Wichita State University’s Aerospace Engineering Department holds immense cultural importance as it is one of the oldest departments in the nation and is located in the ‘Air Capital of the World.’ The department is one of the finest in Aerospace Engineering which brings the best to the students by allowing them to train both locally and at a higher level through programs such as NASA programs to promote experiential learning. It has gained expertise in both aircraft as well as spacecraft manufacturing and research.

It offers :

  • BS, MS, and Ph.D. in Aerospace engineering.

MS degree comprises of three options, namely, Thesis, Directed Project, and Non-thesis. The Thesis option has a requirement of a minimum of 24 graduate credit hours including 6 thesis hours. The Directed project includes 30 graduate credit hours for coursework alongside 3 credit hours devoted to the directed project. The non-thesis option consists of a minimum of 33 credit hours of coursework with an exit exam on core courses.

The program also employs a Plan of Study which the students must complete before 12 hours of coursework. It includes a minimum of 12 credit hours in the major courses and a minimum of three credit hours in mathematics.

The non-thesis exit exam is conducted three times a year and covers :

  • Aerodynamics and Fluid Mechanics
  • Structures and Solid Mechanics
  • Flight Dynamics and Control in its major courses. 

Areas of Expertise:

  • Aircraft Icing
  • Small Aircraft Prototyping
  • Composite Materials
  • Solid Mechanics & Structures
  • Theoretical & Experimental Aerodynamics
  • Acoustics
  • Flight Dynamics & Control
  • Flight Simulation
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics

List of Labs: National Institute for Aviation Research

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at WSU recognizes the intricacies involved in electrical and technological advancements and works towards providing quality training to the students the objective of the department is to form a bridge between traditional lessons and contemporary ones to make students well-versed in the technological challenges faced by the society.

It offers BS, Minor, MSCN, MSCS, MSECE and PhDEECS programs along with a graduate certificate option. BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science is a four-year program where the course sequence for Electrical Engineering includes Foundation Courses, Mathematics/Natural Sciences, Major Courses and Technical Electives.

MSCS program is divided into three options, namely,

  • The Thesis option
  • The Project option
  • The Coursework option

It also includes three requirements which are mandatory for the students to fulfill - they must take the course on Advanced Algorithms and Analysis, have a minimum of 12 credit hours of major coursework numbering 800 or higher and finish three credit hours of major courses along with research and presentation. The students must also take twelve credit hours of open electives. MSCN has similar three options as Computer Science, however, the course requirement for students consists of a mandatory course on Data Communication Networks, one of the Advanced Algorithms and Analysis and Mathematical Foundations of Computer Networking, twelve credit hours of major coursework numbering eight hundred or higher and three credit hours on major courses with research writing and presentation.

MSECE program requires students to choose a major specialization area such as :

  • Communication & Signal Processing
  • Computing Systems
  • Control Systems & Robotics
  • Power & Energy System

The PhDEECS program comprises of a total of 72 credits along with a requirement to pass the qualifying exam through which the advisory committee deliberates on the student’s preparation with regards to the dissertation requirements.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Computer Networking
  • Algorithms & Software Systems
  • Computer Systems & Architecture
  • Energy & Power Systems
  • Communications & Signal Processing
  • Control Systems
  • Cybersecurity

Industrial, Systems, and Manufacturing Engineering Department

The Industrial, Systems, and Manufacturing Engineering Department works on making students excel in the management of systems in manufacturing, design, improvement, and research. It focuses on academics as well as teaches students to cultivate the right attitude to address career prospects in the industrial field. The Department offers BS, MS, MEM, and Ph.D. programs. The ISME has two undergraduate programs in Industrial Engineering and Product Design & Manufacturing Engineering.

The MS program in Industrial Engineering revolves around three options - All Course, Directed Project, and Thesis. The Thesis option has a total of 30 credit hours out of which 24 are allotted to coursework and six hours to the thesis. Directed project option consists of 33 hours out of which thirty credit hours is for coursework and three credit hours are required for the project. All Course option requires a minimum of 33 hours for coursework along with the completion of a terminal activity.

The course provides students with the following areas of concentration such as :

  • Operations Research, Systems
  • Production and Supply Chain Analytics
  • Quality and Reliability Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Human Systems Engineering

The Master of Engineering Management (MEM) program is designed for professionals who wish to pursue careers in management while retaining their study in engineering. The program requires the completion of 33 credit course hours out of which 60% of the hours should be courses of seven hundred or higher level. The students must select four courses from Engineering, one course from Systems, and all the courses from Management. The open electives require a minimum of eleven credit hours.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Supply Chain Management/Analytics
  • Quality and Reliability Engineering
  • Manufacturing Processes
  • Sustainability
  • Manufacturing Systems Engineering
  • Health Systems Engineering
  • Human Systems Engineering
  • Operations Research
  • Ergonomics


The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers BS, MS, and Ph.D. programs. The MS in ME program consists of the following options: thesis, without thesis and project options. Some of the areas of specialization in masters include Thermal/Fluid Engineering, Mechanical Systems, and Robotics/Control and Materials Science and engineering. The Ph.D. program in Mechanical Engineering is a four-year course with an emphasis on the original research area of the student. The department also houses student organizations such as Shocker Racing: Formula SAE and Mini Baja SAE and American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Areas of Expertise:

  • Material Science
  • Design & Manufacturing
  • Controls, Robotics & Automation
  • Multibody & Impact Dynamics
  • Thermal Sciences/Engineering
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