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Research Overview

The Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE) Department at the University of Florida is proud to offer graduate research programs that encompass a wide range of research interests and employ the latest experimental and high-performance computational techniques. Our interests in Mechanical Engineering are broad in scope, encompassing design and analysis of vehicles, robotics, machinery, thermal and fluid engineering, energy and power systems. Our interests in Aerospace Engineering deal with all aspects of flight such as aerodynamics, propulsion, structural mechanics, and dynamics and control, as well as significant opportunities in orbital mechanics and space systems. On a broad level, we do research in the following fields: Aerospace, Mechanical Design, Dynamics and Control, Energy and Thermal Science, Biomechanics, Fluid Dynamics and Flow Control, Micro- and Nano-Mechanics, Manufacturing, MEMS and Sensors, Autonomous Systems, Optimization and Design, Computational Sciences, Tribology, Microsystems and Solid Mechanics.

MAE Research Facts

  • Largest department on UF campus

  • 55 full-time faculty members (51 tenured/tenure-track)

  • 450+ graduate students, including approximately 200 PhD students

  • Graduated more than 110 PhD students over last three years

  • Averaged $13M/year in external research expenditures over last two years

  • Graduate program rankings: ME is #17 and AE is #16 among public universities (US News & World Reports, 2014)

The National Science Foundation CAREER: The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the NSF's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.

Recent MAE faculty member CAREER award winners include:

MAE’s graduate research program is subdivided into three research groups:

These three research groups are considered organizational and collaboration between faculty members and students within these divisions is highly encouraged and prevalent.  Overall, the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering actively promotes interdisciplinary research and many MAE faculty members collaborate with other departments in the College, as well as other colleges across campus, including Medicine and Liberal Arts and Sciences.  

Please explore the sidebar menu to learn more about faculty member research interests, the three research groups and active research projects within MAE.