Bridge Program

Bridge Program in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE)

(2 year Pilot)

******The 2 year pilot is currently under evaluation.  Applications are not being accepted at this time.********

The MAE Bridge Program is a two-year opportunity for students to gain research exposure and enhance course work to strengthen preparation for pursuing a graduate degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering at a U.S. graduate school.  Applicants from groups in the United States who have traditionally been underrepresented in engineering, including women, are strongly encouraged.  The course of study is tailored to the needs and background of each participant.  Typically, the emerging scholar will take two courses per semester (at the advanced undergraduate or graduate level) from the main areas in mechanical and aerospace engineering: applied mathematics, applied physics, decision and control, fluid mechanics, energy sciences and engineering, and material science.  Participants will also carry out research with an MAE faculty advisor and will receive an official transcript at the end of the program (credits may be transferable to other graduate programs).  This post-baccalaureate program includes mentoring and support for professional development and career path advice on graduate school applications.

Financial Support

The Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering provides full support to research assistants in the program, including 12-month stipend equivalent to the current rate for a graduate assistant in research (approximately $29,000 academic year + $8,000 summer) and full tuition support for a total support package of approximately $90,000 per student per year.  Participants are eligible for housing, access to the library, email, gym and the student health plan.


Application deadline:  Applications are accepted at any time throughout the year and will be reviewed as received.  To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by February 1, 2019 for a July 2019 start.  There is no application fee.  Submit the following items to the Program Administrator.

  • Curriculum Vitae (maximum 2 pages).  List your contact information, education, awards, relevant research experience and accomplishments.  Expectation: Applicants hold a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical or aerospace engineering or related physical science.
  • Names and contact information of at least two references who can speak to your accomplishments.
  • Research Interests and Motivation: what area(s) of study you wish to pursue through graduate education in mechanical or aerospace engineering and why (maximum 1 page).
  • Copy of undergraduate transcript(s)
  • Optional: GRE scores (official or unofficial). GRE is not required for this program.

More information: Questions about the program can be addressed to the Program Administrator (Professor Michael Mueller;