Aerospace Engineering is one of the most exciting and challenging engineering disciplines. It deals with the design and development of new technologies in aviation, space, and defense systems. It involves designing and manufacturing advanced components and systems for commercial and military vehicles. It is a result of merging two branches:


  • Aeronautical engineering: Aeronautics deals with systems that operate within Earth Atmosphere: aircraft, helicopters, UAVs, and missiles.
  • Astronautical engineering: Astronautics deals with systems that perform outside of Earth Atmosphere or Space: rockets, satellites, and spacecraft.


In general, aerospace engineers are provided with specialized skills in several aspects: designing, manufacturing, testing, and maintenance of aviation, space, and defense systems.


Why Aerospace Engineering?

The continued global expansion of the aviation and aerospace industries is driving strong demand for aerospace engineers. In the UAE, as well as the Middle East, the aerospace industry has continued to expand at a rate significantly above the global average. The geographic and economic positions of the UAE are two of the drivers spurring the growth of aircraft manufacturing, maintenance repair-overhaul (MRO) facilities, and space-related industries.

Our programs at the Khalifa University offer training at both levels: the theoretical such as aircraft systems and design, space mission analysis and satellite modeling, and the practical level that involved assembly, testing, and operations of these systems.

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Academic Faculty

Dr. Rehan Umer Associate Professor & Acting Chair, Aerospace Engineering
Dr. Wesley Cantwell Professor, Associate Dean for Research, & Director of ARIC
Dr. Sean Shan Min Swei Professor of Practice & Director of KUSTIC
Dr. Elena Fantino Assistant Professor & Associate Chair, Aerospace Engineering



Graduate Students

Mariam Al Dhaheri Graduate Student
Habeebullah Abdulkadir Graduate Student
Yusra Alkendi Graduate Student
Adham Alkhaja Graduate Student
Randa Almadhoun Graduate Student, PHD ENGR
Burhani Burhani Graduate Student
Zawar Haider Graduate Student
Xiaoqian Huang Graduate Student
Tauha Khan Graduate Student
Tayyab Khan Graduate Student
Nedal Abdul-Fattah Lehlooh Graduate Student
Rafath Abdul Nasar Graduate Student
Muhammad Ansyar Putra Graduate Student
Mattia Ricchi Graduate Student