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UTSA unveils new master’s program that prepares students for careers in aerospace engineering

SAN ANTONIO – This fall semester the University of Texas at San Antonio is providing a Master of Science diploma in Aerospace Engineering that will put together students for a profitable career designing plane, spacecraft and extra.

Chris Combs, Dee Howard Endowed Assistant Professor in Aerodynamics, mentioned there are a number of alternatives in the Aerospace Engineering trade.

“One thing that we really keed on when we developed this proposal for this aerospace masters program is that just in the last year there were 90 jobs advertised for aerospace engineers in the San Antonio area and there wasn’t a single program in the city that was addressing that need. So, we are really trying to fill that gap and help prepare the workforce that our city’s asking for,” Combs mentioned.

Students a part of the program have entry to completely different labs, together with the Hypersonics Lab the place students conduct completely different exams utilizing a wind tunnel able to simulating air speeds of as much as Mach 7, or seven occasions the pace of sound.

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“This is a really unique national resource. We’re one of only a few schools in the country that has a hypersonic wind tunnel on campus,” Combs mentioned. “This is a Mach 7 wind tunnel facility where we can do hypersonic aerodynamic testing for the Air Force, NASA, the Navy, all kinds of other sponsors and really understand how vehicles are going to behave in extreme speeds.”

Combs mentioned students are studying completely different abilities, whereas working in the labs.

“Students wear a lot of different hats when they work in this lab. Sometimes they are doing aerodynamics, and they are doing the hard core physics and the math. They are plumbers, they are electricians, they are writing code, they are doing data processing, image analysis, they are working with these cameras and learning how to use optics. There is a very broad skill set that they learn and they have a lot they can take with them to the workforce,” Combs mentioned.

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