Aerospace Engineering

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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 engineering students receive access to unmatched educational opportunities.
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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.

The Garrison Flight Research Center is a 22,000-square-foot facility at the Lawrence Municipal Airport with hangar space for several aircraft, an AST 4000 fixed-base simulator, a machine shop, and electronics shop. Additional shop and assembly space, along with a propulsion test cell, are available in an adjacent building, the “Hawkworks.”

KU is the lead institution for the Center for Remote Sensing and Integrated Systems. 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 provides an immersive experience for students in areas such as space robotics and orbital remote sensing with small satellites. The space will enable students to participate in a NASA project to launch CubeSatellites into orbit.


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Who Hires KU Engineers

  • Ball Aerospace
  • Bell Helicopter
  • Boeing
  • Bombardier
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • Deloitte
  • Dynetics
  • Garmin International
  • Honeywell Aerospace
  • KBR
  • L3 Harris
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Millennium Space Systems
  • NASA
  • National Geospatial-Intelligence
  • Agency
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Raytheon Missiles & Defense
  • Sierra Nevada Corporation
  • The Spaceship Company
  • SpaceX
  • Spirit AeroSystems
  • Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies
  • Southwest Research Institute
  • Textron Aviation
  • Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems
  • U.S. Armed Forces
  • U.S. Space Force
  • Virgin Galactic
  • Aircraft industry
  • Automotive industry
  • Commercial airlines
  • Defense industry
  • Federal government agencies
  • Material sciences industry/laboratories
  • National research laboratories
  • Space vehicle industry
  • Wind energy industry

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

$73,280 - $79,750

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