Aerospace Engineering

Students working on a drone

Students working on a drone outside

Design Competitions

KU students have won more American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics International Design Competitions than students from any other school in the world.

KU has launched the careers of four NASA astronauts.

KU Aerospace Engineering is an international leader in undergraduate, graduate and continuing aerospace education, balancing theory and practice to best prepare our graduates for professional practice and for higher education.

KU is the lead institution for the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets. The interdisciplinary team of engineers works to develop new technologies to predict how changes to ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica will affect global sea levels.

The Hill Space Systems Laboratory is a new facility where students design, test and build small satellites for launch by public agencies and private contractors. This satellite makerspace features a clean room and provides an immersive experience for students in areas such as space robotics and orbital remote sensing with small satellites.


Students in the RBG Lab

A drone with the United States flag and KU logo on it


KU Aerospace Engineering is one of the top programs in the world in aircraft, engine and spacecraft design education. With an emphasis on designing, simulating, building, testing, and flying aerospace and aeronautical vehicles and systems, KU aerospace

Who Hires KU Aerospace Engineers?

Ball Aerospace
Bell Helicopter
Central Intelligence Agency
Garmin International
Honda R&D Americas, Inc.
Honeywell Aerospace
L3 Harris
Lockheed Martin
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Sierra Nevada Corporation
The Spaceship Company
Spirit AeroSystems
Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies
Textron Aviation
Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems
U.S. Armed Forces

Where do they Work?

Aircraft industry
Automotive industry
Commercial airlines
Defense industry
Federal government agencies
Material sciences industry/laboratories
National research laboratories
Space vehicle industry
Wind energy industry

What are they paid?

Bachelor's degree candidates national average* starting salary range:

$70,231 - $74,411

*Salaries from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)