Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering

College of Engineering

Aeronautical and astronautical engineers apply their understanding of basic physical phenomena to design and operate aircraft, missiles, and space vehicles. Aeronautics is the design, development, analysis, testing, and production of aircraft for military or civilian markets. Astronautics is the design, development, analysis, testing, and production of rockets, spacecraft, and global space/international systems. As an aeronautics and astronautics student, you’ll follow a curriculum that explores the fundamentals of engineering science and the technologies and design of flight vehicles. Aircraft and spacecraft design courses integrate many engineering fields to provide a mastery of complete flight systems.

Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering Website

Plan of Study


Contact Information

Lisa Crain
Phone: 765-494-5157


As an aeronautical or astronautical engineer, you can work in aviation, defense, space exploration—even the automotive industry. Specific responsibilities for an aeronautical engineer can include:

  1. Conducting wind tunnel tests on an aircraft model
  2. Designing and analyzing an airplane wing’s structure
  3. Testing aircraft engines

For an astronautical engineer:

  1. Designing power systems for satellites
  2. Developing communications systems
  3. Designing reusable space vehicles

Your career path could include graduate school or employment with one of many companies or organizations, including ATK, Ball, Belcan, Boeing, Butler, Dassault Falcon Jet, GEAE, Lockheed Martin, NAS, NASIC, Navair, Military Service, Rockwell Collins and Rolls-Royce.

Related Career Interests

Engineering and Technologies

Mechanical and Electrical Specialties

Science and Research