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New Mexico State University’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, please read about our programs to become a part of our diverse, vibrant, and growing department and experience our unique setting of
“small-school education with extensive research.”

Important Message for Students from MAE Department Head

Dear Returning Students:

The faculty and staff from the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department welcome you back to NMSU for the fall semester. We all hope that your summer holiday was safe, enjoyable, productive and that you are re-invigorated for the fall term where studying and working hard are key elements to your personal agenda. Success requires focus and energy that are hallmark traits of engineers. The faculty and staff are available for assisting you.

As COVID-19 continues, you will see significant changes on campus reminding you of your responsibilities as a good citizen. Signs are posted throughout campus and reminders on health and safety procedures are on the NMSU website. Please follow NMSU guidelines for your safety and the safety of others around you on campus and off campus. We are all in this pandemic together and it will take all of us doing the right thing to move past it. Maintain wearing masks in a proper manner, keep to social distancing rules, and maintain a clean environment. You will notice that classrooms and laboratories sizes are reduced for maintaining good social distancing practices. You need to be diligent and respectful of social distancing at all times (hallways, labs, outside…). Please review all rules (see NMSU webpage) and updates periodically. During this time, please remain respectful, sensitive and kind.

Several positive items have taken place during the summer. Dr. R. Livings has joined the faculty as a College Teaching Assistant Professor. The first departmental Newsletter is planned for this semester. New research grants are arriving. The undergraduate student enrollment has significantly increased for the fall term. Communication is a key societal element for relating information. The Newsletter will be keeping you informed of student, alumni, faculty and staff successes as well as report key student activities. Keep informed in order to keep in touch with your academic department.
The Department will do its best to minimize problems that would affect your educational experience during the upcoming term but as you know things are dynamic and subject to change. I expect an exciting and good new academic year before us. Welcome back! Be safe, Be curious, Be Honest, and Be Bold.

Dr. J.I. Frankel, Department Head and R. Myers Endowed Professor



ME Undergraduates

Fall 2020


AE Undergraduates

Fall 2020


MAE Graduate

Fall 2020

Mechanical Engineer

If it is a machine, a Mechanical Engineer designed it.

Mechanical Engineering (ME) is the most diverse of all engineering disciplines, finding applications 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.

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Aerospace Engineer

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.

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MAE faculty have received more than 15 research grants in AY 2018-19. The research funding amount during this period has increased by 55% compared to AY 2017-18.
Among all the mechanical/aerospace engineering departments at NMSU’s peer institutions, MAE is ranked: 3rd in publications per faculty member, 7th in citations per faculty, and 4th in the average h-index.