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Applied Flight Vehicle Design

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Advanced Flight Vehicle Design
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Course Description 

Applied Flight Vehicle Design is one of four non-credit courses in the Certification in Applied Aeronautics and Design (CAAD) program. This course can be taken individually, or as one of the four courses required to receive the CAAD certification.

Applied Flight Vehicle Design covers advanced elements of performance-based design by quantifying flight vehicles, selecting appropriate design parameters, and performing multivariate analysis and design evaluation to optimization results

The Applied Flight Vehicle Design course is offered each spring semester.


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:  


  • Quantify flight vehicle systems by selecting appropriate design parameters
  • Understand configuration layout designs to meet desired flight performance characteristics
  • Develop a beginning understanding of optimum design concepts and problem formulation
  • Perform multivariate analysis and perform design evaluations to optimization results


What Students Can Expect 

The online delivery of each course is comprised of: 

  • All course lectures are recorded and available to you 24/7 through the university's Learning Management System CarmenCanvas
  • Course duration is approximately 14 weeks. 
  • A certificate of completion is provided after a student completes each individual course and after successfully completing all four courses, they receive the complete Certification in Applied Aeronautics and Design from the College of Engineering.



A bachelor's degree in aerospace or mechanical engineering or a related field is required.


Course Sequence

The courses can be taken individually for specific interests or students can pursue the full certification. If pursuing the certification in one-year, it is recommended to take (1) Aircraft Performance and Flight Test Engineering with (2) Applied Aerodynamics in autumn semester, followed by (3) Applied Flight vehicle Design with (4) Applied Flight Mechanics in spring semester. If additional time is permitted or preferred, then a recommended sequence would be(1) and (3) during year one, followed by (2) and (4) in year two.


Course registration will open soon. Please contact the program administration for additional information.

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