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Aerospace Engineering (Engineering, M.S./M.E.)

Build a future working with aircraft, spacecraft, rockets, unpiloted aerial and space robotic platforms, and more. In this program, you'll have opportunities for advanced education and creative research. These are essential skills for careers in teaching, research, or design. Through your study, you'll also find opportunities to contribute to the body of knowledge in the field. When you graduate, you'll be ready to design and analyze the systems used in aerospace, aeronautics, and astronautics.

Aerospace Engineering (Engineering, M.S./M.E.)


Description


What is Aerospace Engineering at ODU like?

Build a future working with aircraft, spacecraft, rockets, unpiloted aerial and space robotic platforms, and more. In this program, you'll have opportunities for advanced education and creative research. These are essential skills for careers in teaching, research, or design. Through your study, you'll also find opportunities to contribute to the body of knowledge in the field. When you graduate, you'll be ready to design and analyze the systems used in aerospace, aeronautics, and astronautics.

Program Highlights


What makes Aerospace Engineering at ODU unique?

  • ODU's Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering has close ties with: NASA Langley Research Center, Air Force Research Laboratory, Naval Research Laboratory, and other government agencies and local industries

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Aerospace Engineers

$115,300

MEDIAN SALARY


Perform engineering duties in designing, constructing, and testing aircraft, missiles, and spacecraft. May conduct basic and applied research to evaluate adaptability of materials and equipment to aircraft design and manufacture. May recommend improvements in testing equipment and techniques.

Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians

$71,340

MEDIAN SALARY


Operate, install, calibrate, and maintain integrated computer/communications systems, consoles, simulators, and other data acquisition, test, and measurement instruments and equipment, which are used to launch, track, position, and evaluate air and space vehicles. May record and interpret test data.

Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers

$55,400

MEDIAN SALARY


Assemble, fit, fasten, and install parts of airplanes, space vehicles, or missiles, such as tails, wings, fuselage, bulkheads, stabilizers, landing gear, rigging and control equipment, or heating and ventilating systems.

Aviation Inspectors

$73,720

MEDIAN SALARY


Inspect aircraft, maintenance procedures, air navigational aids, air traffic controls, and communications equipment to ensure conformance with Federal safety regulations.

Courses


What are some courses offered in Aerospace Engineering at ODU?

MAE 602:
Fluid Dynamics and Aerodynamics


Conservation laws for viscous and inviscid flows. Boundary conditions; analytical and numerical solution of viscous flow problems; boundary-layer theory; 2 and 3-dimensional potential flows; applications to airfoils, wings, and internal flows; introduction to turbulence. Prerequisites: MAE 601 or MATH 691.

MAE 716:
Computational Fluid Dynamics I


This course will cover the following topics: classification of single partial differential equations; finite difference methods; stability analysis, including convergence, consistency, and efficiency; basics of finite volume methods; model equations of hyperbolic, parabolic and elliptic type; and explicit and implicit schemes, central and upwind schemes, and weak solutions of quasi-linear hyperbolic equations. Prerequisites: MAE 601 or MATH 691.

MAE 745:
Space Flight Dynamics and Control


Principles governing the dynamics and control of vehicles in space flight. Equations of motion development and solution including inertial/gravitational/aerodynamic/propulsive loads, decoupled translational and attitude motions. Ortibal mechanics including elements, initial-value propagation, adjustments/transfers, Lambert boundary-value problem, perturbations, and nonlinear simulation. Attitude dynamics including torque free, gravity moment, axisymmetric/unsymmetric vehicles, and dual spinners. Flight control system design and analysis including impulsive velocities, finite burns, Lambert targeting, linear designusing momentum wheels, and nonlinear phase-plane design using thrusters. Prerequisites: MAE 604 and MAE 640.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Aerospace Engineering at ODU?

Students entering the Master of Engineering program in Aerospace Engineering should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)

The applicant must have earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited university in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, engineering mechanics, or a closely related discipline, such as physics or mathematics, and must also meet Old Dominion University’s general requirements for admission.

Applicants with degrees in disciplines other than aerospace engineering or mechanical engineering are required to complete up to three leveling courses. A remedial study plan will be designed for the applicant by the GPD in order to prepare the student for graduate work in the shortest possible time. The selected courses are subject to satisfying the prerequisites listed in the catalog. If an applicant already has a minor in aerospace engineering or mechanical engineering, then no leveling courses are necessary.

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 571

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,394

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 595

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Next Steps


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ASSOC PROF & INTERIM CHAIR


Name:

Miltos Kotinis


Location:

241J KAUFMAN HALL, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-5939


Graduate Admissions


Location:

1000 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-6512


Email:

gradadmit@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Additional Programs


Are there other programs at ODU I may be interested in?

With over 120 undergraduate programs, 130 graduate programs at the master'seducation specialist and doctoral levels plus a wealth of certificate and professional development programs, Old Dominion University has the program for you. Visit our academic program listing page to see other programs ODU has to offer.

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