Online Aerodynamics Certificate

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Graduate Certificate | 9 credits | 2 Semesters to Complete

Earn Your Online Certificate in Aerodynamics From One of the Top Engineering Colleges in the Nation.

Prepare for the exciting and fast-growing worlds of aerodynamics and aerospace engineering with an online certificate in aerodynamics from Michigan Tech. Aerodynamics, to put it simply, is the analysis of the forces and resulting motion of objects in the air. It concerns the four forces of flight (lift, weight, thrust, and drag), fluid dynamics, gas dynamics, compressible flow dynamics, and heat transfer. In short, aerodynamics focuses on all objects moving through the air, whether they are rockets, planes, cars, trains, birds, or even, yes, humble golf balls. Therefore, the study of aerodynamics is relevant to several fields of engineering.

Earning an online certificate in aerodynamics from Michigan Tech, then, is the first step to building a rewarding career in this fast-growing field. As a student at MTU, you’ll gain an advanced understanding of the fundamental fluid dynamics of gases, from low- to high-speed flows. You'll apply theoretical, experimental, and computational methods. You'll investigate complex data to help designers and engineers design the best planes, trains, cars, spaceships, and rockets possible.

This certificate opens the door to careers in a broad range of industries, including manufacturing, safety, insurance, research, technology, and space exploration. You’ll also have a solid foundation to continue your education in a graduate program.

Why Earn Your Online Certificate in Aerodynamics?

At MTU, we help aspiring aerospace engineers and scientists develop into professionals who stand out in their industries and lead the world of innovation. As the 16th top public institution in the nation for total NSF research expenditures, we make sure that students have all the resources and tools needed to excel academically and professionally. Employers and schools around the nation will recognize your online certificate in aerodynamics from MTU for both its excellence and rigorous curriculum.

There are a lot of reasons why MTU’s Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics is ranked 63rd among the top 180 graduate programs in the nation by US News and World Report. When you earn your online certificate in aerodynamics here, you’ll gain these benefits:

  • Experienced Faculty

    Thanks to MTU’s small class sizes, you’ll get plenty of chances to work closely with faculty mentors who specialize in a diverse range of fields — including space engineering, plasma physics, and fuel cell technology. Faculty members such as Dr. Jeffery Allen and Dr. Chunpei Cai bring their years of experience into the classroom to prepare you for the daily challenges and rewards of aerodynamics and aerospace engineering.

  • Flexibility and Accessibility

    It doesn’t matter whether you’re a working professional or a recent graduate looking to enter the world of aerodynamics. Our online certificate in aerodynamics is designed to fit around your work and personal schedule, with synchronous and asynchronous courses you can take when it’s convenient for you.

  • Professional Preparation

    With high-quality training and opportunities for hands-on experience, our online certificate in aerodynamics will provide you with the knowledge and skills to stand out among other job and graduate school candidates.

Online Certificate in Aerodynamics Courses

When you attend MTU’s online certificate in aerodynamics program, you’ll take interactive courses carefully designed by industry professionals.

Students begin by building a fundamental understanding of aerodynamics in Advanced Fluid Mechanics, which provides a broad introduction to problems involving rockets, pumps, sprinklers, and other physical phenomena. Each student will then choose two of the following classes below to create the course of study that aligns with their interests and career goals:

  • Computational Fluids Engineering
  • Advanced Heat Transfer
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics for Engineers
  • Physical Gas Dynamics
  • Intermediate Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer
  • Compressible Flow/Gas Dynamics

Learn more about these courses.

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Build a Foundation for a Future Graduate Degree With an Online Certificate in Aerodynamics.

Get a head start on your graduate studies with our online certificate in aerodynamics. Whether you plan on entering a graduate program sometime soon or later in your career, you’ll have the training to stand out as an applicant. Many of the courses in your online certificate in aerodynamics program can also count toward requirements for your future master’s or doctoral degree.

What Can You Do With an Online Certificate in Aerodynamics from MTU?

Aerodynamics professionals work in the aerospace, aviation, and automotive industries. They also directly impact everything from shipping and transportation to government and space programs. Thanks to the rigorous training and guidance from industry experts you’ll find at Michigan Tech, you’ll be more than prepared to excel in a diverse range of careers.

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About Michigan Tech

Michigan Tech is a public research university founded in 1885. Our Graduate School offers 40 master's degree programs and 27 PhD programs to provide our students and the world with what tomorrow needs.