The Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech

Academics

ASDL provides a comprehensive systems engineering and advanced design methods curriculum that will enable its students to become the future leaders of the aerospace systems industry.

Academic Mission

To forge a highly capable and competitive workforce by providing graduate aerospace engineering education of the highest quality in systems design and analysis, enabling students to reach their full potential and fulfilling the needs of premier industry, government, and academic institutions in a technological world.

Practice-Oriented Master of Science Program

ASDL and the School of Aerospace Engineering are pleased to offer a three-semester Practice-Oriented Master's Degree program in Aerospace Systems Design. Students involved in this program have the chance to apply IPPD methods, technologies, tools, and infrastructures to industry-relevant engineering applications.

In the first semester, students take the classes Advanced Design Methods I (AE6373), Aerospace Systems Engineering (AE6372) , Software for Engineering Applications (AE 8801A), a System Performance class, and Aircraft Design I (AE6343). The second semester builds on the first with Air Breathing Propulsion Systems Design (AE6361), Advanced Design Methods II (AE6374), CAD (AE 6380), and Aircraft Design II (AE6344). Advanced Design Methods I & II give students the opportunity to directly apply their knowledge in a team environment. Students can tailor the design project to match their interests, skills, and goals by selecting one of three areas in aerospace vehicle systems design, a rotorcraft, a fixed-wing aircraft, or a space launch vehicle. The two-semester systems design sequence focuses on design at the conceptual and preliminary levels.

At the end of the second semester, an industry and government advisory board critically reviews the designs, providing a chance for the students to present to and interact with high-level government and aerospace industry representatives.

In the third semester, students apply the knowledge they have gained to an individual, special project defined with the help of their advisors. Depending on the nature of the study, industry partners may hire students for summer internships. During this program, students also conduct and apply research at ASDL, a leading design research center furnished with a methodology center of excellence, a design simulation facility, applied testbeds, and an IPPD Research and Training Center.

Students must complete a total of 33 credit hours to receive a Master of Science Degree. Outside of Aerospace classes, each graduate student must take at least 6 credit hours of mathematics courses.

Discovery-Focused Doctor of Philosophy Program

ASDL and the School of Aerospace Engineering are also pleased to offer an integrated, Discovery-Focused Doctoral program in Aerospace Systems Design, through which students have an opportunity to conduct state-of-the-art research into this field at the conceptual and preliminary levels.

The cornerstone of this program is a two-semester sequence of aerospace systems design classes, in which students apply classroom knowledge to a vehicle of current industry interest, ultimately creating a preliminary vehicle design.

Students are exposed to all aspects of vehicle analysis and design, including aerodynamics, structures, propulsion, and stability & control. Students can select research applications from three areas of vehicle design: rotorcraft, fixed-wing aircraft, and space launch vehicles.

Students must complete a total of 50 credit hours to receive a Doctor of Philosophy Degree. Outside of Aerospace classes, each graduate student must take at least 12 credit hours of mathematics courses.

At the end of the year, students have an opportunity to interact with industry when they present their design before the External Advisory Board, a panel of industry representatives who review and critique the design.

After completing the design sequence and passing the doctoral qualifying examination, students select a design-related thesis with the help of their advisors. Doctoral candidates have design and disciplinary advisors to provide both breadth and depth to their research.

ASDL Core Courses

ASDL students are expected to be capable of applying the core competencies of the lab. For this reason, students are expected to register for a series of courses that cover the basic methods and techniques used and developed at ASDL. The list below highlights these courses.

Course Title CRN
Aircraft Design I* AE6343
Aircraft Design II* AE6344
Applied Design Laboratory* AE6383
Aerospace Systems Engineering* AE6372
Advanced Design Methods I* AE6373
Advanced Design Methods II† AE6374
Advanced Design Methods III† AE6375
Air Breathing Propulsion Systems Design I AE6361
Air Breathing Propulsion Systems Design II AE636X
Safety by Design AE6362

* These are courses that you are required to take while at ASDL.
† These courses can be interchanged, but one of the two should be taken as part of the MS or PhD degree.

ASDL Science, Technology, and Engineering Pipeline

The ASDL Science, Technology, and Engineering Pipeline (STEP) Program is an educational outreach program designed to provide hands-on engineering internships to Atlanta-area high school students. Similar to the language immersion programs done for the language arts, STEP is an immersion program for engineering. Students work in teams and are paired with a GT Faculty mentors. Each student team is then given a challenge problem that contributes in a meaningful way to an active research effort on campus. The students work through the summer with their mentor to solve their challenge problem, and present the results to parents, teachers, faculty, and industry representatives at a poster session at the end of the semester.

For more information, visit STEP.