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Daniel Webster College's nationally accredited* aeronautical engineering program focuses on aircraft design, analysis, development, and manufacturing. The curriculum prepares students for careers in several areas, including military aircraft piloting, aircraft design, aircraft flight testing, jet engine testing, and guidance and control.
The aeronautical engineering curriculum includes a five-semester design sequence within which students work in teams applying theories learned in the classroom to develop projects from concept to operation.** This can help students to develop confidence and competence in solving engineering design problems and to learn effective teamwork skills. Students apply creative and strategic thinking about economic and technical issues involved in typical engineering projects. They also learn to generate briefings and reports and present them to their peers and faculty. These two central aspects of the program – working in teams and developing communications skills – help prepare students for the engineering profession.
In its aeronautical engineering program, Daniel Webster College offers students the opportunity to plan and conduct their own flight tests. The College maintains an instrumented light aircraft flown by DWC pilots, while engineering students ride along as flight test engineers and use a specially designed data collection system that records dozens of flight parameters. The students analyze and report on the flight data they gather.
The faculty serves as mentors to DWC students, both inside and outside the classroom, providing opportunities to put engineering theories into practice. In addition, senior aeronautical engineering students have the chance to collaborate with their mechanical engineering and electrical and computer engineering colleagues in a senior capstone project which exposes students to the perspectives of multiple disciplines. This valuable experience mirrors the multidisciplinary team approach commonly practiced in industry.
Student chapters of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and Sigma Gamma Tau, the national aerospace engineering honor society, are active at DWC. Students participate in the AIAA Design Build and Fly Competition, in which they design and build a remote-controlled aircraft. Students have taken their aircraft to compete against teams from prominent engineering institutions worldwide. Skills they develop from this competition are highly useful in the research and development of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), a major focus within the aeronautical engineering industry. In addition, DWC students present their design projects each year at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and AIAA conferences, where they have received several awards.
*The Aeronautical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
**Daniel Webster College is a collaborator in the international CDIO initiative, "an innovative educational framework for producing the next generation of engineers [that stresses] engineering fundamentals set in the context of Conceiving, Designing, Implementing, and Operating real-world systems and products."
Graduates of the Aeronautical Engineering programs at Daniel Webster College should be able to:
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Graduates of the Aeronautical Engineering program should have: