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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 doctoral degrees. At the undergraduate level, students also have the option to dual major in both programs.

WVU was recently 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; robotics; space flight and systems; and thermal sciences.

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Employment Outlook

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 and 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.