Abdul Kalam Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam (born on 15 October 1931in Rameshwaram, Madras usually referred to as A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, and the 11th President of India who is also a renowned aerospace engineer. He served as the president between 2002 and 2007. He was awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour in 1997. He has also been a professor (of aerospace engineering) and is the first Chancellor of the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology Thiruvananthapuram (IIST). Before his term as India's president, he worked as an aeronautical engineer with DRDO and ISRO. He is popularly known as the Missile Man of India.

Aerospace engineers have acquired major importance in recent years. They design and manufacture aircraft, spacecraft and missiles. While there may be only a few agencies in the world dealing with space research, there is a wide range of companies working on innovative new designs for aircrafts. A skilled aerospace engineer can surely find good opportunities in any of these companies. When you come to the issue of missiles, there are many government funded institutions working on different military projects. The aim of these companies is to produce missiles and other similar technologies for a country to improve its defensive capabilities.
Aerospace engineering, as popularly quoted, is mechanical engineering done better. Here, engineering design and analysis are more precise using advanced materials. Manufacturing is always through the most advanced technologies that invariably focus on closer tolerances. With the explosive growth in civil aviation, satellite communications and space exploration, the demand for aerospace engineers is simply incalculable.

To impart the highest standards of knowledge, skills and attitudes that will allow the students to make tangibledesign aircraft, systems for national defense, missiles or spacecraft. contributions, meet new technical challenges,contribute effectively as team members, and be innovators in the analysis, design and implementation of creativesolutions to problems with aerospace vehicle systems.
Graduates in Aerospace Engineering can seek employment in civil aviation, defense R&D laboratories, space research organizations, and CSIR laboratories. Aerospace graduates are also preferred by software industries engaged inengineering-software developments. Aerospace engineers held approx 81,000 jobs in 2012 and they are employed in the industries which build or design aircraft, systems for national defense, missiles or spacecraft.

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