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.
Dr. Heng Xiao has joined the Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering. After receiving a B.Sc. in civil engineering from Zheijian University in China, Xiao received his M.Sc. in mathematics from The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Sweden. He received his Ph.D. in civil engineering and computational mechanics from Princeton University where he developed numerical models to study the seabed responses and sediment transport during tsunami waves. This research included experiments that were conducted in the tsunami wave basin at the Wave Research Laboratory of Oregon State University. Read more...
Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering
215 Randolph Hall (0203)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: (540) 231-6611
Fax: (540) 231-9632