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The future of aerospace engineering

In this second century of flight, Michigan Engineering’s highly ranked Aerospace Engineering Department is doing its part to educate those who will chart the future of the field.| Short Read

In spite of the shrinking economy, demand for aerospace engineers is growing, according to an Aviation Week workforce study involving the University of Michigan. Aviation Week is a leading aerospace industry publication.

In this second century of flight, Michigan Engineering’s highly ranked Aerospace Engineering Department is doing its part to educate those who will chart the future of the field. Find out more about the department’s vision. Michigan was home to the nation’s first collegiate aeronautics program in 1914.

In an editorial that accompanies Aviation Week’s study, Associate Dean Thomas Zurbuchen discusses the role that entrepreneurship plays in this industry. He credits the spirit of innovation for enabling the private firm SpaceX to successfully send its Falcon 9 into orbit this summer. Zurbuchen, who helped to build the space engineering program at U-M, says five of his top 10 students work at SpaceX.

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