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
New WVU study examines pump-to-wheels methane emissions from the natural gas-fueled heavy-duty transportation sectorA study of methane emissions from heavy-duty natural gas-powered vehicles and refueling stations by West Virginia University scientists at the Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines and Emissions, recently published by Environmental Science & Technology, greatly expands on very limited data on methane emissions from natural gas-fueled vehicles. The WVU pump-to-wheels study is the first end-use paper in a collaborative scientific research series designed to measure and better understand the sources and amount of greenhouse-gas methane that is emitted across the natural gas supply chain.Read Full Article
A West Virginia University engineering professor has joined the ranks of the National Academy of Inventors in recognition of his contributions to innovation in areas such as patents and licensing, innovative discovery and technology, impact on society, and support and enhancement of innovation.Read Full Article
Two teams from West Virginia University have been selected to participate in the first-ever Mars Ice Challenge, a special edition competition under NASA’s Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts – Academic Linkage brand of competitions.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.