The College of Aerospace and Materials Engineering was originally founded in 1959 as the Department of Missile Engineering of the Military Academy of Engineering at Harbin in Heilongjiang Province. The college, featuring aerospace and new materials technology, mainly engages in cultivating top-level talent and scientific research in the fields of aircraft design technology (for various aircraft such as satellites, missiles, etc.), propulsion technology, control and test launching technology, new materials technology and applied chemistry.
The college is proud of its esteemed faculty, among which there are 42 professors/researchers, 36 PhD supervisors, eight National 863 Plan (National Advanced Technological and Research Plan) and National 973 Plan (National Key Basic Research Development Plan) chief experts, a Changjiang Scholar, a Qiushi Award winner and a member of the New Century National Hundred, Thousand and Ten Thousand Talent Project.
Through more than 50 years of relentless effort the college has developed into an institution covering seven first-category disciplines - aeronautical and astronautical science and technology, materials science and engineering, dynamics, weaponry science and technology, chemical engineering and technology, dynamic engineering and thermo-physics and chemistry - as well as 16 second-category disciplines. The college currently has a National Key Discipline, a national key development discipline, six Provincial Key Disciplines, three first-category discipline PhD degree programs, three post-doctoral research stations, 16 Masters degree programs, and four undergraduate programs for space engineering, aircraft system and engineering, applied chemistry and missile engineering.
The college, with the development of talent and ability as its foundation, focuses on the all-around education of its students in innovative spirit and practical competence. Students from the college have won two consecutive Outstanding Awards in the National Challenge Cup Contest along with a winner of the Juvenile Science and Technology Innovation Fund from the China Communist Youth League Central Committee as well as a gold medal winner in the Speech Contest of Cadets at Chinese Military Academies. The college has produced a National 100 Best Doctoral Dissertation and 36 provincial and military excellence papers. The college has produced a wide array of engineers in 50 years. Four of the commanders-in-chief and the chief designers of the seven sub-systems of the Shenzhou XI Manned Space Program are graduates of the college.
The college has a number of advanced teaching and research facilities such as the National Key Laboratory of Ceramic Fibers and Composites, the Hunan Composites Engineering Technology Research Center, the Ministerial Key Laboratory of Photonic/Phononic Crystals (partial), as well as large-scale research platforms such as a hypersonic gun tunnel, an aircraft non-chemical space propulsion experimentation system, aircraft semi-physical simulation system, a polycarbosilane synthesis system and the Aerospace Optical Images and Vision Navigation Research Center. The college has undertaken high-level research projects featuring advanced propulsion technology and continuous SiC fiber and won 10 national awards including second prize in the National Award for Technological Invention as well as more than 300 ministerial awards for progress in science and technology. The staff of the college has published over 120 textbooks and monographs and more than 1,500 papers, among which over 80 textbooks, 18 monographs and 121 papers have won various awards.
The college will firmly adhere to its core guidance of scientific outlook development while vigorously upholding the spirit of the college, continuously furthering teaching reform, constantly improving the quality of talent and ability and relentlessly striving to produce ever higher quality research.