Dr. Weiyong Gu
The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering offers baccalaureate, masters
and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering and a baccalaureate in Aerospace
Engineering. At the baccalaureate degree level, a student can
study a sequence of courses to provide an option in specialized areas such as aerospace
engineering, environmental engineering, automotive engineering, biomedical engineering,
energy engineering, and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) systems.
The department also offers a five-year B.S./M.S. program leading to both the B.S.
degree and the M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering in five years.
This program is intended for exceptional students who are admitted to the graduate
program in their junior year. Graduate students can specialize
in areas related to fluid mechanics, heat transfer, energy engineering, environmental
engineering, materials, solid mechanics, internal combustion engines, robotics,
controls and design. In addition, a management option is available
in the M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering. At the doctoral
level, the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Doctor of Arts (D.A.) in
Mechanical Engineering are available.
A mechanical engineer designs and builds machines, engines, devices and systems
that produce, transmit and use force, motion and energy. Mechanical
engineers work in a variety of industries, consulting practices, universities and
research organizations. They are employed in automobile, aerospace,
machine building, materials processing, transportation, utility and computer industries
and a host of other large and small firms. The mission of the
Department of Mechanical Engineering is to provide an excellent undergraduate and
graduate education in mechanical engineering that will prepare graduates to meet
society’s needs and aspirations. Established in 1947, the
Mechanical Engineering Department has awarded over eight hundred B.S., one hundred
M.S. and one hundred Ph.D./D.A. degrees. Many of our graduates
have been successful in academic, industry and government jobs.
Currently, the department has 11 faculty, 120 undergraduate students, 21 graduate
students, and 4 postdoctoral research scholars. All the faculty
are dedicated to teaching, research and service. Many faculty
members are internationally recognized scholars in their fields, published textbooks
and conduct research at the cutting edge of technology. The faculty
adapt to the rapidly changing trends in technology and education in delivering the
best possible education to students. The use of latest techniques
in terms of computer software, internet and multimedia presentation is emphasized
in the classroom.
Undergraduate students have opportunities to participate in faculty research.
They can work on on-going research projects along with other graduate and undergraduate
students. Such participation often results in the publication
of research articles in professional magazines and journals.
Undergraduate students of mechanical engineering are exposed to a variety of professional
activities such as college-level design competitions, organization of design contests
to high school students, tours to industries, including NASA, seminars by industry
leaders, and entrepreneurship forums organized by the American Society of Mechanical
Engineers (ASME), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Society
of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and other professional societies.
To provide excellent undergraduate and graduate education in Mechanical and Aerospace
Engineering that will prepare graduates to meet society's changing needs and aspirations.