Return to: USC Viterbi School of Engineering
Robert Glenn Rapp Engineering Research Building (RRB)
FAX: (213) 821-5819
Chair: Mike Gruntman, PhD
Professors: Daniel A. Erwin, PhD* (Aerospace Engineering); Mike Gruntman, PhD (Aerospace Engineering, Systems Architecting and Engineering); Joseph A. Kunc, PhD (Physics and Astronomy, Aerospace Engineering, Systems Architecting and Engineering); Azad Madni, PhD (Systems Architecting and Engineering)
Associate Professor: Joseph Wang, PhD
Professor of Engineering Practice: George Friedman, PhD (Systems Architecting and Engineering)
Adjunct Professors: Gerald Hintz, PhD; William Tobiska, PhD; James Wertz, PhD
Adjunct Associate Professors: Michael Kezirian, PhD; Ryan Park, PhD
Research Professors: David Barnhart; Herbert Schorr, PhD (Computer Science), Vice Dean for Engineering, Executive Director Emeritus, Information Sciences Institute
Adjunct Research Associate Professors: Sergey Gimelshein, PhD; Anita Sengupta, PhD
Adjunct Research Assistant Professor: James Humann, PhD
*Recipient of university-wide or school teaching award.
Aerospace Engineering Honor Society: Sigma Gamma Tau
Undergraduate Program Educational Objectives
The Bachelor of Science degree program in Astronautical Engineering has the following objectives:
Within a few years of graduation, graduates will:
- Establish themselves as practicing professionals, or undertake advanced study, in astronautical engineering or a related field;
- Demonstrate their ability to perform successfully as members of a team and function effectively as responsible professionals.
Undergraduate Program Criteria
The program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Astronautical Engineering prepares graduates to have knowledge of orbital mechanics, space environment, attitude determination and control, telecommunications, space structures and rocket propulsion. The program also prepares graduates to have design competence that includes integration of astronautical topics.
Engineer in Astronautical Engineering
Requirements for the Engineer degree in Astronautical Engineering are the same as set forth in the general requirements. See the general requirements for Viterbi graduate degrees.
Credit for classes may be applied toward the MS, Engineer or PhD in Astronautical Engineering, should the student decide later to pursue an advanced degree. In order to be admitted to the MS program, the student should maintain a B average or higher in courses for the certificate and must satisfy all normal admission requirements. All courses for the certificate must be taken at USC. It is anticipated that other classes on emerging space technologies will be added to the list of the offered classes in the future.
Astronautics and Space Technology