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Aeronautical Engineering

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,

**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."

Program Objectives:

Graduates of the Aeronautical Engineering programs at Daniel Webster College should be able to:

  • Use the knowledge and problem solving skills developed as aeronautical engineering majors to undertake professional careers in Aeronautical Engineering or other disciplines;
  • Approach engineering decisions with an informed consideration of global and societal contexts and consequences;
  • Continue to expand their professional, personal, and interpersonal skills and engage in lifelong learning, including post-graduate education for some graduates;
  • Contribute to industry and society through involvement with professional and other service activities;
  • Assume increasing responsibility as they advance in their careers;
  • Be regarded by their managers and peers as an effective and valued member of their work team.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Graduates of the Aeronautical Engineering program should have:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
  • 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;
  • An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams;
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
  • An ability to communicate effectively;
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
  • A recognition of the need for, and the ability to engage in life-long learning;
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues;
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools needed for engineering practice;
  • A knowledge of aerodynamics, aerospace materials, structures, propulsion, flight mechanics, and stability and control;
  • Design competence that includes integration of aeronautical topics;
  • An ability to develop flight test plans and conduct in-flight experiments, as well as to analyze, interpret, and report the resulting data.

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