A Message from the Chair
The Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics offers the only program of its kind in the Northwest. While the department prepares undergraduates through classroom instruction, laboratory experience, and special projects, graduate courses and research extend further into the sciences of aeronautics and astronautics, engineering physics, and applied mathematics. Our students and faculty come from various engineering and science backgrounds.
The Master of Science and Master of Aerospace Engineering programs are designed to provide graduates a high level of technical competence for careers as professional engineers, and the PhD program is directed to the training of engineers for research leadership roles.
Almost all of the regular faculty maintain funded research programs. The interests of the department cover the traditional areas of aeronautics and astronautics, and they also extend into those interdisciplinary areas where many of today's challenges are to be found. This brings currency and excitement to the program and ensures contact with the future. While the impact of aircraft and space vehicles on our society is pervasive, the engineering sciences associated with the aerospace industry have even wider applications.
The Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics looks forward to maintaining its long tradition of excellence in the strong academic atmosphere of the University of Washington and this wonderful region of the country.Dr. James C. Hermanson, Chair