Undergraduate Programs - Overview
Department Mission Statement
The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering is committed to educating future engineers so that they may contribute to the economic growth and well-being of the state, the nation, and the world, and to the advancement of knowledge in the mechanical and aerospace sciences.
Program Educational Objectives
Each of the undergraduate programs offered through the department has the following Program Educational Objectives:
- Prepare its graduates to practice mechanical and/or aerospace engineering in a broad range of industries;
- Enable interested graduates to pursue graduate education;
- Prepare its graduates to participate in research and development, and other creative and innovative efforts in science, engineering, and technology;
- Allow interested graduates to pursue entrepreneurial endeavors.
Each graduate of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering programs will have
- an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
- an ability to design and conduct experiments as well as analyze and interpret data;
- an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability;
- an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams;
- an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
- an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
- an ability to communicate effectively;
- the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
- a recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning;
- knowledge of contemporary issues;
- an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
Description of Programs
The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering offers multi-disciplinary programs of education and research in the analysis and design of mechanical, thermal, and aerospace systems, products, and processes. Areas of emphasis of the programs enclude the applications of modern computer and multi-media technologies, and advanced computations, laser diagnostics, smart materials, robotics, and mechatronics in design and manufacturing, dynamics and control of machines and vehicles, transportation systems, thermal and energy systems, combustion and air pollution, fluid dynamics, and aerospace structures and vehicles.
We offer programs in:
- Mechanical Engineering*
- Aerospace Science and Engineering**
- Mechanical Engineering / Materials Science and Engineering*** (combined major)
* The Mechanical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
** The Aerospace Science and Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
*** The Mechanical Engineering / Materials Science and Engineering combined program is not accredited by a Commission of ABET.
For more information about engineering accreditation visit ABET's website.
Application information for Undergraduate Studies.