The aerospace engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,


Program Educational Objectives

The objectives of the Aerospace Engineering program at ISU are to produce graduates:

  • Who actively contribute to the field of aerospace, related fields or other disciplines;
  • Are critical thinkers and lifelong learners; and
  • Are aware of the societal, economic and environmental impact of their work.


Student Outcome

At graduation, students in the Aerospace Engineering department at Iowa State University will have the following student outcomes:

(a) An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering

(b) An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

(c) An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability

(d) An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams

(e) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

(f) An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

(g) An ability to communicate effectively

(h) The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context

(i) A recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning

(j) A knowledge of contemporary issues

(k) An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Program criteria as suggested by American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics for programs with emphasis on Aeronautical Engineering.

(l) Prepare graduates to have knowledge of aerodynamics, aerospace materials, structures, flight mechanics, and stability and control. Prepare graduates to have knowledge of orbital mechanics.

(m) Prepare graduates to have design competence that includes integration of aeronautical or astronautical topics.


Undergraduate Enrollment and Graduation Data

Academic year Fall enrollment

Graduation Total

Fall + Spring + Summer

2012-2013 706 85
2013-2014 767 87
2014-2015 804 104
2015-2016 800 117
2016-2017 883 128
2017-2018 929 60+