The faculty for Aerospace Engineering and Geodesy at the University of Stuttgart is in an internationally outstanding position because of the way it connects fundamental aviation technologies, space travel, and geodesy. It is nationally the only aviation and aerospace engineering faculty at a public university; the combination with geodesy is also nationally unique. Its strong focus on teaching fundamental principles, combined with targeted, practice-oriented areas of specialization, creates a distinctive profile that counts as a mark of quality in Stuttgart’s research and industry sectors.
In 1968, the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering and Geodesy emerged from the Department of Aeronautical Engineering, which had been founded in 1956 in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Stuttgart, the predecessor of the University of Stuttgart. It continued the tradition of aeronautical disciplines in Stuttgart that had been established by Alexander Baumann in 1910. In 1958, the department comprised five institutes: the Institute of Aerodynamics and Gas Dynamics, the Institute of Aerospace Thermodynamics, the Institute of Aircraft Design, the Institute of Statics and Dynamics of Aerospace Structures, and the Institute of Turbo Aircraft Engines. Through the introduction of the new higher education laws of 1968, the department turned into the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering and Geodesy. In 2003, the Institute of Geodesy and the faculty were integrated. The Institute of Geodesy can proudly look back on a history of over 150 years. In the 1950s and 1960s, the Institute of Navigation, the Institute of Photogrammetry, and the Institute of Engineering Geodesy were founded under different names.
The faculty also has a multitude of outstanding scientists in its past and continues to attract such professors today. Examples of scientists who were internationally renowned researchers and worked at the faculty as academic professors include people like Professors Hammer (“lower and upper geodesy”), Gruber (development of geodetic and photogrammetric instruments), Madelung (pioneer in the area of glider manufacture), and Weise (high-speed aerodynamics and gas dynamics, shock wave boundary layer interaction), Ramsayer (flight navigation and three-dimensional geodesy), Senger (aircraft engines, construction of Stuttgart’s altitude testing facility), Hütter (wind turbines, fiber composites), Argyris (pioneer of computeroriented structural mechanics and co-founder of the finite element method), Bošnjakovic (co-founder of “modern” thermodynamics), Wortmann (boundary layer research, airfoil profiles), and Bühler (system analysis of chemical propulsion systems).