The field of aeronautical and astronautical engineering includes the challenging problems encountered in the design
and operation of many types of aircraft, missiles, and space vehicles and
puts a constant demand on research and development groups for an even better
understanding of basic physical phenomena.
Aeronautical education has existed on at least a small scale at Purdue
University since about 1920. Aeronautical Engineering degrees were first
offered at Purdue by the School of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering
during WWII, and the first B.S. Degrees were awarded in 1943. The School
of Aeronautics was established as a separate entity on July 1, 1945.
(For a complete history visit the School's history page.)
During the first sixty years of its existence, the School of
Aeronautics and Astronautics has awarded 5, 824 BS
degrees, 1, 439 MS degrees and 474 PhD degrees.
These graduates have made significant contributions
to the aerospace field, and have held positions of high responsibility
in government and private industry. Twenty-three graduates of
Purdue have become astronauts,
and of these, fourteen
have been graduates of the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
The Aeronautical and Astronautical
Engineering curriculum concentrates on the fundamental subject areas
necessary to the research, development, design, and operation of the aerospace
industry. The curriculum is designed to emphasize the disciplines of aerodynamics, propulsion,
structures, dynamics, and control, and further provides design courses to
integrate these disciplines into the design of flight vehicles that will
perform the required mission. A strong background in mathematics and
physics is required to pursue these disciplines, and extensive use of
computers and programming skills is a necessity.
The future holds many interesting challenges. The record shows that
our graduates have demonstrated their ability to provide technical leadership
in a variety of successfully completed projects. A degree
from Purdue University in the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics