Aerospace Engineering

Aerospace Engineering

The Department provides a comprehensive education in Aerospace Engineering, with studies in aerodynamics, astrodynamics, structures, propulsion, flight mechanics, systems engineering, project management, and aerospace vehicle design. The Department provides two emphasis areas - Aeronautics and Astronautics- each presented using Cal Poly Pomona’s learn-by-doing, hands-on engineering approach, seeking to simulate the aerospace industry culture.

The curriculum covers theoretical, computational, and experimental content. The computational and simulation approach uses some of the key industry tools such as Fluent, NASTRAN, AMESim, CORE, Solid Works, MATLAB, and Free Flight. The experimental approach uses 10 aerospace laboratories. These include a well-equipped multi-million dollar wind tunnel complex for sub- and supersonic testing, a very active Unmanned Air Vehicle  Lab with a focus on autonomous operation and collision avoidance, a very active Liquid Rocket Lab to design, build and test liquid rocket engine powered launch vehicles, an Astronautics Lab for satellites and rockets, and the Aerospace Structures Lab including 3-D Additive Manufacturing printers. These labs are used extensively for instruction and research projects. 

There are two required, year-long, capstone team projects for our seniors: Senior Project, which usually involves the hands-on design, construction and testing of an aerospace system; and Senior Design, which is the design of an aircraft, or spacecraft, or a launch vehicle, each presented twice during the academic year before a team of judges from the aerospace industry. For the past 12 years, our Senior Design students have won top honors at AIAA Design, JPL, NASA, and other Competitions over 15 times.

The Department has been in continuous operation for over 60 years, having started in the fall of 1957. Most of our graduates work in the aerospace industry and government-related agencies, with some having become managers, directors, US patent holders, VPs, company founders, presidents, and CEOs.

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Recent News


  • AFRL Grants $2.5 Million for CPP Aerospace (Read more) - July 2020
  • Three First Places in Three Design Competitions (Read more) - September 2019
  • 1st Place in AIAA Design Competition (Read more) - July 2019
  • 1st Place in FAR Competition (Read more) - June 2019