KUAE faculty, students and researchers conduct funded research in all traditional aerospace disciplines including aerodynamics, astronautics, computational fluid dynamics, dynamics and control, robotics and AI, flight testing, propulsion, and structures. Because flight vehicles are very complex systems, most research endeavors are multi-disciplinary. For example, KUAE students and faculty are very active in CReSIS (The Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets) working with researchers in radar, image processing, computer science, and many other disciplines. They have designed, manufactured, tested and flown several Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) to support the mission of CReSIS including the Meridian.
The primary funding sources are from government agencies, such as NSF, NASA, AFOSR, ARO, ONR, DARPA, DOE, and the private industry. Core research strengths include unmanned aerial systems, computational fluid dynamics, composite and adaptive structures, and robotics and control.