Aerospace Engineering: From the Ground Up

  • AUTHORS: Ben Senson; Jasen Ritter
  • ISBN-13: 9781435447530 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 384 Pages  Hardcover 
  • 1st Edition
  • ©2012     Published
  • Level(s): Flesch-Kincaid
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About The Product

Written with a visual appeal and engaging approach, AEROSPACE ENGINEERING provides an overview of the broad range of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) applications in aerospace engineering. An extensive overview of the history of aviation and technological innovations aid students in seeing the progression of aerospace technology. The use of case studies and real world examples further supports students' understanding and application of STEM to aerospace engineering. Real world connections combined with narratives make the technical material easier to comprehend. The book includes a complete glossary of all related aerospace terminology as well as firsthand accounts of aerospace professionals in their chosen career along with career opportunities.


  • Strong pedagogy with an engaging approach to connect STEM topics with Aerospace Engineering topics enriched with narratives covering real-world connections and career opportunities.
  • Visually appealing presentation illustrating past, present, and future developments in aerospace technology.
  • Appropriate for any introductory aerospace course.
  • Clearly delineates the connections between science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and the value of gaining competence in all of these subjects.
  • Presents career opportunities in aerospace engineering and the career experiences of young aerospace professionals.

About the Contributor

  • Ben Senson

    Ben Senson is a science teacher at Memorial High School. He has been an educational innovator for 20 years having developed the MMSD Remotely Controlled Observatory and its online training program, published activities for the National Project WET initiative, created and taught an Aircraft Construction Experience course, and been a curriculum writer and master teacher for Project Lead the Way's Aerospace Engineering course. Ben is also the lead mentor for the BadgerBOTS Robotics program which operates Wisconsin's largest summer robotics camps, Wisconsin's largest FIRST LEGO League (FLL) program, the Badgerland Regional FLL Tournament, and a Chairman's Award winning FIRST Robotics Competition high school competitive team. Ben is also the coordinator for the Global Academy, an accelerated career pathways magnet program for juniors and seniors offered through a consortium of eight school districts. Ben has a Bachelors Degree in education from the University of Wisconsin Madison, a Masters in astronomy and physics education from Ball State University, and is currently working on a Masters in educational administration at Concordia University.

  • Jasen Ritter

    Jasen Ritter is science and engineering teacher at Vandegrift High School in Austin, Texas and has been in education for more than ten years. Jasen is a Master Teacher for Project Lead the Way Aerospace Engineering course and was the program developer for the Project Lead the Way/NASA Lunar STEM Enhancement Robotics curriculum. In addition to teaching Physics, he is the lead mentor for the VHS Engineering and Robotic Programs and team mentor for the Computer Science Program. Before arriving at Vandegrift, Jasen was at Arlington High School in Arlington, TX. While there, he was the lead mentor for the Team America Rocketry Challenge, First Tech Challenge, and Engineering/Robotics teams. He was nominated as an AWARE Foundation Finalist for technology in the classroom and served as an advisor for the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce Aerospace Consortium to help bring local industry into the classroom. Prior to teaching he worked as IT Director for a national sports marketing agency. He has a BS in Psychology and Computer Science from Florida State University and a Masters in Education from Florida State University.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction.
2. The History of Flight.
3. Basic Aerodynamics.
4. Flight Dynamics
5. Propulsion.
6. Avionics and Other Flight Systems.
7. Aeronautics.
8. Aerospace Physiology.
9. Aerospace Materials.
10. Remote Systems Design.

New to this Edition

  • A comprehensive introduction to the science, technology, engineering and mathematics of aerospace engineering.