Utah State University is among top schools for aerospace research

Those who wish to become aerospace engineers may have excellent job prospects, as employment of these professionals is expected to increase over the next several years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Schools such as Utah State University (USU) offer unique research opportunities that are related to this field.

According to the university, it is the second-best school in the U.S. for space research funding, among such prestigious institutions as Johns Hopkins University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In fact, with more than $51.8 million in research and development expenditures in 2008, USU ranks second among all universities in the nation in money spent on aerospace research and development, according to the National Science Foundation.

USU is home to Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL), a unit of the USU Research Foundation, which is a nonprofit research corporation owned by the university. SDL's development of sensors and calibration, small satellites and real-time intelligence has made it an internationally known organization in the space exploration industry.

SDL engineers and scientists have worked closely with USU students since 1982 to develop research experiments that have flown on space shuttles. 

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