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Integrated Master Degree (MSc) in Aerospace Engineering
Luís Manuel Braga da Costa Campos
Joao Manuel Lage de Miranda Lemos
The Integrated MSc programme in Aero-space Engineering (MEAer) is a synthesis of the cutting-edge technologies that distinguish the 20th century, which are materialized into different types of vehicles, such as airplanes, helicopters, robotized aircrafts, spaceships and satellites. This course allows the Aerospace Engineer to intervene in all stages of the life-cycle of a vehicle, from its conception and project, to the operation and maintenance, tests and production. The course makes use of the computer facilities of the IST, in particular of the laboratories of the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering. Currently, an aero-acoustic wind tunnel and a 6-degree of freedom flight simulator are being installed. Among the specific aerospace equipment, it is worth noting the on-flight trial plane Casa Aviocar, which has been operated in cooperation with the Portuguese Air Force and used in national and international research projects in the fields of flight dynamics and air traffic management. Portugal is one of the six countries equipped with this type of plane, and the IST is one of the five higher education institutions that has access to an "on-flight lab" for teaching and research purposes.
The numerus clausus of the MEA increased form 35 to 80 over the last few years, keeping a high admission average, of about 85%, and guaranteeing employment to all the newly graduates, since the demand for engineers exceeds supply. Aerospace Engineering is one the most interdisciplinary programmes, one of those that put more emphasis on advanced technologies; that is why the Aerospace Engineers perform the most wide-ranging activities worldwide, considering that it is an extremely internationalized sector. In addition, with regard to branch of aircrafts and avionics, the Aerospace Engineers are perfectly qualified to develop their activity as Mechanical Engineers and Electro-technical Engineers, respectively, albeit the purpose is not that. There are nowadays graduates in Aerospace Engineering from the IST working in the largest companies and aeronautical institutions, both national (OGMA, TAP, FAP, NAV, INAC) and European (Airbus, Aerospatiale, British Aerospace, Daimler-Chrysler, Rolls-Royce, Snecma, Astrium, Cern, Esa, Eurocontrol): About half of the graduates in this course work directly in the aeronautical sector and the other half in other engineering fields, consultancy and services. Nearly half of them work in Portugal and the other half abroad. There are graduates in large institutions and companies of the aeronautic sector (ESA, Eurocontrol, Airbus, British Aerospace, Daimler-Chrysler, Astrium, Rolls-Royce, Snecma). There is full employment in this course.
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