Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Educational Experience


Design Projects

Design is an integral part of the undergraduate curriculum. Students can get involved in numerous design projects through MAE93 courses, and the curriculum culminates in capstone design projects (MAE151A and MAE151B) and the aircraft design project (MAE159). The capstone design projects provide a unique experience of solving open-ended design problems posed by faculty and industry sponsors. 


Engineering Internships

There are many engineering internship opportunities with local companies for students in MAE. A good place to find these opportunities is through UCI’ Division of Career Pathways and Engineering+ Practicum.

Undergraduate Research Projects

A valuable dimension of a UCI MAE undergraduate education is that students have the opportunity to interact with faculty who are internationally renowned for their research. Many MAE faculty welcome undergraduate volunteers to assist in their research. To pursue such an opportunity, try doing some background reading about a professor's research using their web site, and then email faculty directly or stop by during office hours. UCI also has an excellent Undergraduate Research Opportunties program which provides financial support for undergraduate research during the school year and during the summer.

Engineering Study Abroad

UCI MAE supports study abroad, which can satisfy course credit for the MAE program (if courses are carefully planned prior to study abroad), while providing an enriching experience and multinational perspective on engineering.