Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

Aerospace Engineering Concentration

MECH Undergraduate Concentration

This is rocket science!

Study the design, manufacturing, and operating techniques of air flight capable machines. Our faculty are experts and leaders in the aerospace industry and will guide students through the understanding of engineering disciplines such as fluid mechanics, chemical propulsion, stability and control, and structures as it applies to aircraft and rockets that fly within and above Earth’s atmosphere.

To declare a concentration in Aerospace Engineering, you must have completed MECH 342 – Mechanics and Thermodynamics of Flow Processes. Once you have completed this course, please work your advisor to declare the concentration.

Undergraduate Aerospace News

Spring 2020 outstanding graduate launches her career at NASA

Danelle Lazcano-Concelman is the first in her family to go to college. She graduated from Colorado State University with her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, earned a 3.39 GPA, completed two NASA internships, and served as a college ambassador and CSU Rocket Team project manager.

Her prestigious internships at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, and Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, proved to be life-changing experiences; they helped uncover her love of rocketry and changed her plan of pursuing a career in renewable energy to one in aerospace.

In August, she starts work at NASA as a cryogenic propulsion systems engineer.

Read Danelle’s story on Source News

Silver Medal Award winner shifts from graduation to space exploration

With a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Colorado State University and the prestigious Silver Medal from the Colorado Engineering Council, it’s time for Caitlin Robinson to reach for the stars.

Her internship last summer working on rockets for United Launch Alliance has become a new full-time position with the company’s Mechanical Ground Support Equipment group. She will design and model components and test fixtures for the Movable Launch Platform on the Vulcan rocket. 

“I can’t really see myself working in a more ideal situation,” said Robinson. “I get to see this entire rocket, that may eventually be carrying payloads to Mars, from beginning to end.”

Read Caitlin’s story on Source News

CSU mechanical engineering students received several honors at the 2020 Colorado Undergraduate Space Research Symposium earlier this spring — a testament to a 30-year commitment to space education and project-based learning.

Employees from NASA and industry giants Ball Aerospace and Lockheed Martin joined 160 students from Colorado Space Grant Consortium (COSGC) affiliate universities in a remote video conference to judge the students NASA-funded team challenge projects.

The panel of aerospace professionals recognized two teams of CSU students with best in-session presentation awards. Members of the public who attended put a third CSU team at the top of the people’s choice category.

Full Story on Source News

Members of the CSU Rocket Team assemble their liquid-fueled rocket, Aries IV 

Aerospace Clubs and Organizations

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession, with over 30,000 members worldwide. 

AIAA at CSU is an organization that is dedicated to introducing students to aerospace industry connections, as well as providing opportunities for students to gain experience in the fields of aeronautics and astronautics. The organization is dedicated to giving real world, hands on experience to our student members through a collection of lectures, seminars, and competitions centered on the aerospace industry. AIAA welcomes students from all degrees at CSU, anyone with a passion for aerospace or aeronautics is encouraged to join! 

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CSU Rocket Team

The CSU Mechanical Engineering Department has led a team of students to the Spaceport America Cup for the past five years. Each iteration of the project has competed under the mission name Aries. 

The team formed in 2014 as a senior design project. Since then, the group has grown from four to fourteen students, and innovations to the Aries rocket have record-breaking wins in intercollegiate competitions.  

Click here to watch footage of the Aries V rocket assembly.

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Coursework

To declare a concentration in Aerospace Engineering, you must have completed MECH 342 – Mechanics and Thermodynamics of Flow Processes. Once you have completed this course, please work your advisor to declare the concentration.

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