Aerospace Engineering Ph.D. (Ithaca)
Field of Study
The program emphasizes balance in aerospace science and technology, both basic and applied, to prepare students for the diverse opportunities at the frontiers of research, in contemporary industrial development, and in government agencies. The faculty is particularly strong and active in aerospace vehicle dynamics and feedback control, wind energy, celestial mechanics, the Global Positioning System, and spacecraft systems engineering, as well as in basic aerosciences including transonic flows, turbulence, nonequilibrium gas dynamics, unsteady and vortical flows, combustion processes, transport processes in microgravity and chemical kinetics. (see field description for more detail).
The Ph.D. program provide advanced levels of training suitable for students pursuing careers in research and development, education, or government service. The field does not admit students into an M.S.-only degree program; applicants may apply for the Ph.D. program with a bachelor's degree. Ph.D. students must take a qualifying examination in addition to the examinations required by the Graduate School. Typically the qualifying exam is taken at the end of the first semester for students entering with a Master's degree and at the end of the first two semesters for those entering with a Bachelor's degree. Teaching experience for two semesters is required of Ph.D. students.
Contact InformationWebsite: https://www.mae.cornell.edu/mae/programs/graduate-programs/phd-degree
Phone: 607 255-5250
107 Upson Hall
Ithaca,New York 14853
Concentrations by Subject
- aerospace systems
- biomedical mechanics
- dynamics and control
- materials and structures
- thermal sciences
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Application Requirements and Deadlines
Fall, Dec. 15; no spring admissions.
- all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam or IELTS Academic Exam for non-native English applicants
- three recommendations
- GRE general test*
- Ph.D. --email questions regarding the Ph.D. application to firstname.lastname@example.org or see the MAE Ph.D. home page https://www.mae.cornell.edu/mae/programs/graduate-programs/phd-degree
*Due to COVID-19, the GRE general test is optional for fall 2022 admission.
Make an original and substantial contribution to the discipline
Think originally and independently to develop concepts and methodologies
Identify new research opportunities within one’s field
Demonstrate advanced research skills
Synthesize existing knowledge, identifying and accessing appropriate resources and other sources of relevant information and critically analyzing and evaluating one’s own findings and those of others
Master application of existing research methodologies, techniques, and technical skills
Demonstrate commitment to advancing the values of scholarship
Keep abreast of current advances within one’s field and related areas
Commit to professional development through engagement in professional societies, publication, and other knowledge transfer modes
Create an environment that supports learning—through teaching, collaborative inquiry, mentoring, or demonstration
Demonstrate professional skills
Advance ethical standards in the discipline
Communicate in a style appropriate to the discipline
Listen, give, and receive feedback effectively