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5 Questions on Aerospace Engineering with Dr. Firoz Alam

Dr. Firoz Alam, Associate Professor at RMIT, tells Brain Gain Magazine about Aerospace Engineering & its diverse applications.
BY Skendha Singh |   19-10-2015

You probably think that a degree in Aerospace Engineering means an obsession with things that can fly, and a head for Maths and Physics. But did you know that your degree could help you get involved with several other industries, even sports?

We spoke to Dr. Firoz Alam, Associate Professor at RMIT, about the course and the diverse career options for graduates. Below are edited excerpts:

  1. What is the commonest myth about aerospace engineering among students?

    That ‘Aerospace engineering students can only work in the aerospace industry’. It is not completely true. They can work in a wide range of industries, including airlines, airport, automotive, ship building, and other closely related industries, and organizations.

  2. Please give us some examples of aerospace engineering applications in sport.

    There is a wide application of aerospace engineering knowledge in sports, such as:  a) sports ball aerodynamics (football, rugby ball, tennis ball, baseball, cricket ball, American football, Australian rules football) b) ski jumping, c) downhill and alpine ski, d) Speed skating, e) Cycling, f) Swimming, g) badminton shuttlecockh) Javelin, i) discus, j) sprint, k) sports suits/garments (textile aerodynamics), l) bicycle and motor cycle helmets.

  3. What is RMIT doing differently with aerospace engineering?

    Unlike other universities in Australia, RMIT’s Aerospace Engineering program offers work integrated learning through compulsory industry placement. Students get opportunity to work and undertake research on industry sponsored projects.

  4. Can you give us a few examples of this practical learning?

    In addition to theoretical learning, RMIT University puts emphasis on hands on practical learning. Students undertake various practical activities and projects including the Airbus sponsored project ‘Fly your idea’, Engineers without Borders, Design and Build, Formula SAE Racing etc.

  5. What are the career options available for students who pursue this discipline?

    Career options for Aerospace Engineering graduates are very wide. They can work in aerospace industry, airlines and airports. They can also work as mechanical, production/manufacturing, automotive and marine engineers.



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