Graduate Projects I and II (ASEN 5018/6028) is a two-semester course sequence designed to expose MS and PhD students to Project Management and Systems Engineering disciplines while working a complex aerospace engineering project as part of a project team. Teams of from 7 to 20 students will perform some or all of the following project activities during the two-semester course sequence:  

  • Requirements definition
  • Design and design review
  • Build
  • Test
  • Verification

A lecture common to all lab sections will introduce students to project management, systems engineering, participating effectively on project teams, earned value management, contract types, human and robotic mission similarities and differences, entrepreneurship, and technology transfer and intellectual property issues.

For ASEN 5018, it is strongly recommended that students interested in a particular graduate project section enroll early in the open enrollment period. If a graduate project section is full, students are encouraged to choose another project. They may also place themselves on the waitlist; however, until all graduate projects sections have been adequately enrolled, waitlisted students are not guaranteed a spot in the course.

Graduate Projects is a suitable option for degree MS students who choose to complete two semesters of work on an aerospace engineering project rather than write a thesis or complete certificate coursework to satisfy graduation requirements, and for PhD students who value this type of project experience to meet their coursework requirements. The course is also open to students in other engineering departments with the approval of the project professor.

Students completing this course series will be better prepared for the type of project management processes and team dynamics they will encounter in government and industry. The knowledge and skills gained by the students as a result of taking this course will make them more competitive and effective in today's job market.

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Graduate Projects



Graduate Projects: Human Spacecraft Design



Graduate Projects: Clock Ensemble Testbed for PNT on Small Spacecraft or UAVs



Graduate Projects: CubeSats for Space Science



Graduate Projects: CU-E3 and Maxwell CubeSats



Graduate Projects: Spacecraft MLI Heat Leak Characterization Testing



Graduate Projects: Space-based Debris Tracking (ITAR Restricted)



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