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CLASS NAME: UAV Engineering



4 Credits

Available: see OSU course catalog

Lecture (NO LAB)

OSU catalog link [TBD]


ME 316, ME 317, ME 331 and ME 373, or equivalent. Senior standing ME


Roberto Albertani
305 Dearborn

Course Description

This course provides students with a strong foundation in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) systems technologies through an introduction to UAV systems characteristics, subcomponents functionality, aircraft missions and operations including Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements. You will experience actual UAV applications through a real-world project on UAV deployment for humanitarian and environmental missions.


  • Fixed and rotary wing UAV components nomenclature, general configurations and main components functions
  • UAV ground support equipment
  • Mass properties of UAV
  • Aircraft components (propulsion, structural components, payload, navigation) and materials
  • UAV selection for mission requirements, including environmental and humanitarian missions
  • UAV applications in humanitarian contexts
  • US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements

Learning Outcomes

The student, upon completion of this course, will be able to:

1. Demonstrate proficiency in fixed and rotary wing UAV configurations, components function and operations

2. Demonstrate an understanding of Federal Aviation Regulations for UAV systems deployment

3. Apply mechanical analysis to aircraft subcomponents and ground support equipment

4. Perform selection and analysis of an existing UAV and ground support for missions in humanitarian context

5. Perform selection and analysis of an existing UAV and ground support for environmental missions