Mission Statement


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 apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering;
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments as well as to analyze and interpret data;
  • An ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs;
  • An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams;
  • An ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems;
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
  • An ability to communicate effectively;
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context;
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning;
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues;
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice;
  • A knowledge of aerodynamics, aerospace materials, structures, propulsion, flight mechanics, orbital mechanics, software, and stability and control; and
  • Competence in the integration of aerospace science and engineering topics and their application in aerospace vehicle design.

Enrollment and Graduation Data

In Winter 2021, 389 students enrolled in the program. In 2020, 137 degrees were awarded. For other terms, the University Registrar publishes the number of students enrolled annually in this program, and the number of degrees granted each term by this program.