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Ahmet Selamet

Anna Corlew
Undergraduate Advising

Nicklaus Breckenridge
Graduate Advising

About the Department

The departments of Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering merged in 2010 to form the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. The department offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in aeronautical and astronautical engineering and mechanical engineering as well as graduate degrees in nuclear engineering. The department’s $72.5 million building complex, the Peter L. and Clara M. Scott Laboratory, includes modern classrooms and offices, and high-quality space for research laboratories.

Careers in Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical engineering is a diverse field and the broadest of any of the engineering disciplines. It provides a sound foundation for careers in technical management. Students in mechanical engineering can choose to study topics ranging from numerical methods to fluid dynamics, heat transfer to automatic control systems and many more. Graduates find jobs in an equally diverse market, working closely with industrial systems engineers in manufacturing, doing product design for automakers, designing and manufacturing biomedical devices, improving the efficiency of energy conversion devices, and performing cutting-edge research in industrial organizations or agencies such as NASA.

The world of aerospace engineering is dynamic and forward-driven as it addresses the needs of commercial and military systems in both the aero and space worlds. Graduates find jobs in aerospace companies, general aviation manufacturers, airlines, and government aerospace laboratories or research centers.

Nuclear engineering is the application of nuclear science and technology for the benefit of humankind. The safe and economic development of nuclear energy is a major focus for the program. Graduates are in high demand and work for a variety of employers including electric utilities, government research laboratories, universities, medical facilities, regulatory agencies, and providers of equipment and services for the nuclear industry.

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Combined BS/MS in Mechanical Engineering
Combined BS/MS in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Combined BS/MS in Nuclear Engineering
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Master of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering
Doctor of Philosophy in Aeronautical and Astronatical Engineering
Doctor of Philosophy in Nuclear Engineering

Minor in Nuclear Engineering


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 universitywide research facilities. Research is also supported by several government agencies. The department’s current research application areas include advanced automotive systems, advanced aerospace systems, energy and environmental quality, materials and manufacturing, micro- and nanotechnology, nuclear energy and bioengineering.