Course Name

Unified Engineering I, II, III, & IV


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Illustration of an aircraft wing showing connections between the disciplines of the course.

An abstracted aircraft wing, illustrating the connections between the disciplines of Unified Engineering. (Image by MIT OpenCourseWare.)


Prof. Mark Drela

Prof. Steven Hall

Prof. Paul A. Lagace

Prof. Ingrid Kristina Lundqvist

Prof. Gustaf Naeser

Prof. Heidi Perry

Prof. Raúl Radovitzky

Prof. Ian A. Waitz

Col. Peter Young

Prof. Jennifer L. Craig

MIT Course Number

16.01 / 16.02 / 16.03 / 16.04

As Taught In

Fall 2005 - Spring 2006



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Course Features

Course Highlights

This course features materials from Unified Engineering which comprise more than four times the volume of a typical one-semester MIT course. The seven disciplines covered in this site, along with the course's organization and pedagogy, are explained in the detailed syllabus.

Course Description

The basic objective of Unified Engineering is to give a solid understanding of the fundamental disciplines of aerospace engineering, as well as their interrelationships and applications. These disciplines are Materials and Structures (M); Computers and Programming (C); Fluid Mechanics (F); Thermodynamics (T); Propulsion (P); and Signals and Systems (S). In choosing to teach these subjects in a unified manner, the instructors seek to explain the common intellectual threads in these disciplines, as well as their combined application to solve engineering Systems Problems (SP). Throughout the year, the instructors emphasize the connections among the disciplines.


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