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Aerospace and Ocean Eng.

We have liftoff!

Artemis I successfully launched on November 16. Among the thousands of science, engineering, and support roles preparing for the mission, there are Hokie engineers working together toward this expansive, multidisciplinary endeavor.

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A golden sunrise surrounds NASA’s Space Launch System and Orion spacecraft for Artemis I on the pad at Launch Complex 39B at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Aug. 22, 2022. Image courtesy of

Get in the Flow

Some of the greatest engineering achievements of the 20th century include airplanes, spacecraft, computers and the internet. Complex issues such as sustainability, health and the security of the world are expected to be the top challenges for future generations.

Aerospace and ocean engineers will play a vital role in reimaginging the way education and technology can work together as a force of good in the world.

A unique blend of aerospace and ocean engineering systems

Rock-Sat-X rocket launches at NASA Wallops Flight Facility

AOE undergraduate students embark upon a rigorous course of study and research, which grounds them in the fundamentals of aerospace and ocean engineering while launching them into aeronautics, astronautics, and hydronautics careers.

Student researchers engage in fundamental and applied plasma physics experiments using AOE’s state-of-the-art facilities, including the plasma vacuum chamber.

Graduate studies in aerospace and ocean engineering allow students to immerse themselves in an area of research, hone their design and analysis skills, explore applications, and make an impact on the field and on society.

Flow visualization in the Virginia Tech Stability Wind Tunnel—one of the nation’s largest university-operated wind tunnels with maximum speeds of 80 meters per second. The Stability Tunnel is a leading research facility for aeroacoustics and aerodynamics.

Our faculty and students are investigating, designing, and manufacturing technologies to move boldly and safely through spaces both well traveled and unexplored. They are rising to—and meeting—today's aerospace and ocean engineering challenges.

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Currently seeking applications for multiple tenure-track and teaching faculty positions