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US News rankings (2016)

  • Illinois graduate engineering program: 7
  • Graduate aerospace engineering: 7

Department History

  • Founded in 1944 as Department of Aeronautical Engineering
  • Department as undergone several name changes, the last being to Aerospace Engineering in 2004
  • Founding Head, H.S. "Shel" Stillwell, served for 32 years; there have only been 6 Heads
  • House primarily in Talbot Laboratory with additional labs and offices in Beckman, ARL, Aero Lab A, MEL and Coordinated Science Lab

Statistics for 2015-2016 school year:

  • Total students: 161
    • Total MS: 99
    • Total PhD: 62
    • Total Domestic: 68
    • Total International: 93
  • Total students admitted for Fall 2015: 48
    • Total MS: 44
    • Total PhD: 4
    • Total Domestic: 24
    • Total International: 24
    • Accepted Domestic Average GPA: 3.65
    • Accepted Average TOEFL: 108
    • Accepted Average GRE: V-157/Q-163/A-3.9
  • Student Support for 2015-2016
    • Fellowships:
    • Teaching Assistantships:
    • Research Assistantships:

Degrees Granted 2014-2015 school year:

  • Master's degrees conferred, academic year 2014-2015:  35
  • PhD degrees conferred, academic year 2014-2015:  9

Recent Graduate Student Honors and Awards

NASA GSRP Fellowship; National Science Foundation GRFP Fellowship; 2013 Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship; Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation Scholarship (SMART); ARCS Foundation Scholar; China Scholarship Council.

Faculty and Research

  • Total faculty: 27
  • Recent Faculty Honors and Awards: NSF Career Award; AIAA FDTC Best Paper Award; NSF PECASE Award; SES Young Investigator Medal; AIAA Best Paper Award; MURI Center leader/winner
  • Total Research Expenditures for FY2014: $6,071,407


Program Administration:

lambrosatillinois [dot] edu (Prof. John Lambros)
Associate Head, Graduate Programs

tankatillinois [dot] edu (Staci McDannel)
Program Coordinator, Graduate Programs

Hours: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

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