Changes to Instructional Programs
In response to growing student interest, shifting faculty expertise, and evolving course offerings, the "Astronautics" option of the Engineering Mechanics undergraduate degree program officially changed its name to the "Aerospace Engineering" option.
In response to the large and growing role of materials and materials-related issues in safe, efficient and economic operation of nuclear reactor systems, our introductory course in nuclear materials, NE423, has been transitioned from an elective to a required course. It is critical that undergraduate students graduate with basic knowledge of materials science in nuclear engineering, in the same way they learn about reactor physics and reactor thermo-hydraulics. In addition, students will enroll in the ”Reactor Design” course with a knowledge of nuclear materials which will guide them to develop more mature designs.
We are adding an accelerated named option in Aerospace Engineering for the Engineering Mechanics Master of Science degree. The ’Aerospace Engineering’ named option that is proposed here will focus on getting students through a rigorous masters-level engineering program with minimal interruption to their professional engineering careers. The Aerospace Engineering option is designed for students who have completed undergraduate degrees in engineering and would like to learn advanced topics that will further their careers.