Joel's Story

There's no better place to learn about aircraft than the birthplace of aviation.

I'm a graduate student, currently pursing my master's degree in aerospace engineering at the University of Dayton. I received an offer to pursue an integrated bachelor's plus master's program while pursuing my bachelor's degree in India. This program allows me to complete my undergraduate as well as my graduate studies within a period of just five years.

I am interested in the research and development of low-cost, reusable spacecraft launch mechanisms. The United States of America is the only country that has utilized reusable launch vehicles. I've been able to learn a lot under the guidance of professors with years of experience in this field. The faculty-to-student ratio is better at UD, compared to the universities back home. The professors are experienced and friendly. There are a myriad of academic and extracurricular opportunities and resources at UD, which help students to better themselves, both academically and socially.

I haven't faced any differences in language, since I was brought up in an English-speaking background. I'm a member of the UD international club. We often go for trips to restaurants, parks and tourist spots in Ohio. I get to make friends and meet students from different countries every semester.

The University of Dayton is one of the best places to build an academic career and build cross-cultural relationships. To me, UD has become a second home.