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A Missile System Design Engineering Model Graduate Curriculum

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

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June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



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Graduate Aerospace Systems Engineering Design

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10.56.1 - 10.56.31

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Conrad Newberry

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A Missile System Design Engineering Model Graduate Curriculum Conrad F. Newberry, PE, DEnv.

Professor Emeritus

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and Naval Postgraduate School


A missile system design engineering design model graduate curriculum is presented for discussion. The rationale for the program is discussed in detail. Three levels of educational objectives which support the program are addressed. A course matrix for a master’s level degree is presented as is a shorter missile engineering certification program matrix. Course descriptions are provided, as are representative instructional objectives which support them. Program assessment is discussed in terms of program objectives and accreditation.


The missile segment of the aerospace industry is quite small compared to the airplane and space segments. In 2003 missile segment sales were 13,489 million dollars compared to the total aerospace industry sales of 148,928 million dollars; the missile segment was about nine percent of the total. In terms of 2003 employment, the missile and space segment employed some 70,000 people, whereas the total aerospace industry employed some 583,000 people; the missile segment employed less than twelve percent of the total aerospace work force [1]. The squeaky wheel comprising airplane and space engineering graduate demands overshadows the missile community needs wheel for specialized expertise in missile system design engineering.

The paucity of missile engineering degree programs at universities within the United States suggests that the development of a model graduate missile engineering system design curriculum would be of interest to both academe and industry. Accordingly, a model graduate missile engineering system design curriculum is presented for discussion.

A model curriculum can be expected to provide a template for what should be an ideal specification of learning behaviors required in a given field of endeavor. These learning behaviors may or may not be grouped into specific courses. Such a template provides any given educational institution with set of minimum learning behaviors that can then be tailored and/or adjusted to meet the needs of that institution and the particular communities or constituencies that it serves. For the purposes of this paper, behavioral (instructional) objectives are generally grouped within specific course boundaries.

Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright ©2005 by C.F. Newberry. Published by the American Society for Engineering Education with permission.

Newberry, C. (2005, June), A Missile System Design Engineering Model Graduate Curriculum Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon.

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