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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. As such, 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.

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Employment Outlook

Graduates find employment in a wide range of industries, government agencies, and educational institutions where they are concerned with many functions.


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.