Paper 96-4065. Presented at the AIAA/USAF/NASA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Symposium, September 1, 1996, pages 807-812. Copyright © 1996 by the authors. Published by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc.
Multidisciplinary design and analysis has become the normal mode of operation within most aerospace companies, but the impact of these changes have largely not been reflected at many universities. In an effort to determine if the emergence of multidisciplinary design concepts should influence engineering curricula, NASA has asked several universities (Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Clemson, BYU, and Cal Poly) to investigate the practicality of introducing the concepts within their undergraduate curricula. A multidisciplinary team of faculty, students, and industry partners evaluated the aeronautical engineering curriculum at Cal Poly. A variety of ways were found to introduce multidisciplinary themes into the existing program. Both analytic and educational tools for multidisciplinary design of aircraft have been developed and are in the process of being implemented.