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 the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. In 1993, a new undergraduate major in aerospace engineering was implemented. The master's and doctoral 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 opportunties in our faculty's laboratories. Our graduate programs are recognized nationally and internationally for their impact and scholarship. In the 2023 U.S. News and World Report, the graduate program in mechanical engineering was ranked #38 out of 182 programs (score of 3.4 and top 21%) and the graduate program in aerospace engineering was ranked #24 out of 73 programs (score of 3.1 and top 33%).