Since 1947, the University of Oklahoma has offered top tier aviation and engineering education. OU’s Department of Aviation offers four degree concentrations: Professional Pilot, Aviation Management (Flying and Non-Flying), and Air Traffic Management (first program in the nation). These programs are all accredited by the national and international Aviation Accreditation Board International. OU’s programs include an FAA approved Part 141 and Part 61 Flight School and FAA Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative. The Aviation program has strong partnerships with the National Weather Center, Tinker Air Force Base, Federal Aviation Administration, American Airlines, Envoy Air, Jet Blue, and FedEx. The institution also offers engineering undergraduate and graduate degrees in the following areas: aerospace and mechanical, computer science, data science and analytics, electrical and computer, industrial and systems. These programs are all accredited by the national Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. The institution has a 50-year history of successfully managing technical training contracts and related research grants for the federal government. OU owns and operates the Max Westheimer Airport located on OU’s north research campus.
ERAU is the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace degree programs. These programs are all accredited by the by the national and international Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) and the national Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). With two residential campuses and a worldwide presence encompassing over 130 online and remote educational sites, ERAU is focused on STEM research and partnership with the aerospace industry, other universities, and government agencies. The institution’s aerospace engineering graduate program has been ranked No. 1 nationally. ERAU has 94 instructional aircraft and 41 flight simulators. ERAU operates the FAA’s NextGen Test Bed, an agile research and integration facility designed to allow government, industry, and academia to showcase their ideas and technologies in a NextGen National Airspace System environment. ERAU is currently a core institution partner of the FAA Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems and previously served as lead of the FAA Center of Excellence for General Aviation Research.
Wichita State University has operated the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) since 1985, the most capable university-based aviation research center in the U.S. WSU provides research, design, testing, certification and training to the aviation manufacturing industry, government agencies, educational entities and other clients. NIAR operates on a non-profit budget that has steadily increased to more than $46 million. Clients include Boeing, Bombardier Learjet, Cessna, Beechcraft and Spirit Aerosystems. The institution offers engineering undergraduate and graduate degrees in the following areas: aerospace, biomedical, electrical and computer, industrial, systems, and manufacturing and mechanical. These programs are all accredited by the national Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. NIAR is also home to the FAA Center of Excellence for Composites and Advanced Materials (CECAM) and the National Center for Advanced Materials Performance (NCAMP), which is funded through the FAA and Air Force Research Laboratory. WSU is also currently a core institution partner of the FAA Center of Excellence for UAS Research.