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Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
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Our mechanical, aerospace, and packaging programs combine classroom and laboratory learning with research and many opportunities for innovative, practical training.

Achievement and Innovation

Our community of students, faculty, alumni, and industry partners are devoted to collaborative work at the highest standards of research and innovation. 


The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering offers three areas of undergraduate study in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering and packaging engineering.

  • Mechanical engineering is about learning how to conceive new ideas and bring them to life through design and manufacturing. Students acquire basic principles in design, analysis, and modeling of physical components and processes, while building core knowledge in fluids, thermal, and structures.
  • Aerospace engineering includes courses in spacecraft mission design, propulsion, mechanical control systems, system dynamics and controls, orbital mechanics, and power plants, among others. Proactive learning opportunities utilize classroom studying in applications and design, leading to a final aerospace design project in the senior year.
  • Packaging engineering is a multi-disciplinary field within the Applied Sciences in Engineering major that draws on chemical, industrial, materials, and mechanical engineering in order to design and create boxes, cartons, bottles, and other packing materials that meet specific criteria. 
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Graduate Program

The mechanical and aerospace graduate program offers M.Eng., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in an intellectually and academically stimulating environment. Our program takes pride in the collegial student-faculty relationship it provides and in its preparation of students for successful careers in industry, government and academia. 

Graduate students may also opt to pursue a certificate in focused concentrations in advanced manufacturing, robotics, space systems, additive manufacturing and business innovation.

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