Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Facts & Figures

Starting with a program in mechanical engineering in the early 1970s, the department has grown tremendously in numbers, infrastructure and reputation. The faculty are world-recognized experts in their fields and have achieved top honors and distinctions. The undergraduate programs blend fundamentals with hands-on design experience and include research opportunities in a variety of laboratories. Graduate programs are recognized nationally and internationally for their impact and scholarship.


Founded

  • 1983: Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • 1990: Department expands to include Aerospace Engineering


Student Population

  • 1271 Undergraduate Students (Fall 2018)
    • B.S. degrees:
      • Aerospace Engineering
      • Mechanical Engineering
  • 140 Graduate Students (Fall 2018)
    • M.S. and Ph.D. degrees:
      • Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering


Faculty

  • 27 Full-time
  • 10 Affiliated


Recognition

  • 4 National Academy of Engineering Members
  • 1 European Academy of Sciences Member
  • 1 Swedish National Academy of Engineering Foreign Member
  • 1 Presidential Young Investigator Award
  • 1 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award
  • 7 NSF CAREER Awards
  • 1 National Academy of Inventors
  • 3 Distinguished Professors
  • 2 Endowed Chairs
  • 1 Chancellor’s Professor


Research & Expenditures

  • 5 World-class centers
  • 8 Research thrusts:
    • Biomechanical Engineering
    • Design & Manufacturing
    • Dynamic Controls & Robotics
    • Energy & Environment
    • Fluid Mechanics & Aerodynamics
    • Mechanics of Solids, Structures & Materials
    • Microsystems & Nanomaterials
    • Power & Propulsion
  • 2017-18 Research expenditures: $11.2M