The Mechanical Engineering program in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department has been accredited by ABET since 1938. In September 2013 the program received a six year accreditation, the maximum possible. The next self-study report will be due in June 2018.

The Aerospace Engineering program, officially began in 2006, and was accredited for the first time in September 2013. The accreditation was made retroactive to October 1, 2011. This program also received the maximum six year accreditation, with the next self-study report due in June 2018.

In the Fall of 2007 the department’s official name was changed to Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

The ME and AE programs prepare graduates to apply engineering science, mathematics, computational methods, modern experimental methods, and effective communication skills to problems of interest in industry and government or to scholarly topics.

Both undergraduate programs are accredited by:

The Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc.
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The Mission

The mission of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at New Mexico State University is threefold:

  • to educate those who will advance knowledge and become the future leaders of industry and academia;
  • to conduct both basic and applied research in mechanical and aerospace engineering and related interdisciplinary areas; and
  • to provide service to the professions, to the state of New Mexico, to the country and to the future development of engineering worldwide.

The mission of the Undergraduate Program is to serve the state of New Mexico by providing students with a strong background in mechanical or aerospace engineering, and by producing highly sought after graduates.

Educational objectives and program outcomes derive from this mission, and reflect NMSU’s university-wide mission, objectives, and standards.

Educational Objectives

A critical focus within the department is to afford undergraduates of varying backgrounds and abilities every opportunity for achieving success in the mechanical and aerospace engineering professions. To address this focus, the faculty of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, with input from other constituents, have established the following program educational objectives that inform the overall undergraduate programs:

  • Our graduates will gain relevant employment and/or pursue a graduate degree.
  • Our graduates will advance in their level of workplace responsibility.

The MAE Department is considering a change to these PEOs and solicits constituency input to the proposed revised Educational Objectives.

Statement of Program Outcomes

The Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department has adopted ABET program outcomes (a) through (k) to foster achievement of the program educational objectives.

These outcomes ensure that students have the skills, knowledge and behavior at the time of degree completion that will enable them to realize the educational objectives in their professional lives. Program outcomes are stated below:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. an ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. an ability to communicate effectively
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Undergraduate Enrollment Data

MAE undergraduate enrollment data
yearM EA E
2018 (08/13/2018)481282

Graduation Data

ME and AE Degrees Awarded by Degree Level and Degree Year

Degree Year* Baccalaureate Degree Master’s Degree Doctorate Degree Total Degrees
A E M E Total A E M E Total A E ENGR (ME) Total
2007-08   40 40   5 5   2 2 47
2008-09 2 54 56   13 13   1 1 70
2009-10 2 46 48   8 8   1 1 57
2010-11 7 54 61 1 16 17   5 5 83
2011-12 53 62 115 1 14 15   4 4 134
2012-13 71 47 118 2 6 8   5 5 131
2013-14 47 62 109 1 9 10 1 2 3 122
2014-15 59 67 126 3 8 11 2 5 7 144
2015-16 44 75 119 1 13 14 1 5 6 139
2016-17 32 126 158 0 13 13 0 4 4 175
*Degree Year includes Summer through Spring    
Note:  Degree counts may be duplicated within year, degree level, and across years and degree level.  Many Bachelor degree recipients earn a degree in both majors.  These counts represent the number of DEGREES, and not the number of degree RECIPIENTS
Source: OIA Degree file, as of September 14, 2017