B.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering

B.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering

A BSc in Aerospace Engineering program lays the foundation for the core aerospace engineering discipline while engaging students to study and understand how engineering fits within the overall global aerospace and space-related profession and industry. Principles of science and engineering are applied to design and analysis of flight vehicles and related aerospace systems in well-designed course sequences to ensure that students gain hands on experience in developing flight vehicles from concept to design, including the fabrication and testing processes. Using advanced computer modeling and simulations, as well as hands-on laboratories and real-life projects, students are equipped with the tools to contribute immediately and effectively to the aerospace and the blooming space industries in UAE and the region.

Program Educational Objectives

  • Graduates will meet the expectations of employers of aerospace engineers.
  • Qualified graduates will pursue advanced study if they so desire.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students graduating with a BSc in Aerospace Engineering will attain the following:
(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
(c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
(d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
(g) an ability to communicate effectively.
(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues.
(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Career Opportunities

Aerospace engineers are usually employed in industries such as:

  • avionics and aerospace
  • national defense
  • transportation
  • armed forces
  • police
  • telecommunications

Career Specialization

  • design and structural design
  • project management
  • manufacturing

Program Facilities

The Aerospace Engineering Program laboratories include:

  • Computer-Aided Design Laboratory
  • Mechanics of SolidsLaboratory
  • Material Testing Laboratory
  • Aerodynamics Laboratory
  • Dynamic Systems/ Vibrations Laboratory
  • Space Dynamics Laboratory
  • Thermodynamics Laboratory

Professional Chapters

AIAA Student Chapter

The objectives of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) student chapter is to promote the profession of aerospace engineering through organized activities in the

areas of academic study and research, and to offer quality engineering experiences that cannot be obtained in the classroom environment

The goal of the University AIAA student chapter is:

  • To promote aerospace engineering to students.
  • To establish links between students and aerospace companies through a series of industrial trips.
  • To encourage students to participate in AIAA competitions, such as the design build and fly competition.

Chapter membership is open to both undergraduate and graduate students from the Khalifa University of Science and Technology. Any student who is enrolled as a student in aerospace engineering or in any graduate-level degree program is eligible for membership of the chapter.

Degree Requirements

To be recommended for graduation with a BSc in Aerospace Engineering, students must satisfactorily complete the courses in the specified curriculum categories. These categories cover the University General Education Requirements (GER, 43 credits), College of Engineering Requirements (CER, 27 credits), as well as the Aerospace Engineering Core and Technical Electives requirements. The length of the program is 139 credits.

Additional Aerospace Engineering Math/Sciences Requirement (12 credits)

To satisfy the College of Engineering requirements, the BSc in Aerospace Engineering curriculum requires the following four Math courses in addition to the Math/Sciences required in GER: CHEM115, PHYS121, PHYS122, MATH111, and MATH112.

Course Code Course Name Credit Number
MATH204 Linear Algebra 3 cr.
MATH206 Differential Equations 3 cr.
MATH231 Calculus III 3 cr.
MATH333 Applied Engineering Mathematics 3 cr.

Aerospace Engineering Major Requirements (63 credits)

Course Code Course Name Credit Number
AERO200 Statics 3 cr.
AERO201 Engineering Dynamics 3 cr.
AERO215 Introduction to Aerospace Engineering 3 cr.
AERO220 Aerospace Materials 3 cr.
AERO225 Mechanics of Solids 4 cr.
AERO240 Thermodynamics 4 cr.
AERO321 Aerospace Structures 3 cr.
AERO335 Aerodynamics I 4 cr.
AERO336 Aerodynamics II 3 cr.
AERO350 Dynamic Systems and Control 4 cr.
AERO415 Aerospace Materials Manufacturing 3 cr.
AERO440 Aerospace Propulsion 3 cr.
AERO450 Flight Dynamics and Stability 3 cr.
AERO465 Space Mechanics and Control 3 cr.
AERO470 Aircraft Design Laboratory 3 cr.
AERO480 Aerospace Vehicle Performance 3 cr.
AERO497 Senior Design Project I 3 cr.
AERO498 Senior Design Project II 3 cr.
ECCE200 Fundamental of Electronic Systems 4 cr.
ENGR399 Engineering Internship 1 cr.

Aerospace Engineering Electives (6 credits)

The following is a sample list of courses that will satisfy the technical electives in the Aerospace Engineering program. The student must select a total of six credits from this list. At most three credits of the technical electives may be at 300-level and at most three credits may be independent study. In addition, courses from the list below may be taken to satisfy the free electives requirement. Additional courses may be approved by the department as technical electives.

Course Code Course Name Credits Earned
AERO391 Independent Study I 1-3 cr.
AERO 401 UAV Modeling and Control 3 cr.
AERO 402 UAV Sensing 3 cr.
AERO 403 UAV Navigation 3 cr.
AERO 404 UAV Systems 3 cr.
AERO426 Composite Materials Design 3 cr.
AERO430 Intermediate Aerodynamics 3 cr.
AERO431 Viscous Flows 3 cr.
AERO433 Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics 3 cr.
AERO435 Rotorcraft Aerodynamics and Performance 3 cr.
AERO441 Introduction to Combustion 3 cr.
AERO461 Aviation Management and Certification 3 cr.
AERO485 Spacecraft Design 3 cr.
AERO491 Independent Study II 1-3 cr.
AERO495 Special Topics in Aerospace Engineering 3 cr.
CIVE370 Introduction to Environmental Engineering 4 cr.
ENGR455 Finite Element Analysis 3 cr.
MEEN 360 Computational methods for Mechanical Engineers 3 cr.
MEEN343 Heat Transfer 4 cr.

AERO 200 Statics (3-0-3)

*(Cross listed with CIVE 200; MEEN 200)

Prerequisite: PHYS 121

A vector treatment of force systems and their resultants: equilibrium of trusses, beams, frames, and machines, including internal forces and three-dimensional configurations, static friction, properties of areas, and distributed loads and hydrostatics.

AERO 201 Engineering Dynamics (3-0-3)

*(Cross listed with CIVE 201; MEEN 201)

Prerequisite: AERO 200

Co-requisites: MATH 204; MATH 206

This course introduces rectilinear and curvilinear motion of particles and rigid bodies, kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies, rotational and translational motion of rigid bodies, principle of work and energy, and principle of impulse and momentum in particles and rigid body dynamics.                                                                                                    

AERO 215 Introduction to Aerospace Engineering (2-3-3)

Prerequisite: ENGR 111

Co-requisite: AERO 200

Introduction to the field of aerospace engineering, basic aerospace systems and disciplines, and a working vocabulary of the field; demonstration of conceptual design through examples.

AERO 220 Aerospace Materials (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: PHYS 121

Materials (metals, alloys, polymers) in engineering service; relationship of inter-atomic bonding, crystal structure and defect structure (vacancies, dislocations) to material properties; polymers, ceramics, composites, phase diagrams and alloys; microstructure control (heat treatment) and mechanical properties; material failure; corrosion.

AERO 225 Mechanics of Solids (3-3-4)

*(Cross listed with MEEN 325)

Prerequisite: AERO 200

The course is an introduction to the mechanics of deformable solids applied to basic engineering structures. It covers the concepts of stress and strain at a point; deformation of axial members; symmetric and unsymmetric bending of elastic and elastic-perfectly plastic beams; torsion of open and closed section; beam deflection; stress and strain transformations, and elastic buckling of columns.

AERO 240 Thermodynamics (3-2-4)

Prerequisite: PHYS 121

Introduction to the concept of energy and the laws governing the transfers and transformations of energy. Emphasis on thermodynamic properties of pure substance, the first law analysis of closed and open systems, the concept of entropy, and the second law of thermodynamics. Integration of these concepts into the analysis of basic power and refrigeration cycles.

AERO 321 Aerospace Structures (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: AERO 225

Basic concept of the design/failure criteria for aerospace structures, advanced strength of materials analysis of elastic structures, materials selection, structural assemblies, vibration and bending of plates and beams and analysis of aircraft skin structures.

AERO 335 Aerodynamics I (3-3-4)

Prerequisites: MATH 231; AERO 215

Introduction to aerodynamics; conservation equations (integral and differential forms) for mass, momentum, and energy; potential flow; irrotational versus rotational flow; airfoil and wing analysis; boundary layers on plates and airfoils.

AERO 336 Aerodynamics II (3-0-3)

Prerequisites: AERO 240; AERO 335

Introduction to compressible flows. Compressibility effects on airfoil and wing aerodynamics. Normal Shock Waves. Oblique Shock and Expansion Waves. Compressible Flow through Nozzles, Diffusers, and Wind Tunnels. Subsonic Compressible Flow over Airfoils: Linear Theory, Linearized Supersonic Flow. Elements of Hypersonic Flow.

AERO 350 Dynamic Systems and Control (3-3-4)

Prerequisites: MATH 204; MATH 206; AERO 201, PHYS 122

Mathematical modeling of mechanical, electrical, and non-engineering systems; basic concepts in dynamic systems analysis – equilibrium, stability, linearization; mechanical vibrations: free and forced vibration of single degree of freedom systems, transient and steady state response, resonance, free vibration of two degree of freedom systems; control systems: basics of feedback control, transfer functions and block diagrams, design specifications based on step response, PID control, employing Matlab in modeling and response analysis of dynamical systems, applications.

AERO 391 Independent Study I (Variable course credits from 1 to 3)

Prerequisite: Junior Standing and approval of the department

This course gives an upper level undergraduate student the opportunity to participate in an individual or group project, study, or research activity under the supervision of a faculty member.  A formal report is required.

AERO 401 UAV Modeling and Control (3-0-3)

Prerequisites:MEEN 300 or (AERO/MEEN 201 & AERO 350/MEEN 356)

The course covers the theory and practice of the modeling and control of UAV systems. The key topics of this course include: the first-principles modeling and simulation of fixed-wing and rotorcraft UAVs, flight dynamics modeling via system identification, on-board flight control system design, and control performance tuning of the auto-pilot system.

AERO 402 UAV Sensing (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: ECCE 300 or (ECCE 302 & (ECCE 356 or ECCE 370))

Note: Students can take ECCE 356 or ECCE 370 as a co-requisite instead of prerequisite.

The course contents the following topics: Inertial Sensor Based Navigation, Satellite Positioning (GPS, GLONASS) Based Navigation, Computer Vision, Image Processing, Object Matching, Object Localization and Image Based Tracking Lidar and Radar based 3D Mapping and Sensing.

AERO 403 UAV Navigation (3-0-3)

Prerequisite:AERO 401; AERO 402

In this course, students will study navigation systems for UAVs including: Trajectory Planning, Path Planning and Obstacle Avoidance (classical and reactive paradigms), Localization and Mapping, SLAM, Visual SLAM.

AERO 404 UAV Systems (2-3-3)

Prerequisites: AERO 401, AERO 402

Co-requisite: AERO 403

This is a practical course where the students will design, construct and test their own UAV systems. The key topics of this course include: platform design and construction, actuator and propulsion system design, sensing system design (based on inertial sensors, positioning system, vision, and etc.), auto-pilotsystem design and performance tuning, ground control station development (data links, protocols, security, and etc.), and UAV operation and interfacing.

AERO 415 Aerospace Materials Manufacturing (3-0-3)

Prerequisites: AERO 225; AERO 220

Aerospace materials and manufacturing; properties and processing of polymers, composites and metal alloys. Analysis of selected manufacturing processes including injection molding, extrusion, liquid composites molding, autoclave, out of autoclave, and metal manufacturing processes. Discussions will be presented on important material properties that influence different manufacturing processes.

AERO 426 Composite Materials Design (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: AERO 225/ MEEN 325

Overview of the reinforcements of composites, typical mechanical behavior of constituents and their properties, overview of manufacturing processes of composites, constitutive equation of linear elastic orthotropic materials, macro-mechanics of lamina, micro-mechanics of lamina, design principles of laminates, linear elastic analysis of composite beams, plates and stiffened panels, failure theories and strength analysis of a lamina.

AERO 430 Intermediate Aerodynamics (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: AERO 336

Fundamentals of the 1st and 2nd laws of thermodynamics applied to aerodynamic systems and control volumes. Applications of gas dynamics to incompressible and compressible flows through nozzles, diffusers, and airfoils. Isentropic flows to include Prandtl-Meyer expansions, and non-isentropic flows to include normal and oblique shocks, and flows with simple friction and heat transfer.

AERO 431 Viscous Flows (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: AERO 336

Viscous incompressible fluid flows. Topics include derivation of equations governing viscous compressible fluid motion; specializations to simple flows; boundary-layer theory; similarity solutions; introduction to turbulence and Reynolds stresses.

AERO 433 Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics (2-3-3)

Prerequisite: AERO/MEEN 335

The course provides the students with an introduction to the methods and analysis techniques used in computational solutions of fluid mechanics and aerodynamics problems. Model problems are used to study the interaction of physical processes and numerical techniques via computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software. The student will use the CFD techniques to solve some real world problems.

AERO 435 Rotorcraft Aerodynamics and Performance (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: AERO 335

Rotorcraft history and fundamentals. Momentum theory: hover, axial climb and descent, autorotation, forward flight, momentum theory for coaxial and tandem rotors. Blade element analysis. Rotor airfoil aerodynamics. Rotor blade dynamics and trim. Helicopter performance, height-velocity curves, conceptual design. High-speed rotorcraft.

AERO 440 Aerospace Propulsion (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: AERO 336

The mechanics and thermodynamics of aerospace propulsion systems including cycle analysis. Component analysis and operating principles of turbojet, turbofan, and other variations of air breathing aircraft propulsion units. Introduction to the operating principles of rocket and space propulsion units.

AERO 441 Introduction to Combustion (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: AERO/MEEN 240

Introduction to fuel types and classification, gas phase mixtures, combustion process and combustion thermodynamics. Emphasis on chemical equilibrium, chemical kinetics, and modeling of reacting fluid mechanical systems. Integration of these tools into the understanding and analyzing detonation phenomenon and laminar premixed and non-premixed flames.

AERO 450 Flight Dynamics and Stability (3-0-3)

Prerequisites: AERO 335; AERO 350

Airplane motions and coordinate systems; lift and drag; pitching moment and static stability; steady cruise of the airplane; rigid body dynamics in six degrees of freedom; modeling of the six aerodynamic force and moment coefficients; longitudinal motion and stability; lateral motion and stability; motion control and autopilot design via eigenvalue placement; examples of longitudinal motion control.

AERO 461 Aviation Management and Certification (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: Senior standing and approval of the department

Product development, quality control. Strategic organizational analysis and design. Airworthiness, type certification and planning, delegation of authority, airplane flight manual. Aerospace system design and safety.

AERO 465 Space Dynamics and Control (2-3-3)

Prerequisite: AERO 350

Basic concepts of orbital mechanics with application to satellites: keplerian motion, orbital elements, orbital transfer and fundamentals of state space control. Basic concepts of spacecraft attitude dynamics: three-dimensional rigid-body kinematics, stability and dynamics of symmetric and tri-inertial bodies, disturbance effects and attitude determination and control.

AERO 470 Aircraft Design Laboratory (0-6-3)

Prerequisites:AERO 225; AERO 335; AERO 350

Aircraft design principles blending synthesis, analysis and test. The iterative nature of the design process. Elements of aircraft performance calculation and optimization. Extensive, design oriented laboratory experiments performed by student teams. Focus is on student design and realization of experimental procedure, instrumentation, and data acquisition and analysis, with extensive laboratory reports.

AERO 480 Aerospace Vehicle Performance (3-0-3)

Co-requisite: AERO 440

Morphology of aircraft and spacecraft. Performance analysis of fixed wing aircraft: drag estimation, propulsion, take-off, climb and landing, endurance, payload/range, maneuvers; operational economics. Performance analysis of rotor craft: rotor-blade motion, hovering and vertical ascent, forward flight, and autorotation. Rocket propulsion; escape velocity; orbital dynamics.

AERO 485 Spacecraft Design (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: AERO 350

Types of spacecraft. Fundamentals of orbital mechanics. The design of spacecraft and spacecraft subsystems with emphasis on mission requirements and current design methods: spacecraft configuration, payload, structural, propulsion, attitude control, thermal, power, communication and other related subsystems. Spacecraft integration and testing.

AERO 491 Independent Study II (Variable course credits from 1 to 3)

Prerequisite: Approval of department and senior standing

This course gives an upper level undergraduate student the opportunity to participate in an individual or group project, study, or research activity under the supervision of a faculty member.  A formal report is required.

AERO 495 Special Topics in Aerospace Engineering

Prerequisite: Topic specific

This course mainly deals with new trends in Aerospace Engineering and emerging technologies. Course is repeatable if title and content differ.

AERO 497 Senior Design Project I (1-6-3)

Prerequisite:Senior Standing or approval of department

Participation in team projects dealing with design and development of a product or a system. Number of project will be offered each year by the different departments, some of which will have a multi-disciplinary nature. This will be an opportunity to exercise initiative, engineering judgment, self-reliance and creativity, in a team environment similar to industry. The design projects require students to draw upon their engineering background, experience, and other pertinent resources. Oral and written presentations are required.

AERO 498 Senior Design Project II (0-9-3)

Prerequisite: AERO 497

Continuation of AERO 497

The following is a typical sequence of study for a B.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering student:

Fall Spring
Year 1 ENGL111 Academic Communication I 4 cr ENGL112 Academic Communication II 4 cr
MATH111 Calculus I 4 cr MATH112 Calculus II 4 cr
CHEM115 General Chemistry I 4 cr PHYS121 University Physics I 4 cr
ENGR111 Engineering Design 4 cr ENGR112 Introduction to Computing using C++ 4 cr
Year 2 HUMAXXX Humanities and Social Sciences* 3 cr MATH204 Linear Algebra 3 cr
PHYS122 University Physics II 4 cr MATH206 Differential Equations 3 cr
MATH231 Calculus III 3 cr AERO201 Engineering Dynamics 3 cr
AERO200 Statics 3 cr AERO215 Introduction to Aerospace Engineering 3 cr
AERO220 Aerospace Materials 3 cr AERO 225 Mechanics of Solids 4 cr
HUMA XXX Humanities and Social Sciences* 3 cr
Year 3 BUSSXXX Business Elective 3 cr ENGR311 Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Engineering Design 4 cr
AERO240 Thermodynamics 4 cr ECCE200 Fundamentals of Electronic Systems 4 cr
AERO335 Aerodynamics I 4 cr AERO321 Aerospace Structures 3 cr
AERO350 Dynamic Systems & Control 4 cr AERO336 Aerodynamics II 3 cr
MATH333 Applied Engineering Mathematics 3 cr BUSSXXX Business Elective 3 cr
Summer ENGR399 Engineering Internship 1 cr
Year 4 AERO440 Aerospace Propulsion 3 cr AERO415 Aerospace Material Manufacturing 3 cr
AERO450 Flight Dynamics and Stability 3 cr AERO480 Aerospace Vehicle Performance 3 cr
AERO465 Space Dynamics and Control 3 cr AERO498 Senior Design Project II 3 cr
AERO470 Aircraft Design Laboratory 3 cr Technical Elective 3 cr
AERO497 Senior Design Project I 3 cr Technical Elective 3 cr
Free Elective 3 cr HUMAXXX Humanities and Social Sciences* 3 cr
Total Credit Hours 139

*At least one Islamic Studies course must be taken from the Humanities Electives to meet graduation requirements.

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