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Undergraduate Program

Listed below are detailed descriptions of the undergraduate courses. These listings include the prerequisites, current textbooks, course topics, and faculty coordinator. Students should check in the AE Department Office to find out which courses are available for each semester. If students have any questions concerning a particular course they should talk to their advisor or the course coordinator.

Graduate Course Descriptions

Course Numbering System

100-299     Courses designed for freshman and sophomores.
300-499     Courses designed for juniors and seniors.
500-699     Courses designed primarily for juniors and seniors, but can also be taken by graduate students who have fewer than 30 hours of graduate credit.

Course Topic Designations

_0_     Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials
_1_     Advanced Mathematics
_2_     Design
_3_     Instrumentation and Testing
_4_     Fluid Mechanics and Aerodynamics
_5_     Dynamics and Control
_6_     Astronautics
_7_     Propulsion

Undergraduate Course Descriptions

AE 211 Computing for Engineers
Introduction to computing concepts. Introduction to the MATLAB computing language using a suite of simulations in science and engineering in a progression which adds new MATLAB constructs - as well as logical and mathematical constructs - with each simulation. Simulations include numerical integration, coordinate transformations and primitive reinforcement learning constructs. Prerequisite: MATH 121 or MATH 125. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Arnold, Emily
MWF 02:00-02:50 PM LEEP2 G400 - LAWRENCE
3 26754
AE 221 Introduction to Global History of Aerospace Technologies
This History of Aerospace Technology starts in neolithic times with a description of a variety of flying implements being used for hunting and warfare. Their basic designs, mechanics, impact on human evolution, migration and societal development are brought forward to the development of gunpowder, ballistics and rocketry. Lighter than air flight innovations from 1783 forward show an intermingling of civil and military uses through WWI, shaping world events and the fortunes of nations. Heavier than air inhabited flight exploration begins with Cayley, includes the contributions of technologists Lilienthal, Chanute, visionaries and writers Mouillard and Verne, and concludes in a vertical exploration by region, nation and manufacturer, including: Douglas, Boeing, Lockheed, Fokker, Heinkel, Messerschmitt, Fairey, Handley Page, Piaggio, Tupelov, Mikoyan-Gurevich, Kamov, Mitsubishi, Hindustan Aeronautics, Sud Aviation and others. This course represents a very unique opportunity for students to study under one of the most important, famous and well published Aerospace Technologists and Historians ever to practice. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

AE 241 Private Flight Course
One hour of academic credit is given upon the awarding of the private pilot's license by the Federal Aviation Administration. Required documentation includes a letter from the F.A.A. designated examiner giving the check ride and a copy of the private license. The Department of Aerospace Engineering provides no ground or flight instruction. Graded on a satisfactory/fail basis. Prerequisite: Aerospace Engineering students only, with consent of instructor. IND.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Taghavi, Ray
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1 29622
AE 242 Private Flight Aeronautics
Three hours of academic credit is given for the successful completion of the F.A.A. private pilot's written examination. Required documentation is a copy of the written score. Available only to Aerospace Engineering transfer students as a course substitute for AE 245. IND.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Taghavi, Ray
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
3 29623
AE 245 Introduction to Aerospace Engineering
Basic systems of an aerospace vehicle, meteorology, vehicle performance, navigation and safety. Specific examples emphasize general aviation. Open to students with less than 60 hours completed. Other students need permission of instructor. Prerequisite: Corequisite: MATH 121 or MATH 125. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Keshmiri, Shawn
M 12:00-12:50 PM EATN 2 - LAWRENCE
3 10069
LBN Keshmiri, Shawn
WF 11:00-12:50 PM STSP 105 - LAWRENCE
3 17470
LBN Keshmiri, Shawn
TuTh 11:30-01:20 PM STSP 105 - LAWRENCE
3 17753
LBN Keshmiri, Shawn
MW 02:00-04:00 PM STSP 105 - LAWRENCE
3 18240
LBN Keshmiri, Shawn
TuTh 02:00-04:00 PM STSP 105 - LAWRENCE
3 20065
AE 290 Aerospace Colloquium
This is a required course for all aerospace engineering majors each fall semester. Topics of importance and new developments are discussed by aerospace industry representatives and representatives of F.A.A., D.O.T., D.O.D., N.A.S.A., related sciences, and engineering disciplines. A forum for student activities at all levels. Technical films. Open enrollment. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Taghavi, Ray
F 04:00-05:30 PM WES 3139 - LAWRENCE
.25 10070
AE 292 Aerospace Industrial Internship
Engineering internship in an approved company. Internship hours do not satisfy any course requirements for the bachelors degree in Aerospace Engineering but will appear on the official transcript. Credit assigned after review of report on internship experience. Graded on a satisfactory/fail basis. Prerequisite: Completion of freshman year. FLD.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

AE 345 Fluid Mechanics
Study of fundamental aspects of fluid motions and basic principles of gas dynamics with application to the design and analysis of aircraft. Prerequisite: Corequisite: CE 301 or MATH 220. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Taghavi, Ray
MWF 01:00-01:50 PM LEEP2 G415 - LAWRENCE
3 10071
DSO Taghavi, Ray
Th 05:30-07:00 PM LEEP2 G415 - LAWRENCE
3 21789
AE 360 Introduction to Astronautics
Introduction to astronautical engineering. The history of astronautics, including rocketry and space flight. Fundamentals of astronautics, including space environment, astrodynamics and the analysis and design of spacecraft systems. Design, construction and launch of a prototype earth-satellite using a high-altitude balloon. Prerequisite: MATH 122 or MATH 126. Corequisite: A course in computer programming. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

AE 390 Aerospace Industrial Internship
Engineering internship in an approved company. Internship hours do not satisfy any course requirements for the bachelors degree in Aerospace Engineering but will appear on the official transcript. Credit assigned after review of report on internship experience. Graded on a satisfactory/fail basis. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore year. FLD.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

AE 421 Aerospace Computer Graphics
Development of skills in depicting aerospace vehicles and their components and subsystems for the purpose of illustration, design, and analysis using traditional and modern (Computer Aided Design) drafting tools. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

AE 430 Aerospace Instrumentation Laboratory
Review and hands-on laboratory experiments with basic electronic elements (resistors, capacitors, conductors, transistors, linear circuits, logic devices, and integrated circuits). Overview and hands-on laboratory experiments using various experimental techniques available to the aerospace engineers (pressure probes, thermocouples, strain gauges, hot-wire anemometer, laser Doppler velocimeter, and flow visualization techniques). Prerequisite: AE 445 and EECS 318. LAB.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

AE 441 Advanced Flight Training
Academic credit is given for the successful completion of advanced flight training beyond the private pilot rating. One hour is given for each of the following: commercial, instrument rating, certified flight instructor. The Aerospace Engineering Department provides no ground or flight instruction. Graded on a satisfactory/fail basis. Open enrollment. Prerequisite: AE 241. IND.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Taghavi, Ray
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 29621
AE 445 Aircraft Aerodynamics and Performance
Study of airfoil and wing aerodynamics, component drag, static and special performance, and maneuvers of aircraft. Open enrollment. Prerequisite: AE 345, CE 301. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

AE 490 Aerospace Industrial Internship
Engineering internship in an approved company. Internship hours do not satisfy any course requirements for the bachelors degree in Aerospace Engineering but will appear on the official transcript. Credit assigned after review of report on internship experience. Graded on a satisfactory/fail basis. Prerequisite: Completion of junior year. FLD.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

AE 507 Aerospace Structures I
Analysis and design of aerospace structures from the standpoint of preliminary design. Deflection and stress analysis of structural components, including thin-walled beams and built-up (semimonocoque) structures. Material failure of highly stressed components, including connections. Buckling of thin-walled beams and semimonocoque structures. Durability and damage tolerance strategies for aerospace structures to avoid corrosion, fatigue, and fracture. Prerequisite: CE 310. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Ewing, Mark
MWF 11:00-11:50 AM LEEP2 1420 - LAWRENCE
3 10072
DIS Ewing, Mark
MWF 12:00-12:50 PM LEEP2 1420 - LAWRENCE
3 20814
AE 508 Aerospace Structures II
Stress and deflection analysis of aerospace structures using the finite element method. Introduction to work-energy principles, including Castigliano's Theorems, for the analysis of statically indeterminate structures. Rod, beam, shaft, membrane, and plate finite elements. Prerequisite: AE 507. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

AE 509 Honors Aerospace Structures
Indeterminate structures, principle of virtual work, Castigliano's theorems, displacement method of finite element analysis; rod, beam, shaft, and membrane elements; analysis of aerospace structures with the finite element method. Prerequisite: AE 507. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

AE 510 Aerospace Materials and Processes
Properties and applications of aircraft materials, forming methods, and manufacturing processes. Ethics and social responsibility for engineers. Oral technical presentations. Prerequisite: AE 507 and CHEM 130 or CHEM 150. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Hale, Richard
TuTh 08:00-09:50 AM LEA 3152 - LAWRENCE
4 10073
AE 521 Aerospace Systems Design I
Preliminary design techniques for an aerospace system. Aerodynamic design, drag prediction, stability and control criteria, civil and military specifications. Weight and balance, Configuration integration, design and safety, design and ethics, and social responsibility for engineers. Written technical reports. Prerequisite: AE 421, AE 508, AE 551, and AE 572. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Barrett, Ronald
TuTh 10:00-11:20 AM LEEP2 G400 - LAWRENCE
4 10074
LBN Barrett, Ronald
TuTh 11:30-12:30 PM LEEP2 G400 - LAWRENCE
4 10075
AE 522 Aerospace Systems Design II
Preliminary design project of a complete aircraft system. Technical written reports and oral presentations. Prerequisite: AE 521. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

AE 523 Space Systems Design
Preliminary design project of a complete space system. Technical written reports and oral presentations. Prerequisite: AE 521 and AE 560. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

AE 524 Propulsion Systems Design I
Preliminary design project of a complete propulsion system, including the airframe. Technical written reports and oral presentations. Prerequisite: AE 521. Enrollment only allowed by permission of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

AE 545 Fundamentals of Aerodynamics
Basic gas dynamic equations, potential flow for airfoils and bodies, thin airfoil theory, finite wing, subsonic similarity rules, one and two dimensional supersonic flow, boundary layers, heat transfer, and laboratory experiments. Prerequisite: AE 445, ME 312, MATH 127 and MATH 220. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Zheng, Zhongquan
MWF 10:00-10:50 AM LEEP2 1420 - LAWRENCE
4 10076
LBN Zheng, Zhongquan
M 01:00-02:50 PM LEA 1182A - LAWRENCE
4 10077
LBN Zheng, Zhongquan
W 01:00-02:50 PM LEA 1182A - LAWRENCE
4 10078
LBN Zheng, Zhongquan
W 03:00-04:50 PM LEA 1182A - LAWRENCE
4 10079
AE 546 Honors Aerodynamics
Basic gas dynamic equations, potential flow for airfoils and bodies, thin airfoil theory, finite wing, subsonic similarity rules, one and two dimensional supersonic flow, boundary layers and viscous flow, heat transfer, and laboratory experiments. A special project in aerodynamics for AE 546 students. Prerequisite: AE 445, ME 312, MATH 220 and MATH 290. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Zheng, Zhongquan
MWF 10:00-10:50 AM LEEP2 1420 - LAWRENCE
5 10080
LBN Zheng, Zhongquan
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
5 10081
AE 550 Dynamics of Flight I
Introduction to Tensors Algebra. Frames and coordinates in dynamics systems. General equations of motion of rigid airplanes and reduction to steady state flight situations. Steady state forces and moments. Stability derivatives. Static stability, control and trim. Trim envelope. Relationships with handling quality requirements. Engine-out flight. Effects of the control system. Implications to airplane design. Prerequisite: AE 445 and MATH 220. Corequisite: MATH 290. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Keshmiri, Shawn
TuTh 02:30-04:15 PM LEA 2133 - LAWRENCE
4 10082
AE 551 Dynamics of Flight II
General equations of motion of rigid airplanes and reduction to perturbed state flight situations. Mathematical modeling of airplane and control system analysis in state space. Dynamic stability, phugoid, short period, dutch roll, roll, spiral, and other important modes. Transfer functions and their application. Relationships with handling quality requirements. Fundamentals of classical control theory and applications to automatic flight controls. Implications to airplane design. Prerequisite: AE 550. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

AE 552 Honors Dynamics of Flight II
General equations of motion of rigid airplanes and reduction to perturbed state flight situations. Perturbed state forces and moments, stability derivatives, dynamic stability, phugoid, short period, dutch roll, roll, spiral, and other important modes. Transfer functions and their application. Relationships with handling quality requirements. Fundamentals of classical control theory and applications to automatic flight controls. Implications to airplane design. Prerequisite: AE 550 and a course in differential equations (MATH 220 or MATH 320). LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

AE 560 Spacecraft Systems
Fundamentals of spacecraft systems and subsystems. Spacecraft systems engineering, space environment; basic astrodynamics; and the following spacecraft subsystems; attitude determination and control; electrical power; thermal; propulsion; structures and mechanisms; command, telemetry, and data handling; and communications. Prerequisite: AE 360, AE 507, EECS 318, and ME 312. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC McLaughlin, Craig
MWF 02:00-02:50 PM LEA 3150 - LAWRENCE
3 10083
AE 571 Fundamentals of Airplane Reciprocating Propulsion Systems
Study of the basic principles of operation and systems of internal and external combustion engines with emphasis on airplane reciprocating engines. Cycle analysis, propeller theory, propeller selection and performance analysis. Prerequisite: AE 445 and ME 312. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Taghavi, Ray
TuTh 09:30-10:45 AM LEA 3151 - LAWRENCE
3 10084
LBN Taghavi, Ray
M 03:00-04:50 PM KS-ST LAWR - LAWRENCE
3 10085
AE 572 Fundamentals of Jet Propulsion
Lecture and laboratory, study of basic principles of propulsion systems with emphasis on jets and fan systems. Study of inlets, compressors, burners, fuels, turbines, jets, methods of analysis, testing, performance; environmental considerations. Prerequisite: AE 545. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

AE 573 Honors Propulsion
Lecture and laboratory, study of basic principles of propulsion systems with emphasis on jets and fan systems. Study of inlets, compressors, burners, fuels, turbines, jets, methods of analysis, testing, performance; environmental considerations. Prerequisite: AE 545 and AE 571. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

AE 590 Aerospace Senior Seminar
Presentation and discussion of technical and professional paper reports. Methods for improving oral communication. Discussion of topics such as ethics, registration, interviewing, professional societies, personal planning. Prerequisite: Senior standing. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Ewing, Mark
W 03:00-03:50 PM LEA 2112 - LAWRENCE
1 10086
AE 592 Special Projects in Aerospace Engineering for Undergraduate Students
Directed design and research projects in aerospace engineering. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. IND.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Arnold, Emily
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-5 22173
IND Barrett, Ronald
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-5 16749
IND Chao, Haiyang
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-5 22175
IND Choi, Dongkyu
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-5 19095
IND Ewing, Mark
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-5 10087
IND Farokhi, Saeed
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-5 16472
IND Hale, Richard
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-5 10088
IND Keshmiri, Shawn
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-5 16893
IND McLaughlin, Craig
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-5 16750
IND Taghavi, Ray
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-5 10089
IND Wang, Zhi
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-5 19599
IND Wu, Huixuan
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-5 22174
IND Zheng, Zhongquan
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-5 18458
AE 593 Honors Research
Directed design and research projects in aerospace engineering. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. IND.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

AE 600 Special Topics: _____
A graduate course or colloquium in a topic related to graduate studies in Aerospace Engineering. This course does not count towards hours needed for completion of degree program. Prerequisite: Varies by topic or with consent of instructor. IND.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

AE 621 Advanced Aircraft Design Techniques I
The purpose of this course is to provide aerospace engineering students with an opportunity to gain more in-depth airplane design education through design work. This design work will involve detailed design of efforts in such areas as: landing gear design, systems design, propulsion system integration, structures design and aerodynamic design. Prerequisite: AE 507, AE 521, AE 545, AE 551, and AE 571. AE 521 may be taken concurrently. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

AE 628 Wind Turbine Engineering
Course will cover the fundamentals of engineering wind-powered electric generators. Topics will include turbine configuration design, drive train engineering, composite rotor blade aerodynamic and structural design, characterizing the influence of the wind conditions on the operation, loads, and performance of a wind turbine, wind turbine controls systems engineering, and power electronic conversion. Prerequisite: AE 508, AE 545, and EECS 316 and EECS 318 or equivalent. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

AE 670 Aerospace Propulsion III
Advanced theory of turbojet, fanjet (multi-spool), variable cycle engines, ramjet and bypass air breathing propulsion systems. Theory and design of inlets, compressors, burners and turbines. Component matching, cooling, regenerative systems, test methods and corrections. Prerequisite: AE 572. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.


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