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NMSU’s Mechanical Engineering (ME) department has been educating mechanical engineers since the university opened in 1888. Beginning in Fall 2006, the ME Department expanded to include an undergraduate degree program in Aerospace Engineering (AE), the first and the only Aerospace program in New Mexico and west Texas, to form the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) department.

If you are interested in joining MAE as an undergraduate or a graduate student, click the links on the right to become a part of our diverse, vibrant, and growing department and experience our unique setting of “small-school education with extensive research.”

If it is a machine, a mechanical engineer designed it.

Mechanical Engineering (ME) is the most diverse of all engineering disciplines, finding application in almost all industries and product markets. Modern engineering has a role in almost every aspect of life – from home appliances to transportation systems, biomedical devices and power generation. [more…]

Aerospace engineers design, develop and test aerodynamic systems.

As an aerospace engineer, you may work on earth or in space, on aircraft or spacecraft. Or your field may be in water vessel development of ships and submarines, or ground transportation for fuel efficiencies and high speed-high tech vehicles. [more…]

Enrollment Numbers

MAE is one of the largest departments on the campus in terms of student enrollment.

Fall 2017 Undergraduate Enrollment: 671
Fall 2017 Graduate Enrollment: 46


Recent Funding

MAE faculty funding in the previous six months

Dr. Abdessattar Abdelkefi received funding from Emerging Technology Ventures, Inc. for carrying out research on drag reduction, stability, and optimization of encasing rotary wing drone.

Dr. Abdessattar Abdelkefi received funding from Army Research Lab for conceptual design and aerodynamic analysis of multi-rotor unmanned air vehicles for atmospheric sampling.

Dr. Andreas Gross received funding from Army Research Office to study dynamic stall.

Dr. Abdessattar Abdelkefi received funding from New Mexico Consortium, Inc. for full field imaging and modeling of non-linear dynamical systems.

Dr. Vimal Chaitanya received funding from NSEC & LANL to develop energy materials research and education collaboration with LANL.

Dr. Ruey-Hung Chen won a grant from NSF for the study of evaporation, micro-explosion, and combustion of nanofluid fuel droplets.

Dr. Andreas Gross received funding from AFRL to numerically investigate turbulent junction flows.

Dr. Borys Drach received funding from the University of New Hampshire to study the intrinsic residual stresses in 3D woven composites.

Dr. Vimal Chaitanya received funding for promoting LANL-NMSU research collaboration and coordination.