Aerospace Engineering

Get ready to soar! Whether you dream about building solar-powered planes, designing nanosatellites or putting the first person on Mars, this program is the perfect launchpad. As an aerospace engineering major, you’ll quickly discover that the sky isn’t the limit as you explore new ways to solve complex problems. If you’re the type of person who likes pushing boundaries and doing things that other people say can’t be done, then keep scrolling.

What will I learn?

As an aerospace engineering major, you'll start by building a solid foundation with classes and labs in science and math, including chemistry, physics and calculus. As you move on to specific aerospace engineering courses, you’ll learn more about materials, fluid mechanics, design theory and related topics. Yes, it’s rocket science, but you’ll still have time for a few electives outside of your major as you prepare for a successful career in aeronautics and astronautics.

What can I do outside of class?

Intern at NASA. Design an aircraft. Present your research at a national conference. These are just a few of the opportunities you might have here.

  • Research. Even as an undergraduate, you may be able to conduct and present research; UB has multiple research centers in this area, including the Center for Hybrid Rocket Exascale Simulation Technology, Center for Space Cyber Strategy and Cyber Security, and the Center for Multisource Information Fusion.
  • Student groups. Join one of the dozens of engineering student clubs, including groups where students have built aircraft, satellites and rockets.
  • Internships, co-ops and experiential learning. Get hands-on experience and build your network at Moog, Lockheed Martin, IBM, Honda and other leading organizations, and participate in engineering intramurals and other programs on campus.
  • Study abroad. If you’re looking for a life-changing experience and international perspective, consider going abroad; UB engineering students have traveled to Australia, Costa Rica, France and many other countries during summer and winter breaks.
Student Clubs
Study Abroad

What can I do with an aerospace engineering degree?

At UB, our aerospace engineering alumni have helped improve efficiency for the Federal Aviation Administration, tested aerodynamics of the F-18 and Stealth Bomber, developed power-saving components for NASA, and overseen hundreds of engineers around the world.

Our graduates have been employed by some of the top organizations around the globe, including:

  • Air Force Research Laboratories.
  • Boeing.
  • Calspan.
  • CUBRC.
  • Honeywell Satellite Systems.
  • Lockheed-Martin.
  • Moog.
  • NASA.
  • National Transportation Safety Board.
  • Orbital Sciences.
  • SpaceX.
  • United Airlines.

As an aerospace engineer, you may choose to specialize in aircraft, satellites, rockets, space vehicles, space stations or other applications. Many engineers help develop new materials and systems, while others focus on specific devices, instruments and other components.

Who will I learn from?

Ask our students, and you’ll hear that our professors are "amazing" and "on the cutting edge" of their fields. In fact, our faculty have earned numerous honors for their teaching and mentoring, including the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, UB Teaching Innovation Award, and an award for undergraduate teaching and mentoring.

Of course, our faculty is also well-connected and highly respected outside UB, both nationally and internationally. They lead the Space University Research Initiative, funded by the U.S. Space Force. In addition, faculty members have been recognized for their work by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Defense and professional societies. These are just a few of the reasons why they attract millions of dollars in research funding each year from leading agencies such as NASA, DARPA, NSF, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health.