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So you want to be an
aerospace engineer..

Lakshmi Sankar

Regents Professor and Associate Chair

School of Aerospace Engineering

lsankar@ae.gatech.edu

404
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894
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3014


Daurette Joseph

Academic Advisor

daurette.joseph@ae.gatech.edu

404
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385
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1595




Some Useful Web Sites and
Contacts


Our School:
www.ae.gatech.edu


This presentation:
www.ae.gatech.edu/~lsankar/FASET


AE Academic Office:


Phone: 404
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894
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3001


Daurette Joseph
daurette.joseph@ae.gatech.edu


Academic Advisor, 404
-
385
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1595


Rebekah Trout
rebekah.trout@ae.gatech.edu


Lakshmi Sankar
lsankar@ae.gatech.edu



Overview


What do aerospace engineers do?


Where do they work?


How much do they make? (I want a
Corvette when I grow up..)


What are the classes will I take?


Will I get to do research?


Do you have a honors program?


What are the Study Abroad Opportunities?

What do aerospace engineers do?


We design, build, or analyze systems and
components.


Aircraft, helicopters, engines, satellites, rockets,
unmanned vehicles, etc.


We work in related areas.


Automotive, power generation, bio
-
engineering, wind
energy, environmental engineering, etc.


We serve mankind by making improvements to
the state of the art in aerospace vehicles


Cheaper, quieter, faster, lighter, environmentally
friendly applications.

We make improvements to all the

Parts of an Airplane


Low drag airfoils


Quieter, fuel
-
efficient
propellers or jet engines


Composites and
advanced aluminum
alloy materials that are
strong and light


Fly by wire controls that
reduce pilot’s work load,
and lead to a safe and
enjoyable flight.

We make improvements to rockets
and space vehicles


High energy, high
density fuels


Computers and
software for guidance
and control of rockets


Optimum trajectories
from earth to Mars
and other places, that
take the least amount
of energy or time.


We make improvements to engines


Fans that produce a lot of
thrust, but require less power


Compressors that increase the
pressure with the least amount
of power expenditure


Turbines that extract the
maximum amount of energy
from the hot gases


Nozzles that produce thrust,
without excessive noise


Combustors that burn fuel
efficiently, without pollution
such as Carbon Monoxide or
Nitrous Oxide

Where do aerospace engineers work?


Aircraft manufacturers (Lockheed, Boeing, Airbus, Cessna,
Gulfstream, and others)


Engine Manufacturers (GE, Pratt & Whitney, Rolls Royce,
Turbomeca, ..)


Helicopter Manufacturers (Bell, Boeing, Sikorsky,
Robinson..)


NASA Research Centers (Langley, Ames, Glenn, Johnson)


Power Systems (GE, Pratt & Whitney, Regional Power
Companies)


Airlines Industries (Delta, United, American, ..)


Government Agencies and Labs (Air Force Labs, Navy labs,
DARPA, Department of Energy)


Hundreds of small businesses and suppliers that cater to
the needs of the aerospace industries and the government.

How much do they make?

Major
Number Reporting Salary
Median
High
Low
Median
Bonus
Total Reporting Bonus
Aerospace Engineering
13
$62,500.00
$75,000.00
$39,000.00
$7,000.00
7
Biomedical Engineering
9
$60,000.00
$65,000.00
$30,000.00
$4,500.00
5
Chemical Engineering
25
$67,000.00
$91,000.00
$59,500.00
$5,000.00
19
Civil Engineering
15
$58,000.00
$105,000.00
$20,000.00
$1,750.00
8
Computer Engineering
12
$63,000.00
$75,600.00
$58,000.00
$3,000.00
7
Electrical Engineering
40
$63,500.00
$77,000.00
$24,000.00
$5,000.00
23
Environmental Engineering
**
**
**
**
**
**
Industrial Engineering
63
$63,000.00
$74,000.00
$30,000.00
$5,000.00
40
Materials Science & Engineering
**
**
**
**
**
**
Mechanical Engineering
38
$60,000.00
$95,000.00
$20,000.00
$5,000.00
22
Nuclear & Radiological Engineering
5
$62,000.00
$65,000.00
$55,000.00
$5,000.00
5
Polymer & Fiber Engineering
2
$57,000.00
$59,000.00
$55,000.00
*
*
2011 Career & Salary Survey (Spring)
Salary Offer
Bonus
What are the courses like?


132 semester hours (four years)


Plenty of opportunities for internship and co
-
op
work.


A combination of technical courses (Math,
Physics, sciences, computer science, EE,
materials engineering), humanities and social
sciences (English, History, languages), and
advanced AE courses.


Please see our web site for more details:
www.ae.gatech.edu/undergraduate


Portfolios


Free electives (10 hours), technical elective (3
hours), humanities electives (6 hours), and
social sciences electives (3 hours) may be used
to build a well
-
rounded portfolio of
accomplishments:


Certificates (12 hours)


Minors (18 hours)


Design Competition Courses


U/G Research


U/G thesis


International Plan

Do I get to do research and
design?


Research and development is an essential part
of being an engineer.


As engineers, we are constantly searching for
ways to do things better, cheaper, more
efficiently, and with less impact on the
environment.


We have plenty of opportunities in our program
(10 hours of free electives) you may use to
satisfy your creative urges.


Here are some examples..

Design, build, and fly your own
airplane..


Our students compete
nationally against other
universities.


They design, build, and
fly a vehicle that will meet
the specifications.


They develop team skills,
oral and written
communication skills, and
a strong work ethic.

Fly on the Vomit Comet..


Design experiments
to study how gravity
affects materials, fire,
manufacturing
processes, or human
tissues.


Test your experiment
on a specially
equipped airplane.


Try not to P..ke

Cadmus

http://pweb.ae.gatech.edu/people/rbraun/class
es/ae4803b/Proposals/index.html

A Europa Scout Mission Proposal, April 21, 2015

Team Cadmus won the 2004 RASC
-
AL undergraduate design
competition and was invited to present its study at the
AIAA Space 2004 Conference and Exposition

in San Diego
on September 28
-
30, 2004.


CADMUS Lander Configuration

Main thruster (1 of 3)

Propellant tank

LGA

RTG

Hybrid inflatable HGA

Pancam

Science


arm

3.7 m

0.85 m

2.5 m

AE Honors Program


This program was implemented in the Fall
of 2002.


Goal


provide AE undergraduates who have an interest

in

graduate studies

and
research

with
opportunities that will prepare them to excel
academically and in research.


Outcomes


research experience


chance to explore specialties


joint B.S./M.S. AE program


Student Benefits


Automatically admitted to AE MS program
after completion of BS


streamlined application, no GRE requirement


Count up to 6 hours of appropriate courses
to both BS and MS degrees


able to complete MS degree 9
-
12 months after
finishing BS degree


3 semesters of UG research experience


Preference for Undergraduate AE
Research Fellowships

International/Study Abroad Options


The evolution of technology (e.g. high
-
speed aircraft) is
bringing the world to our footsteps.


Tomorrow’s aerospace endeavors will require
collaboration among nations, and international business
partners.


US citizens should be trained to meet the changing
global environment.


They should be aware of international trade/business
practices, corporate laws and regulations, and
environmental issues.


Fluency in a foreign language is a business requirement,
not a luxury.


We offer a variety of study abroad programs.


Beginning in the fall of 2005, we offer a new BSAE
(International Option) program.

Elements of the

Bachelor of Science


(International Option) Program

http://www.oie.gatech.edu/internationalplan.html


Two or more years of college level study in a foreign
language.


Three or more courses in a global or comparative
international studies (e.g. economics, law, politics).


Two or more terms of residential foreign experience, of
which one must be a full term experience (15 weeks).


The second term may involve study, internship, or work.


Capstone design experience (or a senior elective) must
incorporate issues relevant to the discipline, from an
international perspective.


Student receives an international designation on the
transcript and diploma.

AE Program Elective Hours Easily
Meet These Requirements


6 hours of humanities may be used to take
language courses


6 hours of social science electives


3 hours of science electives


10 hours of free electives.


These 25 hours make up approximately
20% of our total program hours (132).

BSAE (Thesis Option)


Requires 9 hours of research for pay or
credit.


The free elective hours may be applied
toward this requirement.


Requires documenting the work in the
form of an undergraduate thesis


Requires taking a thesis writing class in
place of a technical writing class.

U.S. News & World Reports Surveys

Undergrad Programs
(Among Schools w/Ph.D. Programs)



9/02


9/03


9/04


9/05


9/06


9/07



MIT


MIT


MIT


MIT


MIT


MIT


Georgia Tech Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech Georgia Tech


Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech


U. of Michigan U. of Michigan

U. of Michigan U. of Michigan


U. of Michigan

U. of Michigan

Graduate Programs



02


03


04


05


06


07



MIT


MIT


MIT


MIT


Stanford


Stanford


Stanford


Stanford Stanford


Stanford


MIT


MIT


Georgia Tech

Cal Tech Cal Tech Cal Tech


Cal Tech


Cal Tech


U. of Michigan
Georgia Tech Georgia Tech Georgia Tech


Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech


Cal Tech


U. of Michigan U. of Michigan U. of Michigan U. of Michigan

U. Michigan


Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering

Georgia Tech


696 undergraduate students


477 graduate students


$22.8 Mio in sponsored research
expenditures in FY
'
07


$ 7.7 Mio in state support in FY
'
07


USN&WR rankings, in US:


#2 undergrad. program


#4 graduate program



Attributes of a Successful
Aerospace Engineer


Do you enjoy math and science?

Do you have an inquisitive and searching mind?

Are you interested in knowing what makes things
work?

Do you like to solve problems and puzzles?

Do you like to create things?

Do you enjoy learning?

Do you enjoy working with computers?

Do you like to build things?

Are you prepared to study hard and do homework?

Do you achieve good grades?

Concluding Remarks


Aerospace engineering is an interesting field.


You will never have a dull day in your life.


It does take a lot of hard work and dedication to be
successful.


We offer


Faculty advising/mentorship


Undergraduate Research and Design/Build/Fly Opportunities
that fit into your 132 hour curriculum


Study Abroad and BSAE (International Option), BSAE (Research
Option) Opportunities


Co
-
Op and Internship Opportunities


A honors program leading to a fast
-
track BS/ME dual
-
degree


We look forward to working with you as you pursue your
dreams.