Name any of the top aerospace companies in the United States, and chances are their staff includes graduates from the University of Central Florida.
That’s because Aviation Week Network has ranked UCF as the No. 1 workforce supplier for the aerospace and defense industries for the fourth year in a row. Following on the heels of the 2018 ranking, the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering announced the launch of its Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering.
The doctoral degree was recently approved by the Florida State University System’s Board of Governors and will be implemented in fall 2019. Through the program, students will explore the depths of aerodynamics, propulsion, dynamics and control, structures and materials, and aerospace systems design. The curriculum will be interdisciplinary, including unique course offerings made possible by faculty collaborations between MAE and its Center for Advanced Turbomachinery and Energy Research, the UCF College of Optics and Photonics and the Townes Laser Institute.
Doctoral students will also have abundant opportunities for research with faculty and aerospace experts around the world. By producing innovative leaders with terminal degrees in the field, the department hopes to continue supporting the aerospace and defense industries both nationally and locally. The university is conveniently located near some of the top aerospace companies in Central Florida including Lockheed Martin, Northrup Grumman and NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.
To apply for enrollment, visit apply.ucf.edu. The deadline for fall is July 1, and the fall priority deadline is Jan. 15.