Education
Educational programs coordinated through the UNM Aerospace Institute include courses for individuals employed in the aerospace industry as well as classes to train those seeking a career in the field. For information on registration, please see the Registrar's Office, UNM Admissions; and the School of Engineering web sites.
Scholarships
Would you like to learn more about Aerospace Engineering and get a scholarship while doing so? To obtain a scholarship application form, find out if you meet the eligibility requirements of the scholarship, or to ask questions about this scholarship opportunity, contact the Scholarship Coordinator at elsac@unm.edu or (505) 2775064.
Classes
Currently classes are held in the following fields:
Manufacturing Engineering Program
Dynamics & Controls
ME 510  Nonlinear Modeling and Analysis. (3) 
ME 516  Applied Dynamics. (3) 
ME 575  475./575. Random Dynamic Processes and Controls. (3) The class will concentrate on practical application of random analyses to control systems. Frequency domain aspects of control systems will be reviewed. The course utilizes random analysis tools including Power Spectral Density and coherence. Student should have a basic knowledge of MATLAB. Prerequisite: ME 380. 
ME 580  580. Dynamic System Analysis. (3) Mathematical modeling of continuous and discrete systems (mechanical, hydraulic, electric, electromechanical, thermal, etc.). Analysis of state equations. Controllability, observability and stability. Prerequisite: ME 380. 
ME 581  581. Digital Control of Mechanical Systems. (3) Analysis and design of feedback systems in which a digital computer is used as the realtime controller. Design methods will include transformbased techniques using the Ztransform and timedomain techniques using the statespace approach. Prerequisite: ME 380. 
ECE 500  Theory of Linear Systems. (3) State space representation of dynamical systems. Analysis and design of linear models in control systems and signal processing. Continuous, discrete and sampled representations. This course is fundamental for students in the system areas. 
ECE 514  Nonlinear and Adaptive Control. (3) Linearization of nonlinear systems. Phaseplane analysis. Lyapunov stability analysis. Hyperstability and Popov stability criterion. Adaptive control systems. Adaptive estimation. Stability of adaptive control systems, backstepping and nonlinear designs. Prerequisite: ECE 500. 
ECE 541  Probability Theory and Stochastic Processes. (3) 
ECE 546  Multivariable Control Theory. (3) Hermite, Smith and SmithMcMillan canonic forms for polynomial and rational matrices. Coprime matrixfraction representations for rational matrices. Bezout identity. Poles and zeros for multivariable systems. Matrixfraction approach to feedback system design. Optimal linearquadraticGaussian (LQG) control. Multivariable Nyquist stability criteria. Prerequisite: ECE 500. 
ECE 595  Orbital Mechanics. (3) Course content includes the twobody problem; elementary rocket dynamics, impulsive orbit transfer and rendezvous, and Lambert's Theorem with applications; patchedconic trajectories, planetary gravityassist maneuvers, and perturbations.Text: John E. Prussing, and Bruce A. Conway, Orbital Mechanics, Oxford University Press, 1993. 
Fluids
ME 528  Advanced Fluid Mechanics. (3) Introduction to potential flow, compressible flow and viscous flow including lubrication and boundary layers. Applications to be discussed will be selected from topics in piping networks, turbomachinery, computational methods, turbulence and measurement techniques. Prerequisite: 301 and 317L and MATH 316. 
ME 529  Gas Dynamics. (3) One and twodimensional compressible flow of ideal gases including shock compressible flow along with applications, including numerical and experimental methods. Prerequisite: 301 and 317L. 
ME 530

Theoretical Fluid Mechanics I. (3) 
ME 534  Boundary Layers. (3) Derivation of boundary layer equations, similarity solutions, integral methods and experimental results for laminar boundary layers. Stability of laminar boundary layers. Boundary layer transition. Turbulent fluctuations and transport. Prerequisite: 530. 
ME 634  Turbulence and Turbulent Boundary Layer Flow. (3)

Manufacturing Engineering Program: wwwmep.unm.edu/index.html
Plasma & Space Weather
ECE 553L  Experimental Techniques in Plasma Science (3) 
ECE/Physics 581  Introduction to Space Physics and Weather 
Space Communications
ECE 441  Introduction to Communication Systems. (3) Amplitude/frequency modulation, pulse position/amplitude modulation, probabilistic noise model, AWGN, Rice representation, figure of merit, phase locked loops, digital modulation, introduction to multiple access systems. Prerequisite: 314 and 340. 
ECE 469/569  Antennas for Wireless Communications. (3) 
ECE 541  Probability Theory and Stochastic Processes. (3) Axiomatic probability theory, projection theorem for Hilbert spaces, conditioned expectations, modes of stochastic convergence, Markov chains, meansquare calculus, Wiener filtering, optimal signal estimation, prediction stationarity, ergodicity, transmission through linear and nonlinear systems, sampling. 
ECE 542  Digital Communication Theory. (3) Elements of information theory and source coding, digital modulation techniques, signal space representation, optimal receivers for coherent/noncoherent detection in AWGN channels, error probability bounds, channel capacity, elements of block and convolutional coding, fading, equalization signal design. Prerequisite: 541. 
ECE 543  Digital Control Systems. (3) Discretetime signals and systems. Performance and stability criteria. Design approaches for digital control of analog plants. Sampling and signal quantization. Optimal and adaptive control. Microprocessor implementation of digital control algorithms. Prerequisite: 500. 
ECE 549  Information Theory and Coding. (3) An introduction to information theory. Fundamental concepts such as entropy, mutual information, and the asymptotic equipartition property are introduced. Additional topics include data compression, communication over noisy channels, algorithmic information theory, and applications. Prerequisite: 340 or equivalent. 
ECE 561  Electrodynamics. (3) Electromagnetic interaction with materials, solutions to the wave equation, plane wave propagation, wave reflection and transmission, vector potentials and radiation equations, dielectric slab waveguides, electromagnetic field theorems, Green’s Functions, scattering. 
ECE 595 Special Topics  FPGA Design for Aerospace. (14 to a maximum of 15, 14 
Structures
ME 501  Advanced Mechanics of Materials. (3) 
ME 504  Computational Mechanics. (3) Weak formulations of governing equations in solid mechanics, fluid mechanics,and head conduction, Finite element equations in two and threedimensions. Numerical algorithms for static and timedependent cases. 
ME 506  Boundary Element Methods in Engineering. (3) This course presents an introduction to the boundary element method with emphasis placed on concepts and fundamentals. Example applications will be taken from the fields of fluid mechanics, heat transfer, structural mechanics and acoustics. 
ME 512  Introduction to Continuum Mechanics. (3) Vector and tensor analysis, kinematics of continua, equations of motion, first and second laws of thermodynamics, constitutive equations for elastic solids and compressible viscous fluids. 
ME 540  Elasticity. (3) Field theory of elasticity; Saint Venants problems; introduction to plane theory of elasticity. 
ME 561  Fracture Mechanics (under special topics) 
CE 502  Finite Element Methods in Solid Mechanics. (3) Topics in finite element analysis with applications to problems in a two and three dimensional, solid continuum. 
CE 503  Composite Materials. (3) Mechanical behavior of constituent materials, characteristics of the lamina and laminates, composite action and mechanics, fracture and failure theories, hygrothermal effects, testing and inspection techniques, design of composite structures. 
CE 508 
Analysis and Design of Plates and Shells. (3) 
CE 518  Theory of Structural Stability. (3) General concept of stability of elastic and inelastic systems: columns, beamcolumns, frames, plates and torsional stability. Equilibrium, energy and dynamic methods, nonlinear systems, nonconservative problems, discretized mathematical models. 
CE 520  Introduction to Structural Dynamics. (3) Basic theory of structural vibrations; structural response/ design to dynamic loads; approximate frequency methods for design; response spectra for design; viscous and tuned mass damping; lumped mass systems using matrix methods; periodic and transient response using normal mode method; continuous mass systems. 