Aerospace Engineering (ENAE)

Graduate Degree Program
College: Engineering


The Aerospace Engineering Department offers a broad program in graduate studies leading to the degrees of Master of Science (thesis and non-thesis) and Doctor of Philosophy. Graduate students can choose from the following areas of specialization: aerodynamics and propulsion; structural mechanics and composites; rotorcraft; space systems; and flight dynamics, stability and control. Within these disciplines, the student can tailor programs in areas such as computational fluid dynamics, aeroelasticity, hypersonics, composites, smart structures, finite elements, space propulsion, robotics, and human factors.

Financial Assistance

A number of graduate assistantships and fellowships are available for financial assistance. Graduate teaching and research assistantships are available beginning at $20,000 per year plus tuition and health benefits. In addition, a number of fellowships are available, such as Minta Martin Fellowships, Rotorcraft Fellowships, the Hokenson Fellowship, ARCS Fellowships, and various departmental fellowships and scholarships. These fellowships cover tuition in addition to a stipend. All full-time applicants are automatically considered for these fellowships.


Department of Aerospace Engineering
3179 Glenn L. Martin Hall Building
4298 Campus Drive
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Telephone: 301.405.2376
Fax: 301.314.9001


Courses:  ENAE



  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (optional)
  • CV/Resume
  • Writing Sample (optional)
  • Description of Research/Work Experience
  • Portfolio PDF Upload (optional for Ph.D., not required for M.S.)
  • GPA: 3.2 for M.S. and 3.5 for Ph.D.

Applicants should have a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering (or in a closely related field) with a recommended minimum GPA of 3.2/4.0 from an accredited institution. Applicants with a marginal academic record may be conditionally approved for admission to the M.S. program if other evidence of accomplishment is provided (i.e. publications or exceptional letters of recommendation). Admission to the Ph.D. program requires an academic record indicating promise of the high level of accomplishment required for the degree. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for international applicants, and strongly encouraged for applicants seeking financial support.


Type of Applicant Fall Deadline Spring Deadline
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents M.S. - April 14, 2023 M.S. - November 1, 2022
Ph.D. - April 14, 2023 Ph.D. - November 1, 2022
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas; A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants. M.S. - March 15, 2023 M.S. - September 29, 2022
Ph.D. - March 15, 2023 Ph.D. - September 29, 2022


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The departmental facilities for experimental research include the Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel, the Composites Research Laboratory, the Space Systems Laboratory, and the facilities of the Center for Rotorcraft Education and Research. The Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel, with its 8-foot high by 11-foot wide test section, has a maximum operating speed of 330 feet per second. It is used extensively for development testing by industry as well as for research. There are also two smaller subsonic tunnels and a supersonic tunnel that are used in support of departmental research programs.

The Composites Research Laboratory is located in the Manufacturing Building. Its facilities include a microprocessor-controlled autoclave, a vacuum hot press, a two-axis filament winding machine, an MTS 220 Kip uniaxial testing machine, an x-ray machine and an environmental conditioning chamber. The laboratory provides for a full spectrum of specimen and component manufacture, preparation and instrumentation, inspection, and testing. The Space Systems Laboratory performs world-class research on space operations, with particular emphasis on neutral buoyancy simulation of space robotics and human factors. The Neutral Buoyancy Research Facility is a multi-million dollar laboratory built around a 50-foot diameter by 25-foot deep water tank for simulating the microgravity environment of space. Six different telerobotic systems are currently under test in this facility, which is one of only two operating in the United States and the only neutral buoyancy facility in the world to be located at a university. The facilities of the Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center include two experimental rotor rigs to test articulated and bearingless rotors in hovering and in forward flight. The hover test facility can accommodate up to a 6-foot diameter rotor. In addition, the facilities include a 10-foot diameter vacuum chamber to study the structural dynamic characteristics of spinning rotors in the absence of aerodynamic loads and a three-component laser Doppler anemometer for flowfield measurements. A new 20-foot by 20-foot by 30-foot anechoic acoustic test chamber is used to carry out impulsive noise studies of rotorcraft in hover. Dynamic scaled rotor blades are built using composite facility

Last Name First/Middle Name Graduate Faculty Status Academic Credentials Positions
Akin David L. Full Member S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1974; S.M., 1975; Sc.D., 1981. Associate Professor, Applied Mathematics & Statistics, and Scientific Computation
Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering
Anderson John D. Full Member B.S. University of Florida, 1959; Ph.D., Ohio State University-Columbus, 1966. Professor Emeritus, Aerospace Engineering
Baeder James D. Full Member B.S., Rice University, 1983; M.S., Stanford University, 1984; Ph.D., 1989. Professor, Aerospace Engineering
Associate Professor, Applied Mathematics & Statistics, and Scientific Computation
Barlow Jewel B. Full Member B.Sc., Auburn University, 1963;M.S., 1964; Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1970. Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering
Bauchau Olivier A Adjunct Member Ing´enieur Civil Physicien degree, Universit´e de l’´Etat `a Li`ege, 1977; M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1978; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology,1981. Professor, Aerospace Engineering
Bowden Mary L. Adjunct Member B.A., Cornell University, 1978; M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1981; Sc.D., 1988. Visiting Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering
Cadou Christopher Full Member B.S., Cornell University, 1989; M.S., University of California - Los Angeles, 1991; Ph.D., California State University - Los Angeles, 1996 Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering
Carignan Craig Adjunct Member B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1981; M.S., 1982; Sc.D., 1987. Research Associate, Aerospace Engineering
Celi Roberto Full Member Laurea,Politecnico Di Torino-Italy, 1980; M.S., University of California-Los Angeles, 1982; Ph.D., 1987. Professor, Aerospace Engineering
Choi Young Tai Full Member Assistant Research Scientist, Aerospace Engineering
Chopra Inderjit Full Member B.Sc.,Punjab Engineering College-Chandigarh, India, 1965; M.Eng.,Indian Institute of Science-Bangalore, 1968; Sc.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1977. Distinguished University Professor, Aerospace Engineering
Datta Anubhav Full Member B.Tech (Aerospace Engineering), Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, 1998; Ph.D (Aerospace Engineering), University of Maryland, 2004. Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering
Flatau Alison Full Member B.S., University of Connecticut, 1978; M.S., University of Utah, 1985, Ph.D., 1990 Professor, Aerospace Engineering
Affiliate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Graduate Director, Aerospace Engineering
Fourney William L. Full Member B.S.A.E., West Virginia University, 1962; M.S., 1963; Ph.D., University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign, 1966. Associate Dean, Aerospace Engineering
Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering
Advisor, Aerospace Engineering
Hartzell Christine Full Member Ph.D. Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2012; B.S. Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008 Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering
Healy Liam Adjunct Member Ph.D. Physics, University of Maryland , 1986; M.S. Physics, University of Maryland, 1981; A.B. Physics, Harvard College, 1979 Senior Lecturer, Aerospace Engineering
Hubbard James Full Member B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1977; M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1979; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1982 Professor, Aerospace Engineering
Professor, Aerospace Engineering
Humbert J. Sean Full Member B.S., University of California, Davis; M.S., California Institute of Technology, ;Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, Affiliate Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering
Jones Anya R. Full Member B.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2004; S.M., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006; Ph.D., University of Cambridge, 2010 Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering
Laurence Stuart Full Member B.Sc./B.A. Conjoint, Physics and Philosophy, 2001, University of Auckland; B,Sc. Applied Mathematics,2001, University of Auckland; M.S. Aeronautics, 2002, California Institute of Technology; Ph.D. Aeronautics,2006, California Institute of Technology. Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering
Lee Sung W. Full Member B.S., Seoul National University, 1966; M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1974; Ph.D., 1978. Professor, Applied Mathematics & Statistics, and Scientific Computation
Professor, Aerospace Engineering
Lewis Mark J. Full Member B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1983; B.S., 1983; M.S., 1985; Ph.D., 1988. Professor, Aerospace Engineering
Martin Pino Full Member B. Eng., Boston University, 1994; M.S., University of Minnesota, 1995; Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1999; Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering
Nagaraj V.T. Full Member B.E., University of Mysore; M.E., Indian Institute of Science; Ph.D., Loughborough University of Technology Research Scientist, Aerospace Engineering
Oran Elaine S. Full Member Ph.D., Yale University, Department of Engineering and Applied Sciences 1972); M.Ph., Yale University, Department of Physics Yale University 1968); A.B., Bryn Mawr College, Physics and Chemistry 1966) Professor, Aerospace Engineering
Otte Michael W. Full Member B.S. Clarkson University, 2005; M.S. University of Colorado at Boulder, 2007; Ph.D. University of Colorado at Boulder, 2011; Postdoc, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014 n/a, Aerospace Engineering
Paley Derek Full Member B.S., Yale University, 1997; M.A., Princeton University, 2004; Ph.D., Princeton University, 2007 Professor, Applied Mathematics & Statistics, and Scientific Computation
Professor, Neurosciences and Cognitive Science
Professor, Aerospace Engineering
Affiliate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Pines Darryll J. Full Member B.S.,University of California-Berkeley, 1986; M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1988; Ph.D., 1992. Professor, Aerospace Engineering
Sanner Robert Full Member B.S.,Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1985; M.S., 1988; Sc.D., 1993. Associate Professor, Applied Mathematics & Statistics, and Scientific Computation
Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering
Schmitz Fredric H. Adjunct Member B.E.,Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1964; M.S., Princeton University, 1966;Ph.D., 1969. Professor, Aerospace Engineering
Sedwick Raymond Full Member B.S., Penn State University; S.M., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering
Trouve Arnaud Full Member M.S., Ecole Centrale Paris-France, 1985; Ph.D., Ecole Centrale Paris-France, 1989. Professor, Fire Protection Engineering
Affiliate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Affiliate Professor, Aerospace Engineering
Graduate Director, Fire Protection Engineering
Wereley Norman M. Full Member B.E., McGill University-Montreal,1983; M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1987; Ph.D., 1990. Chair, Aerospace Engineering
Winkelmann Allen E. Full Member B.S.,University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 1965; M.S., 1967; Ph.D.,University of Maryland-College Park, 1976. Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering
Xu Huan Full Member S.B., Harvard University, 2007; Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 2013, M.S., 2008. Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering
Yu Kenneth H. Full Member B.S.,University of California-Berkeley, 1985; M.S., 1988; Ph.D., 1989. Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering