Why Aerospace At Illinois

Being a part of the aerospace community comes with networking, academic and professional support, and constant inspiration from your peers. Students, faculty, and alumni work together to challenge one another, and the world. But don’t just take our word for it. Aerospace Illini are proud to tell you just what this department can do.

A Growing, Top-Rated Program

The No. 6 AE at Illinois program reports a total of 518 students for this academic year, which is 100 students more than just four years ago.

“We are one of the top programs in the country, and the College (of Engineering) is also ranked No. 6, with most of its programs in the top 10,” said AE Department Head Philippe Geubelle, in explaining the growth.

“It has also been due to the emphasis that the department has placed over the past 5-6 years on the quality of the on-campus experiences of the student, and the increasing flexibility of the program,” he continued. “We teach every course every semester. This gives students more opportunities to study abroad or do co-ops.”

Alumni Testimonials

The AE faculty at Illinois is world class! A comment in an early undergraduate advising session from Prof. John Lambros gave me confidence that I could be successful in graduate school and put me down the path of pursuing undergraduate research.

Profs. Scott White and Nancy Sottos (AE affiliate and faculty member of Materials Science and Engineering) are constant inspirations and I am grateful for their continued advice and wisdom over the years. Among the innumerable lessons I’ve learned from them, they have taught me to only change one variable at a time, to never rest on one’s laurels, and to expect excellence as a baseline.

- Gina M. Miller, BS 05, MS 07, 2016 Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award, Materials and Process Engineer for The Boeing Company

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Student Testimonials


The staff and faculty are some of the most passionate people I have ever met. Taking special topics classes specifically has allowed me to meet professors who are not only passionate about their field, but also about the students and it’s honestly inspiring.


– Quinn Calvert ‘17


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