Aerospace Systems

Aerospace Systems

Aerospace Systems

This research area focuses on dynamical systems comprising aircraft, spacecraft, uninhabited aerial vehicles (or drones), wind turbines, and robotic systems. Related research involves exploration of the theory required to improve the performance of such systems and ensure their provably correct operation, which typically requires flight testing.

Our research aims to improve the safety, environmental impact, economics and productivity of aerospace systems. In so doing, we train students to work within interdisciplinary teams to develop new technologies that shape our society.

Graduates from the programs who participated in our research have gone on to academic positions at leading universities around the world, government agencies such as the National Wind Technology Center, and companies such as Amazon and Blue Origin.

Wind Tunnel

Renowned Research Faculty

AEM instructors are recognized for their expertise in flight dynamics, robust control, estimation, guidance and navigation, reduced-order modeling, distributed decision making and control, unmanned aerial vehicles, robotics, machine learning, and formal methods — a diversity of knowledge that yields fruitful internal and external research collaborations. This group also has strong connections across several departments at UMN.

Current Projects

AEM undergraduates have multiple opportunities to perform research through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) and the senior-level, two-semester Design and Build course, along with various team competitions.

A UMN team won the 2017 Bayer Alka-Rocket Challenge and is the current Guinness Book of World Records record holder for the highest altitude reached by a rocket powered with a single Alka-Seltzer tablet.

Graduate students have performed research to improve the aerospace systems performance in a variety of applications — everything from using drones for precision agriculture to improving wind turbine power capture efficiency and designing more fuel-efficient aircraft through automation.

Faculty in this Area

Ryan Caverly
Ryan Caverly
Assistant Profesor
Office
126 Akerman Hall
Demoz Gebre-Eqziabher
Demoz Gebre-Egziabher
Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, & Director of the Minnesota Space Grant Consortium
Office
121 Akerman Hall
Phone
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Yohannes Ketema
Yohannes Ketema
Contract Associate Professor
Office
205D Akermanhall
Phone
Derya Aksaray
Derya Aksaray
Assistant Professor
Office
216 Akerman Hall
Peter J. Seiler
Peter J. Seiler
Associate Professor & Institute on the Environment Fellow
Office
224 Akerman Hall
Phone
Maziar S. Hemati
Maziar S. Hemati
Assistant Professor
Office
117C Akerman Hall
Phone