NMSU’s Mechanical Engineering 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; the first and only Aerospace program in New Mexico and west Texas.

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


The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) is one of the largest on the campus in terms of student enrollment.

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

Recent Funding


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. Andreas Gross received funding from the University of Arizona for the investigation of 3D shock-boundary layer interaction.

Dr. Sarada Kuravi received funding from NMSGC to design a novel high density hydrogen storage system for spacecraft.