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 vehicles and related 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…]

Featured News


Two MAE graduate students, Ahmed Kanaan and Dmytro Kuksenko, received “best presentation” awards at the 29th Rio Grande Symposium on Advanced Materials. Ahmed Kanaan received the award for his poster and Dmytro Kuksenko for his oral presentation. They both competed with students from Sandia, Los Alamos, UNM, and NMT. Well done, Ahmed and Dmytro! Drs. Sevostianov and Drach are the advisors.

MAE students were at the Aerospace Expo 2017 held at the Alamogordo airport on 10/5/17. More than a 1000 middle and high school students attended the event. Industry, academia, Air Force and Army, museums, STEM companies, and enthusiastic aircraft builders and owners were exhibiting. The Neptune fire fighters and others put on a small air show. Representing NMSU, the MAE students had a booth and displayed model airplanes, a drone, and an autonomous ground vehicle. Student ambassadors and AIAA student chapter students manned the table. Drs. Gross and Sun advised the students.

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MAE faculty were at the Annual Las Cruces “Touch-a-truck” event. A joint NMSU faculty-student team led by Dr. David Mitchell (Electrical and Computer Engineering) and supported by Dr. Andreas Gross and Dr. Liang Sun of MAE showcased various unmanned aerial vehicles, ground robots, and communications equipment. Educational worksheets, hands-on experience, and descriptions of the vehicles and their research purposes were well received by the 1000+ strong and diverse audience.










Recent Funding


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

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 AFOSR for the investigation of 3D shock-boundary layer interaction.

Dr. Borys Drach received an NSF grant to study the intrinsic residual stresses in 3D woven composites.

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