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Aerospace Engineering
Aerospace Engineering
Aerospace Engineering
Aerospace Engineering

Faculty Research

Faculty research in the Aerospace Engineering Department covers many areas of specialization. These include human spaceflight, experimental aerodynamics for both aircraft and rotorcraft, stability and control for both aircraft and rotorcraft, nosie propagation, small satelites, and orbital debris and spacecraft characterization. Research is supported mainly through funds from government agencies such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Naval Research Laboratory, the Office of Naval Research, the Naval Air Warfare Center, and the Naval Network Warfare Command.

Midshipmen Research

The Aerospace Engineering Department offers students the opportunity to conduct research of mutual interest with faculty members. The research may involve theoretical, experimental, and computational work culminating in a technical paper for conference presentation. Semester long independent research projects are available as is the year long Trident Scholar program. More information for each program is available in the links below.


Independent Research


Bowman Scholar Program     Trident Scholar Program


Students also have the opportunity to get involved in professional societies such as the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and Vertical Flight Society (VFS) by participating in national and international competitions on aeronautical/astronautical design projects. Students are also eligible for recognition in Sigma Gamma Tau, the national honor society for outstanding students in aerospace engineering.

Further midshipmen research information can be found through the  Naval Academy Academic Research Office.  (USNA only)

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