Aerospace Engineering at UCLA

Learn the fundamentals of flight mechanics, deep dive the differences between aeronautical and astronautical engineering and engage with professionals in the field.

Summer Aerospace Engineering program for teens in Los Angeles

Program Highlights

Learn the fundamentals of flight mechanics, aerodynamics, propulsion systems and aircraft design
Understand the key differences between aeronautical and astronautical engineering and use basic orbital mechanics using industry-standard software
Engage with professionals in the field about the latest advancements in aerospace engineering and flight technology
Course designed for students with previous STEM experience (Physics, algebra, geometry, calculus)

Residential Tuition :

Extended Commuter Tuition:

Commuter Tuition:


Session 1: June 26-July 8, 2022

Session 2: July 10-July 22, 2022


Los Angeles, CA


  • It was nice to have an actual engineer as the instructor of the course who had been on the job for most of his life.

    Griffin H.

  • I enjoyed the real world insight from the field trips. We went to a construction site and Autodesk Gallery to learn about the mechanics of machines and buildings.

    James L.

Course Overview

Our Aerospace Engineering program offers students the chance to understand the physics and dynamics of air and spacecraft using basic orbital mechanics. Students will participate in hands-on design challenges, ultimately building and launching their own glider or rocket.

Guest Speakers and Excursions: Students will visit a local aerospace engineering company in the L.A. area as well as have a guest speaker from Blue Origin, the company founded by Jeff Bezos. Students will also participate in a STEM field trip at iFly, where in addition to learning about the science of flying in wind tunnels, students will have the opportunity to “fly” in their indoor parachuting center.

Meet your instructor

David Lazzara, PhD

Aerospace Engineering USC

David Lazzara is currently a part time lecturer of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the USC Viterbi school of engineering. Dr. Lazzara received his Doctoral Degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT in 2012 where he also completed his Master's Degree in the same subjects in 2004.

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Topics you'll explore

Hands-On Learning

Learn the intricacies and challenges behind designing, building and landing your own glider or rocket.

Career Exploration

Through meeting a variety of experts in the field, gaining valuable insight and knowledge from guest speakers at world renowned companies and partaking in hands-on experiential learning you'll get a much deeper sense of what it takes to pave the way toward a career in aerospace engineering.

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