West Virginia University’s Experimental Rocketry team is gearing up to compete at Spaceport America Cup. The event is designed around IREC—the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition—for student rocketry teams from all over the country and around the world. More than 110 teams from colleges and universities in 11 countries will be launching solid, liquid, and hybrid rockets to target altitudes of 10,000 and 30,000 feet. WVUER will send eight members to compete at the event, which will be held at the Spaceport America Campus near Las Cruces, New Mexico, June 20-24.Read Full Article
Engineering is a time-consuming discipline that involves lab work and involvement in student projects. Despite the time commitment, student organizations housed in the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University have already logged more than 4,200 service hours for the 2016-2017 school year.Read Full Article
While most engineers hope to make a world of difference in their careers, one recent graduate of West Virginia University’s Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources is actually putting that idea into practice.Read Full Article
This is an all-too familiar site to frequent travelers. The plane you are scheduled to fly on has a technical or maintenance issue. The airline is scrambling to find another plane despite the fact that one of its partners has a plane sitting idle at the next gate. Thanks to West Virginia University Teaching Assistant Professor Pete Gall, that may be coming to an end for the world’s largest airline group.Read Full Article
About Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
The department offers programs in mechanical and aerospace engineering for students to earn bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees. At the undergraduate level, students also have the option to dual major in both programs.
WVU has recently been designated as an R1 research institution, the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education's top rank for intensive research activity. This mirrors both the department's and the entire university's efforts to engage students beyond the classroom in real-world settings. Students have the option to perform research in interactive settings under the direction of our exceptional faculty. MAE focuses research primarily in the areas of aerodynamics and fluid mechanics; alternative fuels, engines and emissions; bioengineering; control, design and manufacturing; materials science; solid mechanics, materials and structures; space flight and systems; and thermal sciences.View Available Scholarships Pumpkin Drop Information
Both the mechanical and aerospace engineering disciplines have and are anticipated to retain strong job markets. Employer interest in employing students, however, depends strongly on coursework (as it relates to their sector), student performance and student engagement/participation in various extracurricular activities. Upon graduation, students will be prepared to work in a range of venues, including private or public (government) positions in industry, or in academia as graduate research or teaching assistants. We encourage students to be actively engaged outside of the classroom. WVU and the Statler College offer a number of student organizations, community service projects, research opportunities from which to choose. Participation in such activities makes students significantly more competitive in the job market.
The mission of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering is to contribute to the economic development and the well-being of society through innovative technological advancements and state-of-the-art education of highly proficient engineers who are well prepared for successful professional practice and civic outreach in a global business environment.