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Fields of Study

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Our fields of study are designed with this key aim in mind: innovation through specialization. Expertise is incredibly valuable in industry today, and by focusing your talents and efforts towards what you are passionate about, our program will prepare you to solve the most pressing problems in aerospace and beyond, and make your own research breakthroughs. We’ll give you the tools, facilities, mentors and access to industry opportunities you need. The ideas and vision are yours.

Anna Mandra

“The mentorship I received from the faculty at Ryerson—and the analytical and research skills I acquired—gave me a competitive advantage in my role at Bombardier."

Anna Mandra, Airworthiness Engineer at Bombardier Aerospace
Aerospace Engineering (MEng) ‘10
PhD Candidate

Three Fields of Study to Choose From

If you choose to specialize in this field, you could go on to a successful career as a computational fluid dynamicist, turbine designer, compressor designer, aerodynamicist, propulsion engineers, aero-thermo fluids analyst and more.

Research Areas:

  • Applied aerodynamics research
  • CFD algorithms
  • Cooling of gas turbine components
  • Nonlinear aeroelasticity
  • Propulsion system research
  • Subsonic and supersonic aircraft design
  • Thermal management in aerospace systems
  • Wind turbines

Research Laboratories and Facilities:

With expertise in this field, you’ll have the skills you need to build a career as a structural engineer, stress analyst, structural designer, structural load officer, mass engineer, methods engineer, manufacturing engineer, aerospace materials engineer, airworthiness engineer and more.

Research Areas:

  • Characterisation
  • Computational methods in composite airframes
  • Laser micro machining
  • Manufacturing and automation
  • Modeling and analysis of aerospace advanced materials and structures in design and manufacturing

Research Laboratories and Facilities:

This field is ideal for our students who want careers in flight control systems engineering, automated control systems engineering, satellite systems engineering, space mission planning, satellite attitude control engineering, automation engineering and more.

Research Areas:

  • Advanced aerospace vehicle dynamics
  • Control systems development for robotics and aerospace systems
  • Innovative computer vision algorithms for unmanned space operations
  • Instrumentation
  • Spacecraft dynamics and control

Research Laboratories and Facilities:

Ryerson Institute for Aerospace Design and Innovation (RIADI)

There are opportunities for select graduate students to participate in RIADI—recognized as one of the best work-integrated learning programs in Canada. A unique partnership between Ryerson and the Canadian aerospace industry, RIADI immerses you in real-world, intensive aerospace research and design at some of the most important aerospace companies in Canada, including Bombardier, BionX, Pratt & Whitney Canada, and UTC Aerospace Systems. As part of a design group assigned to one particular project or challenge, you’ll have the opportunity to present your ideas and solutions to industry leaders, and help them make substantial improvements in their products and/or engineering processes.

For more information, visit the RIADI page.

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