Facts and Rankings

With 33 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


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


Undergraduate Aerospace Engineering, 2020
U.S. News & World Report


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

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Undergraduate Students

  • 670 Enrolled
  • 1460 Average SAT Score of Admitted Students
  • 26% Underrepresented Minorities
  • 22% Women
  • 24% Participate in Study Abroad
  • 94% of Graduates Find Industry Jobs
  • $68,300 Average Starting Salary

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Graduate Students

  • 162 Enrolled
  • 38% International
  • 13% Women
  • 3.66 Average GPA of Admitted Students
  • 90% of Ph.D. Students Receive Full Funding

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  • 33 Tenure/Tenure-Track Faculty
  • 21 Endowed Faculty Positions
  • 8 Winners of the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)
  • 7 Members of the National Academy of Engineering
  • 7 Fellows of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • 7 Fellows of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • 4 Fellows of the American Academy of Mechanics
  • 3 Fellows of the American Astronautical Society
  • 2 Winners of the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (PECASE)

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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.