Aerospace Engineering Curricular Expansion in Information Systems

  • Ella M. AtkinsEmail author


This chapter investigates specific approaches to evolve the Aerospace Engineering curricula to increase coverage of the fundamentals of computer science and deepen student experience in programming. First, existing K-12, Aerospace Engineering, and Computer Science and Engineering curricula are examined. Multidisciplinary programs including robotics and Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) are reviewed to provide insight into potential directions in which an Aerospace-centric program might expand. Student, faculty, and industry interests offer insight into key Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) content to infuse into next-generation Aerospace curricula. The approach being taken at the University of Michigan, the author’s home institution, is described, including plans to increase curricular flexibility and introduce a new course providing students background in key computer science concepts such as data structures and complexity, computational science with application to Aerospace analysis and design, and embedded data management and control. A discussion of potential future curricular extensions into human–machine systems and electromechanical devices concludes the chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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