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Aerospace Engineering BS

(HEGIS: 09.02 AEROSPACE-ENGINEERING, CIP: 14.0201 Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering)

Why study Aerospace Engineering BS at UB?

The four-year undergraduate program leading to the BS degree in aerospace engineering prepares students for careers in aerospace and related technologies. This includes the traditional aeronautics and astronautics applications (e.g., subsonic and supersonic aircraft, satellites, spacecraft, space stations), as well as aerospace-related component development (design of structures, devices and instruments), and vehicle and propulsion system design.

The Aerospace Engineering BS program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

The curriculum is designed to meet several educational objectives. These program education objectives (PEOs) are broad statements that describe the expected accomplishments of graduates within a few years after graduation. Specific PEOs are:

  • Career development: Graduates will hold a position in aerospace engineering or another field leveraging their training, or be engaged in advanced study.
  • Professional service with integrity: Graduates will actively participate in professional and community groups while upholding the highest ethical standards.
  • Addressing important problems: Graduates will use their aerospace engineering training to recognize and make a significant, positive impact on current and future societal challenges.

Learning Outcomes

The curriculum provides opportunities for students to develop the following knowledge, skills and behaviors by the time of graduation:

  • an ability to identify, formulate and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science and mathematics
  • an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental and economic factors
  • an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental and societal contexts
  • an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks and meet objectives
  • an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  • an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

The Learning Environment

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences offers 11 engineering programs leading to the degree of bachelor of science (BS) degree: aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, engineering science, environmental, industrial, material science, and mechanical engineering.

Seven combined BS/MBA programs are offered in conjunction with the School of Management. BA, BS, and BS/MS degrees in computer science are offered through the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. BS/MS degrees are offered through the Departments of Biomedical and Electrical Engineering. A BS degree in engineering physics is offered jointly with the Department of Physics. A BS degree in bioinformatics and computational biology is an interdisciplinary program offered jointly with the College of Arts and Sciences. Minors are offered in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Manufacturing, Robotics, Human Factors and Ergonomics Engineering, Operations Research, and Quality Engineering. Additionally, a certificate is offered in Data Intensive Computing. The Department of Materials Design and Innovation (MDI) has the only joint-accelerated Chemistry BS/MDI MS program in the nation, which allows students to complete an undergraduate and graduate degree in less than five years.

The curricula allow students flexibility in their programs of study and encourages interaction between students and faculty. The undergraduate educational experience prepares students for professional practice and advanced study. Special programs including our experiential learning program, undergraduate research, and internship opportunities provide professional development skills and experiences and facilitate placement of our graduates in high-quality engineering positions.

About Our Facilities

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences occupies six buildings on UB's north campus: Bell, Bonner, Davis, Furnas, Jarvis, and Ketter Hall.

Together, these buildings form an outstanding educational and research facility, comprising 275,000 square feet of laboratory and office space.

The MAE Department has a strong commitment to providing up-to-date laboratory equipment that gives our students hands-on experience with modern engineering devices, systems, and software. The major laboratory areas for undergraduates are properties of engineering materials, fluid and thermal sciences as well as dynamic systems and instrumentation. For students in the Aerospace Engineering program, there is a teaching wind tunnel for aerodynamics experiments and a teaching water tunnel for visualizing flows around airfoils and other shapes, used in the course MAE 339. In addition, there are Shared Instrumentation Facilities, including the Motion Simulation Laboratory, the Digital Manufacturing Laboratory, the Structure for Outdoor Autonomy Research (SOAR) and the Laboratory for High-Speed 3D Velocimetry of Complex Flows. Students can also obtain access to the Engineering Machine Shop, which has a variety of equipment that can be used for undergraduate research, projects, and student clubs.

About Our Faculty

The faculty members in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering are widely recognized for their technical skills and scholarship. They have received recognition for both teaching and research accomplishments from national and international organizations including seventeen Fellowship awards from their professional societies, seven National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) and three Department of Defense Young Investigator (YIP) awards. An annual average of over $15 M in research expenditures come from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, NASA, DARPA, the Department of Defense, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and the Office of Naval Research, and international study awards have come from the J. William Fulbright and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundations.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

Academic Advising

Students obtain academic advice and guidance from the academic advisors in the SEAS Office of Undergraduate Education (410 Bonner Hall) and from faculty advisors in their program of study. The Office of Undergraduate Education advises all students throughout their first two years of study. In the junior and senior years, students seek advisement primarily from departmental faculty advisors.

Please visit the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering academic advice webpage for more information.

Academic Advising Contact Information

SEAS Office of Undergraduate Education
410 Bonner Hall
North Campus, Buffalo, NY 14260-1900
Phone: 716-645-2774
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Website

MAE Undergraduate Academic Coordinator
238 Bell Hall
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Website

Scholarships and Financial Support

There are many scholarships, fellowships and other funding opportunities available for students accepted into the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. These include recruitment scholarships and annual scholarships/awards for current students. There are both merit and need-based scholarships.

View School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Scholarships

All scholarships are currently offered through UB's scholarship portal.

View Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering scholarships.

Associated Programs

Published: Nov 16, 2022 15:55:12