AE Graduate Courses

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Find out more about the courses that make up the AE graduate curriculum by clicking on one of the six aerospace engineering disciplines, below, and viewing the courses offered within that area. You will also see when these courses are generally taught (Fall Spring, or Summer), and find out how many credit-hours they offer. Note that teaching schedules are subject to change. To view the most updated course schedule, visit the Registrar's OSCAR database to view the actual schedule for a particular semester. That database is updated each semester during registration.

Choose Courses from the Following Areas:

Aerodynamics and Fluid Mechanics

  • AE 6009 Viscous Fluid Flow 3 credit-hours 
    Fundamental conservation laws. Laminar flows, wall-bound and free shear flows. Separation, heat transfer, and compressibility effects. Introduction to flow instability and transition to turbulence. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6012. Turbulent Flows. 3 credit-hours 
    Basic characteristics of turbulence. Statistical methods. Reynolds averaging, kinetic energy budget, and scaling issues. Homogeneity and isotrophy. Free and wall bounded shear flows. Simulation and modeling. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6015. Advanced Aerodynamics. 3 credit-hours 
    Introduce concepts, derivation and application of aerodynamic fundamentals. Emphasis on advanced knowledge in analysis and design of fixed-wing, launch/atmospheric return vehicles, and rotating systems. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6030. Advanced Potential Flow I. 3 credit-hours                                                                                                                                                Unsteady potential theory for various speed ranges. Calculation of steady and unsteady aerodynamic loads on airfoils and wings. Vortex flows. Topics of current research interest. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6042. Computational Fluid Dynamics. 4 credit-hours  
    Finite-difference, finite volume methods for solution of Navier-Stokes and Euler equations. Classification of equations, stability, grids, boundary conditions, implicit and explicit methods, turbulence modeling. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6050. High-temperature Gas Dynamics I. 3 credit-hours   
    Defining equations for compressible flows, real gas properties and their effect on the behavior of equilibrium and non-equilibrium flows. 
    See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6060. Aeroacoustics. 3 credit-hours  
    Lighthill's theory of aerodynamic noise and extensions, flow/acoustic interactions, feedback phenomenon, supersonic jet noise, aeroacoustics of ducts, propeller noise, helicopter noise, sonic boom. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6070. Rotary Wing Aerodynamics. 3 credit-hours 
    Vortex wake modeling; analytical inflow theories; modern computational methods for rotary wing aerodynamic analysis; aerodynamic noise. 
    See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6080. Dynamics of Turbulence. 3 credit-hours 
    Fundamental physics of turbulent flows. Vorticity dynamics, Kolmogorov similarity hypotheses and nonlinear interactions. Mixing and dispersion. Direct and large-eddy simulations, Reynolds stress modeling. Advanced topics. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6760. Acoustics I. 3 credit-hours  
    Fundamental principles governing the generation, propagation, reflection, and transmission of sound waves in fluids. Crosslisted with ME 6760. 
    See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6761. Engineering Acoustics II. 3 credit-hours 
    Radiation and scattering of sound waves in fluids, duct acoustics, dissipation phenomena. Crosslisted withME 6761. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6762. Applied Acoustics. 3 credit-hours  
    Mufflers, resonators, acoustic materials, barriers, industrial noise, room acoustics, active noise control. Crosslisted with ME 6762
    See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6701. Wind Engineering. 3 credit-hours 
    An introductory course on wind energy and its potential; modeling and design of wind turbines; analysis of the economic benefits of wind turbine systems. Credit will not be awarded for both AE 6701 and ME 6701See the official syllabus.
  • AE-8803 Vertical Lift Aeromechanics
    An introduction to aerodynamic topics of current interest in the vertical lift, including Urban Air Mobility and Unmanned Aerial Systems, and traditional and advanced rotorcraft
    See the official syllabus

Aeroelasticity and Structural Dynamics

  • AE 6200. Advanced Aeroelasticity I. 3 credit-hours 
    Understanding and analysis of aeroelastic phenomena in fixed-wing aircraft, static aeroelasticity, dynamic aeroelasticity, and dynamic response and transient stresses in aircraft structures. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6210. Advanced Dynamics I. 3 credit-hours  
    Kinematics of particles and rigid bodies, angular velocity, inertia properties, holonomic and nonholonomic constraints, generalized forces. 
    See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6220. Rotorcraft Structural Dynamics and Aeroelasticity. 3 credit-hours 
    Elementary blade dynamics, flap-lag dynamics, ground resonance, structural dynamics of rotating beams, nonlinear elastic blade analysis, harmonic balance and trim, Floquet theory. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6230. Structural Dynamics. 3 credit-hours 
    Dynamic response of single-degree-of-freedom systems, Lagrange's equations; modal decoupling; vibration of Euler-Bernoulli and Timoshenko beams, membranes and plates. See the official syllabus.

Flight Mechanics and Control

  • AE 6503. Helicopter Stability and Control. 3 credit-hours 
    Helicopter general equations of motion, rotor forces and moments, helicopter stability and control characteristics, handling qualities, flight control system design. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6505. Random Processes and Kalman Filtering. 3 credit-hours 
    Probability and random variables and processes; correlation; shaping filters; simulation of sensor errors; Wiener filter; random vectors; covariance propagation; recursive least-squares; Kalman filter; extensions. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6511. Optimal Guidance and Control. 3 credit-hours 
    Euler-Lagrange formulation; Hamilton-Jacobi approach; Pontryagin's minimum principle; Systems with quadratic performance index; Second variation and neighboring extremals; Singular solutions; numerical solution techniques. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6520. Advanced Flight Dynamics. 3 credit-hours 
    Reference frames and transformations, general equations of unsteady motion, application to fixed-wing, rotary-wing and space vehicles, stability characteristics, flight in turbulent atmosphere.See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6530. Multivariable Linear Systems and Control. 3 credit-hours 
    Techniques for analysis and description of multivariable linear systems. Tools for advanced feedback control design for these systems, including computational packages. Credit will not be awarded for both AE 6530andECE 6550orAE 6530 andME 6401See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6531. Aerospace Robust Control I. 3 credit-hours 
    Robustness issues in controller analysis and design. LQ analysis, H2 norm, LQR, LQG, uncertainty modeling, small gain theorem, H-infinity performance, and the mixed-norm H2/H-infinity problem. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6580. Nonlinear Control. 3 credit-hours 
    Advanced treatment of nonlinear robust control. Lyapunov stability theory, absolute stability, dissipativity, feedback linearization, Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman theory, nonlinear H-infinity, backstepping control, and control Lyapunov functions. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 7785. Introduction to Robotics Research. 3 credit-hours 
    Familiarizes students with the core areas of robotics; mechanics, control, perception, AI, and autonomy. Provides an introduction to the mathematical tools required in robotics research. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 8750. Robotics Research Foundation I. 3 credit-hours  
    Multidisciplinary research course supervised by two robotics faculty from different schools participating in the robotics Ph.D. program.
  • AE 8751. Robotics Research Foundation II. 3 credit-hours 
    Continuation ofAE 8751 (Robotics Research Foundation I).
  • AE-8803: Optimization-Based Learning Control and Games 3 credit-hours
    This course will cover analysis and design techniques in optimal control systems and differential games.
    See the official syllabus

Propulsion and Combustion

  • AE 6410. Combustion Dynamics. 3 credit-hours 
    Acoustic wave propagation in inhomogeneous flows, flame-acoustic wave interactions, and control of combustion-driven oscillations. 
    See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6412. Turbulent Combustion. 3 credit-hours 
    Fundamentals of interaction between flow turbulence and reactive scalars. Theoretical, numerical, and experimental methods. Physics of premixed, non-premixed, and partially premixed turbulent combustion. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6450. Rocket Propulsion. 3 credit-hours 
    Analysis and design of rocket engines including liquid, solid, hybrid, and advanced propulsion systems. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6451. Electric Propulsion. 3 credit hours 
    The course provides a solid background of the operating principles, performance characteristics, and design features of the state-of-the-art electric propulsion systems. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6765. Kinetics and Thermodynamics of Gases. 4 credit-hours 
    Thermodynamics of nonreacting and reacting gas mixtures. Introductory quantum theory, statistical thermodynamics, and gas kinetic theory. Crosslisted with ME 6765See the official syllabus..
  • AE 6766. Combustion. 3 credit-hours 
    Introductory chemical kinetics, detonations and deflagrations, laminar flame propagation in premixed gases, ignition and quenching, laminar diffusion flames and droplet burning, turbulent reacting flows. Crosslisted with ME 6766See the official syllabus..
  • AE 8113 Aerospace Propulsion Lab (1-0-4-3). 3 credit hours
    Theory and application of common experimental and data analysis methods used in propulsion and combustion research; written and oral dissemination of experimental results. See the offical syllabus

Structural Mechanics and Materials

  • AE 6100. Structural Stability I. 3 credit-hours  
    Stability of elastic systems under quasi-static loads. Classical, kinetic, and potential energy approaches through rigid member models. Buckling of elastic bars and frames. Energy methods. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6114. Fundamentals of Solid Mechanics. 3 credit-hours 
    Unified overview of fundamental aspects of solid mechanics, from nonlinear continuum mechanics to linear elasticity, including an introduction to energy methods and other special topics. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6115. Fundamentals of Aerospace Structural Analysis. 3 credit-hours  
    Overview and fundamentals of aerospace structural analysis, including virtual work and energy methods, buckling and advanced structural theories. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6170. Structural Optimization. 3 credit-hours 
    Mathematical methods of constrained optimization, sensitivity analysis, approximation concepts, decomposition techniques, shape optimization in the context of structural design.See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6769. Linear Elasticity. 3 credit-hours 
    Governing equations of linear elasticity, plane elasticity, boundary value problems, airy stress function and complex variable methods, simple three-dimensional solutions. Crosslisted with ME 6769See the official syllabus.
  • AE 7772. Fundamentals of Fracture Mechanics. 3 credit-hours 
    Advanced study of failure of structural materials under load, mechanics of fracture, and microscopic and macroscopic aspects of the fracture of engineering materials. Crosslisted with CHE, CEE, ME, and MSE 7772See the official syllabus.

Systems Design and Optimization

  • AE 6310. Optimization for the Design of Engineered Systems. 3 credit-hours 
    Introduction to optimization problem formulations for engineering design, algorithms for constrained nonlinear programming, multiobjective and multidisciplinary optimization, and robust design optimization. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6333. Rotorcraft Design I. 3 credit-hours                                                                                                                                                               System approach to conceptual design of aerospace systems with emphasis on rotorcraft. Comprehensive methodologies for aerospace vehicle synthesis and sizing. Integration of technologies. Students cannot receive credit for both AE 6333andAE 4343. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6334. Rotorcraft Design II. 4 credit-hours 
    Students work together on this application to complete the preliminary design stage of a specific rotorcraft. Participants are exposed to disciplinary and interdisciplinary issues. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6343. Aircraft Design I. 3 credit-hours 
    Stochastic approach to conceptual design of aerospace systems with emphasis on aircraft and missiles. Comprehensive methodologies for aerospace vehicle synthesis and sizing. Integration of technologies.See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6344. Aircraft Design II. 4 credit-hours 
    Students work together on this application to complete the preliminary design stage of a specific aircraft or missile. Participants are exposed to disciplinary and interdisciplinary issues. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6551. Cognitive Engineering. 3 credit-hours 
    Cognitive engineering addresses a range of technologies and work environments that will support human cognitive performance, including information systems, decision support, automation, and intelligent systems. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6353. Orbital Mechanics. 3 credit-hours  
    First graduate-level astrodynamics class that includes two-body orbital mechanics, orbit determination, orbit prediction, orbital maneuvers, lunar and interplanetary trajectories, orbital rendzvous and space navigation. See the official syllabus.
  • ​​​​​​​AE 6355. Planetary Entry, Descent and Landing. 3 credit-hours                                                                                                                       Entry flight mechanics and dynamics, aerothermodynamics, thermal protection systems, aerodynamic decelerators, descent and landing. Robotic and human exploration mission studies for aerobraking, planetary entry, aerocapture. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6361. Air Breathing Propulsion System Design I. 3 credit-hours  
    Air breathing propulsion design with emphasis on multidisciplinary design issues related to system integration, cycle selection, performance, cost, reliability, maintainability, etc. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6362. Safety by Design. 4 credit-hours 
    Autonomous situational flight model allows students to examine complex behaviors in the "pilot-vehicle-operational conditions" system. Flight certification and airworthiness requirements are mapped into formal scenarios. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6372. Aerospace Systems Engineering. 3 credit-hours 
    Introduction to aerospace systems engineering. Systems engineering and quality engineering methods and tools. Top-down design decision support processes, computer integrated environments, Integrated Product/Process Development (IPPD). See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6373. Advanced Design Methods I. 4 credit-hours 
    Introduction to modern probabilistic design methods and techniques. Design of experiments, Taguchi methods, response surface equations, robust design, risk and uncertainty, technology assessment and selection. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 6383. Applied Design Laboratory. 1 credit-hour. 
    Introduction to computing tools and processes used in subsequent applied design courses in graduate fixed wing, rotary wing, and space systems design tracks. See the official syllabus.
  • AE-6393 - Introduction to System of Systems Engineering Principles. 3 credit-hours
    This course covers the methods related to the study, development, analysis, and design of complex systems and systems of systems.
    See the official syllabus
  • AE-6394 - Introduction to System of Systems Engineering Applications. 4 credit-hours
    This course provides the student with hands-on experience in applying system of systems engineering knowledge to a realistic engineering problem.
    See the official syllabus
  • AE 6721. Evaluation of Human Integrated Systems. 3 credit-hours 
    Evaluation of human integrated systems including translating research questions into measurable objectives, overview of evaluation methods and data analysis techniques applicable to such systems. Credit not allowed for both AE 6721 andISYE 6231. See the official syllabus.
  • AE 8001. Design Seminar. 1 credit-hour.
    Case studies of existing aerospace systems; assessment of design payoffs and risks; industry experts provide case examples and knowledge transfer to course participants; field trips. See the official syllabus.

Additional Graduate Courses

  • AE 6694. Graduate Internship. 1-21 credit-hours 
    Graduate Internship for which the student is paid.
  • AE 7000. Master's Thesis. 1-21 credit-hours
  • AE 8002. AE Graduate Seminar. 1 credit-hour
    Introduce AE graduate students to world-class aerospace researchers and topics, discuss and demonstrate basic graduate student resources and skills.
  • AE 8900. Special Problems. 1-21 credit-hours 

    Graduate research guided by a faculty advisor.  Three (3) credit hours is required for students completing the MS Degree Without Thesis option. This course may not be used to satisfy requirements of other degree options.

  • AE 9000. Doctoral Thesis. 1-21 credit-hours