AE Graduate Courses

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Find out more about the courses that make up the AE graduate curriculum by clicking on one of the six aerospace engineering disciplines, below, and viewing the courses offered within that area. You will also see when these courses are generally taught (Fall Spring, or Summer), and find out how many credit-hours they offer. Note that teaching schedules are subject to change. To view the most updated course schedule, visit the Registrar's OSCAR database to view the actual schedule for a particular semester. That database is updated each semester during registration.


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Aerodynamics and Fluid Mechanics

  • AE 6009 Viscous Fluid Flow 3 credit-hours 
    Fundamental conservation laws. Laminar flows, wall-bound and free shear flows. Separation, heat transfer, and compressibility effects. Introduction to flow instability and transition to turbulence. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6012. Turbulent Flows. 3 credit-hours 
    Basic characteristics of turbulence. Statistical methods. Reynolds averaging, kinetic energy budget, and scaling issues. Homogeneity and isotrophy. Free and wall bounded shear flows. Simulation and modeling. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6015. Advanced Aerodynamics. 3 credit-hours 
    Introduce concepts, derivation and application of aerodynamic fundamentals. Emphasis on advanced knowledge in analysis and design of fixed-wing, launch/atmospheric return vehicles, and rotating systems. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6020. Elements of Compressible Flow. 3 credit-hours 
    Transonic small disturbance theory. Transonic potential flow modeling. Supercritical airfoil design. Physics of hypersonic flow. Newtonian flow. Modeling of hypersonic viscous and inviscid flow. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6030. Advanced Potential Flow I. 3 credit-hours 
    Unsteady potential theory for various speed ranges. Calculation of steady and unsteady aerodynamic loads on airfoils and wings. Vortex flows. Topics of current research interest. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6042. Computational Fluid Dynamics. 4 credit-hours  
    Finite-difference, finite volume methods for solution of Navier-Stokes and Euler equations. Classification of equations, stability, grids, boundary conditions, implicit and explicit methods, turbulence modeling. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6050. High-temperature Gas Dynamics I. 3 credit-hours   
    Defining equations for compressible flows, real gas properties and their effect on the behavior of equilibrium and non-equilibrium flows. 
    See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6052. Flow Diagnostics and Control. 3 credit-hours 
    Introduction to experimental techniques; flow visualization; statistical methods; pressure, velocity, temperature, density, particle size, reaction rate measurements. Experiment design, data acquisition, and interpretation. Flow control. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6060. Aeroacoustics. 3 credit-hours  
    Lighthill's theory of aerodynamic noise and extensions, flow/acoustic interactions, feedback phenomenon, supersonic jet noise, aeroacoustics of ducts, propeller noise, helicopter noise, sonic boom. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6070. Rotary Wing Aerodynamics. 3 credit-hours 
    Vortex wake modeling; analytical inflow theories; modern computational methods for rotary wing aerodynamic analysis; aerodynamic noise. 
    See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6080. Dynamics of Turbulence. 3 credit-hours 
    Fundamental physics of turbulent flows. Vorticity dynamics, Kolmogorov similarity hypotheses and nonlinear interactions. Mixing and dispersion. Direct and large-eddy simulations, Reynolds stress modeling. Advanced topics. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6760. Acoustics I. 3 credit-hours  
    Fundamental principles governing the generation, propagation, reflection, and transmission of sound waves in fluids. Crosslisted with ME 6760. 
    See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6761. Engineering Acoustics II. 3 credit-hours 
    Radiation and scattering of sound waves in fluids, duct acoustics, dissipation phenomena. Crosslisted withME 6761. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6762. Applied Acoustics. 3 credit-hours  
    Mufflers, resonators, acoustic materials, barriers, industrial noise, room acoustics, active noise control. Crosslisted with ME 6762
    See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6701. Wind Engineering. 3 credit-hours 
    An introductory course on wind energy and its potential; modeling and design of wind turbines; analysis of the economic benefits of wind turbine systems. Credit will not be awarded for both AE 6701 and ME 6701See the official syllabus.
  • AE 7764. Acoustic Propagation. 3 credit-hours 
    Propagation of sound in inhomogeneous fluids; ray acoustics, ocean and atmospheric acoustics, nonlinear acoustics. Crosslisted with ME 7764.
    See the official syllabus

Aeroelasticity and Structural Dynamics

  • AE 6200. Advanced Aeroelasticity I. 3 credit-hours 
    Understanding and analysis of aeroelastic phenomena in fixed-wing aircraft, static aeroelasticity, dynamic aeroelasticity, and dynamic response and transient stresses in aircraft structures. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6210. Advanced Dynamics I. 3 credit-hours  
    Kinematics of particles and rigid bodies, angular velocity, inertia properties, holonomic and nonholonomic constraints, generalized forces. 
    See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6211. Advanced Dynamics II. 3 credit-hours 
    A continuation of AE 6210. Equations of motion, Newtonian frames, consistent linearization, energy and momentum integrals, collisions, mathematical representation of finite rotation. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6220. Rotorcraft Structural Dynamics and Aeroelasticity. 3 credit-hours 
    Elementary blade dynamics, flap-lag dynamics, ground resonance, structural dynamics of rotating beams, nonlinear elastic blade analysis, harmonic balance and trim, Floquet theory. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6230. Structural Dynamics. 3 credit-hours 
    Dynamic response of single-degree-of-freedom systems, Lagrange's equations; modal decoupling; vibration of Euler-Bernoulli and Timoshenko beams, membranes and plates. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6231. System Identification in Structural Dynamics. 3 credit-hours 
    System identification by complex exponential methods, poly ref techniques, eigen-realization methods and frequency domain methods. Effects of noise, generalized least squares, and recursive online identification.See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6240. Numerical Methods in Structural Dynamics. 3 credit-hours  
    Rayleigh quotient, Rayleigh-Ritz and Galerkin methods; extraction of eigenvalues and eigenvectors; analysis of forced harmonic response; direct time integration of large-scale systems. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6251. Experimental Methods in Structural Dynamics. 3 credit-hours 
    Experimental methods for measurement of structural vibration, random vibration, analytical methods for analysis of vibration data, applications to single and multi-degree- of-freedom problems. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6252. Smart Structures and Structural Control. 3 credit-hours  
    Modeling smart sensors and actuators, development of closed loop models, design of controllers, validation of controllers, application to vibration control, noise control, and shape control. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6263. Flexible Multi-body Dynamics. 3 credit-hours 
    Nonlinear, flexible multi-body dynamic systems, parameterization of finite rotations, strategies for enforcement of holonomic and non holonomic constraints, formulation of geometrically nonlinear structural elements, time-integration techniques. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6270. Applied Nonlinear Dynamics. 3 credit-hours 
    Nonlinear vibration methods through averaging and multiple scales, bifurcation, periodic and quasi-periodic systems, transition to chaos, characterization of chaotic vibrations, thermodynamics of chaos, chaos control. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6280. Wave Propagation. 3 credit-hours 
    Dilational, equivalue mixed waves; Rayleigh and Lamb waves, reflection, refraction, impact problems, plastic waves, N.D.E, vibration control, numerical methods, finite deformation wave propagation, constitutive equations. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6770. Energy and Variational Methods in Elasticity and Plasticity. 3 credit-hours  
    Applications of energy and variational methods in engineering mechanics to elastic, plastic, and dynamical behavior of deformable bodies. Crosslisted with ME 6770. See the official syllabus.

Flight Mechanics and Control

  • AE 6503. Helicopter Stability and Control. 3 credit-hours 
    Helicopter general equations of motion, rotor forces and moments, helicopter stability and control characteristics, handling qualities, flight control system design. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6504. Modern Methods in Aircraft Flight Control. 3 credit-hours 
    Linear quadratic regulator design. Model following control. Stochastic control. Fixed structure controller design. Applications to aircraft flight control. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6505. Random Processes and Kalman Filtering. 3 credit-hours 
    Probability and random variables and processes; correlation; shaping filters; simulation of sensor errors; Wiener filter; random vectors; covariance propagation; recursive least-squares; Kalman filter; extensions. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6506. Aerospace Guidance and Navigation. 3 credit-hours 
    Earth's shape and gravity. Introduction to inertial navigation. GPS aiding. Error analysis. Guidance systems. Analysis of the guidance loop. Estimation of guidance variables. Adjoint analysis. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6511. Optimal Guidance and Control. 3 credit-hours 
    Euler-Lagrange formulation; Hamilton-Jacobi approach; Pontryagin's minimum principle; Systems with quadratic performance index; Second variation and neighboring extremals; Singular solutions; numerical solution techniques. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6520. Advanced Flight Dynamics. 3 credit-hours 
    Reference frames and transformations, general equations of unsteady motion, application to fixed-wing, rotary-wing and space vehicles, stability characteristics, flight in turbulent atmosphere.See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6530. Multivariable Linear Systems and Control. 3 credit-hours 
    Techniques for analysis and description of multivariable linear systems. Tools for advanced feedback control design for these systems, including computational packages. Credit will not be awarded for both AE 6530andECE 6550orAE 6530 andME 6401See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6531. Aerospace Robust Control I. 3 credit-hours 
    Robustness issues in controller analysis and design. LQ analysis, H2 norm, LQR, LQG, uncertainty modeling, small gain theorem, H-infinity performance, and the mixed-norm H2/H-infinity problem. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6532. Aerospace Robust Control II. 3 credit-hours 
    Advanced treatment of robustness issues. Controller analysis and design for linear and nonlinear systems with structured and non-structured uncertainty. Reduced-order control, stability, multipliers, and mixed-mu. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6534. Control of Aerospace Structures. 3 credit-hours 
    Advanced treatment of control of flexible structures. Topics include stability of multi-degree-of-freedom systems, passive and active absorbers and isolation, positive real models, and robust control for flexible structures. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6551. Cognitive Engineering. 3 credit-hours 
    Cognitive engineering addresses a range of technologies and work environments that will support human cognitive performance, including information systems, decision support, automation, and intelligent systems. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6552. Advanced Topics in Humans and Autonomy. 3 credit-hours 
    Establish a deep understanding of the theoretical basis for functions performed by humans and by autonomous systems in dynamic, complex domains.  See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6561. Reliable Control Software for Aerospace and Embedded Applications. 3 credit-hours 
    Basic principles of reliable control and embedded software design, with aerospace applications. Programming languages and their specific features covered in student projects. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6571. Air Traffic Control and Management. 3 credit-hours  
    Functionalities and technologies of air traffic control and management in the areas of communication, navigation, surveillance; decision aiding, automation; conflict detection resolution; collaborative decision-making. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6580. Aerospace Nonlinear Control. 3 credit-hours 
    Advanced treatment of nonlinear robust control. Lyapunov stability theory, absolute stability, dissipativity, feedback linearization, Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman theory, nonlinear H-infinity, backstepping control, and control Lyapunov functions. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6721. Evaluation of Human Integrated Systems. 3 credit-hours 
    Evaluation of human integrated systems including translating research questions into measurable objectives, overview of evaluation methods and data analysis techniques applicable to such systems. Credit not allowed for both AE 6721 andISYE 6231. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6779. Dynamic System Simulation and Modeling. 3 credit-hours 
    Models of dynamic systems, such as aircraft, ground vehicles and machinery, and manual control. Numerical simulation techniques and applications. Interactive simulators. Student programming project. Crosslisted withISYE 6779See the official syllabus.
  • AE 7785. Introduction to Robotics Research. 3 credit-hours 
    Familiarizes students with the core areas of robotics; mechanics, control, perception, AI, and autonomy. Provides an introduction to the mathematical tools required in robotics research. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 8750. Robotics Research Foundation I. 3 credit-hours  
    Multidisciplinary research course supervised by two robotics faculty from different schools participating in the robotics Ph.D. program.
  • AE 8751. Robotics Research Foundation II. 3 credit-hours 
    Continuation ofAE 8751 (Robotics Research Foundation I).

Propulsion and Combustion

  • AE 6410. Combustion Dynamics. 3 credit-hours 
    Acoustic wave propagation in inhomogeneous flows, flame-acoustic wave interactions, and control of combustion-driven oscillations. 
    See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6412. Turbulent Combustion. 3 credit-hours 
    Fundamentals of interaction between flow turbulence and reactive scalars. Theoretical, numerical, and experimental methods. Physics of premixed, non-premixed, and partially premixed turbulent combustion. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6414. Multi-Phase Combustion. 3 credit-hours 
    Fundamentals of dispersed-phase dynamics of liquid-gas and soot aerosol flows. Fluid-particle-wall interactions. Numerical and experimental methods. Advances in spray combustion. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6440. Turbine Engine Aerothermodynamics. 3 credit-hours 
    Analysis and design of gas turbine engine components including axial flow compressors, turbines, inlets, and nozzles. Heat transfer and turbine blade cooling. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6445. Combustor Fundamentals. 3 credit-hours 
    Examination of the chemical and aerothermodynamic processes that govern gas turbine combustor performance and design. Also fuel injection, noise, emissions, and testing methodologies. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6450. Rocket Propulsion. 3 credit-hours 
    Analysis and design of rocket engines including liquid, solid, hybrid, and advanced propulsion systems. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6451. Electric Propulsion. 3 credit hours 
    The course provides a solid background of the operating principles, performance characteristics, and design features of the state-of-the-art electric propulsion systems. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6765. Kinetics and Thermodynamics of Gases. 4 credit-hours 
    Thermodynamics of nonreacting and reacting gas mixtures. Introductory quantum theory, statistical thermodynamics, and gas kinetic theory. Crosslisted with ME 6765See the official syllabus..
  • AE 6766. Combustion I. 3 credit-hours 
    Introductory chemical kinetics, detonations and deflagrations, laminar flame propagation in premixed gases, ignition and quenching, laminar diffusion flames and droplet burning, turbulent reacting flows. Crosslisted with ME 6766See the official syllabus..
  • AE 6767. Combustion II. 3 credit-hours 
    Turbulent combustion, combustion instability and control, solid propellants and explosives, chemical kinetics, pollutant formation and destruction, computational and experimental methods for reacting flows. Crosslisted with ME 6767.See the official syllabus


Structural Mechanics and Materials

  • AE 6100. Advanced Structural Analysis I. 3 credit-hours  
    Stability of elastic systems under quasi-static loads. Classical, kinetic, and potential energy approaches through rigid member models. Buckling of elastic bars and frames. Energy methods. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6101. Advanced Structural Analysis II. 3 credit-hours 
    Buckling of beams on elastic foundations, rings and arches; elasticity theory; torsional buckling of shafts, buckling of plates, circular cylindrical shells, rotating beams, nonconservative problems. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6104. Computational Mechanics. 3 credit-hours 
    Development of finite element methods for linear, static structural analysis. The basic tools of the finite element method. The formulation of various structural elements. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6107. Analysis of Aerospace Structural Elements. 3 credit-hours  
    This course focuses on the analysis of advanced aerospace structures. Beam theory is reviewed. Examples of nonlinear behavior of materials are discussed. Plate theory is introduced; classical and energy solution methods are studied. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6111. Elasticity II. 3 credit-hours  
    Stresses and deformations in continuum media. Stress and strain measures used in nonlinear elasticity. Equilibrium equations and energy principles. Nonlinear beam, plate, and shell applications. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6112. Inelastic Response. 3 credit-hours 
    Fundamentals of inelastic response relevant to aerospace and composite structures. Viscoelastic constitutive relations. Isothermal boundary value problems. Foundations of plasticity theory. Solution of plastic-elastic problems. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6114. Fundamentals of Solid Mechanics. 3 credit-hours 
    Unified overview of fundamental aspects of solid mechanics, from nonlinear continuum mechanics to linear elasticity, including an introduction to energy methods and other special topics. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6115. Fundamentals of Aerospace Structural Analysis. 3 credit-hours  
    Overview and fundamentals of aerospace structural analysis, including virtual work and energy methods, buckling and advanced structural theories. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6123. Design of Fiber-Reinforced Composite Structures. 3 credit-hours 
    Composite material systems, composite structures including anisotropic plate and shell theory, shear deformation, hygrothermal and interlaminar stresses. Finite element modeling. Design case studies and cost-effective applications for thin-walled sections. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6161. Theory of Plates. 3 credit-hours 
    Development of isotropic and anisotropic plate theories. Classical and energy solutions for various geometrics and loadings. Aerospace applications including elastically coupled composite and sandwich plates. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6162. Shell Structures. 3 credit-hours 
    Analysis of stresses and deformation of shells with and without bending, shells forming surfaces of revolution, asymptote methods, buckling of shells, nonlinear theories. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6165. Principles of Fracture and Fatigue. 3 credit-hours 
    Brittle and ductile fracture. Determination of stress intensity factors. Analytics of fracture mechanics. Elastic-plastic fracture. Energy release rate. Mechanics of fatigue. Crack growth. Environmental effects. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6170. Structural Optimization. 3 credit-hours 
    Mathematical methods of constrained optimization, sensitivity analysis, approximation concepts, decomposition techniques, shape optimization in the context of structural design.See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6769. Linear Elasticity. 3 credit-hours 
    Governing equations of linear elasticity, plane elasticity, boundary value problems, airy stress function and complex variable methods, simple three-dimensional solutions. Crosslisted with ME 6769See the official syllabus..
  • AE 7772. Fundamentals of Fracture Mechanics. 3 credit-hours 
    Advanced study of failure of structural materials under load, mechanics of fracture, and microscopic and macroscopic aspects of the fracture of engineering materials. Crosslisted with CHE, CEE, ME, and MSE 7772See the official syllabus.
  • AE 7773. Advanced Fracture Mechanics. 3 credit-hours  
    Nonlinear fracture mechanics including elastic-plastic and time-dependent fracture, advanced test methods, J-integral theory, and extensions. Crosslisted with CEE, CHE, ME, and MSE 7773See the official syllabus.
  • AE 7774. Fatigue of Materials and Structures. 3 credit-hours 
    Mechanical and microstructural aspects of nucleation and growth of cracks under cyclic loading conditions, notch effects, cumulative damage, multiaxial loading, and fatigue crack propagation. Crosslisted with CEE, CHE, ME, and MSE 7774. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 7775. Topics in Fracture and Fatigue of Metallic and Composite Structures. 3 credit-hours 
    Brittle and ductile fracture criteria. Failrue prediction in composite structures. Free-edge and internal delamination. Anisotropic cracks. Fatigue behavior of composites and metal. New micromechanical models. Crosslisted with CHE, ME, and MSE 7775See the official syllabus.
  • AE 7791. Damage, Failure and Durability of Composite Materials. 3 credit-hours  
    Analysis and failure of fiber-reinforced composite material systems. Mechanisms of toughening, multiple cracking mechanisms. Failure in woven fabric, braided, and special geometry composites. Crosslisted with CHE, CEE, ME, MSE, and PTFE 7791See the official syllabus.
  • AE 7792. Advanced Mechanics of Composites. 3 credit-hours 
    Anisotropic elasticity, hygrothermal behavior, stress analysis of laminated composites including 3D effects, stress concentrations, free-edge effects, thick laminates, adhesive and mechanical connections, fracture of composites. Crosslisted with CHE, CEE, ME, MSE, and PTFE 7792
    See the official syllabus.
  • AE 7793. Manufacturing of Composites. 3 credit-hours 
    Major manufacturing techniques of metal-ceramic and polymer-matrix composites. Modeling of processes with emphasis on fundamental mechanisms and effects. Crosslisted with CHE, CEE, ME, MSE, and PTFE 7793. See the official syllabus.


Systems Design and Optimization

  • AE 6310. Optimization for the Design of Engineered Systems. 3 credit-hours 
    Introduction to optimization problem formulations for engineering design, algorithms for constrained nonlinear programming, multiobjective and multidisciplinary optimization, and robust design optimization. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6322. Spacecraft and Launch Vehicle Design I. 4 credit-hours  
    Early design of spacecraft and launch vehicles. Emphasis on preliminary vehicle sizing and performance, effect of new technologies, and disciplinary interactions. Individual design projects. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6323. Spacecraft and Launch Vehicle Design II. 3 credit-hours 
    Space Vehicle Design methodology further developed and applied. Teams formed to prepare competitive proposals in response to given mission requirements. Designs publicly presented and defended. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6333. Rotorcraft Design I. 3 credit-hours 
    System approach to conceptual design of aerospace systems with emphasis on rotorcraft. Comprehensive methodologies for aerospace vehicle synthesis and sizing. Integration of technologies. Students cannot receive credit for both AE 6333andAE 4343. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6334. Rotorcraft Design II. 4 credit-hours 
    Students work together on this application to complete the preliminary design stage of a specific rotorcraft. Participants are exposed to disciplinary and interdisciplinary issues. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6343. Aircraft Design I. 3 credit-hours 
    Stochastic approach to conceptual design of aerospace systems with emphasis on aircraft and missiles. Comprehensive methodologies for aerospace vehicle synthesis and sizing. Integration of technologies.See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6344. Aircraft Design II. 4 credit-hours 
    Students work together on this application to complete the preliminary design stage of a specific aircraft or missile. Participants are exposed to disciplinary and interdisciplinary issues. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6353. Orbital Mechanics. 3 credit-hours  
    First graduate-level astrodynamics class that includes two-body orbital mechanics, orbit determination, orbit prediction, orbital maneuvers, lunar and interplanetary trajectories, orbital rendzvous and space navigation. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6354. Advanced Orbital Mechanics. 3 credit-hours 
    Advanced concepts in orbital mechanics including orbit determination, orbital perturbations, time of flight, rendezvous, low thrust trajectories, and multi-body problems. Taught in alternate years. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6355. Planetary Entry, Descent and Landing. 3 credit-hours 
    Entry flight mechanics and dynamics, aerothermodynamics, thermal protection systems, aerodynamic decelerators, descent and landing. Robotic and human exploration mission studies for aerobraking, planetary entry, aerocapture. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6361. Air Breathing Propulsion System Design I. 3 credit-hours  
    Air breathing propulsion design with emphasis on multidisciplinary design issues related to system integration, cycle selection, performance, cost, reliability, maintainability, etc. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6362. Safety by Design. 4 credit-hours 
    Autonomous situational flight model allows students to examine complex behaviors in the "pilot-vehicle-operational conditions" system. Flight certification and airworthiness requirements are mapped into formal scenarios. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6372. Aerospace Systems Engineering. 3 credit-hours 
    Introduction to aerospace systems engineering. Systems engineering and quality engineering methods and tools. Top-down design decision support processes, computer integrated environments, Integrated Product/Process Development (IPPD). See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6373. Advanced Design Methods I. 4 credit-hours 
    Introduction to modern probabilistic design methods and techniques. Design of experiments, Taguchi methods, response surface equations, robust design, risk and uncertainty, technology assessment and selection. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6374. Advanced Design Methods II. 3 credit-hours 
    Introduction to modern multidisciplinary design optimization methods and techniques. Numerical optimization with applications, stochastic methods, Genetic Algorithms, multidisciplinary decomposition methods, multi-level optimization strategies. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6380. Fundamentals of Computer-aided Design and Engineering. 3 credit-hours 
    Introduction to the principles of geometric modeling; 2-D systems; 3-D wireframe, surface and solid representations; mathematical representations of curves, surfaces, solids; application to aerospace design problems. Credit not allowed for both AE 4375 and AE 6380. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6381. Software Development for Engineering Applications. 3 credit-hours 
    Introduction to the development of engineering analysis and visualization software for UNIX workstations with emphasis on rapid prototyping, information modeling, distributed processing, and client/server architectures. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6382. Computing Systems for Engineering Research Laboratory. 1 credit-hour . 
    Introduction to computational systems used for engineering research. Basics of Unix and Windows operating systems, survey of the major programming languages, and computing frameworks. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6383. Applied Design Laboratory. 1 credit-hour. 
    Introduction to computing tools and processes used in subsequent applied design courses in graduate fixed wing, rotary wing, and space systems design tracks. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 8001. Design Seminar. 1 credit-hour.
    Case studies of existing aerospace systems; assessment of design payoffs and risks; industry experts provide case examples and knowledge transfer to course participants; field trips. See the official syllabus.


Additional Graduate Courses

  • AE 6694. Graduate Internship. 1-21 credit-hours 
    Graduate Internship for which the student is paid.
  • AE 7000. Master's Thesis. 1-21 credit-hours
  • AE 8002. AE Graduate Seminar. 1 credit-hour
    Introduce AE graduate students to world-class aerospace researchers and topics, discuss and demonstrate basic graduate student resources and skills.
  • AE 8900. Special Problems. 1-21 credit-hours 

    Graduate research guided by a faculty advisor.  Three (3) credit hours is required for students completing the MS Degree Without Thesis option. This course may not be used to satisfy requirements of other degree options.

  • AE 9000. Doctoral Thesis. 1-21 credit-hours