Research Areas

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering concentrates its research activities in five broadly defined areas. Many faculty members are involved with two or three areas and the multi-disciplinary background of the faculty provides a comprehensive approach to the various topics. This arena provides an opportunity for the student to develop a multidisciplinary background and illustrate the department's dedication to challenging important societal, scientific, and industrial problems.

Applied Physics - Noel Valero Photography

Applied Physics

Lasers are important as diagnostic tools!
Dynamics and Controls

Dynamics and Controls

The analysis of nonlinear dynamic systems play important roles in many aspects of engineering.
Cinemagraph - Van Buren

Fluid Mechanics

Experimental, analytical, and numerical studies of fluid flow underlie many areas of technological innovation.
Nanotechnology

Materials Science

Modern materials science seeks to understand and influence the behavior of materials at a variety of length scales.
Pictured: Lithium Lorentz Force Accelerator (LiLFA) discharges as much as 30 kW through a lithium plasma, exerting up to 700 mN of thrust

Propulsion and Energy Sciences

Energy conversion by combustion is and will continue to be the overwhelming mode of energy conversion in the electricity generation, ground and air transportation, and space propulsion sectors.