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Phone: (512) 471-7594




In the U.S News & World Report rankings, The University of Texas at Austin aerospace engineering undergraduate and graduate programs both remain among the top 10. Read more...

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Undergraduate Program

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Zach Bassett

Basset George individual

Hometown: El Paso, Texas

Technical Area: Atmospheric

What made you decide to pursue an aerospace engineering degree?

My grandpa flew in a B-24 during WW2 and his plane went down over Czechoslovakia due to engine failure, so I got into aerospace engineering to make planes better and to prevent failures like that. My grandpa was also always building things with me like rockets, pinewood derby cars, model airplanes and tons of other things, so he really helped to keep my interest going in designing and building things. 

If you participated in study abroad, please include a brief description about your experience.

I took ME 210 during a Maymester with Billy Wood in Vienna, Austria. It was one of the best experiences that I have had in college, I loved being able to spend time in a foreign country and be able to learn about their culture. While I was there we went to Geneva, Switzerland and got to go on a tour of CERN. I also had the opportunity to go to Barcelona and Prague. 

Where is your favorite place to study?

I like to study in the LRC in WRW because I'm able to work on homework with my friends and study there without being disturbed. Also there's usually always someone there that I can ask about some material if I don't understand it. I also like to study in either the FAC or the PCL when I'm studying by myself and really need to focus on studying.

Wesley Yu

Wesley Yu individual

Hometown: El Paso, Texas

Technical Area: Space Flight

What has been your biggest reward while pursuing your aerospace degree at UT?

Being able to work with other students sharing the same passion in aerospace has been a very rewarding experience. Whether it is in a class group or building rockets in the lab, spending time with fellow students has taught me a lot and provided me with valuable insight for our future endeavors along a similar path.

Has involvement in student groups and/or organizations made a difference in your education? 

Involvement in student groups has been a critical part of my education and it has given me many opportunities to apply what I learn in class and learn how to work effectively with others. In addition, doing activities outside of class has taught me crucial time management skills that help me even more in coursework. Most of all, getting involved is fun! I have more opportunities to meet new people and make friends!

What are some things you really enjoy about living in Austin, TX?

Austin is a really fun place to be! Being close to the downtown area puts a lot of good restaurants and attractions close by. Whether I want to get a good meal near Guadalupe Street or to go have fun with friends downtown, the bus system keeps everything within reach for a quick break from everyday work. 

Jake Farrington

Jake Farrington individual

Hometown: Allen, Texas

Technical Area: Atmospheric

What has been your biggest reward while pursuing your aerospace degree at UT?

My biggest reward as an aerospace student has been the bonds I've formed with my aerospace peers. Being able to learn and work with students who share the same passion as you do makes the college experience a fun and rewarding one. 

Who has been your most influential ASE or EM professor and why?

Dr. Mear has been my most influential EM professor. His excitement to teach and interact with students makes every class enjoyable. My time in his solids course taught me to always get the most out of every course you take, from asking questions, to working through optional homework, and attending review sessions. 

How do you plan to use your ASE degree in the future?

During the summer of 2014, I interned at Textron Aviation in Wichita, Kansas. My great experience there has assured me that I would enjoy a career in the aerospace industry. I am hoping to apply my ASE degree by obtaining a full time job as a structures or design engineer at an aircraft company after I graduate from UT. 

In UT Aerospace, the Sky is Not the Limit!

In UT Aerospace, the Sky is Not the Limit!

Aerospace engineers have made our world a better place by developing safe and reliable aircraft and spacecraft and by innovations in many other fields.

As an aerospace engineer you might develop the next generation of satellites that monitor the environment and enable global communication and navigation, or build autonomous aircraft to detect pipeline leaks. You might also design clean-burning jet engines, improved plasma displays, or super efficient wind turbines to harvest wind energy. Or you might use space-age materials to design artificial limbs, invisible braces, or shock-absorbing footwear. The possibilities are unlimited with ideas that stretch across the universe — in aerospace engineering, the sky is no longer the limit!

Admission Info

The Office of Admissions is responsible for the admission of undergraduate students to the University and handles the decision-making process. However, we are more than happy to meet with you in our department to give you more information about our program and provide you with a brief tour of our facilities.


Trent Martin, BS ASE '94

Trent Martin

 Alumnus Trent Martin: Launching the The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS)