Presentation on theme: "So you want to be an aerospace engineer.."— Presentation transcript:
1So you want to be an aerospace engineer.. Lakshmi SankarRegents Professor and Associate ChairSchool of Aerospace EngineeringDaurette JosephAcademic Advisor
2Some Useful Web Sites and Contacts Our School:This presentation:AE Academic Office:Phone:Daurette JosephAcademic Advisor,Rebekah TroutLakshmi Sankar
3Overview What do aerospace engineers do? Where do they work? How much do they make? (I want a Corvette when I grow up..)What are the classes will I take?Will I get to do research?Do you have a honors program?What are the Study Abroad Opportunities?
4What do aerospace engineers do? We design, build, or analyze systems and components.Aircraft, helicopters, engines, satellites, rockets, unmanned vehicles, etc.We work in related areas.Automotive, power generation, bio-engineering, wind energy, environmental engineering, etc.We serve mankind by making improvements to the state of the art in aerospace vehiclesCheaper, quieter, faster, lighter, environmentally friendly applications.
5We make improvements to all the Parts of an Airplane Low drag airfoilsQuieter, fuel-efficient propellers or jet enginesComposites and advanced aluminum alloy materials that are strong and lightFly by wire controls that reduce pilot’s work load, and lead to a safe and enjoyable flight.
6We make improvements to rockets and space vehicles High energy, high density fuelsComputers and software for guidance and control of rocketsOptimum trajectories from earth to Mars and other places, that take the least amount of energy or time.
7We make improvements to engines Fans that produce a lot of thrust, but require less powerCompressors that increase the pressure with the least amount of power expenditureTurbines that extract the maximum amount of energy from the hot gasesNozzles that produce thrust, without excessive noiseCombustors that burn fuel efficiently, without pollution such as Carbon Monoxide or Nitrous Oxide
8Where do aerospace engineers work? Aircraft manufacturers (Lockheed, Boeing, Airbus, Cessna, Gulfstream, and others)Engine Manufacturers (GE, Pratt & Whitney, Rolls Royce, Turbomeca, ..)Helicopter Manufacturers (Bell, Boeing, Sikorsky, Robinson..)NASA Research Centers (Langley, Ames, Glenn, Johnson)Power Systems (GE, Pratt & Whitney, Regional Power Companies)Airlines Industries (Delta, United, American, ..)Government Agencies and Labs (Air Force Labs, Navy labs, DARPA, Department of Energy)Hundreds of small businesses and suppliers that cater to the needs of the aerospace industries and the government.
10What are the courses like? 132 semester hours (four years)Plenty of opportunities for internship and co-op work.A combination of technical courses (Math, Physics, sciences, computer science, EE, materials engineering), humanities and social sciences (English, History, languages), and advanced AE courses.Please see our web site for more details:
11PortfoliosFree electives (10 hours), technical elective (3 hours), humanities electives (6 hours), and social sciences electives (3 hours) may be used to build a well-rounded portfolio of accomplishments:Certificates (12 hours)Minors (18 hours)Design Competition CoursesU/G ResearchU/G thesisInternational Plan
12Do I get to do research and design? Research and development is an essential part of being an engineer.As engineers, we are constantly searching for ways to do things better, cheaper, more efficiently, and with less impact on the environment.We have plenty of opportunities in our program (10 hours of free electives) you may use to satisfy your creative urges.Here are some examples..
13Design, build, and fly your own airplane.. Our students compete nationally against other universities.They design, build, and fly a vehicle that will meet the specifications.They develop team skills, oral and written communication skills, and a strong work ethic.
14Fly on the Vomit Comet..Design experiments to study how gravity affects materials, fire, manufacturing processes, or human tissues.Test your experiment on a specially equipped airplane.Try not to P..ke
15A Europa Scout Mission Proposal, April 21, 2015 CadmusA Europa Scout Mission Proposal, April 21, 2015Team Cadmus won the 2004 RASC-AL undergraduate design competition and was invited to present its study at the AIAA Space 2004 Conference and Exposition in San Diego on September 28-30, 2004.
16CADMUS Lander Configuration Hybrid inflatable HGAPropellant tankPancamLGA2.5 m0.85 mRTGMain thruster (1 of 3)Sciencearm3.7 m
17AE Honors Program This program was implemented in the Fall of 2002. Goalprovide AE undergraduates who have an interest in graduate studies and research with opportunities that will prepare them to excel academically and in research.Outcomesresearch experiencechance to explore specialtiesjoint B.S./M.S. AE program
18Student BenefitsAutomatically admitted to AE MS program after completion of BSstreamlined application, no GRE requirementCount up to 6 hours of appropriate courses to both BS and MS degreesable to complete MS degree 9-12 months after finishing BS degree3 semesters of UG research experiencePreference for Undergraduate AE Research Fellowships
19International/Study Abroad Options The evolution of technology (e.g. high-speed aircraft) is bringing the world to our footsteps.Tomorrow’s aerospace endeavors will require collaboration among nations, and international business partners.US citizens should be trained to meet the changing global environment.They should be aware of international trade/business practices, corporate laws and regulations, and environmental issues.Fluency in a foreign language is a business requirement, not a luxury.We offer a variety of study abroad programs.Beginning in the fall of 2005, we offer a new BSAE (International Option) program.
20Two or more years of college level study in a foreign language. Elements of the Bachelor of Science (International Option) ProgramTwo or more years of college level study in a foreign language.Three or more courses in a global or comparative international studies (e.g. economics, law, politics).Two or more terms of residential foreign experience, of which one must be a full term experience (15 weeks).The second term may involve study, internship, or work.Capstone design experience (or a senior elective) must incorporate issues relevant to the discipline, from an international perspective.Student receives an international designation on the transcript and diploma.
21AE Program Elective Hours Easily Meet These Requirements 6 hours of humanities may be used to take language courses6 hours of social science electives3 hours of science electives10 hours of free electives.These 25 hours make up approximately 20% of our total program hours (132).
22BSAE (Thesis Option) Requires 9 hours of research for pay or credit. The free elective hours may be applied toward this requirement.Requires documenting the work in the form of an undergraduate thesisRequires taking a thesis writing class in place of a technical writing class.
23U.S. News & World Reports Surveys Undergrad Programs (Among Schools w/Ph.D. Programs)9/ /03 9/ / /06 9/07MIT MIT MIT MIT MIT MITGeorgia Tech Georgia Tech Georgia Tech Georgia Tech Georgia Tech Georgia TechU. of Michigan U. of Michigan U. of Michigan U. of Michigan U. of Michigan U. of MichiganGraduate ProgramsMIT MIT MIT MIT Stanford StanfordStanford Stanford Stanford Stanford MIT MITGeorgia Tech Cal Tech Cal Tech Cal Tech Cal Tech Cal TechU. of Michigan Georgia Tech Georgia Tech Georgia Tech Georgia Tech Georgia TechCal Tech U. of Michigan U. of Michigan U. of Michigan U. of Michigan U. Michigan
24Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering Georgia Tech 696 undergraduate students477 graduate students$22.8 Mio in sponsored research expenditures in FY '07$ 7.7 Mio in state support in FY '07USN&WR rankings, in US:#2 undergrad. program#4 graduate program
25Attributes of a Successful Aerospace Engineer Do you enjoy math and science? Do you have an inquisitive and searching mind? Are you interested in knowing what makes things work? Do you like to solve problems and puzzles? Do you like to create things? Do you enjoy learning? Do you enjoy working with computers? Do you like to build things? Are you prepared to study hard and do homework? Do you achieve good grades?
26Concluding Remarks Aerospace engineering is an interesting field. You will never have a dull day in your life.It does take a lot of hard work and dedication to be successful.We offerFaculty advising/mentorshipUndergraduate Research and Design/Build/Fly Opportunities that fit into your 132 hour curriculumStudy Abroad and BSAE (International Option), BSAE (Research Option) OpportunitiesCo-Op and Internship OpportunitiesA honors program leading to a fast-track BS/ME dual-degreeWe look forward to working with you as you pursue your dreams.