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Sea Based Aviation To Bridge The Gap Between Aerospace And Naval Engineering Students

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2008 Annual Conference & Exposition


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Publication Date

June 22, 2008

Start Date

June 22, 2008

End Date

June 25, 2008



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Topics at the intersection of Aero and Naval Eng.

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Ocean and Marine

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13.1066.1 - 13.1066.7



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Leigh McCue Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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Leigh McCue is an Assistant Professor in Virginia Tech's Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering and an affiliate to the VT Department of Engineering Education. Her research interests are in nonlinear and chaotic vessel dynamics including capsize, parametric rolling, and sea-based aviation operations largely involving analytical and numerical approaches. Dr. McCue received her BSE degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in 2000 from Princeton University. She earned her graduate degrees from the University of Michigan in Aerospace Engineering (MSE 2001) and Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (MSE 2002, PhD 2004).

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Christina Pace Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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Christina Pace is a 2007 graduate of Virginia Tech's Mathematics program. In the fall of 2008 she will begin graduate studies in Mathematics Education at the University of Georgia. There she hopes to create a curriculum based around special education, educational psychology, and mathematics. Her primary research interests are integrated and differential education. She has two dogs, Gracie and Marzipan.

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Sea-based aviation to bridge the gap between aerospace and naval engineering students

U.S. Navy photo by MCSN David A. Brandenburg


This case study focuses upon encouraging discussion and awareness of aerospace and naval engineering opportunities in a classroom comprised of both majors through a two-part (individual and group) project on sea-based aviation. In this paper, the result of the students interactive thought process is summarized with input as to how to make similar exercises more effective in future course offerings. Additionally, student feedback as to the use of this assignment for emphasizing to them the importance of a multi-disciplinary (multi-vehicle) systems perspective rather than a unit perspective is presented.


The Virginia Tech course AOE4334 “Ship Dynamics” is a required part of the core “Ocean Engineering” curriculum. Because of the uniqueness of the department as an Aerospace and Ocean Engineering combination and the intertwining of the Aerospace and Ocean Engineering majors within the department, a number of students choose to double major. In the 2007 AOE4334 course, of 20 students, 13 were pure ocean engineering majors, 2 were dual majors with ocean engineering listed as their primary major, and 5 were dual majors with aerospace

McCue, L., & Pace, C. (2008, June), Sea Based Aviation To Bridge The Gap Between Aerospace And Naval Engineering Students Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 10.18260/1-2--3181

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