Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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We are excited for the launch of the Samueli School’s professional Master of Engineering program with a mechanical and aerospace concentration! This program will enhance professional opportunities through the deepening of technical skills and specialized leadership training. You can learn more at To compare the different master’s degree options, please check out this chart.

The department offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical and aerospace engineering. Our faculty members have achieved national and international recognitions in diverse areas of research and scholarship. In addition to their research accomplishments, the faculty members are deeply dedicated to teaching and mentoring. We offer an outstanding selection of courses that combine fundamentals with the latest technological advances in a variety of fields.

We aim to provide a superb educational experience that stimulates knowledge, discovery, creativity and technology development. You will work with some of the brightest minds in the world, in cutting-edge experimental and computational facilities. And you could not think of a better place to spend this most creative time of your life than in beautiful Irvine, California.

Please browse the links in this page to learn some of the basics of graduate study and research in our department. Detailed information on our program is available in the university catalogue.

Prospective and Incoming Students

Financial Support

The Department has several sources of financial support for highly qualified students. These include fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships.

In addition, a large number of external competitive fellowships/awards are available for students meeting the criteria of the sponsoring organization. Graduate students are urged to be proactive in seeking these sources of support, including:


Graduate Coordinator

Tenley Dunn

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Samueli School of Engineering
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-3975
(949) 824-7984

Graduate Studies Adviser (Current Students)

Professor Marc Madou
3311 Engineering Gateway