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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 Letter from MAE Department Head

Dear Student:

The COVID-19 crisis is causing a major disruption in your personal life and education. It is important to recognize the magnitude of this international event and its disruptive nature that is impacting society in so many ways. Caution and patience are required by all world citizens. Please, periodically visit the university web page for updates.

Your safety and health are of primary concern to the university community. The Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) faculty, instructors and staff are working hard on your behalf. As a new member of the NMSU community, I have seen this first-hand! The dedication and long hours invested by the faculty, staff, and administration will pay off as we navigate through this event together.

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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. [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…]

MAE Facts and Numbers


MAE is one of the largest departments on the campus in terms of student enrollment. Below are the enrollment numbers for Fall 2019.

ME Undergraduate: 482
AE Undergraduate: 319
MAE Graduate: 65


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.