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Department of Aerospace Engineering

Office: Engineering Building 272

Telephone: 408-924-3965

Website: www.sjsu.edu/ae


Nikos J. Mourtos, Chair
Periklis Papadopoulos

Assistant Professors

Lucia Capdevila
Maria Chierichetti
Fabrizio Vergine


Aerospace engineers research, design, and develop high-speed transportation vehicles, such as airplanes, spacecraft, space stations, planetary vehicles, and space probes. Approximately half of all aerospace engineers work in the aerospace industry (e.g. Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, Cessna, etc.), 15% work for government agencies (e.g. NASA, Department of Defense, etc.), and the rest work in engineering services, research, testing, and navigation functions. Aerospace engineers also work in industries not associated with aerospace, such as automotive, where they work on the improvement of the aerodynamics of automobiles, as well as on other areas, as allowed by the breadth of their preparation. Students in our program have opportunities to participate in international hands-on design-build-fly competitions or work with engineers from local industry to design-build-test and launch microsatellites into space. The BS Aerospace Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.


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      Aerospace Engineering