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Aerospace Programs

Aerospace Certificate

Our 12-hour aerospace certificate will prepare you for the aerospace workforce by allowing you to expand your math skills, specialize in aerodynamics, embedded systems, mechanical systems engineering, communications and other areas, and see your coursework in context through experiential education. Technical electives available across the college support aerospace careers, so you can select a track to tailor your aerospace certificate to your interests. Learn more here.

Coops and Internships

Aerospace industry leaders Boeing, Lockheed, GE Aviation and many more regularly employ our students for coops and internships. In addition, every year 15-20 UK students participate in highly selective NASA internships and coops.

Undergraduate Research

Faculty members specializing in aerospace-related fields frequently mentor undergraduate students in their research laboratories. The area you choose is up to you: fluid dynamics, materials, autonomous systems, gas surface interactions, embedded systems and more.

A team of students working with mechanical engineering associate professor Alexandre Martin developed a small spacecraft experiments able to withstand atmospheric entry at 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit and launched them into space from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The next step is launching from the International Space Station!

Design Teams and Student Organizations

Aerospace-related student design teams are mining lunar resources, designing aircraft, racing autonomously through challenging courses, addressing NASA’s problems through their capstone challenge program, and much more.

Selected by NASA, two ME senior design teams have been part of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Capstone Design program. Both of these teams were working to develop space tether deployers for small spacecraft applications, an important element of future missions.

Sponsored by NASA Space Grant, on August 21, 2017, The UK Solar Eclipse Balloon team celebrated over two years of preparation and testing with balloon launches and live-stream video during the Great American Solar Eclipse. The next total eclipse in Kentucky is 2024!

UK’s SPIRIT KATS, a team of 10 mechanical engineering seniors, successfully competed in the Alpha class of Speedfest, an unmanned aerial vehicle design competition for stealthy composite jet turbine aircraft. At the beginning of the school year, the students taught themselves the necessary aircraft design from textbooks while simultaneously writing proposals for additional funding. After the aerodynamics/propulsion and structures teams felt comfortable with the theoretical concepts, they designed, built, and competed with their aircraft, placing 3rd overall!

The student chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) promotes aerospace involvement on campus, preparing for a career in aerospace and collaborating on projects that build hands-on skills while reinforcing classroom education. Students from any discipline, at any level, are welcome to join.