Aerospace Science Engineering Department

Student working on F-16 cockpit mockup

F4-C Fighter Aircraft flown by General Chappie James

NASA Microgravity

USLI Test Flight 2010

Flight Simulation

The Aerospace Science Engineering Department at Tuskegee University is an EAC/ABET accredited program started in 1983 and presently offers the Bachelor of Science degree. Tuskegee University is the first and only historically black institution of higher learning to offer an accredited BS degree program in this field. Our graduates are working with the U.S. Armed Forces, Government Agencies and the aerospace industry, and some have pursued graduate degrees. The six faculty members work actively on sponsored research projects in aerodynamics, flight simulation, fluid mechanics, propulsion, composites, NDE, structural dynamics, design, and computational fluid dynamics. The college prepares professionals for a full, satisfying and competitive career in an era when society demands comprehensive solutions to environmental and technological problems as well as major advances in the knowledge basis.

Students receive a sound technical foundation in the latest techniques of their discipline. They are also provided with a broad socio-humanistic background that is so essential to twenty-first century solution making. The college encourages its graduates to become professionally qualified and to seek graduate or continuing education for their personal development.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Aerospace Science Engineering Department is to matriculate quality professional graduates through education in the disciplines and technologies pertaining to aerospace vehicles and systems. These graduates shall exceed the entry-level requirements for practice and for advanced study.  In keeping with the Tuskegee University vision, the department also has missions of research outreach and service to the world community.

Program Objectives

The Aerospace Science Engineering program is designed to provide opportunities that will result in the following student outcomes:.

  • A - An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • B - An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • C - An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • D - An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • E - An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • F - An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • G - An ability to communicate effectively
  • H - The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • I  - A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • J  - A knowledge of contemporary issues
  • K - An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

with the educational objectives that our graduates will be:

  • Successful practitioners in Aerospace Science Engineering or related fields in industry, private practice or government. 
  • Engaged in graduate studies or continuing education endeavors in engineering or related fields.
  • Engaged in professional development by participating in structured professional activities. 

Outreach Objectives

  • Achieving broader opportunities for economically disadvantaged K-12 students through national pre-college programs.
  • Generating and nurturing interest in the aerospace science engineering field through informative programs and activities.
  • Encouraging students to assist K-12 students in attaining their own educational potential through tutoring and mentoring in local schools.

Research Objectives

  • Encourage transitional design related research in the undergraduate program.
  • Conducting research in Aerospace Science Engineering, seeking to discover new knowledge and to better understand the current body of knowledge.
  • Transfer research into the educational program at an early stage through involving students in conducting and reporting results of such research.
Undergraduate Student Enrollment and Graduation Data

 Academic Year  Total Enrollment in
Fall Semester
# of Graduates 
2012 - 2013  117  12
2013 - 2014  117