Mechanical Engineers use basic science in the design and manufacture of complex engineering systems. They apply physical and mechanical principles to the development of machines, energy conversion systems, materials, and equipment for guidance and control. The Mechanical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
Aerospace Engineers apply scientific knowledge to the design, manufacture and operation of bodies and vehicles influenced by aerodynamic forces. The Aerospace Science and Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
A combined major. Materials Science and Engineering is directed toward an understanding of the structure, properties, and behavior of materials. The Mechanical Engineering / Materials Science and Engineering combined program is not accredited by a commission of ABET.