Department Chair's Message
I would like to personally welcome you to Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Florida. I joined the faculty of the former ME Department in 1998, went through the merger with the AEMES Department in 2002, and served as our Associate Chair for Academics for three years prior to accepting the role as MAE’s Department Chair in 2011. I have witnessed the dramatic growth in our Department over this period, and am now proud to help lead our faculty efforts to provide the highest quality engineering education to our undergraduate and graduate students.
MAE is a key participant in the University of Florida’s Preeminence campaign, with ongoing strategic investments in renewable energy, autonomous systems, advanced manufacturing, computational science, cellular mechanics and space sciences. The intellectual diversity of our students and faculty is truly a strength of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and I am excited to see the Department grow and prosper with strong institutional support.
Our focus within MAE is on excellence in engineering education, which extends from our incoming freshmen to our PhD graduate students and post-doctoral researchers. At the undergraduate level, MAE has made a commitment to teaching both theory and practice, which is reflected in our classroom lectures and our five state-of-the-art laboratories. A first class education in mechanical and aerospace engineering requires a strong foundation of core knowledge coupled with hands-on opportunities to design, build and test, along with the soft skills of leadership, communication and teamwork. We accomplish this vision through our wide range of courses, labs, undergraduate research, student societies, our design and build teams, and our community service projects. This comprehensive philosophy carries to our graduate program, where leading-edge research provides the opportunity for our graduate students to grow and prosper, becoming tomorrow’s thought leaders in industry and academia.
On behalf of the faculty and staff of the Department, I want to thank our former, current and future MAE students for their commitment to excellence. It is indeed a great time to be a Gator Engineer!
David W. Hahn
Professor & Department Chair