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Low Observables Radio Frequency Engineering

Low Observables Radio Frequency Engineering

Program Description

The United States Air Force has a need for a workforce that is competent in Low Observables (LO) Radio Frequency (RF) Engineering. The Graduate LO RF Engineering Certificate Program is designed for students with traditional engineering backgrounds (mechanical, electrical, aerospace, etc.) and produces graduates who can effectively approach and analyze complex LO problems, design feasible solutions, and select an appropriate solution. The intended audience consists of early to mid-career civilian, military, and Department of Defense (DoD) contractors working with military systems employing LO technologies for survivability.

The curriculum consists of five graduate level courses for a total of 20 graduate credits. These courses provide a common breadth of knowledge and the basic building blocks for all Air Force and DoD LO Engineers. The program is intended to be four quarters in length starting in the summer term where a student would take the LO introduction course, two courses during the fall term, and one course during the winter and spring terms. The typical program duration is approximately 12 months. If the student is not able to take two courses per quarter as indicated, the time to complete extends to 18 months. No additional electives or research hours are required for the certificate.

Admissions Requirements

Degree Required: Any accredited B.S. degree in the fields of science or engineering. 

Mathematics: Courses in calculus-based physics and dynamic systems are helpful, but not required.

Test Required: None

GPA Required: Overall – 3.0;  Mathematics – 3.0

Waivers to the above criteria may be granted on a case-by-case basis. Individuals who do not meet the above criteria are still encouraged to apply.

NOTE: This certificate is available to US citizens only.

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Outcomes & Objectives

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs):

  • A graduate will have a general understanding of the purpose and requirements for the low observable design and materials integration.

  • A graduate will have a basic understanding of electromagnetics interactions and the implications to low observable aircraft design.

  • A graduate will have the skills to effectively participate in the evaluation of both competing designs as well as proposed processes from competing contractors for low observable designs.

Student Outcomes (SOs):

  • A graduate will understand the science, phenomenology, and technology involved in the areas of RCS analysis, LO design/integration, and sustainment.

  • A graduate will be able to apply basic concepts in the areas of LO design/integration, sustainment, and RCS analysis.

  • A graduate will be able to perform analysis on data, working independently and in groups, with a focus on applications LO design/integration, sustainment, and RCS analysis.

  • A graduate will demonstrate the ability to quantify and estimate various design performances.

  • A graduate will demonstrate the ability to analyze LO design decisions and ramifications.

Program Chair

Dr. Peter J. Collins

Degree Information

Degree Type: Certificate


Delivery Method: In-Residence


Degree Requirements

All students successfully completing and maintaining a GPA of at least 3.0 in the Low Observables RF Engineering program (20 credit hours) will receive a certificate and have the completed certificate noted on their AFIT graduate transcript.

NOTE: Students wishing to obtain a master’s degree may apply up to 12 quarter hours of courses taken as part of the certificate program in a non-degree seeking status. The credits obtained while working on this certificate can be applied immediately or at some future time in partial fulfillment of an AFIT LO master’s degree.

The courses comprising the program are offered in-residence and are listed below:

EENG 529 - Introduction to Low Observable Engineering

MATH 504 - Differential Equations of Mathematical Physics

EENG 622 - Advanced Electromagnetics I

EENG 630 - Application of Electromagnetic Theory

EENG 627 - RCS Analysis, Measurement, and Reduction

Graduate School Catalog
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