Department of Engineering and Aviation Science

Prepare to soar with a career in aviation or engineering

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Engineering and Aviation Sciences programs are your gateway to rewarding careers in these growing and dynamic industries.

Our engineering and aviation school combines theoretical knowledge with practical hands-on experiences to prepare you for success in both fields. Our engineering and aviation classes are taught by experienced faculty who are passionate about teaching and mentoring their students. You also will have the opportunity to participate in research projects, internships, and other extracurricular activities that will give you the skills and experience you need to succeed. Whether you want to design new aircraft, develop cutting-edge technologies, or fly commercial airliners, our program will give you the tools you need to achieve your goals.

Engineering & Aviation Sciences Chair’s Welcome

Welcome to the Department of Engineering and Aviation Sciences at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. The mission of the Department is to provide quality professional degree programs, to prepare you for employment in their chosen field, to establish close partnerships with and facilitate technology transfers to industry and government, to prepare you for advanced studies, to contribute to economic development of the State, and to provide related service to the campus community and the community at large.

As you visit this website, you’ll become familiar with the knowledge and skills needed by engineering and aviation professionals to solve problems and seize new opportunities in jobs that are both highly challenging and highly rewarding.

The department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering with specializations in Aerospace, Computer, Electrical, or Mechanical. The department also offers a Bachelor of Science program in Aviation Sciences with concentrations in Aviation Electronics, Aviation Management, Aviation Software, or Professional Pilot.

Department laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentations, developmental hardware, and software tools for teaching and research. The curricula and undergraduate research activities in the department combine engineering fundamentals with hands-on laboratory experiences to reinforce the principles and concepts used in the classroom and to apply the knowledge learned to solve real-world problems in an environment that emphasizes leadership and teamwork.

We are student-centered and committed to providing a world-class education and research in engineering and aviation sciences through focused activities with the help of our excellent faculty, staff, and facilities. You will enjoy the benefits of small classes, individual attention, highly accessible professors, dedicated computer and technology resources, and newly designed and equipped laboratories.

The department focuses on your career goals to provide a strong background in the fields of engineering and aviation sciences. We are dedicated to promoting lifelong learning and expose every student to social and ethical issues involving engineering and aviation sciences. In doing so, our graduates are problem-solvers within their industry.

All the faculty and staff of the department will work with you to meet your career or higher education goals and help you succeed.

Check out our video below to learn more about our Engineering program. If you have any questions or you need more information on either program, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Yuanwei Jin, Ph.D. Chair and Professor, Engineering and Aviation Sciences

Explore Engineering & Aviation Science at UMES

Bachelor of Science in Engineering

Our four-year ABET-accredited bachelor’s degree in engineering will give you the skills and knowledge you need to solve the world’s most pressing problems.

Our program is founded on the basic sciences and emphasizes the development of a high degree of technical competence. You will learn the fundamentals of mathematics, physics, and chemistry, as well as engineering sciences such as mechanics, materials, thermodynamics, and electrical circuits. You will also gain experience in engineering design, which is the process of creating systems, components, and processes that meet specific needs.

In addition to your technical skills, you’ll also explore the humanities and social sciences knowledge, providing you with a well-rounded education that helps you understand the impact of engineering on society.

Our program is rigorous, but it is also rewarding. You will have the opportunity to learn from experienced faculty and to work on challenging projects. You will also have many opportunities to network with other students and professionals in the engineering field.

Bachelor of Science in Engineering concentrations:

  • Aerospace
  • Computer
  • Electrical
  • Mechanical

The UMES bachelor’s in aviation sciences program is your gateway to a rewarding career in the sky. Our program is Maryland’s only four-year bachelor’s degree program in Aviation, and we are committed to preparing students for challenging and rewarding careers in the aviation industry.

You will have the opportunity to study in an exceptionally beautiful environment conducive to academic pursuits. Our campus is located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, which is known for its stunning beaches, marshes, and forests. You will also learn from experienced faculty who are passionate about aviation and committed to helping you succeed.

The comparatively small size of our institution and programs allows close personal interaction and mentoring by the faculty in our engineering and aviation classes. This means that you will have the opportunity to get to know your professors and receive one-on-one attention. You will also meet, study with, and socialize with students from a wide variety of backgrounds, including many international students.

Bachelor’s in Aviation concentrations:

Student Life in Engineering & Aviation Science at UMES

Students in our engineering and aviation school are encouraged to participate in co-ops. Co-op programs are your chance to gain real-world experience and make connections that will help you land your dream job.

Co-ops allow you to alternate between academic studies and paid extended work experiences related to your field of study. This gives you the opportunity to gain hands-on experience, learn from industry professionals, and network with potential employers.

The Engineering and Aviation Sciences program at UMES offers a variety of co-op opportunities in a wide range of industries. You could work for aeronautical engineering firms, aerospace companies, or even the U.S. Air Force. In addition to co-ops, the program also organizes and participates in various engineering and aviation events throughout the academic year. This gives you the chance to learn about the latest industry trends, meet with professionals, and explore potential career opportunities.

Learn More about Paying for UMES

We strive to make engineering and aviation school affordable so that all our students can reach new heights. The first step towards learning about financial aid opportunities is to complete the FAFSA. By doing so, you’ll receive your award package of available scholarships, grants, and loans. We also encourage you to contact our financial aid office if you require assistance.

Available Careers in Engineering & Aviation Science

Job growth in the aviation industry is tremendous, providing outstanding career opportunities for new graduates. Domestic air transportation is expected to grow at a rate of nearly 3 percent a year through 2036.

Our graduates enjoy an excellent placement rate. We have partnerships with industry that provide students with enhanced learning opportunities through co-ops and internships.

When you graduate from the UMES Engineering and Aviation Science program, you are equipped for many careers, including:

  • Aerospace engineer
  • Aviation systems engineer
  • Pilot

You are also prepared for graduate programs in Aerospace Engineering and Electrical Engineering.

Take the Next Step

If you are looking for a challenging and rewarding career in aviation or engineering, then UMES is the perfect place for you to come. Join us and let’s soar together.

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