Aerospace Science & Engineering; Engineering

(College of Engineering)

Stephen K. Robinson, Ph.D., Chairperson of the Department

Benjamin D. Shaw, Ph.D., Vice Chairperson of Undergraduate Studies

Department Office. 2132 Bainer Hall; 530-752-0580; Fax 530-752-4158; http://mae.ucdavis.edu

Faculty. http://mae.ucdavis.edu/people/faculty/

The Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering administers two undergraduate programs in the College of Engineering: (1) Mechanical Engineering, (2) Aerospace Science and Engineering.

For more information about our programs, please see http://mae.ucdavis.edu/undergraduate/undergraduate-majors.

Mission. The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering is committed to educating future engineers so that they may contribute to the economic growth and well-being of the state, the nation, and the world, and to the advancement of knowledge in the mechanical and aerospace sciences.

Objectives. The objectives of the programs offered in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering include the following: to prepare its graduates to practice mechanical and/or aerospace engineering in a broad range of industries, to enable interested graduates to pursue graduate education, to prepare its graduates to participate in research and development, and in other creative and innovative efforts in science, engineering, and technology and to allow interested graduates to pursue entrepreneurial endeavors

Objectives. The objectives of the Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Science and Engineering programs are to produce graduates who do one or more of the following: a. Practice mechanical engineering and/or aerospace engineering in a broad range of agencies, industries, and institutes; b. Pursue graduate education; c. Participate in research and development, and other creative and innovative efforts in science, engineering, and technology; d. Pursue entrepreneurial endeavors.

Division of Aerospace Science and Engineering

The Division of Aerospace Science and Engineering administers the Aerospace Science and Engineering Program within the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

The Aerospace Science & Engineering Undergraduate Program

The Aerospace Science and Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET; http://www.abet.org.

Aerospace Science and Engineering majors learn to apply the principles of the physical sciences and engineering to the design of aerospace vehicles. Specific objectives include the design, development and manufacture of aerospace vehicles and other transportation systems through the integration of disciplines associated with aerodynamics, propulsion, structures and guidance/control.

Our Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Science and Engineering provides a broad background and fundamental education in mathematics, the physical sciences, and the engineering sciences. These fundamentals, when complemented by the required technical courses, prepare students for employment in government or industry, while simultaneously establishing an excellent foundation for graduate studies.

Students are encouraged to adhere carefully to all prerequisite requirements. The instructor is authorized to drop students from a course for which stated prerequisites have not been completed.

Exclusive of General Education units, the minimum number of units required for the Aerospace Science and Engineering major is 160.

Lower Division Required Courses
Units: 74
MAT 021A
Calculus (Active)
4
MAT 021B
Calculus (Active)
4
MAT 021C
Calculus (Active)
4
MAT 021D
Vector Analysis (Active)
4
MAT 022A
Linear Algebra (Active)
3
MAT 022B
Differential Equations (Active)
3
PHY 009A
Classical Physics (Active)
5
PHY 009B
Classical Physics (Active)
5
PHY 009C
Classical Physics (Active)
5
CHE 002A
General Chemistry (Active)
5
CHE 002B
General Chemistry (Active)
5
or
CHE 002AH
Honors General Chemistry (Active)
5
CHE 002BH
Honors General Chemistry (Active)
5
ENG 004
Engineering Graphics in Design (Active)
3
ENG 006
Engineering Problem Solving (Active)
4
or
EME 005
Computer Programming for Engineering Applications (Active)
4
ENG 017
Circuits I (Active)
4
ENG 035
Statics (Active)
4
ENG 045
Properties of Materials (Active)
4
or
ENG 045Y
Properties of Materials (Active)
4
Choose one; a grade of C- or better is required:
4
ENL 003
Introduction to Literature (Active)
4
UWP 001
Introduction to Academic Literacies (Active)
4
UWP 001V
Introduction to Academic Literacies: Online (Active)
4
UWP 001V
Introduction to Academic Literacies: Online (Active)
4
COM 001
Major Works of the Ancient World (Active)
4
COM 002
Major Works of the Medieval and Early Modern World (Active)
4
COM 003
Major Works of the Modern World (Active)
4
COM 004
Major Works of the Contemporary World (Active)
4
NAS 005
Introduction to Native American Literature (Active)
4
Choose one:
4
CMN 001
Introduction to Public Speaking (Active)
4
CMN 003
Interpersonal Communication Competence (Active)
4
ENG 003
Introduction to Engineering Design (Active)
4
Upper Division Required Courses
Units: 86-90
ENG 100
Electronic Circuits and Systems (Active)
3
ENG 102
Dynamics (Active)
4
ENG 103
Fluid Mechanics (Active)
4
ENG 104
Mechanics of Materials (Active)
4
ENG 105
Thermodynamics (Active)
4
ENG 190
Professional Responsibilities of Engineers (Active)
3
EME 106
Thermo-Fluid Dynamics (Active)
4
EME 108
Measurement Systems (Active)
4
EME 109
Experimental Methods for Thermal Fluids (Active)
4
EME 165
Heat Transfer (Active)
4
EME 172
Automatic Control of Engineering Systems (Active)
4
EAE 127
Applied Aircraft Aerodynamics (Active)
4
EAE 129
Stability and Control of Aerospace Vehicles (Active)
4
EAE 130A
Aircraft Performance and Design (Active)
4
EAE 130B
Aircraft Performance and Design (Active)
4
EAE 133
Finite Element Methods in Structures (Active)
4
EAE 135
Aerospace Structures (Active)
4
EAE 138
Aircraft Propulsion (Active)
4
Choose one:
4
ENG 180
Engineering Analysis (Active)
4
EME 115
Introduction to Numerical Analysis and Methods (Active)
4
MAT 128C
Numerical Analysis in Differential Equations (Active)
4
Technical Electives
12
Choose one; must be chosen from the following Astronautics Electives:
 
EAE 140
Rocket Propulsion (Active)
4
EAE 141
Space Systems Design (Active)
4
EAE 142
Orbital Mechanics (Active)
4
Remaining units must be from:
 
EME 139
Stability of Flexible Dynamic Systems (Active)
4
or
EAE 126
Theoretical and Computational Aerodynamics (Active)
4
or
From the above Astronautics Electives list if not used in satisfaction of other degree requirements.
 
Up to four units may be selected from any upper-division engineering course including any engineering 192 or 199 not used in satisfaction of other degree requirements. Courses that cannot be used are BIM 110L, ENG 160, ECS 188 or any 197T course.
4
Upper Division Composition Requirement
0-4
Choose one; grade of C- or better is required:
 
UWP 101
Advanced Composition (Active)
4
UWP 102E
Writing in the Disciplines: Engineering (Active)
4
UWP 104A
Writing in the Professions: Business Writing (Active)
4
UWP 104E
Writing in the Professions: Science (Active)
4
UWP 104T
Writing in the Professions: Technical Writing (Active)
4
Passing the Upper-Division Composition Exam.
0
Total: 160
Courses in EAE:
EAE 001Introduction to Aerospace Science Engineering (1) Active
Lecture—1 hour(s). Description of the field of aerospace engineering with examples from industry, government, and research. Aerospace engineering principles, ethics, and responsibilities. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2002 Fall Quarter.
EAE 010From the Wright Brothers to Drones and Quadcopters (2) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s). History of aircraft and its influence on society. Topics covered will include Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, safety considerations, economics and privacy issues. Aerodynamics, stability and control will also be introduced. (Letter.) GE credit: SE, SS. Effective: 2015 Summer Session 1.
EAE 099Special Study for Undergraduates (1-5) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Lower division standing. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
EAE 126Theoretical and Computational Aerodynamics (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): (ENG 180 C- or better or EAD 115 C- or better or MAT 128C C- or better or EME 115 C- or better); EAE 127 C- or better. Development of general equations of fluid motion. Study of flow field kinematics and dynamics. Flow about a body. Thin airfoil theory. Viscous effects. Applications of numerical methods to wing analysis and design. (Letter.) GE credit: SE. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
EAE 127Applied Aircraft Aerodynamics (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): EME 106 C- or better. Principles, governing equations, and predictive theories for aircraft aerodynamics. Lift and drag of 2D airfoils, 3D wings, and high-lift devices. (Letter.) GE credit: SE, WE. Effective: 2017 Fall Quarter.
EAE 129Stability and Control of Aerospace Vehicles (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): ENG 102 C- or better. Restricted to upper division standing. Aircraft and spacecraft stability and control. Derivation of fundamental equations of motion for aircraft/spacecraft. Fundamentals of feedback. Aircraft flight control systems. Spacecraft attitude control systems. (Letter.) GE credit: SE. Effective: 2017 Fall Quarter.
EAE 130AAircraft Performance and Design (4) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s); Laboratory—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): EAE 127 C- or better; EAE 129 C- or better (can be concurrent). Major aircraft design experience with multiple realistic constraints including aerodynamics, performance analysis, weight estimation, stability and control, and appropriate engineering standards. (Letter.) GE credit: SE. Effective: 2017 Fall Quarter.
EAE 130BAircraft Performance and Design (4) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s); Laboratory—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): EAE 130A C- or better. Restricted to upper division standing. Major aircraft design experience including detailed design, cost analysis, analysis of aircraft structure, propulsion system, aerodynamics, aircraft handling qualities, manufacturing, or meeting relevant engineering standards. (Letter.) GE credit: OL, SE. Effective: 2017 Fall Quarter.
EAE 133Finite Element Methods in Structures (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Laboratory—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): ENG 104 C- or better. Open to College of Engineering Students. Introduction to the aerospace structural design process. History of aircraft and spacecraft materials. Effects of loading beyond elastic limit. Deflections and stresses due to combined loading. Virtual work principles, and finite element methods. Applications to aerospace structures. (Letter.) GE credit: SE. Effective: 2011 Fall Quarter.
EAE 135Aerospace Structures (4) Active
Lecture—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): ENG 104 C- or better; EAE 126 or EAE 127 recommended. Analysis and design methods used in aerospace structures. Shear flow in open, closed and multicell beam cross-sections, buckling of flat and curved sheets, tension field beams, local buckling. (Letter.) GE credit: SE. Effective: 2017 Fall Quarter.
EAE 137Structural Composites (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): ENG 104 C- or better. Overview of materials and technology for creating structures from fiber reinforced resin matrix composite material systems. Elementary design analysis and case studies emphasizing aeronautical applications. (Letter.) GE credit: SE. Effective: 2010 Fall Quarter.
EAE 138Aircraft Propulsion (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): EME 106 C- or better. Analysis/design of modern aircraft gas turbine engines. Development/application of cycle performance prediction techniques. Introduction to design of inlets, compressors, burners, turbines, and nozzles. Cycle design for specific applications. (Letter.) GE credit: SE. Effective: 2017 Fall Quarter.
EAE 140Rocket Propulsion (4) Active
Lecture—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): EME 106 C- or better. Restricted to upper division standing. Fluid and thermodynamics of rocket engines, liquid and solid rocket propulsion. Space propulsion concepts and space mission requirements. Not open for credit to students who have taken identical EAE 189A prior to Fall Quarter 2013. (Letter.) GE credit: SE. Effective: 2016 Winter Quarter.
EAE 141Space Systems Design (4) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Discussion—2 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): ENG 102 C- or better; EME 106 C- or better. Introduction to space systems design including space project organization, requirements definition and specification, concepts formulation, system tradeoffs, subsystem design. Prototype space mission concepts are presented and a multidisciplinary mission design is developed that considers all relevant architecture elements. (Letter.) GE credit: SE. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
EAE 142Orbital Mechanics (4) Active
Lecture—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): ENG 102 C- or better. Restricted to upper division standing. Satellite orbits, multistage rockets, current global boosters, and new technologies. Design application problems include satellites, trajectory optimizations, and interplanetary trajectories. Not open for credit to students who have completed EAE 189B prior to Fall Quarter 2013. (Letter.) GE credit: SE. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
EAE 189CFlight Simulation and Testing in Design of Aircraft and Spacecraft (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Laboratory—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): ENG 102; and Consent of Instructor. Teaches flight test techniques together with data analysis methods to prepare students for any type of flight testing including fixed wing, rotary wing and launch vehicles. (Letter.) GE credit: SE. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
EAE 198Directed Group Study (1-5) Active
Variable—1-5 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
EAE 199Special Study for Advanced Undergraduates (1-5) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.