Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Mechanical engineering was started as a program in the early 1970s and became a formal department in 1983, offering bachelor of science, master of science and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering. The department started offering a specialization in aerospace engineering in 1990 and accordingly changed its name to Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. In 1993, a new undergraduate major in aerospace engineering was implemented. The master's and doctoral degrees degrees were changed in 1994 to degrees in mechanical and aerospace engineering.
Since its inception in the early 1970s the department has grown tremendously in numbers, infrastructure and reputation. Our faculty are world-recognized experts in their fields and have achieved top honors and distinctions. We are proud to offer ABET-accredited bachelor of science degrees in mechanical engineering and aerospace engineering. Our undergraduate programs blend fundamentals with hands-on design experience and include research experience in our faculty's laboratories. Our graduate programs are recognized nationally and internationally for their impact and scholarship in areas such as energy and environment, systems and design, aerospace engineering, nanotechnology, and continuum mechanics. In the 2013 US News and World Report, the graduate program in mechanical engineering was ranked #30 and the graduate program in aerospace engineering was ranked #26.