Aerospace engineering is concerned with the design, development, testing, and production of aircraft, spacecraft, and related systems and equipment. In the aviation field, aerospace engineers make air travel safer and less expensive while reducing its carbon footprint. In astronautics, they work at the vanguard of space exploration to send communications and research satellites and manned spacecraft into Earth orbit and far beyond.
Most aerospace companies, both in aviation and in astronautics, hire new graduates with degrees in general engineering disciplines, such as mechanical or electrical engineering. Students who complete our aerospace curriculum acquire the powerful combination of specialized technical expertise and experiential knowledge that industry seeks.
The aerospace engineering minor at Oregon State is a unique, transcript-visible opportunity for engineering students to prepare for an exciting career in these dynamic careers.
The School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering’s Aerospace Engineering minor is a unique, transcript-visible opportunity for engineering students to prepare for a career in the aviation and astronautics industry.
The recent rapid growth in the aerospace industry has led to a resurgence of interest in aerospace engineering among high school, community college, and university students across the country. Advances in aerospace technologies in the aviation field make air travel safer and less expensive while leaving a smaller carbon footprint. Within astronautics, the most advanced launch vehicles send communication and space-science satellites, and manned spacecraft, into orbit.
- Introduction to Aerospace Engineering
- Aerospace Applications in Mechanical Engineering
- Space Systems Engineering
Brittany Blanksma-Stark (B.S. mechanical engineering ’22) came to Oregon State University to change careers from music to engineering and pursue a passion for space exploration. She served as the president of the university’s Aeronautics and Astronautics student chapter and as team lead for Oregon State’s NASA University Student Launch Initiative 2021-2022 competition team.