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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.

 
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AOE Seminars

  • Mar 09, 2015 4:00 PM

    Spring Break

    Classes are not in session from March 7th to March 15th in observation of Spring Break.
  • Nov 24, 2014 4:00 PM

    Thanksgiving Break

    Classes are not in session from November 22nd to November 30th in observation of Thanksgiving Break.
  • Nov 17, 2014 4:00 PM

    Underwater Gliders in Significant Currents: Planning, Control, Design, and Field Trials

    • Mr. Artur Wolek
    • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    • 104D Surge Building
    • 4:00 p.m.
    • Faculty Host: Dr. Craig Woolsey
  • Nov 10, 2014 4:00 PM

    Title: To Be Announced

    • Dr. Samantha Magill
    • Honda Aircraft Company
    • 104D Surge Building
    • 4:00 p.m.
    • Faculty Host: Dr. Rakesh Kapania
  • Nov 03, 2014 4:00 PM

    Title: To Be Announced

    • Dr. Gary Balas
    • University of Minnesota
    • 104D Surge Building
    • 4:00 p.m.
    • Faculty Host: Dr. Rakesh Kapania
  • Oct 06, 2014 4:00 PM

    Title: To Be Announced

    • Dr. Mathieu Kemp
    • Bluefin Robotics
    • 104D Surge Building
    • 4:00 p.m.
    • Faculty Host: Dr. Craig Woolsey
  • Sep 29, 2014 4:00 PM

    Title: To Be Announced

    • Dr. Yi Chao
    • Remote Sensing Solutions, Inc. / Seatrec, Inc.
    • 104D Surge Building
    • 4:00 p.m.
    • Faculty Host: Dr. Kevin Wang
  • Sep 08, 2014 4:00 PM

    Title: To Be Announced

    • Dr. Joseph Calantoni
    • Stennis Space Center
    • 104D Surge Building
    • 4:00 p.m.
    • Faculty Host: Dr. Heng Xiao
  • Aug 25, 2014 4:00 PM

    Guidelines for Graduate Students

    • Dr. Eric Paterson and Dr. Christopher Roy
    • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    • 104D Surge Building
    • 4:00 p.m.

Jim Cantore vs Category 5 Winds


The Weather Channel's Jim Cantore heads to the wind tunnel test facility at Virginia Tech's department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering. After taking on winds of tropical storm strength, he continues to climb through the hurricane force winds.


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Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering
215 Randolph Hall (0203)
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Phone: (540) 231-6611
Fax: (540) 231-9632

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