Research

Professor Soon-Jo Chung's autonomous bird-like robot perching on a hand.
Professor Soon-Jo Chung's autonomous bird-like robot perching on a hand.
Aerospace Engineering at Illinois' internationally renowned scientists and engineers have contributed ground-breaking research in the fields of aerodynamics, fluid mechanics, combustion, propulsion, astrodynamics, controls and dynamical systems, and structural mechanics and materials.

Our researchers are well-known for their work in autonomous-healing materials, robotics and unmanned aerial vehicles, simulations, modeling and design. Recent efforts have included several AE faculty in the establishment of a $16 million Center for Simulating Plasma-controlled Combustion.