Josh Dobbs and Aeronautical Engineering

Updated: October 29, 2013
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Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley will miss four weeks due to torn ligaments in his thumb, which means true freshman Josh Dobbs will get his first career start against the Missouri Tigers. Dobbs made his collegiate debut against Alabama last Saturday and impressed Vol Nation with his poise and running ability.

But as intriguing as his potential on the field may be, his potential in the classroom also has Vol Nation buzzing. That’s what happens when your starting quarterback is also majoring in Aeronautical Engineering.

The common belief is that Aeronautical Engineering is the study of rocket ships. Hence Dobbs’ nickname — “Rocket Man.” But I wanted to take a more in-depth look at the types of classes Dobbs’ major really requires.

We all know that he studies SEC defenses every week in the Anderson Training Center. Now it’s time to learn a little bit more about the classes he’ll be studying for in John D. Tickle Engineering Building.

Below are some of the courses and their descriptions required to earn a BS in Aerospace Engineering:

EF 105 – Computer Methods in Engineering Problem Solving: Introduction to computer applications used in engineering problem solving and communications. Introduction to programming concepts, including conditional statements and looping, and the development and implementation of logic flow diagrams.

EF 151 – Physics for Engineers I: Calculus-based study of basic physics concepts, including vectors, kinematics, Newton’s laws, forces, work-energy, and impulse-momentum. Introduction to team work. Introduction to the engineering disciplines. Examination of engineering principles and design issues. Oral and written presentation skills

AE 201 – Aerospace Seminar: An overview of aerospace engineering with lectures, laboratory demonstrations, and field trips. Aerospace history, aircraft and space flight fundamentals, propulsion techniques, wind tunnel testing, biomedical issues in aviation and space flight.

AE 341- Fluid Mechanics: Introduction to fluid flow concepts; hydrostatics; development of mass, momentum, and energy conservation laws in integral and differential form; dimensional analysis and similitude; viscous laminar and turbulent flows in pipes; introduction to boundary layers.

AE 351 – Compressible Flow: One-dimensional internal flow with shocks, friction, and nonadiabatic conditions. Two-dimensional external flows.

AE 363 – Structural Analysis of Aerospace Vehicles: Fundamentals of structural analysis applied to configurations common to aerospace vehicles.

ME 363 – System Dynamics: Free and forced vibrations of damped and undamped lumped parameter systems. Transient and frequency response of lumped parameter systems. Introduction to feedback control systems.

AE 425 Propulsion: Principles of propulsion devices, principally jet and rocket engines. Combustion and equilibrium, inlets, nozzles, compressors, pumps and turbines. Overall performance evaluations.

Many of these courses will be taken later in Dobbs’ academic career as most freshman take general education and introductory courses. Either way, they sound damn near impossible. Add in the gameplans of Tennessee’s offense and the SEC defense the Vols play that week, and it’s no wonder everyone keeps saying Dobbs is a genius.

Andrew Darago is a host, producer, and writer for Tennessee Sports Radio.
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