Mission Statement – AERO


To provide internationally recognized leadership in Aerospace Engineering education, through a continuously improving educational program that graduates students with strong engineering science fundamentals while incorporating applied engineering aspects.


  • Educate students who are widely known for exceptional strength in technical fundamentals across all aerospace disciplines, who are cognizant of modern aerospace technologies and who are sought after by top graduate schools and by aerospace and related industries worldwide.
  • Support vibrant and highly recognized research programs that serve the educational goals of the undergraduate and graduate degree programs, that make major contributions to the knowledge base in aerospace sciences and technology and that are turned to by industry and government for solutions.
  • Create a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment that is supportive, intellectually challenging and conducive to higher learning.
  • Take full advantage of knowledge, technology, facilities and resources at the University of Michigan.


The Undergraduate Program Educational Objectives are that, within 3-5 years after graduation:

  • Alumni of the program will use their breadth and depth of knowledge and skills in the fundamental disciplines of aerospace engineering to pursue successful professional careers.
  • Alumni will feel that they received outstanding preparation for the next step in their careers, whether it be graduate school or work in industry, government or academia.
  • Alumni of the program will be emerging leaders in engineering, science, academia, business and public service.
  • Alumni of the program will be productive citizens with high professional and ethical standards.

The above program educational objectives are accomplished by a rigorous curriculum that emphasizes fundamentals in basic sciences, mathematics and the humanities and integrates classroom and laboratory experiences in the fundamental disciplines of Aerospace Engineering. More specifically, our curricular goals are to:

  • Educate students in the following fundamental disciplines of Aerospace Engineering: aerodynamics, materials, structures, propulsion, flight mechanics, orbital mechanics, software, and dynamics and control
  • Educate students in the methodology and tools of design and the synthesis of fundamental aerospace disciplines necessary to carry out the design of an aerospace vehicle or system
  • Educate students in the basics of instrumentation and measurement, laboratory techniques, and how to design and conduct experiments
  • Develop students’ ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams and provide them with teamwork experiences throughout their curriculum
  • Develop students’ ability to communicate effectively
  • Expose students to environmental, ethical and contemporary issues in Aerospace Engineering
  • Expose students to other disciplines of engineering beyond the aerospace field


Program Student Outcomes are that U-M Aerospace Engineering graduates demonstrate:

  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics;
  • An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors;
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts;
  • An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives;
  • An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions;
  • An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Enrollment and Graduation Data

The University Registrar publishes the number of students enrolled annually in this program, and the number of degrees granted each term by this program.


Our program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Program Outcomes

The matrix maps how each course in our curriculum addresses our program outcomes. Only the outcomes tracked are noted below. 


Student Outcomes (Black – High)

  Apply math and science Design Communicate Ethics Teams Experiments, Analyze, and Interpret Data Lifelong Learning