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MECH_ENG 395: Introduction to Aerospace Engineering

Quarter Offered

Spring : TTh 11-12:20pm ; S. Krishnaswamy

Prerequisites

First course in (i) solid mechanics (CEE216), (ii) fluid mechanics (ME241) or equivalent required. A second course in these areas such as ME 373 Engineering Fluid Mechanics and ME 362 Stress Analysis or equivalent background will allow you to get more out of this course.

Description

What is Aerospace Engineering (AE):  Aerospace Engineering is concerned with the design and development of aerial and space vehicles.  The skills set required of an aerospace engineer is a combination of mechanics (solids and thermofluids), materials science (advanced composites; ceramics; polymers), and control systems.  This course will cover essential topics in these areas relevant to aerospace engineering. A term project will allow the students to explore (design/analyze) simple aerospace systems (drones, gliders etc).

Why Aerospace Engineering: Unmanned aerial vehicles are increasingly becoming important for both military and civilian applications.  In the space sector, the US has embarked on an effort to privatize space launches.  The demand for engineers with aerospace skills set is therefore likely to increase in the coming years.

Target Audience:  BS, BS/MS, and MS students in Mechanical Engineering.

Prerequisites: First course in (i) solid mechanics (CEE216), (ii) fluid mechanics (ME241) or equivalent required.  A second course in these areas such as ME 373 Engineering Fluid Mechanics and ME 362 Stress Analysis or equivalent background will allow you to get more out of this course.