Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog
2016-17

Aerospace Engineering - About The Program

About Our Degrees

See School of Engineering and Applied Sciences for Acceptance Information

Acceptance Information

Admission into Aerospace Engineering for freshmen or current UB students is described in the Acceptance Information section of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. For admission of transfer students into Aerospace Engineering, see the Transfer Policy of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Degree Requirements

Please see Degrees and Policies.

About Our Courses

The typical class size for:

Freshman/introductory courses is: 100-300
Sophomore/intermediate courses is: 50-200
Upper level/advanced courses is: 40-100

In the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, what do teaching assistants (TAs) do?

Nearly all of our courses are taught by regular full-time faculty members and, in some cases, by practicing professionals from industry. Normally, graduate student teaching assistants grade homework and conduct laboratory and recitation sections of courses.

For course descriptions, please see Courses.

About Our Faculty

The faculty members in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering are widely recognized for their scholarly achievements. They have received recognition for both teaching and research accomplishments, with over 40 awards from national and international organizations. Research awards have come from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Office of Naval Research, and international study awards have come from the J. William Fulbright and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundations.

Please visit our department website for additional information about our faculty.

Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities

As part of their undergraduate education, students are encouraged to participate in work experience classes and research opportunities. Independent study, internships, and co-op experiences are all available in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Work experience is available through the Engineering Career Institute program in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, as well as departmental co-op and internship classes. Both the Engineering Career Institute (EAS 396, 1 academic credit) and UBE 302 College to Career (1 credit) provide career-effectiveness skills and co-op placement assistance during the junior year. This may be followed by one to three co-op work experiences (EAS 496, 2 academic credit hours). Descriptions of co-op courses may be found at School of Engineering and Applied Sciences: Courses.

Undergraduate research experiences are available for course credit (Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity or Independent Study) or as an assistant in the research laboratory of a faculty member. The Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity serves as a clearing house for information regarding undergraduate research opportunities.

Extracurricular Activities

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA):

The AIAA is a national organization whose goal is to serve the technical needs and to promote the professional development of engineers in the aerospace field. The student chapter at UB serves the interests of both undergraduate and graduate students of aerospace engineering. The student section runs a variety of activities including field trips, guest speakers, and design projects.

American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME):

ASME organizes meetings of researchers and practitioners throughout the country and publishes numerous reports, conference proceedings, and journals, as well as the monthly magazine, Mechanical Engineering, which is received by members. Here at UB, the student chapter coordinates, plans and runs a variety of student activities, including invitation of guest speakers, organization of field trips, a departmental open house for the Buffalo community, student paper contests, an annual picnic and banquet, and participation in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Student Conference. Membership provides students with the privileges of the parent society.

Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES):

BMES is a national organization with 2,000 members, approximately half of whom are students. Members include engineers as well as physiologists and other health scientists with interests in Biomedical Engineering. The annual BMES Fall Meeting features awards to undergraduate and graduate students. The Buffalo student section program includes guest lecturers, and field trips to research and manufacturing facilities.

Pi Tau Sigma:

Pi Tau Sigma is the National Honorary Society for Mechanical Engineering in the United States. This organization was established to recognize and honor those men and women in the field of Mechanical Engineering who have, through scholarship, integrity, and outstanding achievement, been a credit to their profession. Outstanding students may be nominated from among the juniors and seniors in the Mechanical Engineering Program.

Sigma Gamma Tau:

Sigma Gamma Tau is the National Honorary Society for Aeronautics, Astronautics, and Aerospace Engineering in the United States. Outstanding students are selected from among the juniors and seniors in the Aerospace Engineering program. A formal initiation coupled with a dinner takes place every spring.

Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE):

The SAE student chapter is organized primarily to train students in hands-on engineering and design skills. To accomplish this, teams are formed to work on projects that will subsequently be entered in national competitions. Typical projects include: Mini-Baja, Clean Snowmobile and similar competition vehicles and the club has a special outreach to all levels of students. The UB SAE student chapter is large and well-motivated, and has performed well in recent competitions. The SAE has been named the UB Student Association's 'Club-of-the-Year" - a rare honor for a technically oriented club.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE):

SWE provides a means of increasing awareness of issues associated with being part of a minority body within the field of engineering. SWE encourages participation of all students in several extra-curricular activities, including seminars, workshops, and regional meetings. UB has been selected as the site for regional meetings of the SWE, with participation of hundreds of students.

Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS):

Students for the Exploration and Development of Space is a completely student-run organization promoting space and its related activities. The organization is continually growing and adding new projects. Current projects include rocketry, propulsion, educational outreach, and astronomy. Students also attend conferences, discuss current space activities, host speakers, and much more.

Tau Beta Pi (TBP):

Tau Beta Pi is the National Honorary Society for Engineering in the United States. This organization was established to recognize and honor those men and women in all fields of engineering who have, through scholarship, integrity, and outstanding achievement, been a credit to their profession. Outstanding students are selected from among the juniors and seniors in the engineering programs. A formal initiation coupled with a dinner takes place every spring.

See the UB Student Association.

Complementary Programs and Courses

Majors that Complement Aerospace Engineering

Minors that Complement Aerospace Engineering

Courses outside Aerospace Engineering that Could Improve Employment Opportunities

Links to Further Information About this Program

Last updated: February 22 2022 21:08:39