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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 spring 2021 semester. We all hope that your extended winter holiday was safe and enjoyable. As COVID-19 remains a significant health issue, we again ask to wear masks, and adhere to social distancing for your personal health and for the health and safety of people around you. Recall that health and safety procedures are located on the NMSU website.

Several positive items have taken place during the fall term. Funded research activity continues to increase that will lead to new departmental opportunities for both the faculty and students. Three of the MAE faculty were recognized in the top 2% of Scientists in the World based on a study performed by Stanford University. Four of our students received departmental tuition grants to take an online AIAA course in hypersonics. The department will offer such opportunities again. Be on the watch! These are merely a few of the positives that have taken place in the fall term. Stay positive.

Welcome back! Be safe, Be curious, Be Honest, and Be Bold.

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



ME Undergraduates

Spring 2021


AE Undergraduates

Spring 2021


MAE Graduate

Spring 2021

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.
A recent study conducted by Stanford University names three MAE Professors among the top 2% of world scientists. Congratulations to Professors Abdelkefi, Sevostianov and Frankel.