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Aerospace Engineering - Aerodynamics Certificate

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The FAMU-FSU College of Engineering is excited to enroll it’s first cohort of Aerodynamics Graduate Certificate students in fall 2021!

What is the Aerodynamics Certificate?

Housed in our Department of Mechanical Engineering, our online graduate certificate consists of four courses (twelve credit hours) in the aerospace and mechanical engineering fields. The only required course is “Fundamentals of Aerodynamics” (EAS 5102). Students are allowed to select three additional elective courses to complete the certificate based on their interest and course availability.

Why pursue a graduate certificate in aerodynamics?

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The skills you learn within your online aerodynamics certificate will empower you to make decisions that inspire more efficient and effective aeronautics projects.

The program is 100% online and courses are taught asynchronously so that students can pursue the certificate and continue their busy lifestyles. Our courses are taught by faculty who are actively involved in cutting edge aerospace research, and who rank among the country's most accomplished aerospace and mechanical engineers.

In today's aerospace industry, which has highly interdisciplinary technological needs, the cohort of engineers represent a variety of disciplines, with aerospace engineers being a relatively small fraction in comparison to mechanical engineers. Our certificate program can help bridge your gap to understanding and lead to career growth.

Recognizing the amplified demand for talented aeronautics professionals, the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects this field to grow by 6 percent from 2016 to 2026, which means employers will be looking for leaders with educational experience in the aerodynamics field.

Who should apply?

Working professionals, military members, students at other universities worldwide, and current on-campus students are eligible. In today's aerospace industry, which has highly interdisciplinary technological needs, the cohort of engineers represent a variety of disciplines, with engineers with actual aerospace degrees being a relatively small fraction in comparison to mechanical engineers.

Career Options

A variety of career opportunities exist, but primarily in the areas of: Aerospace & Defense, Space Missions, Manufacturing, Warehouse and Distribution Facilities, Consulting Firms, Spacecraft Operations, Technicians, Technical Operations & Communications, Architectural Designers, Quality Control Inspection.

Aerodynamics Certificate Faculty

Yousuf Ali, Lou Cattafesta, Rajan Kumar, Chiang Shih Certificate Director, Kourosh Shoele, S. Unnikrishnan and Mehdi Vahab


For more information, please contact us at:

Breda Arnell
Graduate Studies Program Administrator
Department of Mechanical Engineering
(850) 410-6196
gradstudies@eng.famu.fsu.edu

Chiang Shih, Ph.D.
Aerodynamics Graduate Certificate Director
Department of Mechanical Engineering
(850) 410-6321
(850) 645-0102
shih@eng.famu.fsu.edu


Aerodynamics Graduate Certificate Courses

The online Aerodynamics Graduate Certificate curriculum consists of 12 credit hours (four courses). The certificate program through the Department of Mechanical Engineering can be completed in as little as two semesters. Students can also complete the program at their own pace part-time.

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Required Course:

  • EAS 5102 Fundamentals of Aerodynamics (offered every fall semester)
  • Elective Courses:
  • EGM 5121 Random Data Measurements and Analysis
  • EML 5422 Propulsion Systems
  • EML 5710 Introduction to Gas Dynamics
  • EML 5930 Intro. to Scientific & High-Performance Computing
  • EML 5709 Fluid Mechanics and Selected Applications
  • EML 5930 Experimental Methods & Advanced Flow Diagnostics
  • EML 5725 Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • EGM 5810 Viscous Fluid Flow
  • EML 5930 Introduction to Physical Acoustics
  • EML 5930 Introduction to Hypersonic Flows

Prerequisite Courses:

Students who have not taken Thermal Fluids I or an equivalent course must take this course as an articulation course. Additional courses may be required if the student's undergraduate major is not mechanical engineering, or a closely-related major. *Students must submit the online Aerodynamics Engineering Certificate Application Form (forms-db.com) prior to completion of the 2nd course required for a certificate.*

Tuition & Fees

Academic Year 2020-2021 tuition and fees for online graduate courses can be found at Florida A&M University or Florida State University (depending on your program and institution).

Admissions Requirements

All applicants must be currently enrolled as a graduate student in good standing at either Florida A&M University or Florida State University, or be admitted as a degree seeking or non-degree seeking student.

To be considered for the AE Certificate, the applicant must be admitted as a graduate degree seeking student or graduate non-degree student with the university. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering or related engineering discipline (computer science, mathematics, applied mathematics, physics or applied physics). Applicants who do not have an B.S. degree in engineering or in one of the approved STEM fields listed above are not eligible for admission to the graduate certificate program. Students without a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering, but with a degree in an approved field may be required to complete remedial coursework in Mechanical Engineering as a condition of admission. The remedial course will include EML 3015C - Thermal Fluids I or an equivalent course (Fluid Mechanics).

In general, the following criteria will be used for admissions:

  • GPA of 3.0/4.0 or greater
  • Two (2) Letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume or a CV
  • Unofficial transcripts can be submitted with the certificate application; International applicants must include an English translation.

Graduate Certificate Application

Submit the online Aerodynamics Engineering Certificate Application Form (forms-db.com) prior to completion of the 2nd course required for a certificate.

Admission and completion of a graduate-level certificate program does not guarantee admission to a master’s or specialist degree program. Students may, however, apply up to 12 semester hours of credit earned toward the master’s or specialist degree with approval.