Aerospace Engineering

Enjoy your adventure.

Be passionate.
Be creative.
Change the world.
Be greater than you imagined in aerospace engineering at Iowa State University.

Enjoy your adventure.

More opportunities. More possibilities. More potential.

At Iowa State you’ll find all of these things and more. Immerse yourself in a university where top-notch academics and a vibrant student life form the ultimate college adventure. Open your mind. Broaden your horizons. Make memories to last a lifetime. Enjoy your aerospace engineering adventure.
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Aerospace engineering is an adventure.

It begins here.

Iowa State’s aerospace engineering program has a wide range of resources and services to help you be creative in your field of study and life. Your adventure will take you places you can’t begin to imagine!

Engineer your future

Many of our graduates have built successful careers not only as engineers, but also as managers, entrepreneurs, sales representatives and consultants.

  • The average starting salary of aerospace engineering graduates is $62,500/year.
  • Co-op and internship salaries for our students average more than $19/hour.
  • More than 500 companies visit the College of Engineering each year to recruit our students.
  • 90 percent of our aerospace engineering students have in-profession placement within six months of graduation.

Discover your passion

Aircraft, asteroids, autonomous vehicles and more. The sky isn’t our limit—learn engineering fundamentals and discover your potential in designing and building the machines of the future. We give you the tools, hands-on experience and motivation to guide you into a successful and exciting career. Aerospace engineering prepares you for many types of engineering careers—more than half of our graduates work in fields that go beyond airplanes and rockets. The aerospace curriculum is designed to provide you with an education in the fundamental principles of aerodynamics, flight dynamics, propulsion, structural mechanics, flight controls, design and systems. Our program is committed to real-world preparation that includes a foundation in basic sciences, math and engineering; laboratories to build practical skills; hands-on experiences to understand the problems of tomorrow; and design challenges focused on real-world aerospace industry needs. Our faculty and students conduct cutting-edge research in nondestructive evaluation; complex systems; computational and experimental aerodynamics; astrodynamics; guidance, navigation and control; aircraft icing; composite structure; and micro/nano mechanics of materials.

Be greater than you imagine

Whatever your goals are, your success is important to us! Our programs, labs, hands-on learning and facilities will give you a competitive advantage.

  • Learning Communities—you can join a Launch Pad learning community where you take classes together, get advice from experienced peer mentors and work with faculty on projects. Honors Launch Pad is also an option for students in the First-Year Honors Program.
  • Make to Innovate (M:2:I) Laboratory—where you have access to a wide-range of tools, computers, electronic instruments and three-dimensional printers. This space is great for design creativity to address real-world problems.
  • Next Gen Classroom—with custom glass whiteboards and 12 video monitors, the open-air layout facilitates interactive breakout groups and instructor-driven lectures.
  • Wind Tunnels—conduct a variety of tests in our wind tunnels. Industry uses similar equipment to evaluate aircraft configurations, test building structures and visualize shock waves.
  • Center for Nondestructive Evaluation—this facility contains state-of-the-art equipment used to discover flaws that may lead to failure of aircraft engines or wind turbines.
  • Virtual Reality Applications Center—step into a virtual 3-D environment in the C6—the highest resolution facility of its kind in the world.
  • Composite Structures Lab—build your own structure models from composite materials and test them for durability and strength.
  • Tornado Simulator—watch a tornado in action to learn how regulators use wind gust data to generate building codes.
  • Research partnerships—the aerospace engineering department has partnerships with companies like Boeing, General Electric, Lockheed Martin and Rockwell Collins International.
  • Research opportunities—you can partner with our faculty to work on projects like micro-aerial vehicles, reusable launch vehicles, nondestructive evaluation of equipment, or pico satellites, and often present at professional conferences.
  • Study abroad—take advantage of one of our many study abroad opportunities around the world.

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