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Welcome to the web site of the Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics Department. We offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics. Please use the links at the left to find out more about our programs and Department.

AEM PhD program placed fourth in nation

The Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics’ aerospace engineering doctoral program has been placed fourth in the nation overall in the 2010 National Research Council (NRC) Assessment of Doctoral Research Programs. The program was second in the specific categories of Research Activity and Student Support. Read more.


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NEW Aerospace Systems Tenure-track Assistant Professor position


AEM News

AEM Mourns the Passing of Faculty Emeritus, Philip Hodge

Professor Philip Hodge, member of the National Academy of Engineering and recipient of numerous awards in his field, passed away peacefully on November 11, 2014 in Sunnyvale, California with his daughter and granddaughter by his side. He was an enthusiastic gardener, an amateur genealogist, a backpacker, and an avid marathon runner. At age 53 he climbed Mt. Ritter, and at 62 he placed 23rd in his age category in the Boston Marathon. He was a lifelong fan of live theatre and an enthusiastic opera supporter, and he wrote opera reviews until the year he died. More Info

AEM Mourns the Passing of Distinguished McKnight Professor Gary J. Balas

Gary Balas passed away on November 12, 2014. Gary was a faculty member at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics from 1990-2014. He was an international leader in the field of experimental and theoretical control systems. Gary was a Distinguished McKnight University Professor and served as the Department Head for eight years. He also served as Director of Graduate Studies and Co-Director of the Control Science and Dynamical Systems Program. More Info

A memorial gathering in his honor will be held on December 3 from 3:30-6:00 p.m. at the Campus Club in the West Wing, located on the fourth floor of Coffman Union, 300 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455.

A memory book is being made for the memorial service. If you want to share a memory, favorite story, or a note of condolence, please send an email to aem-dept@umn.edu

University Researchers Promote Drone Usage

The University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering's (CSE) Demoz Gebre-Egziabher - Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics' (AEM) Director of Graduate Studies - and U of M Crookston's Ian MacRae comment on their research in a recently published article titled "University of Minnesota researchers backing drones usage, surveying farmlands with technology". The article describes how University of Minnesota researchers are using drones to survey the agricultural landscape in more than a dozen counties. More Info

Fifteen AEM Students Receive Scholarships

Fifteen Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics (AEM) students were awarded various scholarships in order to provide support for students who demonstrate financial need and academic merit. More Info


Aerospace News
Date Item
2014-11-20 Martin Jetpack closer to takeoff in first responder applications
2014-11-17 Boeing Stacks Two Satellites to Launch as a Pair
2014-11-10 Disaster at the speed of sound: the tragedy of SpaceShipTwo’s final flight
2014-11-4 Virgin Galactic space plane's re-entry system activated early, say investigators
2014-11-3 China completes first mission to moon and back
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