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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Graduate Student Association

The Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program is part of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and provides diverse opportunities for graduate studies in fundamental and applied research in all areas of mechanical engineering. The program offers both master’s and doctoral degrees and has more than 300 graduate students enrolled. It has been recognized for the quality of its academic and research programs and the doctoral program is recognized as one of the top doctoral programs at Ohio State. The program focuses on multidisciplinary, collaborative research with faculty in other departments of the College of Engineering and with Ohio State’s College of Arts and Sciences and College of Medicine.

Student Life

Mechanical engineering students have many opportunities to interact with other students and faculty within the department. The Mechanical Engineering Graduate Student Association (MEGA) plays a major role in organizing department functions and activities. Whether it’s planning the annual Graduate Student Research Day, assisting with the annual Open House, or providing input on important department matters, MEGA is a vital part of the graduate student experience in the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program.

Financial Support Opportunities

The main types of support for mechanical engineering graduate students are Graduate Research Assistant, Graduate Teaching Assistant and Graduate Administrative Assistant positions. Competitive fellowship awards may also be provided by the university or by external sponsors including industrial organizations and U.S. government agencies such as the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy and Department of Defense.


The state-of-the-art research and instructional laboratories of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering support comprehensive educational and research activities. These facilities are supplemented by specialized university-wide research facilities. Sponsored research expenditures for the mechanical engineering department for 2009, prior to the merger with the aerospace engineering department, totaled nearly $16.9 million, of which $6.6 million was provided by industrial sponsors. Research is also supported by several government agencies. The department’s current research topics include advanced automotive systems, advanced aerospace systems, energy and environmental quality, materials and manufacturing, micro- and nanotechnology, nuclear energy and bioengineering.