Throughout history, engineers have pushed the technological frontiers, building what others thought couldn’t be built and creating what never before existed. Hundred years after the first flight, aerospace engineers have pushed the boundaries farther and higher than most and now have exciting opportunities in cutting-edge fields that range well beyond the traditional aerospace applications in airplanes, spacecraft and rocket science. Aerospace engineers can now apply their skills in numerous technology-based industrial sectors, ranging from automobiles to power generation to air separation to computer industries. Aerospace engineering graduates can work in such exciting new areas as computational fluid dynamics, robotics, artificial intelligence, process automation, and smart materials.
Here at the University at Buffalo, our four-year undergraduate program leading to the B.S. degree in aerospace engineering is designed to prepare students to assume leadership positions in the aerospace industry and related industries. This includes the traditional aeronautics and astronautics applications (subsonic and supersonic aircraft, satellites, space shuttle, space station, etc.) as well as aerospace-related component development (design of structures, devices and instruments) and vehicle and propulsion system design. A variety of industries appreciate and seek the talents of aerospace engineers. The automotive industry, for example, has recently seen increased interest in aerospace technologies such as aerodynamics, feedback control, propulsion, system dynamics, and lightweight structures. The aerospace engineering program is also intended to prepare students for service in aerospace-related government agencies, such as NASA; FAA; and the U.S. Air Force, Navy, or Marine flying services. While many students enter industry directly after completing the B.S. program, a significant number elect to pursue graduate work in engineering or other fields.
The undergraduate aerospace engineering program imparts knowledge of the fundamentals of the profession to provide a meaningful foundation for the entire career span of its graduates. The goal is to provide students with a broad, solid foundation in applied mathematics, physics, and the engineering sciences during the first and second years. During the third and fourth years, students will build upon this foundation by learning the specialized topics of aerodynamics, propulsion, structures, vehicle design and stability and control. A formal statement of the program objectives for Aerospace Engineering is presented on the next page.
Our cooperative education program gives a number of students the opportunity to obtain practical experience working with local and national companies. Our laboratories boast sophisticated testing and instrumentation systems and our extensive computational facilities are available 24 hours a day to meet the demands of our students. Most importantly, our nationally and internationally recognized faculty is here to help you attain your goal of becoming an aerospace engineer, who will work during your career to push the technological boundaries over further.
MAE researchers have developed advanced computational techniques for Fire Simulation and multi-phase reacting turbulent flows.
UB MAE researchers in computational mechanics have developed a high fidelity volcanic landslide simulator to aid geologists in mapping the hazard areas at locations such as the island of Montserrat.
A Level Set Embedded Interface Method has been developed at Compuational Fluid Dynamics Laboratory to simulate Conjugate heat transfer for irregular geometries
MAE's Laser Flow Diagnostic Laboratory is a leader holographic particle image velocimetry, a three-dimensional, next generation flow diagnostics tool.
MAE's Automation, Robotics, and Mechatronics Laboratory is conducting research both on the theoretical formulation and experimental validation of such novel mechatronic systems as multi-robot collaboration.
The nonlinear estimation group is developing techniques for propagating uncertainties through nonlinear dynamical systems for better forecasting and output uncertainty characterization.
Study of Non-premixed flame-wall interaction using vortex ring configuration is done for the first time at the Computational Fluid Dynamics Laboratory.