Prospective Students

There will always be engineers who push the boundaries of engineering design and development. The leading edge of these boundaries is in aerospace and UTIAS is Canada’s leading centre for aerospace research and education.

Aerospace science and engineering is a cross-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary field that allows exploration of the broadest and most fascinating fields of engineering, areas that capture the imagination of everyone and encourage exploration beyond our own narrow terrestrial existence. Some of the areas explored in aerospace include:

  • Aeronautics: Aircraft design, systems, and control
  • Experimental methods: Laser diagnostics, structural/material analysis, field testing of robotics and aircraft
  • Flight simulation:   Full motion-based flight simulation with virtual reality capability
  • Fluid dynamics: Flow of gasses over aircraft and in engines
  • Numerical methods: Computer modeling for gas flows, structures, design, and optimization
  • Orbital mechanics: Satellite/spacecraft dynamics and control
  • Propulsion systems: Jet and rocket engines, turbomachinery, combustion science, hypoersonic propulsion
  • Robotics and autonomous systems: For use in the space environment that often translates into innovative and surprising commercial and industrial applications
  • Spacecraft design and construction: Design, construction, and launch of satellites
  • Structures and materials: Development of advanced, light-weight materials for aerospace applications
UTIAS conducts world-class research in all of these areas, which is organized under two broad themes:
  1. Reducing the environmental impact of air travel
  2. Space exploration
To support this research, UTIAS has excellent experimental and computer facilities including:
  • Aeroacoustics wind tunnel
  • Combustion and propulsion laboratories
  • Flight simulators
  • Fusion plasma simulation laboratory
  • Laser diagnostics facilities
  • Micro-satellite science and technology centre
  • SciNet high performance computing
  • Space robotics facility
  • Structures and materials laboratories
  • Subsonic wind tunnels
  • Water tunnel

The Institute also benefits from various interactions and collaborations with researchers in industry, government, and other universities.