MAE offers ABET-accredited programs of study in mechanical and aerospace engineering for undergraduates. Students have the opportunity to earn a bachelor of science in either or both disciplines through our dual major pathway. We pride ourselves in being at the forefront of a number of disciplines.
In the classroom environment, we cover traditional topics and provide students with the fundamental concepts and critical thinking skills required of an engineer. Beyond the classroom, we encourage students to be engaged in various student organizations, study abroad opportunities and research. As part of our capstone experience, undergraduates have the opportunity to apply what they learn in class to hands-on projects, where they build solutions to complex real-world problems. These projects include the design and construction aircraft and sports-craft or to engage directly in local and foreign industries.
Mechanical engineering is a broad technical discipline. Using knowledge of physical sciences and mathematics, mechanical engineers innovate to produce next-generation devices and systems. They analyze today’s products and work to improve them for the betterment of society and the environment. To this end, students must be capable in mechanics, modeling and controls, and thermal sciences. For information about courses in the mechanical engineering program, see the BSME curriculum.
The bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
Aerospace engineering is a discipline involving the design of air and spacecraft, rockets and missiles. The topics involved – aerodynamics, propulsion systems, and vehicle structures and controls – have broad applications, influencing terrestrial and aquatic systems and technologies. Recent developments, such as a growing interest in unmanned aerial vehicles and the privatization of the space industry, are placing increased pressure on aerospace engineers to be adaptive and innovative in a rapidly changing industrial environment. For information about courses in the aerospace engineering program, see the BSAE curriculum.
The bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
The dual major pathway offers students an opportunity gain competence in both mechanical and aerospace engineering on approximately the same time scale as either path. Students are more directly introduced to multidisciplinary teams, which – due to increasing complexity – are necessary for a growing number of projects in the modern world. The program also provides a unique mindset for graduates to take concepts and perspectives from both disciplines, then apply them to generate novel solutions to problems and enhance existing technologies. For information about courses in the Dual Degree Program, see the Dual Major curriculum.