Aerospace Engineering

Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering

The aerospace engineering program provides students with an education in technological areas critical to the design and development of aerospace vehicles and systems. Barrett students majoring in Aerospace Engineering will have the opportunity to pursue advanced research in areas such as experimental and computational aerodynamics, control of autonomous aerospace vehicles, advanced composite materials for aircraft structure, hybrid propulsion systems, and design of future air vehicles. Most upper-division AEE, courses are offered for honors credit through the honors contract. Students wishing to receive honors credit should confer with the course instructor at the beginning of the semester in order to develop a mutually acceptable plan for the honors contract activity. Most honors contracts involve either a project that extends the ideas and techniques covered in the course or outside research on topics relevant to the course work. Any Barrett student who is considering majoring in Aerospace Engineering should contact the lead FHA.

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Faculty Honors Advisors

Valana Wells

Thesis/Creative Projects: 

Philosophically, the honors thesis should represent a body of work performed independently by the student or a small team of students under the guidance of a mentor. The mentor will normally be a regular faculty member, but adjunct faculty, faculty associates or other qualified professionals may sit on the thesis committee. The program requires one reader in addition to the faculty mentor. The honors research must be work performed above and beyond the normal coursework required for the BSE degree. The senior capstone design project or other projects done as a normal part of a course are not eligible to be used as the honors research.

Academic Preparation: 

In general, students in Aerospace Engineering complete their research and thesis in the senior year as most research topics in the field require a level of knowledge and skill acquired in the first three years of the program. Students completing the honors thesis in Aerospace Engineering must take MAE 394 prior to enrolling in MAE 492/493.

Other Honors Opportunities: 

Some courses in aerospace engineering have honors laboratory or recitation sections. In order to receive honors credit for these courses, students must register for the honors lecture section (which meets at the same time as the regular lecture section) and for the honors lab or recitation (which meets separately). Courses that currently have honors sections are: MAE 201, MAE 202, MAE 241,and AEE 360. Barrett students may use MAE 492 and MAE 493 as technical electives that count towards the BSE degree in Aerospace Engineering.