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Program Rankings and Faculty Excellence

Program Rankings

Our undergraduate program is rated 4th in the nation by the Princeton Review's Gourman Report on Undergraduate Program. Our undergraduates are sought by industry and study at the top graduate programs.

Our graduate program was rated 4th in the nation by the 2010 survey completed by the National Research Council. We have strong research programs in fluid mechanics, solid mechanics and the mechanics of materials, and aerospace systems.

The department was ranked highly on the 2007 Faculty Scholarship Productivity index from The Chronicle of Higher Education. The index placed AEM at #1 for <20 faculty, #2 for percentage of faculty with journal publication cited by another work, #5 overall for public universities and #10 for all institutions.

The University of Minnesota is ranked among the top six public research universities in a report of The Top American Research Universities, 2010.

Faculty Excellence

Our faculty is outstanding and many are internationally renowned. We have a former Regent's Professor (this is the highest faculty rank at the University and no more than 20 University of Minnesota faculty members may hold this rank). We have one College of Science and Engineering Distinguished Professor, three McKnight Distinguished Professors, and 7 of our junior faculty members have been named as McKnight Land-Grant Professors (mini-academic chairs for junior faculty). We also have one Packard Faculty Fellow and three NSF Career Awards.

External support for research and other activities per faculty member is one of the highest in the Institute of Technology. AEM's strong, far-reaching funding base is testimony to the interest our research activities draw from around the world -- and to the Department's considerable achievement in conducting high level, meaningful research. Major funding (greater than one million dollars) in the Department includes research programs in Software Enabled Control of Aerospace Vehicles (Defense Advance Projects Administration), Nanometer to Millimeter Scale Aircraft (Air Force Office of Scientific Research), and Analysis of Turbulent Flows (National Science Foundation). In addition, we have many more smaller grants and contracts and every faculty member in the Department has external funding. We also have a NASA funded Minnesota Space Grant Consortium which supports educational and outreach activities in aerospace sciences and engineering from grades K through graduate school.

Our faculty members not only do research, but also teach. We teach some of the highest number of student credit hours per faculty member of any of the engineering departments and student evaluations of our courses are consistently very high.


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