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This fall the College of Engineering at Utah State University will welcome doctoral students into a new program designed to create the next generation of top aerospace engineering experts. The new Ph.D. program in aerospace engineering was approved by the Utah System of Higher Education Board of Regents on Friday and will be the only such program offered in Utah and one of only 12 offered in the western United States.

Aerospace Engineering is the primary branch of engineering associated with the design, development and testing of all types of flying vehicles including airplanes, rockets, missiles and spacecraft. USU’s Department of Mechanical and Aerspace Engineering has traditionally offered a master’s degree in aerospace engineering but there has never been a Ph.D. program offered within the Utah System of Higher Education.

David Geller, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engneering, says offering this Ph.D. better positions USU to capture regional talent that would otherwise leave the state.

Students in the new program will specialize in areas of astronautical engineering including propulsion, guidance and navigation, spacecraft control, orbital mechanics and computational fluid dynamics.