About Us

Discover Your Passion

Aircraft, astrophysics, 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 graduate students work in fields that go beyond airplanes and rockets.

(Photo by Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University)

The Fundamentals of Aerospace

  • Aerodynamics
  • Flight Dynamics
  • Propulsion
  • Structural Mechanics
  • Flight Controls
  • Design and Systems

Wind Tunnel Students

Aerospace Engineering Fast Facts

  • 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.
  • Ranked the #23 aerospace graduate program in the United States. (U.S. News 2017 Best Graduate Schools guidebook)

Post-Doctoral Position

Post-Doctoral Position in Experimental Phase Transitions and Plasticity Under High Pressure

Post-doctoral position at Iowa State University is available starting Summer/Fall 2019 to perform experimental research on coupled plastic flow, phase transformations, and other structural changes under high pressure and torsion of a sample in rotational diamond anvil cell. Experience with in situ high pressure experimentation and/or x-ray characterization of stresses and structural changes in materials at the micron scale is desired. Close collaboration with theoretical / computational collaborators and with Ames Laboratory of DoE is expected. Please email your application to Prof. Valery Levitas vlevitas@iastate.edu.

Aerospace Engineering Hours

  • Office, 1200 Howe: Summer hours, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.
  • Howe Hall: Monday-Saturday, 6 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
  • Emergency contact: Building supervisor Jim Benson, 515-294-4946

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