The Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering offers a unique blend of two disciplines that takes advantage of commonality in the analysis and design of aerospace and ocean systems. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in both disciplines, with more than 570 undergraduate students and more than 125 graduate students enrolled. We have a yearly graduation rate of some 100 Bachelor's, 25 Master's and 10 Doctoral degrees. The Department has 21 full-time faculty working in aerodynamics, hydrodynamics, structural mechanics, material science, dynamics and control, multidisciplinary design optimization, and energy systems. All faculty are actively engaged in our broad research program, which has annual expenditures of more than $6.5 million, and all teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Department has extensive facilities including world class wind-tunnels, water tunnels, structural test equipment, high-performance computer systems, and state-of-the-art spacecraft simulators.
The AOE3D Print Lab at Virginia Tech offers a wide range of Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing technologies to help you create physical versions of your digital creations. We want to provide you the technology and support needed to do what you do best, come up with great ideas and novel uses.
We now have a new collection of MakerBot Replicator2 3D Printers that are free for you to use, open-access, and easy to operate. All you need to get started is a material cartridge, an STL file and register for use/email to check out a block of time on the machine