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The Aviation Systems Program is a unique blend of aerospace engineering, aviation technology, and "hands on" flight test engineering and flight research. We offer a unique Master of Science degree that provides a theoretical and practical educational experience in these technical areas.
We operate a fleet of research aircraft, at the UTSI Flight Research Facility on the Tullahoma Regional Airport, that are an integral part of our curriculum and our funded flight research activities. The aircraft are also available for our students and faculty to conduct their independent research. Our graduate students have the opportunity to fly in these aircraft as flight researchers and flight test engineers.
Our current research areas include projects in aircraft performance and flying qualities, atmospheric and earth/ocean science, flight systems and advanced flight test instrumentation, and aircraft safety. Our research may also be conducted in collaboration with the UTSI Aerospace Engineering Department or our other academic departments. Both thesis and non-thesis research options are available.
If you have an undergraduate engineering degree, especially in aerospace engineering, you are probably well prepared for our graduate program. We have had graduate students with diverse educational backgrounds, with undergraduate degrees in aerospace, mechanical, and electrical engineering, atmospheric science, oceanography, physics, and other technical fields. If you have another type of degree, you will need a strong background in advanced mathematics and physics to excel in our program. You don't have to be a pilot to enter our program, although some experience or knowledge about aeronautics and airplanes can be helpful.
We invite you to study in full-time residence at the University of Tennessee Space Institute in Tullahoma, Tennessee. As an Aviation Systems graduate student you will divide your time between attending classes and studying at the beautiful, lakefront UTSI main campus and conducting flight research at our Flight Research Facility on Tullahoma Airport. A limited number of Graduate Research Assistantships are available to well qualified, full-time students.
We are a growing program, seeking to increase
the number of our full time graduate students, staff, and
faculty. We are also expanding our flight research into exciting
new areas and technologies. We are excited about sharing our
enthusiasm for aerospace flight research with you. Please feel
free to give us a call or send us an e-mail to find out more
about Aviation Systems.
Academic Program Coordinator &
Clinical Associate Professor
Toll Free (888) 822-UTSI (8874) - ext 37289
Toll Free (888) 822-UTSI (8874) - ext 37275
Address inquiries to:
Aviation Systems and Flight Research
Univ. of Tn Space Institute
411 B.H. Goethert Pkwy
Tullahoma, TN 37388