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Aerospace Program Educational Objectives & Student Outcomes

Aerospace Program Educational Objectives

The graduates of the Aerospace Engineering Program at Cal Poly Pomona are:

A. expected to demonstrate through their work that they are grounded in the disciplines of aerodynamics, aerospace materials, aircraft and spacecraft structures, aircraft and space propulsion, flight mechanics, stability and control systems, orbital mechanics, space environment, attitude determination and control, telecommunications, and design competence of aircraft and spacecraft using systems engineering principles;

B. expected to show that they are  adept at the hands-on application of theory to practice in the laboratory field and independent research opportunities, involving teamwork and exposure to modern engineering analytical and computational tools;

C. effective in utilizing a comprehensive educational foundation that emphasized application based analysis and problem-solving, exposure to open-ended problems and engineering while fostering teamwork, communication skills, innovation, leadership, lifelong learning skills and a high standard of  ethics.

Aerospace Student Outcomes

The graduates of the Aerospace Engineering Program at Cal Poly Pomona will possess:

(a) An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering, especially with an understanding of physics, chemistry, mathematics, material science, electrical circuits, controls, and software required to address real-world engineering problems

(b) An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data especially for testing of aerospace structural elements, aerodynamic components and systems, aerospace propulsion systems, spacecraft, launch vehicles and flight control systems including autonomous controls

(c) An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability with the ability to turn data into meaningful engineering design using systems engineering life cycle development processes especially for the design of complex systems such as aircraft, launch vehicles and spacecraft from a conceptual design perspective and formulate the systems engineering life cycle development process including business case modeling;

(d) An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams

(e) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems with an understanding of engineering science fundamentals that enables them to examine real world engineering problems for the underlying physical principles and decide on appropriate methods of solution especially applied to analyzing aerospace structural elements, aerodynamic components and systems , aerospace propulsion systems, spacecraft, launch vehicles and trajectory flight control systems including autonomous controls

(f) An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility and an awareness of environmental and quality concerns of the engineering profession

(g) An ability to communicate effectively including good oral, written and graphic communications skills

(h) The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context with an understanding of the role of the engineer in industry, government, and society

(i) A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning

(j) A knowledge of contemporary issues

(k) An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering computational tools

ARo Sept. Chair Dr. Ali