The Special Degree in Aerospace Engineering (Code LM-28400) aims to develop experts that can be employed in advanced research and aerospace development centres. Students experience a system-oriented approach to aerospace engineering that is not common in the industry as the complexity of each subsystem drives engineers to focus on single aspects.
The Special Master of Aerospace Engineering is a two-year programme designed for students holding an Italian masters degree (Laurea Magistrale) in any engineering discipline, earned after 5 years of studies, or an equivalent degree earned abroad. However, it may be reduced to one year for students with an Aerospace Engineering degree obtained at the end of 5 years of university-level study programmes.
The learning objective of the Special Master of Aerospace Engineering is training experts that can be employed in advanced research and development centers in aerospace engineering.
An important aspect of the program consists in giving students a system-oriented approach to aerospace engineering. The capability of having a system-oriented and global vision of a space mission is not common in the industry because complexity of each subsystem pushes engineers to focus on single aspects. The design of the general architecture is assigned to the system engineer who is a long-experienced engineer that is able to have a global understanding of the project due to their experience acquired in various subsystems. System engineers are increasingly more difficult to find due to discontinuities that occur over time in the development of large space projects.
Master programs in aerospace engineering tend to provide students with at most a basic education in one of the areas of aerospace engineering because of the continuous technological advancement. On the other hand, complexity of current space programs asks for professionals capable of having an insight in extremely various technical aspects. Thus, education offered by the Special Master is extremely important in the industry since it trains system engineers in astronautics.
The Special Master of Aerospace Engineering is a two-year program. However, it reduces to a one-year program for students with a master degree (or an equivalent degree) in the area of aerospace engineering .
All courses are taught in English.
The educational project of the Special Master of Aerospace Engineering pushes students towards practical projects. In fact, students get trained in research and development activities through an education that covers both theoretical and practical aspects. As a matter of fact, courses usually include lab activities; in the School of Aerospace Engineering the following labs are active
- AerosPower - Power Systems for Aerospace Lab
- ARCA - Automation Robotics and Control for Aerospace Lab
- EOSIAL - Earth Observation Satellite Images Applications Lab
- Flight Mechanics Lab
- Guidance and Navigation Lab
- Electronics Lab
- Structure and Material Lab
- Technologies for Aerospace Lab
- Thermo-acoustic Lab
- Thermo-vacuum and Optics Lab
The School's facilities include a ground station for tracking and commanding satellites, a space simulator (thermo-vacuum, magnetic field, sun simulator), and a clean room for assembling microsatellites.
The Special Master of Aerospace Engineering leads to the following career opportunities
in the industry
- system engineer for industrial aerospace projects
- engineer for automatic and robotic systems
- operator of systems for remote sensing, observation, and surveillance
- supervisor of space missions, including launch operations and ground operations for tracking, remote control, remote sensing, and data processing
- expert for engineering aspects of the effects of space environment on human beings and on parts of aerospace systems
- consultant for strategic and decisional processes of space agencies
in research centers
- researcher in space systems
- researcher in the development of innovative materials for astronautics
- researcher in astrodynamics and control of aerospace systems
- expert for scientific missions for exploration of solar system
in the area of education and cultural activities
- instructor for industry and military staff
- disseminator of aerospace culture
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Last updated September 19, 2016