Undergraduate Students

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) and the Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering (BSAE) are administered by the Department of Mechnical and Aerospace Engineering. MAE is home to about 1,600 undergraduate students, with about 70% majoring in Mechanical Engineering (ME) and about 30% in Aerospace Engineering (AE). In 2002, the undergraduate curriculum was revised in order to promote synergy between the Mechanical and Aerospace undergraduate programs while maintaining focus on the unique attributes of each degree.

Mechanical Engineering is among the oldest and broadest of all engineering disciplines. ME applies the principles of engineering, physics, materials and engineering science for the analysis, design, manufacturing, testing and maintenance of mechanical systems. ME is an interdisciplinary major that involves the production and usage of heat and mechanical power for the design, production, and operation of machines and systems.

Aerospace Engineering is an engineering discipline that is focused on the design, construction, testing and operation of airplanes and spacecraft. Aerospace engineers are also employed in related transportation industries such as automotive, ship and high speed trains. AE is divided into two branches: aeronautical engineering, which focuses on aircraft operating in the Earth’s atmosphere, and astronautical engineering, which focuses on spacecraft.