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Aeronautics and Astronautics

Emeriti: (Professors) Peter Bradshaw, Arthur E. Bryson, Robert H. Cannon, I-Dee Chang, Chi-Chang Chao, Richard Christensen,* Daniel B. DeBra,* Erastus H. Lee, Jean Mayers, Bradford W. Parkinson,* J. David Powell,* Charles R. Steele, Stephen W. Tsai,* Milton D. Van Dyke, Walter G. Vincenti

Chair: Charbel Farhat

Professors: Brian J. Cantwell, Fu-Kuo Chang, Per Enge, Charbel Farhat, Antony Jameson, Ilan Kroo, Sanjiva Lele, Robert W. MacCormack, Stephen Rock, George S. Springer, Claire Tomlin

Associate Professors: Juan Alonso, Sanjay Lall

Courtesy Professors: C.W. Francis Everitt, J. Christian Gerdes, Ronald K. Hanson, Lambertus Hesselink

Consulting Professors: Heinz Erzberger, G. Scott Hubbard, Belgacem Jaroux, Arif Karabeyoglu, Cynthia H. Null, Thomas H. Pulliam, Robert Twiggs, Stanley Weiss, Alan Weston, Gregory Zilliac

Consulting Assistant Professor: Steven Murray

Visiting Associate Professor: Dennis Akos

* Recalled to active duty.

Phone: (650) 723-3317

Web Site:

Courses offered by the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics have the subject code AA, and are listed in the "Aeronautics and Astronautics [AA] Courses" section of this bulletin.

The Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics prepares students for professional positions in industry, government, and academia by offering a comprehensive program of graduate teaching and research. In this broad program, students have the opportunity to learn and integrate multiple engineering disciplines. The program emphasizes structural, aerodynamic, guidance and control, and propulsion problems of aircraft and spacecraft. Courses in the teaching program lead to the degrees of Master of Science, Engineer, and Doctor of Philosophy. Undergraduates and doctoral students in other departments may also elect a minor in Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Requirements for all degrees include courses on basic topics in Aeronautics and Astronautics, as well as in mathematics, and related fields in engineering and the sciences.

The current research and teaching activities cover a number of advanced fields, with emphasis on:

Active Noise Control

Aerodynamic Noise

Aeroelasticity and Flow Simulation

Aircraft Design, Performance, and Control

Applied Aerodynamics

Biomedical Mechanics

Computational Aero-Acoustics

Computational Fluid Dynamics

Computational Mechanics and Dynamical Systems

Control of Robots, including Space and Deep-Underwater Robots

Conventional and Composite Materials and Structures

Direct and Large-Eddy Simulation of Turbulence

High-Lift Aerodynamics

Hybrid Propulsion

Hypersonic and Supersonic Flow

Inertial Instruments

Multidisciplinary Design Optimization

Navigation Systems (especially GPS)

Networked and Hybrid Control

Optimal Control, Estimation, System Identification

Physical Gas Dynamics

Spacecraft Design and Satellite Engineering

Turbulent Flow and Combustion



The work of the department is centered in the William F. Durand Building for Space Engineering and Science. This 120,000 square foot building houses advanced research and teaching facilities and concentrates in one complex the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics as well as some of the activities of the Mechanical Engineering Department.

The Durand Building also houses faculty and staff offices and several conference rooms. Attached to the building is a modern classroom building equipped for televising lectures; it contains a lecture auditorium.

Through the department's close relations with nearby NASA-Ames Research Center, students and faculty have access to one of the best and most extensive collections of experimental aeronautical research facilities in the world, as well as the latest generation of supercomputers.


Further information about the facilities and programs of the department is available at, or from the department's student services office.

The department has a student branch of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, which sponsors programs and speakers covering aerospace topics and social events. It also conducts visits to nearby research, government, and industrial facilities, and sponsors a Young Astronauts Program in the local schools.

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