Ali R. Ahmadi, Chair
Frank O. Chandler
Todd D. Coburn
Steven K. Dobbs
|Donald L. Edberg
The Aerospace Engineering Department offers an Aerospace Engineering program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree.
The Aerospace Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org, under the General Criteria and the Program Criteria for Aerospace and Similarly Named Engineering Programs.
The vision of the Aerospace Engineering Department is to produce nationally recognized aerospace graduates who can contribute to achievements in national defense, space exploration, commercial aerospace, aeronautics, and academia.
The mission of the Aerospace Engineering Program is to provide an education by hands-on application of theory to produce graduates for a diverse society who can contribute immediately, effectively and ethically to the development of aerospace products and possess the educational foundations for their career growth in industry, and academia, with innovation and leadership.
Traditionally the aerospace engineer has been involved with the design and development of high-speed vehicles such as aircraft, missiles and spacecraft. Over the years this list has evolved to include ocean vessels and high-speed land vehicles as well. The extreme environments in which these vehicles operate have dictated the construction of the most complex engineering systems devised by man and require integration and application of such disparate fields as aerodynamics and heat transfer, structural mechanics, control system theory and vehicle dynamics using systems engineering processes. Often the aerospace engineer is confronted with problems that cannot be fully defined but, in spite of this, require imaginative and sophisticated solutions.
The graduates of Aerospace Engineering will be practicing professionals who exhibit these Program Educational Objectives:
- Demonstrate their knowledge of aerodynamics, aerospace materials, aircraft and spacecraft structures, aircraft and space propulsion, flight mechanics, stability and control systems, orbital mechanics, space environment, attitude determination and control, telecommunications, and design competence of aircraft and spacecraft using systems engineering principles;
- Apply hands-on application of theory in laboratory, field experience and independent study opportunities involving teamwork and exposure to modern engineering analytical and computational tools;
- Utilize a comprehensive educational foundation that emphasizes application-based analysis and problem-solving, exposure to open-ended problems and engineering while fostering teamwork, communication skills, innovation, leadership, lifelong learning skills and individual ethnical professionalism in graduate studies and careers in aerospace engineering.
Students desiring to major in Aerospace Engineering should have a particularly high aptitude for science and mathematics, and incoming freshmen should have taken substantial college preparatory courses in these disciplines in high school. Incoming transfer students should have completed at least one year of college calculus and one year of college physics (with laboratory) prior to beginning the program at Cal Poly Pomona. The community college student planning to transfer into this department should consult a school counselor or department to determine which courses meet the program requirements.
The Student Outcomes at the time of graduation are:
- An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problem by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
- An ability of apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration for public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
- An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
- An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impacts of engineering solutions in global, economics, environmental, and societal contexts.
- An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plans tasks, and meet objectives.
- An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgement to draw conclusions.
- An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
Aerospace engineering students are encouraged to become active in the student branch of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a national society organized for the advancement of aerospace knowledge. Qualified students are invited to join the student chapter of Sigma Gamma Tau, the national aerospace engineering honor society.