Mechanical and Aerospace engineers design, build and test devices and vehicles, such as cars, aircraft, satellites, engines, robots, and control systems. Increasingly, electronics, computers, and mechanical devices are more and more integrated, and mechanical and aerospace engineers must have very broad knowledge and training in order to perform their jobs at the highest level. Our program emphasis is to provide an education in the fundamentals of engineering as required for the understanding and application of physical phenomena. We follow a broad system approach, where engineering decisions are made with a full appreciation of the opportunities and limitations presented by advanced technologies and their integration.
To accommodate this breadth of interest, the Department offers two programs of study: Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering. Either program may be completed individually or, through careful planning and selection of technical electives, the requirements of both the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering programs may be satisfied simultaneously.
MAE Seniors David Zamora and Shalaka Madge answer common questions about being an MAE student.
Juniors Polina Zhilkina and Ritvik Agnihotri discuss common questions about being an MAE student.
Thermodynamics & Fluids Lab
The Sophomore Laboratory provides experiments associated with Thermodynamics (MAE 221), Mechanics of Fluids (MAE 222) and Electronics.
Microprocessors & Controls Lab
This laboratory provides experimental space for MAE 412 Microprocessors, MAE 345 Introduction to Robotics, and MAE 433 Automatic Control Systems.
Students in MAE 433 during weeks 2–9 participate in classical control labs (the DC Motor) and in weeks 10-12 in modern control labs (the inverted pendulum).
Students in MAE 345 get hands-on experience in the controls laboratory through project-based assignments on quadrotors. They implement a vision-based obstacle avoidance controller for a quadrotor using techniques from feedback control theory, motion planning, localization, and computer vision.
MAE Machine Shop
The MAE Shop supports both courses and independent work/senior thesis. Specialized equipment and bench space are available for students to conduct hands-on work. The shop provides experiments and hands-on expereince for students through MAE 226 Methods and Skills, MAE 321 Engineering Design and MAE 322 Mechanical Design. Simulation-Based Design (SBD) is at the core of current engineering practice. MAE 226 introduces the students – a mix of sophomores and freshmen - to the fundamentals of SBD using professional software suites widely used in Industry. The students become familiar with the foundations of Computer Aided Design and Computational Engineering Analysis of mechanical systems. MAE 226 utilizes a hands-on approach where students are learning by progressing throughout a sequence of exercises culminating in the execution of a final individual project. MAE 321 introduces the technical foundation and basic processes of Mechanical Design, which are appropriate for the design of both mechanical systems, and components. MAE 322 covers designing complex mechanical systems, with the semester-long project being a search and rescue robot.
This is a hands-on seminar and laboratory experience about the engineering design of motorcycles. Students will restore or repair a vintage Triumph motorcycle and will compare it to previous restorations of the same make and model of motorcycle from other years.