Feb 21, 2024  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Aviation and Technology

Office: Industrial Studies 111

Telephone: 408-924-3190 (Voice); 408-924-3198 (Fax)

Website: www.engr.sjsu.edu/avtech


Fred Barez, Chair (Aviation and Technology)
Patricia Ryaby Backer (Technology)
Samuel Obi (Technology)
Wenben Wei (Aviation)

Assistant Professors

Francesca Favaro (Aviation)
Fatemeh Davoudi Kakhki (Technology)
Ting Li (Aviation)
Fariah Mahzabeen (Technology)
Armin Maraghehmoghaddam (Technology)
Pouya Ostovari (Technology)
Tyler Spence (Aviation)
David Yan (Technology)



The oldest and largest provider of aviation degrees on the West Coast, the Aviation programs in the Department of Aviation and Technology prepare students for careers as professional pilots, airport managers, technical, marketing and quality control managers, and other aviation industry professionals. Students receive hands-on experience in both basic and advanced aviation principles and procedures, including aircraft design, aviation safety, air traffic control, and legal and labor issues in national and international aviation. Bachelor degree candidates have the option to focus on professional fight, operations, aviation management, or maintenance management-a specialty that complements an AS-level Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-approved community college maintenance program. Aviation classes are held both on campus and off-site at our Reid-Hillview Airport facility.


Choose a career in applied engineering design and management focused on green operations and sustainable manufacturing or in the dynamic, changing field of computer electronics and network technology. Two undergraduate Industrial Technology programs, accredited by the Association for Technology Management and Applied Engineering (www.ATMAE.org), are offered by the Department of Aviation and Technology: a bachelor’s degree with a concentration in Computer Electronics and Network Technology (CENT) and a bachelor’s degree with a concentration in Manufacturing Systems (sustainable manufacturing). The curriculum also prepares students who are interested in obtaining single subject teaching credentials in Industrial Technology Education in order to pursue careers as public school teachers and industry trainers. The Department also offers graduate work leading to the Master of Science in Quality Assurance (this program is currently not accepting students).

Note to Veterans

Those students who have successfully completed armed forces instructional programs in aviation and who have been awarded units by the Admissions Office for this service training may apply such credit as appropriate toward any of the major or minor programs offered by the department.

Honors Program

Students who have maintained a 3.5 grade point average in all aviation courses are eligible for the departmental honors program. Qualified candidates may apply or be nominated by the faculty, during their junior year. To meet the honors course requirements, candidates must enroll in at least two units of Aviation 180H Individual Studies. This individual studies course is specifically structured for honors students. Students who successfully complete the two, one-unit honors courses, and who maintain the required 3.5 grade point average, will qualify for the award of departmental honors at graduation.

Supplementary Authorizations for Teaching Credential

Students who want to teach Industrial Technology Education but are completing or have completed a credential in another area should apply for a supplementary authorization. See a Department of Aviation and Technology advisor who specializes in teacher preparation for specific content requirements for a supplementary authorization approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Undergraduate students intending to enter a teaching credential program, should view the Teacher Preparation  section of the catalog for more information.


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