Georgia Institute of Technology

Welcome to the Georgia Tech School of Aerospace Engineering

Guggenheim building.

The School of Aerospace Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the oldest – and largest – educational programs of its kind in the country. The Institute had been asked to instruct U.S. Army personnel in aviation matters as early as 1917. A stand-alone department was formed in 1930 after receiving the seventh – and last – grant from the Daniel Guggenheim fund. Known then as the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aeronautics, its name was officially changed to the School of Aerospace Engineering on July 1, 1962.

Degree programs in aerospace engineering are offered at bachelors, masters, and doctoral levels. The undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering degree is accredited by ABET. Our undergraduates gain a fundamental understanding of aerodynamics, structures, vehicle dynamics and control, propulsion, and interdisciplinary design and are well prepared for careers in aerospace and related engineering fields. They are well-trained to function as professionals who can formulate, analyze and solve problems that may include economic, social and environmental constraints. And, finally, they are prepared to communicate well, function well in the global environment and in teams, and contribute substantially by doing research, developing, and implementing future systems and applications.

AE Co-op program student

AE co-op program student

At the masters level, our graduates reach a level of expertise in one or more of the specialties important to advanced aerospace system design, development, manufacture, maintenance, and/or operation that allows industry and/or government employers to assign them responsibilities in those specialties. Those who complete our doctoral programs possess the abilities needed to perform original research that fundamentally advances the state of the art in some important aspect of aerospace engineering.

The School of Aerospace Engineering is very active and productive in aerospace engineering research in all of the essential disciplines listed above, so that the abilities of faculty in the classroom continuously reflect the rapid advances in technologies and methodologies characteristic of the field of aerospace engineering. Sponsors of funded research in the School – contract totals of which are more than $30 million, year after year – include NASA; the U.S. Air Force, Navy, and Army; the FAA; the NSF; and a broad “Who’s Who” of aerospace companies.

Student extracurricular activities include chapters in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; the American Helicopter Society; the aerospace honorary society, Sigma Gamma Tau; and the Student Aerospace Engineering School Advisory Council.