Facts and Rankings

With 36 faculty members, over 800 students and over 4,500 alumni living worldwide, the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at The University of Texas at Austin is a tight-knit, interdisciplinary community that offers programs in aerospace engineering, computational engineering and engineering mechanics. Our faculty work closely with students to solve important technological and scientific problems related to aviation, space engineering and science, robotics, energy, solid biomechanics, biomedicine, earth science and more.

Program Rankings


Undergraduate Aerospace Engineering, 2021
U.S. News & World Report


Graduate Aerospace Engineering, 2022
U.S. News & World Report


Most Influential Research Institution in Aerospace
Thomson Reuters State of Innovation Report

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Undergraduate Students

  • 647 Enrolled
  • 1420 Average Admitted SAT Score
Aerospace Engineering
  • 546 Enrolled
  • 29% Underrepresented Population
  • 22% Women
  • $70K Average Starting Salary
Computational Engineering
  • 101 Enrolled
  • 20% Underrepresented Population
  • 26% Women
  • $82K Average Starting Salary

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Graduate Students

  • 165 Enrolled
  • 17% Women
  • 96% of Ph.D. Students Receive Full Funding
Aerospace Engineering
  • 43 Enrolled in M.S. Program
  • 94 Enrolled in Ph.D. Program
  • 3.67 Average Admitted GPA
Engineering Mechanics
  • 2 Enrolled in M.S. Program
  • 26 Enrolled in Ph.D. Program
  • 3.69 Average Admitted GPA

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  • 36 tenure/tenure-track faculty
  • 27 endowed faculty positions
  • 13 emeritus faculty

Honors and Awards

  • 9 Winners, National Science Foundation CAREER Award
  • 8 Fellows, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • 7 Members, National Academy of Engineering
  • 7 Fellows, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • 4 Fellows, American Academy of Mechanics
  • 4 Fellows, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
  • 4 Winners, AFOSR Young Investigator Program Award
  • 3 Fellows, American Astronautical Society
  • 1 Member, National Academy of Science
  • 1 Winner, Presidential Early Career award for Scientists and Engineers
  • 1 Winner, American Heart Association Career Development Award
  • 1 Winner, DARPA Young Faculty Award

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In late 2018, the department moved into the newly renovated Aerospace Engineering Building. Features include updated and expanded research laboratories, including a state-of-the-art space object visualization lab, updated autonomous UAV and human-centered robotics labs, and collaboration zones for students and faculty. The main entrance features the McKnight Student Center — a well-lit open study space on the first floor of the building with a collaborative learning area, computer lab and student conference room. Improved undergraduate design and teaching labs also provide students with more experiential learning opportunities.

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The UT ASE/EM community – over 4,500 strong – consists of government and industry thought leaders across a wide variety of fields. From flying in space to mapping oil spills from space; from teaching our future engineers to be leaders to leading engineering businesses – our alumni continue to make a positive impact on the world with their knowledge and skills.