Aerospace Engineering at University of Washington

Learn the fundamentals of flight mechanics, explore the differences between aeronautical and astronautical engineering, engage with experienced professionals in the field, and more.

Summer Aerospace Engineering program for teens in Seattle

Program Highlights

Learn the fundamentals of flight mechanics, aerodynamics, propulsion systems, aircraft design, and more.
Understand the key differences between aeronautical and astronautical engineering and use basic orbital mechanics.
Engage with professionals in the field about the latest advancements in aerospace engineering and flight technology.
Design and manipulate your own basic glider airplane or rocket to test certain flight maneuvers/concepts, and perform within certain parameters.
Tuition:

Residential Tuition :
$5,498

Commuter Tuition:
$3,198

Dates:

July 21, 2024 August 2, 2024

Location:

University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Testimonials

  • 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

Seattle is a wonderful place to launch into the field of Aerospace Engineering due to the Boeing presence in the city, the city’s vast research and innovation, and aerospace manufacturing being the state’s largest export. Join Summer Springboard at University of Washington to learn about the growing field which welcomes numerous academic paths and job opportunities. Throughout the course, students will explore and unpack various aspects of aerospace engineering, including the history of flight, flights mechanics, system engineering, principles of effective design for aircraft and spacecraft, propulsions systems, aircraft performance, and more. Students will understand the key differences between aeronautical and astronautical engineering and use basic orbital mechanics. Students will participate in hands-on practical activities based on the topics they are learning, including designing and manipulating their own basic glider airplane or rocket to test certain flight maneuvers/concepts, and perform within certain parameters.

Previous foundational knowledge in the following classes is either recommended (R) or strongly recommended (SR), but not required: algebra (R), geometry (R), trigonometry (SR), calculus (SR), and physics 1 and 2 (SR).

Guest Speakers and Excursions: Students will have the chance to visit companies or organizations in the aerospace engineering industry, as well as hear from experienced professionals in the field. Although this is a first year program, previous students in the course have heard from guest speakers affiliated with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, The Aerospace Corporation, and more.

 

 

Meet your instructor

Carl Knowlen

Aerospace Engineering University of Washington

Carl Knowlen received his Ph.D. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the University of Washington in 1991 and is currently a Research Associate Professor with the UW William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He has a strong background in modeling gas dynamics, chemical kinetics, heat transfer and fluid flow systems and extensive experience in experimental techniques for internal ballistics, subsonic and supersonic wind tunnel testing, cryogenic systems, rocket propulsion systems, and flow field diagnostics.

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Topics you'll explore

Hands-On Learning


Students will participate in hands-on practical activities based on the topics they are learning, including designing and manipulating their own basic glider airplane or rocket to test certain flight maneuvers/concepts, and perform within certain parameters.

Career Exploration


Students will have the chance to visit companies or organizations in the aerospace engineering industry, as well as hear from experienced professionals in the field. In the past, students have heard from guest speakers affiliated with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, The Aerospace Corporation, and more.

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Summer Springboard Pre-College Summer Program