Department Chair’s Message

I would like to personally welcome you to Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Florida. I joined the MAE faculty in 2004 after 12 years directing a laboratory for the study of human biomechanics. I have served MAE in several positions, including Chair of the MAE Faculty Search Committee, prior to accepting my current role as MAE’s Interim Department Chair. I am so impressed by the progress we have made in MAE over the past 15 years, in our classrooms and labs, our research endeavors, and our service to the University of Florida and beyond. So it is with genuine excitement that I now serve our faculty, students, staff and alumni to continue growing and improving our world-class engineering education program.

Dr. Banks

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!

Sincerely,
Scott Banks
Professor & Interim Department Chair
Email: banks@ufl.edu