Aerospace and Ocean Engineering
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 550 undergraduate students and 160 graduate students enrolled. Our M.S. degrees can be earned through distance learning. We have a yearly graduation rate of over 140 Bachelor's, 25 Master's and 15 Doctoral degrees. The Department has 26 tenured and tenure-track faculty, 8 research faculty, and 10 affiliate 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 $8 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-end 3D printers, a UAS flight-test runway and hanger, an advanced power and propulsion lab, a center for space science and engineering research, and the AOE Studio for Design Innovation.
3D Printing... taking creativity to a new dimension
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 faculty, staff, and students with the technology and support needed to do what you do best, come up with great ideas and novel uses.