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

  • 654 Enrolled
  • 25% Underrepresented Minorities
  • 18% Women

Graduate Students

  • 134 Enrolled
  • 38% International
  • 11% Women

Degrees Awarded 2016-17

  • 97 Bachelor's Degrees
  • 30 Master's Degrees
  • 13 Doctoral Degrees

After Graduation

  • Average Starting Salary for B.S. Graduates: $61,200
  • 80% of B.S. graduates find jobs in industries such as space, aeronautics, consulting and energy, while 20% go to graduate school.

Research Expenditures

  • $14.2 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

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

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.

Texas Aerial Robotics competed in the International Aerial Robotics Competition, creating a system that autonomously interacts with moving ground targets.

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

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

Updated January 2018





Cortez, Pablo

Electronics Technician

(512) 471-4214

WRW 302B

Esquivel, Rosina

Senior Administrative Associate

(512) 471-4008

WRW 211

Estrada, Amada

Administrative Associate

(512) 471-7746

WRW 215

Harris, Kendra

Communications Coordinator

(512) 471-4234

WRW 215C

Jagodzinski, Jeremy

ASE Wind Tunnel at PRC

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Kitten, Sarah

Undergraduate Coordinator/Advisor

(512) 471-7594

WRW 211A

Laird, Traci

Center for Mech. of Solids, Structures, and Materials

(512) 471-5963

WRW 110

McCann, Sydney

Center for Mech. of Solids, Structures, and Materials

(512) 471-0568

WRW 110A

Magnani, Adele

Senior Academic Advisor

(512) 471-4223

WRW 215B

Maughmer II, Mark

Technical Staff Assistant V

(512) 471-3549

WRW 202C

Messec, Scott

Senior IT Manager

(512) 471-8029

WRW 201B

Muller, Mark

Research Engineering/Scientist Associate

(512) 471-7392

WRW 308D

Palmer, Jeremiah

Research Associate

(512) 471-7392

WRW 308D

Pokluda, Joseph

ASE Mechanist

(512) 471-5964

WRW 14

Rajagopal, Geetha

Center for Aeromechanics Research

(512) 471-5962


Roberts, Khristian

Center for Mech. of Solids, Structures, and Materials

(512) 475-7760

WRW 117A

Sanders, Stephen

Lab Manager

(512) 471-4173


Singharaj, Nisreen

Department Manager

(512) 475-6364

WRW 215F

Woods, Tina

Graduate Coordinator

(512) 471-7595

WRW 215D


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
"Civilian Pilot Training Group," Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin Men of Ingenuity

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