About Us

Program Rankings

  • #8 Graduate Aerospace Engineering, 2019, U.S. News & World Report
  • #8 Undergraduate Aerospace Engineering, 2018, U.S. News & World Report
  • #9 Aerospace Engineering, 2017, Center for World University Rankings
  • #4 Most Influential Scientific Research Institution in Aerospace, 2004-2014, Thomson Reuters State of Innovation Report


  • 34 Tenure/Tenure-Track Faculty
  • 7 Members of National Academy of Engineering
  • 7 National Science Foundation CAREER Award winners
  • 7 Endowed Chair Holders

Undergraduate Students

  • 666 Enrolled
  • 25% Underrepresented Minorities
  • 20% Women

Graduate Students

  • 136 Enrolled
  • 38% International
  • 13% Women

Degrees Awarded 2017-18

  • 108 Bachelor's Degrees
  • 22 Master's Degrees
  • 17 Doctoral Degrees

After Graduation

  • Average Starting Salary for B.S. Graduates: $68,300
  • 80% of B.S. graduates find jobs in industries such as space, aeronautics, consulting and energy, while 20% go to graduate school.

Research Expenditures

  • $15.6 Million

Recent Research Highlights

  • Associate professor Luis Sentis has been awarded over $1M in grants to support projects that will bring science fiction to life, creating humanoid robots that can lend a hand on space missions and give the human body a bionic boost with exoskeletons.
  • Associate professor Moriba Jah launched the Advanced Sciences and Technology Research in Astronautics (ASTRIA) program and has been awarded $700,000 in grants to support research on the tracking, cataloging and management of satellites and space debris orbiting Earth.
  • Centimeter-accurate GPS developed by Professor Todd Humphreys is poised to revolutionize geolocation on mobile devices and could make driverless cards safer.
  • NASA-JSC has funded a new plasma torch facility at UT Austin to test heat shield materials for the Orion spacecraft, a next-generation space exploration vehicle that will shuttle a human crew to Mars.
  • Assistant professor Nanshu Lu invented a method for producing inexpensive and high-performing wearable patches that can continuously monitor the body’s vital signs for human health and performance tracking.
  • Associate professor Srinivas Bettadpur is leading the launch of the GRACE Follow-On Mission, replacing the twin GRACE satellites that have been measuring Earth's water and mass movement for 15 years. The new satellites will take more accurate measurements and provide important data on the rate of melting ice, rising ocean levels and depleted aquifers.
  • Maruthi Akella is designing autonomous UAVs that fly like birds, and see like them too.

Project-Based Student Organizations

Texas Aerial Robotics won second place in the International Aerial Robotics Competition for their self-flying drones with intelligent decision-making capabilities.

To kick off the fall semester, the UAV Austin team hosted a new training camp to help prospective members become more familiar with engineering concepts.

The Longhorn Rocketry Association constructed a rocket engine test facility that will allow for horizontal and vertical static fire tests of rocket engines built by students.

Students on the Design/Build/Fly and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle teams develop innovative aircraft and compete in an annual international competition.

Students in Women in Aerospace for Leadership and Development developed drones that can be operated by brain waves, voice commands and body movements.

See our student involvement page for more information on our project-based student organizations.

Updated October 2018





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The first degrees in aeronautical engineering from The University of Texas at Austin were granted in the Mechanical Engineering Department in 1927. By 1942 the Department of Aeronautical Engineering was formed, and in 1959, it was renamed the Department of Aerospace Engineering.

Civilian Pilot Training Group
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