Founded in 1928, the department of aerospace engineering has a long history of academic excellence, scholarship, and commitment to community. Located in the "Air Capital of the World," students and faculty benefit from Wichita's rich aviation heritage and close proximity to major aircraft companies.
The department boasts a strong undergraduate and graduate curriculum, significant student learning opportunities, substantial funded research, and rich collaborative relationships with Airbus North America, Boeing, Bombardier-Learjet, Cessna, Hawker Beechcraft, Spirit Aerosystems, and other Wichita aviation concerns.
The Cooperative Education Program is among the best in the country, facilitating placements for students while they are in school. Outstanding students work as Co-Ops or Interns locally and at NASA (including the Johnson Space and Dryden Flight Research Centers).
Recent National Science Foundation statistics, for fiscal year 2004, ranked Wichita State University fourth among all U.S. universities in money spent on aerospace research and development, with more than $20 million in expenditures. WSU faculty, staff, and, most importantly, students participate in this research. Again, here is a great chance to "learn by doing."
The department is very strong in the areas of composites, structures, engineering mechanics, computational fluid dynamics, applied aerodynamics, and flight simulation. Related f acilities, in the Aerospace Engineering department and the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR), are among the best in the nation. Students get a chance to use these labs either through research, class assignments, or projects.
The department sponsors numerous activities for students. Over a dozen small airplanes have been designed and built in the last few years. A 2007 student group flew in the NASA Microgravity Research airplane. Students also participate in conferences and competitions, often taking top honors. Additionally, professional engineering societies host guest speakers and events. Cook-outs are popular as well.
The Honors Program is outstanding, offering both challenges and rewards. The Aerospace Engineering Honors Track provides students with advanced educational options.
Wichita State University Aerospace Engineering - the right program, in the right place!