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Aerospace Engineering

Design the next generation of aerospace vehicles, missiles, rockets, and spacecraft at WVU Tech and WVU in Morgantown. The Aerospace Engineering program offers a 2+2 pathway, with the first two years at WVU Tech and the final two years at WVU in Morgantown. 

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Exploring the World of Aerospace Engineering

The field of aerospace engineering encompasses the science and technology of airborne and space vehicles, including airplanes, rockets and spacecraft. Recent advancements in aerospace technology have revolutionized air travel, space exploration and the development of innovative aerial vehicles. Aerospace technology has also found applications in earth-bound vehicles such as hydrofoil ships, high-speed trains and automobiles.

Diverse Curriculum for Aerospace Engineers

The aerospace curriculum encompasses a wide range of disciplines essential for the design and development of aerospace vehicles, rockets and spacecraft. Students engage in in-depth studies of fluid dynamics, solid mechanics, structures, stability and control, thermal sciences and propulsion.

Future Opportunities in Aerospace Engineering

Graduates of the aerospace engineering program are well-equipped to pursue diverse career opportunities in the aerospace industry, aerospace technology, aerospace design, aerospace innovation, aerospace research and more. Graduates may also opt to pursue advanced studies and earn M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

Embark on Your Aerospace Engineering Journey

By enrolling in the aerospace engineering program at WVU Tech and West Virginia University, students can embark on a rewarding academic journey that prepares them for a successful career in the dynamic field of aerospace engineering.

What is the 2+2 program?

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Through the collaborative effort of WVU Tech and West Virginia University, students have the opportunity to pursue a BSAE degree through a structured 2+2 program. This program involves two years of study at WVU Tech's Beckley campus followed by two years at WVU's Morgantown campus, culminating in a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering degree. Students can initiate their academic journey in mechanical engineering at WVU Tech, complete the required courses in four semesters with a minimum GPA of 2.0, and seamlessly transition to the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at WVU.

The program requires 125 semester hours of rigorous academic work. Students take a series of sequential courses in several areas and develop skills necessary to be successful aerospace engineers.

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Both WVU Tech’s Mechanical Engineering and WVU’s Aerospace Engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

We're Training the next generation of innovators

WVU Tech students leave with the skills and knowledge to soar in the dynamic field of aerospace engineering. Join us as we explore particle dynamics, flight vehicle propulsion and space flight systems, and discover the exciting career opportunities that await in the aerospace industry.


Explore the fascinating science behind particle dynamics, encompassing rectilinear and curvilinear motion, Newton’s laws, work and energy, impulse and momentum. Delve into the intricate systems of particles, kinematics of rigid bodies, plane motion of rigid bodies I havand the kinetics of rigid bodies in three dimensions.

Flight Vehicle Propulsion

Embark on a journey through equilibrium combustion thermodynamics, quasi one-dimensional flow with friction, and total temperature change in the realm of flight vehicle propulsion. Discover the thermodynamics of aircraft engines and the aerodynamics of inlets, combustors, nozzles, compressors, and turbines. Dive into the performance of rockets and ideal rocket analysis for a comprehensive understanding of propulsion systems in the aerospace industry.

Space Flight and Systems

Immerse yourself in an introductory exploration of fundamental concepts of space flight and vehicles, emphasizing performance aspects and basic analytical expressions. Gain insights into common analysis methods and design criteria for launch vehicles, orbital mechanics, atmospheric re-entry, stabilization, thermal dynamics, power systems and attitude control in the realm of space flight and systems. This will prepare you for a dynamic aerospace engineering career with opportunities for specialization in aerospace technology, aerospace design, aerospace innovation and aerospace research.

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Your Aerospace Engineering Faculty

Bernhard Bettig, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

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William Church, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

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Winnie Fu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

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Shafique Khan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

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Yogendra "Yogen" Panta, Ph.D., PE, PMP, CPEM

Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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Juin S. Yu, Ph.D. [Emeritus]

Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering

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Govindappa "Pat" Puttaiah, Ph.D. [Emeritus]

Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering

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