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Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC)

Service or Branch: Air Force

Location: Arnold Air Force Base, TN

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STEM Fields: Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Sciences, Computer and Computational Sciences, Computer and Computational Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Information Sciences, Materials Science and Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics

Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC) is the most advanced and largest complex of flight simulation test facilities in the world. The center operates 58 aerodynamic and propulsion wind tunnels, rocket and turbine engine test cells, space environmental chambers, arc heaters, ballistic ranges and other specialized units. Twenty-seven of the center’s test units have capabilities unmatched elsewhere in the United States; 14 are unique in the world. The Arnold Engineering Development Center is an Air Force Materiel Command organization and an important national resource.

SMART scholars will intern in the organizations that utilize STEM skills. Upon graduation the scholar will be placed in the organization where the best match is found. Organization functions where STEM personnel work are: aeropropulsion systems testing, flight systems testing, space & missile systems testing, test facility maintenance, test facility improvement & modernization, mission support and information technology.