Doctor of Philosophy in Aerospace Engineering

Work leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is designed to give candidates a thorough and comprehensive knowledge of their professional field and training in methods of research. The student will perform supervised research in one of the following broad areas: (1) aerodynamics and propulsion, (2) dynamics and control, (3) materials and structures, and (4) systems, design, and human integration. The department specializes in the following research areas:

  • Autonomous and Intelligent Systems
  • Hypersonics
  • Multi-Functional and Extreme Environment Materials
  • Optical, Remote, and Quantum Sensing
  • Reacting Flows and Propulsion
  • Space Domain Awareness
  • Space Flight and Operations: Human and Robotic

The final basis for granting the degree shall be the candidate’s grasp of the subject matter in a broad field of study and a demonstrated ability to do independent research. In addition, the candidate must have acquired the ability to express thoughts clearly and confidently in both oral and written languages. The degree is not granted solely for the completion of coursework, residence and technical requirements, although these must be met. 

Steps to Fulfill a Doctoral Program