Message from the Department Head

/Message from the Department Head
Message from the Department Head 2018-02-23T13:52:57+00:00

Welcome to the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) Department website of the University of Central Florida (UCF). With about 2,500 undergraduate, Master, and PhD students, the MAE Department is home to one of the largest and most thriving engineering departments in the nation. Our research and educational endeavors expand traditional and contemporary areas including Thermal-Fluids, Mechanical Systems, Mechanics, Structures, Materials, Gas Turbines, Combustion, Biomedical Engineering, Systems and Control, Design and Manufacturing, and Sensors/Actuators.

The coming years will be very exciting as we will rapidly expand our academic portfolio and venture into new areas at the forefront of engineering research and education. Discoveries, concepts, and theories by our researchers will lead the intellectual discussions in the academic communities. We will strive to become a global magnet for domestic and international students and scholars from diverse backgrounds, cultures, demographic groups, and gender.

The faculty body will grow from 28 to 37 T/TT members with an additional six permanent lecturers (i.e., a total of 43) by 2017. As the University adds new faculty lines (an additional 100 are planned for next year) we expect to receive several more lines. Three new faculty members have joined us in the Spring 2015 Semester. Professor Robert L. Steward, an expert on cell’s mechanics, comes to us from Harvard School of Public Health where he served as a research fellow in the Laboratory for Molecular and Integrative Cellular Dynamics; Professor Kareem Ahmed, an expert on propulsion and energy systems, moved from Old Dominion University where he served as an Assistant Professor; I’m also new to the department, coming from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and my research interest concerns convective heat transfer at the micro scale. In addition, we have welcomed a permanent Lecturer, Dr. Justin Karl, who will teach courses in Measurements, Kinematics of Mechanisms, Fracture Mechanics, and Solid Mechanics.

Our Bio-engineering program is expected to get a significant boost with at least two additional faculty hires; and our close collaboration with the College of Medicine will further advance the program to national and international prominence. Strategic hires in manufacturing are planned to support the new Florida Advanced Manufacturing Research Center in Osceola County. Additional hires are expected in aerospace engineering and other core areas.

We will reach out and engage all constituents — undergraduate and graduate students, staff, alumni, industrial and federal partners, collaborators, and faculty. A range of events and long-term initiatives to promote this effort is in the planning. So stay tuned and drop me a line if you have questions or would like to get involved.

Yoav Peles, PhD
Department Chair