Research Areas

Aerospace engineering at U-M tackles the three fundamental areas that drive advances in aircraft and spacecraft: gas dynamics, dynamics and controls and structures and materials. Some of our projects relate to space systems, specifically electric propulsion and small satellites. For more information on how these findings improve vehicles and other technologies, learn about our research impact.

  • Gas dynamics

    The movement of air is crucial to both aerodynamic vehicles and efficient engines.

  • Dynamics and controls

    Computer-aided and autonomous flight requires robust sensing and information processing systems.

  • Space systems

    Electric propulsion systems and small satellites for observing Earth and elsewhere in the solar system.

  • Structures and materials

    Stronger, lighter materials will make aircraft safer and more fuel efficient.

  • Research impact

    How Aerospace research improves vehicle design, propulsion systems, sensors and controls and applications beyond air and space.