Make your mark at Purdue’s School of Aviation and Transportation Technology. This is a place that pushes all limits and moves the world forward at a soaring pace. Join us to take on grand challenges like sustainability, safety, and quality. Partner with global industry leaders to provide the highest quality graduates to the workforce. Address real-world problems through in-class projects and industry-supported field research


Focus on the design, operation and maintenance of equipment that is essential in aircraft manufacturing and safety.
Prepare to manage an airport, lead a team of air traffic controllers, run a company or help set aviation policy in the aviation industry.
Help aerospace companies navigate complex data and agreements to ensure sound financial footing.
Gain a larger perspective of the aviation industry, from making decisions to understanding your aircraft, as you train to become a pilot.
Explore the complex airline system while learning about the variety of business decisions that can affect success.
Examine the entire system surrounding the unmanned aerial industry, including design, operations, sensors, commerce and policy.
Delve into the intricacies of operating an airport while learning about the variety of business decisions that can affect success.


Conduct cutting edge research and teach at leading universities around the world with a Ph.D. in Technology
Focus on leadership and lean skills needed by employers in the aviation industry.
Distinguish and advance your career in the competitive transportation industry from anywhere in the world on your schedule.
This Graduate Certificate will help you gain knowledge to develop, lead, and execute effective aviation safety programs.


The Grand Challenges framework serves as inspiration and motivation for our faculty and students. Our focus on safety, quality and sustainability, and our related research, ensures that the SATT stands ready to meet the needs of the evolving transportation industry.

More about SATT​’s Grand Challenges in Aviation and Transportation Technology

Research Spotlight: Can big data predict performance and save lives?

The aviation industry has maintained an impressive safety record and earned the reputation of being the safest mode of transportation. However, as we look forward, IATA characterizes future scenarios along two axes: geopolitics and data . 

More: Our focus to improve safety.



The School of Aviation and Transportation Technology and the aviation industry are working together to build a strong future in aviation and aerospace. We make industry partners a cornerstone of our program and consider industry needs during curriculum planning, partnerships for student internships and other projects, and providing academic programs to advance the current workforce.



The quality of a Purdue education is world renowned and never questioned. While there are many places to learn to fly, the depth and breadth of a Purdue degree has equipped me to better serve every organization of which I have been a part. The opportunity to partner with my alma mater to provide a pathway from university to industry for future graduates is an enormous sense of pride for me.
Rob McKinney
AS in Flight Technology '89, BS in Aviation and Transportation Technology '91, MBA '06 Ellis College

Aviation and Transportation Technology

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School of Aviation and Transportation Technology

Niswonger Aviation Technology Building
1401 Aviation Drive 
West Lafayette IN 47907-2015 

Phone: 765.494.2782 

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