First Step: Get An Advisor
Your academic advisor plays a critical role in your success as a graduate student. The associate chair of AE Graduate Programs will assign you to an academic advisor during Graduate Student Orientation. If, after that time, you change advisors, you must notify the AE School's academic program manager of that change via email.
Your academic advisor will
- help you choose classes and research problems that are in sync with your aspirations;
- introduce you to his/her lab, research, and collaborators;
- give you critical feedback to sharpen your approach to research and technical problems;
- point you to career opportunities or industry connections that match your skills and interests;.
As a supplement to your formal advisement, you may wish to join the Piazza, an online, student-run, forum set up by the School of Aerospace Engineering Student Advisory Council (SAESAC). Contact SAESAC to get connected.
Don't Miss AE Orientation
The week before classes begin, plan on attending a two-hour orientation session, hosted by the AE advising staff and associate chair. The orientation team will explain the AE School's curriculum, the procedures for registering for classes, and many other aspects of the AE graduate program. Even if you feel relatively confident about the expectations, you are encouraged to attend this session.