at the graduate level or to enter one of the most dynamic industries in the United States: the aerospace industry. Industry and government agencies have long recognized the quality of the aerospace engineering graduate from Parks College of Saint Louis University. Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, General Dynamics, Northrop, Hughes, Boeing, Pratt-Whitney, General Electric as well as NASA, US Air Force, Navy and Army research centers are but a few of the corporations and agencies where successful Parks alumni can be found.
In addition, students have gone on to graduate studies at Parks as well as many other prestigious universities. The aerospace engineering department also offers a program leading to a master of science. Research and non-research options are available. A bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering may be obtained with one additional year of study.
Internships: Summer internships and Cooperative Education Programs are available with industry locally as well as nationwide. Independent study on an engineering topic can be arranged under the direction of a faculty member. This opportunity encourages individual effort on theoretical or experimental research. Teaching assistantships are available for the advanced undergraduate. These may involve assisting a faculty member in a course or laboratory. In addition to a stipend, assistants gain valuable teaching experience and the opportunity to interact with and help other students in their courses.