The Ph.D. in Aerospace Sciences is a joint program between the UND Departments of Aviation and Space Studies. The combined departments have over twenty graduate faculty members with earned terminal degrees in geology, engineering, astronomy, business, political science, mathematics, biophysics, education, medicine and law.
Terminal degreed professionals are needed to guide the next generation of research in the aerospace industry. These positions will be in government entities, private enterprise and institutions of higher education. The aerospace industry has traditionally been unified on a global basis. It is expected this trend will continue and thus there will be increased opportunities for our graduates worldwide.
Research opportunities into the areas of Aviation and Space Studies are expansive. Space Science is dealing with the vast amounts of data obtained from sensors. The space industry suffers ups and downs, but commercial space is rapidly developing. Military space is not only growing, but in need of replacement systems.
Commercial, civil, and military aviation are learning to live with new constraints. Technologies and techniques to increase safety and security will always be in demand. Newly educated students will need to be ready to implement the newest technologies and theories for the next generation. There will be a host of human factors, training, and policy initiatives that will be need to be properly vetted within the federal government.
Finally, there is a great need for policy analysts in civil aerospace, military and commercial aerospace. Problems range from control of the airspace over the US, space debris abatement and weaponization of space. All of these require analysts with broad expertise encompassing the technical and social science aspects of aerospace.
The UND-educated Aerospace Studies Ph.D. graduate will be prepared to solve these problems and may open doors to high-level management or special high-tech research positions in the space industry.