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.

Flight simulation exercise
Former NASA astronaut and Department of Aerospace Engineering faculty member Clayton Anderson works with a participant in the Spaceflight Operations Workshop, an annual student program conducted by the department (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 $71,816 per year.
  • Co-op and internship salaries for our students average more than $23.22/hour.
  • More than 500 companies visit the College of Engineering each year to recruit our students
  • 88 percent of our aerospace engineering students have in-profession placement within six months of graduation.
  • Our aerospace engineering curriculum is consistently ranked among the top programs in the U.S. for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Aerospace Engineering Hours

Howe Hall building open hours (link)

Main office summer hours (through August 12): 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Advising Offices: The offices (2620 Howe) are open for both virtual and in-person appointments. Students can schedule an advising appointment through the Navigate Student app.

Howe Hall emergency contact: Jim Benson, Building Supervisor, 515-294-4946