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Chair's Message

Welcome to Aerospace Engineering at the University of Kansas. We have a proud history in aerospace education and research. KUAE graduated its first class of Bachelor’s students in 1944. Since then, the Department has achieved distinction in a number of areas. For example, KU is one of the best in the world in aircraft and engine design education, winning numerous AIAA and international design competitions. KU’s Aerospace Short Courses have been taught and well-received all over the world for more than three decades.

We offer BS, Master and Doctor degrees in Aerospace Engineering. Currently, KUAE is undergoing a rapid expansion in the number of students, faculty as well as teaching and research space. Here are a few highlights:

  • A brand new education and research building (LEEP2) has been completed since Fall 2015, nearly doubling the total space. AE's new and bigger design lab, named Textron Aviation Aerospace Engineering Design Laboratory, is prominently featured in LEEP2.
  • Five faculty members have joined since January 2012: Drs. Dongkyu Choi, Haiyang Chao, Huixuan Wu, Emily Arnold as Assistant Professors, and myself. The number of faculty has grown by over 60% within three years.

It is one of the most exciting times at KUAE, as it soars to new heights.

Rock Chalk!

Z.J. Wang
Spahr Professor and Chair of Aerospace Engineering


One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
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