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M.S. in Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Engineering

The 30-credit program, built on rigorous coursework, allows students the option of developing and demonstrating knowledge attainment through project-based experiences. The program’s fifteen-credit core provides breadth across pertinent issues in unmanned and autonomous systems: unmanned platforms; planning and localization; sensors and data links; control systems; reliability, safety, and certification; and the requisite mathematical background. The program’s remaining fifteen credits consists of elective courses, determined in consultation with the student’s advisor to tailor a program of study. The electives provide the student three options: all coursework; coursework plus a two-semester capstone project performed either alone or, more likely, as a member of a small team, leading to publication of a conference paper (or preparation of a technical report of comparable publication quality); or a thesis option leading to publication of multiple conference papers or a journal article (or preparation of technical reports of comparable quality). In addition, the student can choose the Unmanned Aircraft Systems area of concentration, building a deep understanding of problems in the field through development of an operational aircraft and control station.

Areas of Concentration

Technical Area of Concentration

The Technical Area of Concentration supports the Thesis, Capstone, and Coursework only options.

Required Courses for Technical Concentration15
AE/EE/ME 527Modern Control Systems3
EE 510Linear Systems3
EE 528Sensors and Data Links3
ME 503Unmanned and Autonomous Vehicle Systems3
SYS 505System Safety and Certification3
Thesis Option
Two (2) Electives Required6
UAS 700Thesis9
Capstone Option
Three (3) Electives Required9
UAS 691Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Capstone Design Project I3
UAS 692Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Capstone Design Project II3
Coursework Only Option
Five (5) Electives15
Total30

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Area of Concentration

The UAS Area of Concentration only supports the Capstone Option

Required Courses UAS Concentration
AE/EE/ME 527Modern Control Systems3
EE 510Linear Systems3
EE 528Sensors and Data Links3
ME 503Unmanned and Autonomous Vehicle Systems3
SYS 505System Safety and Certification3
Elective Courses for UAS Concentration
AE 506Airplane Dynamic Stability3
AE 623Atmospheric Navigation, Guidance and Control3
AE 626Aircraft Fault Tolerance and Advanced Control Theory3
Capstone for UAS Concentration
UAS 691Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Capstone Design Project I3
UAS 692Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Capstone Design Project II3
Total Credits30

Systems Engineering Area of Concentration

The Systems Engineering Area of Concentration only supports the Capstone Option.

Required Courses for Systems Engineering Concentration
ME 503Unmanned and Autonomous Vehicle Systems3
SYS 505System Safety and Certification3
SYS 530System Requirements Analysis and Modeling3
UAS 501Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Design3
SE 535/600User Interface Design and Evaluation3
Elective Courses for Systems Engineering Concentration
Three (3) Electives9
Capstone for Systems Engineering Concentration
UAS 691Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Capstone Design Project I3
UAS 692Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Capstone Design Project II3
Total Credits30

Approved Electives

AE 502Strength and Fatigue of Materials3
AE 506Airplane Dynamic Stability3
AE 516Computational Aeronautical Fluid Dynamics3
AE 522Analysis of Aircraft Composite Materials3
AE 526Engineering Optimization3
AE 530Aeroacoustics3
AE 610Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics3
AE 640Turbine Engine Propulsion Systems3
CEC 510Digital Signal Processing3
CEC 526Sensor Data Fusion3
CEC 527Mobile Sensor Networks3
CEC 530Image Processing and Machine Vision3
CEC 610State and Parameter Estimation3
CS 528Multi-Agent Systems3
CS 529Computer Security3
EE 500Digital Control Systems3
EE 505Advanced Mechatronics3
EE 525Avionics and Radio Navigation3
EE 529Electro-Optical Systems3
EE 625Satellite-Based Communications and Navigation3
ME 520Sensor Processing with Applications3
ME 523Modeling and Simulation of Linear Dynamic Systems3
ME 613Advanced Model-Based Control Design3
ME 614Multidisciplinary Design Optimization3
ME 615Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning3
SE 535User Interface Design and Evaluation3
SE 600User Interface Design for Unmanned Systems3
SYS 500Fundamentals of Systems Engineering3
SYS 530System Requirements Analysis and Modeling3
SYS 560Introduction to Systems Engineering Management3
SYS 610System Architecture Design and Modeling3
SYS 625System Quality Assurance3
SYS 660Organizational Systems Management3

Additional Approved Electives (Systems Engineering AOC Only)

ERAU-WW courses (limit1, Systems Engineering AOC only)

  • UNSY 601: Unmanned Systems Command, Control, and Communication
  • UNSY 605: Unmanned System Sensing, Perception, and Processing
  • UNSY 610: Unmanned System Autonomy and Automation
  • UNSY 615: Unmanned Systems Power, Propulsion and Maneuvering