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Dr. Weiyong Gu
Department Chair

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.

 

Mission Statement:
To provide excellent undergraduate and graduate education in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering that will prepare graduates to meet society's changing needs and aspirations.

 

 

 

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