The Department of Aerospace Engineering was started in 1949 as faculty of Aeronautics in the Madras Institute Of Technology Campus, for furthering the cause of Aerospace Education in the new born nation. It is the first department which offered undergraduate (UG) programme in Aeronautical Engineering in India. Till date, the Department has been leading the way in propelling aerospace education and indigenous research in aerospace field. This was made a reality through the competent, devoted and efficient faculty and highly sophisticated state – of – art laboratory facilities. The department runs one full time UG, three full time post graduate (PG), and one part time PG programmes. The department also offers Ph.D research programme in various areas related to Aerospace Engineering.
CENTRE FOR AEROSPACE RESEARCH
Centre for Aerospace Research started functioning in 2001 in the Department of Aerospace Engineering to serve the aerospace community through advanced research and developmental activities needed for the country. A number of seminars, workshops are being arranged to bring the scientists, staff and students of various organizations and academic institutions to share the technical knowledge. Department faculty members undertake various sponsored research projects through Centre for Aerospace Research from various funding agencies like Aeronautical Research & Development Board (AR&DB), Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) Laboratories and from various private industries. A standing testimony to the striking progress achieved by the Department can be showcased by the sanction of Micro – Satellite Development Project by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) to Centre for Aerospace Research and the active participation in the project by the department faculty. Faculty members from other departments also participated in this project.The microsatellite(ANUSAT) was successfully launched in April 2009 by PSLV-CA C12.
THE AR & DB DR.K.A.V. PANDALAI CHAIR
In Memory of Prof. K.A.V.Pandalai, a former Professor and Head, Department of Aerospace Engineering, a chair has been created with the financial support from Aeronautical Research and Development Board (AR&DB) Ministry of Defence. Under the chair a number of research activities related to Defence and Space Programmes are being carried out.
Ist Chair Professor- Prof.Rajaram Nagappa (former Associate Director, VSSC , Thiruvananthapuram) during the year 2000 to 2007.
IInd Chair Professor- Prof.V.Kanagarajan ( former Head NTAFC-NAL-Banglore) during the year 2007-2015.