Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics

Who We Are

The Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at The University of Texas at Austin is an interdisciplinary department with teaching and research activities in astronautics, earth-space engineering and science, aviation, energy, robotics, theoretical and experimental mechanics, and computational engineering. We offer programs in aerospace engineering (top 10 ranked programs), computational engineering, and engineering mechanics. Students have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of extracurricular programs including hands-on, project-based teams, leadership and networking organizations, and undergraduate research labs. Graduate students work alongside world-renowned faculty to solve important global and societal problems. At UT Aerospace, the sky is not the limit!

What We're Fundraising For

Funds raised from 40 for Forty will:

  • Allow our students to attend national/international competitions while gaining valuable real-world experiences on engineering teams.
  • Support our new comprehensive Launch Texas program that integrates world-class technical and entrepreneurial education, fundamental and applied space research and outreach in a collaborative environment.
  • Help to develop initiatives to strengthen diversity within the department while also striving to provide equitable opportunities and an inclusive environment for all students, faculty and staff.


Your Impact

Fundraising impacts our project-based student teams and programs, which rely on external support, supports graduate students like Hailey Nichols who earned a master's degree in aerospace engineering while launching a startup company, and helps us provide equitable opportunities and an inclusive environment for all students, faculty and staff.












Testimonial

Hailey Nichols, who received her M.S. in aerospace engineering this summer while launching the startup company, Locus Lock, says:

“The support from The University of Texas at Austin has allowed Locus Lock to pursue commercializing innovative university technology. It has given us the financial means to begin to manufacture our product so we are able to launch it into the market this year. The university’s support has been vital to the early success of this start-up and we are extremely grateful for all the opportunities Locus Lock has been given. We look forward to continuing to work with the university closely as we prepare to introduce our novel technology into the market!”

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1,883rd Milestone Award
$1,883
1,883rd Milestone Award
In September 1883, The University of Texas was officially opened in a ceremony inside an incomplete building on a grassy hill where the Tower now stands. To celebrate UT's founding year, the 1,883rd gift will receive a $1,883 award!
217 / 1,883 Gifts
Leaderboard
University-Wide Leaderboard: Highest Amount of Dollars Received
The participating college, school, unit, or organization with the highest amount of dollars raised will be listed on the leaderboard for bragging rights only.
Rank Department Raised
1 McCombs School of Business $5,135.00
2 School of Human Ecology $2,000.00
3 Forty Acres Scholars Program $2,000.00
4 Longhorn Racing $1,830.69
5 Center for Women in Law $1,200.00
6 Dell Medical School $1,159.69
7 Cockrell School of Engineering $1,050.00
8 UT Press $1,035.00
9 Global Leadership & Social Impact $850.00
10 Department of Accounting $600.00
11 Jackson School of Geosciences $506.00
12 Blank Center for Stuttering Education and Research $500.00
13 Canfield Business Honors Program $250.00
14 MBA Program $250.00
15 Texas Global $250.00
16 UT iGEM Team $225.00
17 The School of Architecture $200.00
18 Gender and Sexuality Center $140.00
19 Center for Leadership and Ethics $125.00
20 Texas Exes $105.00
21 Moody College of Communication $100.00
22 Department of Economics $100.00
23 Department of Physics $100.00
24 RGV Familia $100.00
25 BBA Program $50.00
26 Counseling and Mental Health Center $50.00
27 Veteran and Military Affiliated Services $50.00
28 UT Sailing Team $25.00
29 Blanton Museum of Art $25.00
30 Landmarks $5.00
31 91.7 KVRX $0.00
32 Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics $0.00
33 AIM Investment Center $0.00
34 Austin Technology Incubator $0.00
35 Bilingual Education Student Organization $0.00
36 Black Alumni Network $0.00
37 Black Health Professions Organization $0.00
38 Black Student Alliance $0.00
39 Black Studies $0.00
40 Briscoe Center for American History $0.00
41 Cactus Yearbook $0.00
42 Camp Texas $0.00
43 Center for Entertainment and Media Industries $0.00
44 Center for Global Business $0.00
45 Center for Planetary Systems Habitability $0.00
46 Center for Students in Recovery $0.00
47 Center for Women's & Gender Studies $0.00
48 Chapters & Networks $0.00
49 Clements Center for National Security $0.00
50 Club Golf $0.00
51 Club Tennis $0.00
52 College of Education $0.00
53 College of Fine Arts $0.00
54 College of Liberal Arts $0.00
55 College of Natural Sciences $0.00
56 College of Pharmacy $0.00
57 Communication Studies Graduate Community $0.00
58 Comprehensive Memory Center $0.00
59 ContribUTe $0.00
60 Daily Texan $0.00
61 Department of Asian Studies $0.00
62 Department of Astronomy $0.00
63 Department of Chemistry $0.00
64 Department of Computer Science $0.00
65 Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering $0.00
66 Department of History $0.00
67 Department of Integrative Biology $0.00
68 Department of Mathematics $0.00
69 Department of Mechanical Engineering $0.00
70 Department of Molecular Biosciences $0.00
71 Department of Neuroscience $0.00
72 Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering $0.00
73 Department of Psychology $0.00
74 Department of Statistics and Data Sciences $0.00
75 Education Abroad Scholarships $0.00
76 Engineering Chamber Orchestra $0.00
77 Engineering LGBQTies $0.00
78 Explore Law $0.00
79 Fearless Leadership Institute $0.00
80 First-Gen Equity $0.00
81 Freshman Research Initiative $0.00
82 Global Sustainability Leadership Institute $0.00
83 Gut Health Research and Care $0.00
84 H.J. Lutcher Stark Center $0.00
85 Harry Ransom Center $0.00
86 Herb Kelleher Entrepreneurship Center $0.00
87 Hispanic Alumni Network $0.00
88 Hogg Foundation for Mental Health $0.00
89 Human Dimensions of Organizations (HDO) $0.00
90 IEEE Robotics and Automation Society $0.00
91 Information Management Programs $0.00
92 International Student Scholarships $0.00
93 Kendra Scott WEL Institute $0.00
94 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center $0.00
95 LaMontagne Center for Infectious Disease (LCID) $0.00
96 Latin Economics and Business Association $0.00
97 Latino Studies $0.00
98 LBJ School of Public Affairs $0.00
99 LCAE Strive Grad Prep Academy $0.00
100 LGBTQ Studies $0.00
101 Liberal Arts Council $0.00
102 Linguistics Research Center $0.00
103 Literacy First $0.00
104 Longhorn Athletic Training Student Association $0.00
105 Longhorn Band $0.00
106 Longhorn Band Student Association $0.00
107 Longhorn Baseball Club $0.00
108 Longhorn Powerlifting $0.00
109 Longhorn Quidditch $0.00
110 Longhorn Swim Club $0.00
111 Longhorn Wrestling $0.00
112 Marine Science Institute $0.00
113 McCombs Parents Council $0.00
114 McCombs Undergraduate Business Council (UBC) $0.00
115 McDonald Observatory $0.00
116 Men's Lacrosse Club $0.00
117 Minorities in Education $0.00
118 Monarch Student Program $0.00
119 Multicultural Engagement Center $0.00
120 NAACP Unit 6888B $0.00
121 National Society of Black Engineers $0.00
122 Native American & Indigenous Studies (NAIS) $0.00
123 New Student Services $0.00
124 Omega Chi Epsilon $0.00
125 Plan II Honors Program $0.00
126 Pre-Health & Diversity Scholars $0.00
127 President's Award for Global Learning $0.00
128 Pride Alumni Network $0.00
129 Prison and Jail Innovation Lab $0.00
130 Ray Marshall Center $0.00
131 Recreational Sports $0.00
132 School of Information (iSchool) $0.00
133 School of Law $0.00
134 School of Nursing $0.00
135 Shakespeare at Winedale $0.00
136 Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) $0.00
137 Sorority and Fraternity Life $0.00
138 Staff Emergency Fund $0.00
139 Steve Hicks School of Social Work $0.00
140 Student Activities $0.00
141 Student Conduct and Academic Integrity $0.00
142 Student Emergency Services $0.00
143 Student Engineering Council $0.00
144 Student Success Initiatives $0.00
145 Supply Chain Management Center $0.00
146 VAV - Survivor's Emergency Fund $0.00
147 Texas Athletics $0.00
148 Texas Ballroom $0.00
149 Texas Blazers $0.00
150 Texas Crew $0.00
151 Texas Cycling $0.00
152 Texas Disc Golf $0.00
153 Texas Enactus $0.00
154 Texas Field Hockey $0.00
155 Texas Guadaloop $0.00
156 Texas Gymnastics $0.00
157 Texas Handball $0.00
158 Texas Ice Hockey $0.00
159 Texas Interdisciplinary Plan Outreach $0.00
160 Texas Judo $0.00
161 Texas Leadership Education and Development $0.00
162 Texas McCombs Investment Advisers $0.00
163 Texas Memorial Museum $0.00
164 Texas Men's Volleyball $0.00
165 Texas Men's Water Polo $0.00
166 Texas Orange Jackets $0.00
167 Texas Performing Arts $0.00
168 Texas Rock Climbing $0.00
169 Texas Rugby $0.00
170 Texas Running Club $0.00
171 Texas Student Television $0.00
172 Texas Table Tennis $0.00
173 Texas Taekwondo $0.00
174 Texas Theme Park Engineering and Design $0.00
175 Texas Trap and Skeet $0.00
176 Texas Travesty $0.00
177 Texas Triathlon $0.00
178 Texas Women's Rugby $0.00
179 Texas Wushu $0.00
180 The LaunchPad $0.00
181 The Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice $0.00
182 The University of Texas Weightlifting Team $0.00
183 The Women in Engineering Program $0.00
184 TX Votes $0.00
185 University Co-op $0.00
186 University Health Services $0.00
187 University of Texas Libraries $0.00
188 University Unions $0.00
189 UT Amateur Radio Club $0.00
190 UT Archery Club $0.00
191 UT Badminton Club $0.00
192 UT Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Club $0.00
193 UT Child Development Center Comal $0.00
194 UT Child Development Center Lavaca $0.00
195 UT Child Development Center San Jacinto $0.00
196 UT Dance Team $0.00
197 UT Fencing Club $0.00
198 UT ITF Taekwon-Do $0.00
199 UT Men's Soccer $0.00
200 UT Men's Ultimate Club $0.00
201 UT Outpost $0.00
202 UT Racquetball Club $0.00
203 UT Senate of College Councils $0.00
204 UT Speech and Hearing Clinic $0.00
205 UT Water Ski Team $0.00
206 UT Women's and Nonbinary Ultimate Frisbee $0.00
207 UT Women's Club Soccer $0.00
208 UT Women's Volleyball Club $0.00
209 UTeach Liberal Arts $0.00
210 UTeach Natural Sciences $0.00
211 Vice President for Student Affairs $0.00
212 Visual Arts Center $0.00
213 Women in Informatics $0.00
214 Women in Natural Sciences $0.00
215 Women in STEM (WiSTEM) $0.00
216 Women's Club Lacrosse $0.00
217 Women's Water Polo $0.00
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Faculty & Staff Challenge
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Faculty & Staff Challenge
The participating college, school, unit, or organization with the greatest number of gifts from UT faculty and staff donors will win an additional award. Prizes will be awarded after the campaign completes when results can be tabulated. 1st place - $2,000 award | 2nd Place - $1,000 award | 3rd Place - $500 award September 14, 8 a.m. – September 29, 10:00 p.m. Central
Leaderboard
University-Wide Leaderboard: Greatest Number of Gifts Received
The participating college, school, unit, or organization with the greatest number of gifts will be listed on the leaderboard for bragging rights only.
Rank Department Gifts
1 McCombs School of Business 74
2 Longhorn Racing 71
3 Gender and Sexuality Center 9
4 UT Sailing Team 5
5 Dell Medical School 4
6 Department of Accounting 4
7 Jackson School of Geosciences 4
8 School of Human Ecology 3
9 Center for Women in Law 3
10 UT Press 3
11 Global Leadership & Social Impact 3
12 Canfield Business Honors Program 3
13 UT iGEM Team 3
14 Texas Exes 3
15 Forty Acres Scholars Program 2
16 Cockrell School of Engineering 2
17 The School of Architecture 2
18 Center for Leadership and Ethics 2
19 Moody College of Communication 2
20 Blank Center for Stuttering Education and Research 1
21 MBA Program 1
22 Texas Global 1
23 Department of Economics 1
24 Department of Physics 1
25 RGV Familia 1
26 BBA Program 1
27 Counseling and Mental Health Center 1
28 Veteran and Military Affiliated Services 1
29 Blanton Museum of Art 1
30 Landmarks 1
31 91.7 KVRX 0
32 Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics 0
33 AIM Investment Center 0
34 Austin Technology Incubator 0
35 Bilingual Education Student Organization 0
36 Black Alumni Network 0
37 Black Health Professions Organization 0
38 Black Student Alliance 0
39 Black Studies 0
40 Briscoe Center for American History 0
41 Cactus Yearbook 0
42 Camp Texas 0
43 Center for Entertainment and Media Industries 0
44 Center for Global Business 0
45 Center for Planetary Systems Habitability 0
46 Center for Students in Recovery 0
47 Center for Women's & Gender Studies 0
48 Chapters & Networks 0
49 Clements Center for National Security 0
50 Club Golf 0
51 Club Tennis 0
52 College of Education 0
53 College of Fine Arts 0
54 College of Liberal Arts 0
55 College of Natural Sciences 0
56 College of Pharmacy 0
57 Communication Studies Graduate Community 0
58 Comprehensive Memory Center 0
59 ContribUTe 0
60 Daily Texan 0
61 Department of Asian Studies 0
62 Department of Astronomy 0
63 Department of Chemistry 0
64 Department of Computer Science 0
65 Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering 0
66 Department of History 0
67 Department of Integrative Biology 0
68 Department of Mathematics 0
69 Department of Mechanical Engineering 0
70 Department of Molecular Biosciences 0
71 Department of Neuroscience 0
72 Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering 0
73 Department of Psychology 0
74 Department of Statistics and Data Sciences 0
75 Education Abroad Scholarships 0
76 Engineering Chamber Orchestra 0
77 Engineering LGBQTies 0
78 Explore Law 0
79 Fearless Leadership Institute 0
80 First-Gen Equity 0
81 Freshman Research Initiative 0
82 Global Sustainability Leadership Institute 0
83 Gut Health Research and Care 0
84 H.J. Lutcher Stark Center 0
85 Harry Ransom Center 0
86 Herb Kelleher Entrepreneurship Center 0
87 Hispanic Alumni Network 0
88 Hogg Foundation for Mental Health 0
89 Human Dimensions of Organizations (HDO) 0
90 IEEE Robotics and Automation Society 0
91 Information Management Programs 0
92 International Student Scholarships 0
93 Kendra Scott WEL Institute 0
94 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center 0
95 LaMontagne Center for Infectious Disease (LCID) 0
96 Latin Economics and Business Association 0
97 Latino Studies 0
98 LBJ School of Public Affairs 0
99 LCAE Strive Grad Prep Academy 0
100 LGBTQ Studies 0
101 Liberal Arts Council 0
102 Linguistics Research Center 0
103 Literacy First 0
104 Longhorn Athletic Training Student Association 0
105 Longhorn Band 0
106 Longhorn Band Student Association 0
107 Longhorn Baseball Club 0
108 Longhorn Powerlifting 0
109 Longhorn Quidditch 0
110 Longhorn Swim Club 0
111 Longhorn Wrestling 0
112 Marine Science Institute 0
113 McCombs Parents Council 0
114 McCombs Undergraduate Business Council (UBC) 0
115 McDonald Observatory 0
116 Men's Lacrosse Club 0
117 Minorities in Education 0
118 Monarch Student Program 0
119 Multicultural Engagement Center 0
120 NAACP Unit 6888B 0
121 National Society of Black Engineers 0
122 Native American & Indigenous Studies (NAIS) 0
123 New Student Services 0
124 Omega Chi Epsilon 0
125 Plan II Honors Program 0
126 Pre-Health & Diversity Scholars 0
127 President's Award for Global Learning 0
128 Pride Alumni Network 0
129 Prison and Jail Innovation Lab 0
130 Ray Marshall Center 0
131 Recreational Sports 0
132 School of Information (iSchool) 0
133 School of Law 0
134 School of Nursing 0
135 Shakespeare at Winedale 0
136 Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) 0
137 Sorority and Fraternity Life 0
138 Staff Emergency Fund 0
139 Steve Hicks School of Social Work 0
140 Student Activities 0
141 Student Conduct and Academic Integrity 0
142 Student Emergency Services 0
143 Student Engineering Council 0
144 Student Success Initiatives 0
145 Supply Chain Management Center 0
146 VAV - Survivor's Emergency Fund 0
147 Texas Athletics 0
148 Texas Ballroom 0
149 Texas Blazers 0
150 Texas Crew 0
151 Texas Cycling 0
152 Texas Disc Golf 0
153 Texas Enactus 0
154 Texas Field Hockey 0
155 Texas Guadaloop 0
156 Texas Gymnastics 0
157 Texas Handball 0
158 Texas Ice Hockey 0
159 Texas Interdisciplinary Plan Outreach 0
160 Texas Judo 0
161 Texas Leadership Education and Development 0
162 Texas McCombs Investment Advisers 0
163 Texas Memorial Museum 0
164 Texas Men's Volleyball 0
165 Texas Men's Water Polo 0
166 Texas Orange Jackets 0
167 Texas Performing Arts 0
168 Texas Rock Climbing 0
169 Texas Rugby 0
170 Texas Running Club 0
171 Texas Student Television 0
172 Texas Table Tennis 0
173 Texas Taekwondo 0
174 Texas Theme Park Engineering and Design 0
175 Texas Trap and Skeet 0
176 Texas Travesty 0
177 Texas Triathlon 0
178 Texas Women's Rugby 0
179 Texas Wushu 0
180 The LaunchPad 0
181 The Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice 0
182 The University of Texas Weightlifting Team 0
183 The Women in Engineering Program 0
184 TX Votes 0
185 University Co-op 0
186 University Health Services 0
187 University of Texas Libraries 0
188 University Unions 0
189 UT Amateur Radio Club 0
190 UT Archery Club 0
191 UT Badminton Club 0
192 UT Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Club 0
193 UT Child Development Center Comal 0
194 UT Child Development Center Lavaca 0
195 UT Child Development Center San Jacinto 0
196 UT Dance Team 0
197 UT Fencing Club 0
198 UT ITF Taekwon-Do 0
199 UT Men's Soccer 0
200 UT Men's Ultimate Club 0
201 UT Outpost 0
202 UT Racquetball Club 0
203 UT Senate of College Councils 0
204 UT Speech and Hearing Clinic 0
205 UT Water Ski Team 0
206 UT Women's and Nonbinary Ultimate Frisbee 0
207 UT Women's Club Soccer 0
208 UT Women's Volleyball Club 0
209 UTeach Liberal Arts 0
210 UTeach Natural Sciences 0
211 Vice President for Student Affairs 0
212 Visual Arts Center 0
213 Women in Informatics 0
214 Women in Natural Sciences 0
215 Women in STEM (WiSTEM) 0
216 Women's Club Lacrosse 0
217 Women's Water Polo 0
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Pre-Campaign Ambassador Sign-up Challenge
The participating three colleges, schools, units and organizations that have the most verified 40 for Forty Ambassadors registered by September 26 at 5 p.m. will receive an additional award. July 29, 6 a.m. Central – September 26, 5 p.m. Central
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