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We apply a collaborative approach to both research and education – emphasizing hands-on learning, teamwork, technical expertise, and system-level multidisciplinary thinking.
At the graduate level PhD students are offered a one-year teaching practicum, and may work with faculty in more than one focus area.
MS students have the opportunity to work in teams on aerospace research projects like designing a small satellite (DANDE), an interstellar dust instrument (CRIA) or a lunar module prototype (HAB).
Collaborative, multidisciplinary projects are also the focus of our capstone Senior Design course which follows the life cycle of industry projects from conception, to design reviews, development, construction, testing, and analysis of results.
Students develop in-depth technical knowledge, effective communication skills, and a systems engineering perspective that enables them to produce creative solutions to complex problems.