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Vehicle and System Design is a core discipline in both Aerospace and Ocean Engineering. Its focus is on imparting specific skills required to understand the nature, scope, and challenges of designing innovative vehicles and systems by synthesizing foundational knowledge from other courses. The Vehicle and System Design Track will allow students with a particular interest in design and operation of aircraft, spacecraft, and ocean vehicles to focus their technical electives.

This Track will be available to all Aerospace and Ocean Engineering majors.

Required:

Course Title CH
AOE 4084 Engineering Design Optimization 3

Choose a minimum of 6 credit hours from the following courses.

AE Major

Course Title CH
AOE 4114 Applied Computational Aerodynamics 3
AOE 4124 Configuration Aerodynamics 3
AOE 4174 Spacecraft Propulsion 3
AOE 4234 Aerospace Propulsion Systems 3
AOE 4414 Computer-aided Space Mission Planning 3
ME 4644 Introduction to Rapid Prototyping 3
MGT 3304 Management Theory and Leadership 3
PHIL 4324 Business and Professional Ethics 3


OE Major

Course Title CH
AOE 4244 Naval and Marine Engineering System Design 3
AOE 4264 Principles of Naval Engineering 3
ME 4644 Intro to Rapid Prototyping 3
MGT 3304 Management Theory and Leadership 3
PHIL 4324 Business and Professional Ethics 3

Prerequisites may apply – see your advisor

I. Purpose

Aerospace and ocean engineering majors have a foundational option and eight concentrations:

  • Aero/hydrodynamics
  • Dynamics, control and estimation
  • Energy & environment
  • Naval engineering 
  • Propulsion
  • Space engineering
  • Structures and materials
  • Vehicle and system design

The new option in vehicle and systems design would allow students, who were interested primarily in this topic, to develop that specialization.

Students will take AOE 4084: Engineering Design Optimization and then choose two more classes from AOE 4114, AOE 4124, AOE 4174, AOE 4234, AOE 4414, ME 4644, PHIL 4324, MGT 3304, and STAT 4714 if they choose AE as their major, and from AOE 4244, AOE 4264, ME 4644, PHIL 4324, MGT 3304, and STAT 4714 if they choose OE as their major.
 

II. Justification:

The Concentration in Vehicle and System Design will allow students with a particular interest in design and operation of aircraft, spacecraft, and ocean vehicles to focus their technical electives in that area and receive recognition on their transcripts.
 

III. Hours Requirement

A total of 128 hours is required to graduate with a BS in aerospace and ocean engineering. The concentration in vehicle and system design requires nine credit hours of coursework out of a total of eighteen hours of technical electives.
 

IV. Eligibility:

The concentration in vehicle and system design will be available to all aerospace and ocean engineering majors. Students majoring in aerospace and ocean engineering may pursue more than one departmental concentration.
 

V. Relevance:

Vehicle and system design, a core discipline in both aerospace and ocean engineering, focuses on imparting specific skills required to understand the nature, scope, and challenges of designing innovative vehicles and systems by synthesizing foundational knowledge from other courses.
 

VI. Policies regarding intra-departmental majors and minors:

The AOE department offers majors in both aerospace and ocean engineering. Courses for the two majors overlap. Students may choose to pursue both majors simultaneously.
 

VII. Required resources

No additional resources are required at present.
 

VIII. Methods of Communication:

These changes are communicated to students by posting the option checksheet to our department website, e-mail notification via the AOE listserv, and presentation to incoming students at advising sessions.

The AOE academic advisors will discuss the option with students during their advising sessions and concentration checksheets will be available in the AOE Academic Advising Center.