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The Pursuit of Progress

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering strives to prepare students for employment in industry or academia. Disciplines of study include thermofluids, mechanical systems, and aerospace engineering. This preparation includes helping the student develop the appropriate analytical, experimental, computational, and communication skills necessary for future success.

While licensure or certification may be available in this field of study, our program does not directly lead to such licensure or certification upon graduation. The professional preparation you receive in our program may still assist you in such pursuits; however, we are unable to confirm the specific licensure and certification requirements of each state, territory, or foreign entity in which professional credentialing may be possible.  If you intend to pursue such credentialing in your state or elsewhere, we strongly advise you to contact the applicable state credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if our program meets its academic criteria. Alternatively, you are welcome to contact Dr. Jihua Gou at or Ms. Amanda Barratt at with questions in this regard and we will do our best to assist you in your career planning.

We offer three well-subscribed graduate programs: M.S.M.E (M.S. in Mechanical Engineering), Ph.D., M.E. (Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering), and M.S.A.E. (M.S. in Aerospace Engineering). Our graduate courses, except for laboratory-based courses, are offered in a dual manner; live, and by extended delivery mode via live video-streaming. These methods provide access to graduate education to a diverse student population, one that includes working professionals. The M.S. degree can be pursued with the thesis (24 hours of coursework and 6 hours of thesis) or non-thesis option (30 hours of coursework).

Students admitted into the Ph.D. program must take, and pass, the Ph.D. qualifying examination, in order to continue in the program. This examination is offered twice a year; once in the fall, and then again in the spring (Ph.D Qualifying Exam FAQ). Subsequently, students must defend their dissertation topic to their Ph.D. Dissertation Committee at the candidacy examination, prior to continuing their dissertation research. The Ph.D. program requires 57 hours of coursework beyond the B.S. degree, and 15 hours of doctoral dissertation, in addition to completion, and successful defense, of the Ph.D. dissertation.

In the fall of 2015, there were 191 students enrolled in the graduate program, with 75 in the M.S.M.E., 38 in the M.S.A.E., and 78 in the Ph.D. programs. These programs provide the opportunity for working professionals to pursue part-time post-graduate education. They also offer full-time graduate students the opportunity to engage in advanced engineering research, with a well-funded and published group of renowned professors.

The Department plans to offer 20 Fellowships ($25K annual stipend + tuition waiver + health insurance), ≈50 GRAs, and ≈40 GTAs in Fall of 2016. Please apply for our graduate programs by January 15, 2016 (International Students), March 1, 2016 (International Transfers from US Schools), and July 15, 2016 (Domestic Students) at Fellowship, GRA, and GTA Application. For further information about our graduate programs and research areas, please view the MAE Graduate Program video. For questions about applications, GRAs, GTAs, and Fellowships, please email the MAE Graduate Assistant.

The MAE Department has an acknowledged faculty, one that supports its M.S. and Ph.D. programs. They are actively engaged in a wide range of sophisticated and specialized research. These are areas that are of critical interest, including sustainable and advanced energy research, fuel cell technology, solar and alternative energy, aerospace and aeronautics, space exploration, advanced controls, nanotechnology, MEMS manufacturing, advanced and additive manufacturing, and bioengineering.

All of these factors afford unique opportunities for the department’s graduate students to engage in intellectually stimulating, and challenging, research projects. The MAE research portfolio is supported by external grants and contracts, obtained by its faculty, from highly competitive funding agencies, and laboratories. These sources include the NSF, DOE, DARPA, ARO, ONR, AHA and NIH. The Department of MAE is also supported by local and national industry, and an example of such partnership is the very successful Siemens Energy Center. In 2010, the total amount of external grants credited to the Department of MAE faculty was $6.96M, or $250K per faculty member.