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 fi elds 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: expands to include aerospace


Graduate Students

  • 139 M.S., Ph.D. degrees (2015-16):
    • Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering


Undergraduate Students

  • 980 B.S. degrees (2015-16):
    • Aerospace Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering


Faculty

  • 31 Full-time
  • 7 Affiliated


Recognition

  • 4 National Academy of Engineering Members
  • 1 European Academy of Sciences Member
  • 1 Presidential Young Investigator Award
  • 3 NSF CAREER Awards
  • 1 DOE Early Career Award
  • 2 Distinguished Professors
  • 2 Endowed Chairs
  • 2 Chancellor's Professors
  • 1 Army Research Office Young Investigator Award


Research & Expenditures

  • 7 World-class centers, including 1 NSF I/UCRC
  • 8 Research thrusts:
    • Biomechanical Engineering
    • Design & Manufacturing
    • Dynamic, Controls & Robotics
    • Energy & Environment
    • Fluid Mechanics & Aerodynamics
    • Mechanics of Solids, Structures & Materials
    • Microsystems & Nanomaterials
    • Power & Propulsion
  • 2014-15 Research expenditures: $10.7M